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Muhammad and the Birth of Islam

Updated on June 5, 2012
Millions praying at Mecca
Millions praying at Mecca

Islam, by most accounts, is the world's youngest of all religions. Most historical accounts indicate that the religion began among the Arab tribes of the Hijaz, a coastal area in west Arabia from Mecca to Medina and led by a man called Muhammad. The religion spread as a result of from Arabs conquering Spain and Indus Valley long after of his death in 632 A.D. A new study shows, it may have started more in the area of Syria and Palestine and those who were thought to be Meccans were really Arab tribes rich from Rome's empire.

Islam's defining moment hinges around the Battle of Badr in 624 A.D., when the Muslim army led by Muhammad fought the Qurayshites in the Mecca region. While the Muslims were greatly outnumbered, they had divine intervention, angels. All the facts of the battle are handed down and like any battle may be embellished. Is the account of this battle any more accurate than any ancient battle? In any case, the similarities between Islam's battles and those depicted in Homer's , The Illiad" are nearly identical, according to researchers, except for words used to describe events.

According Islam, the Quran, which is a record of the divine revelations that only Muhammad received from the angel Gabriel. Muhammads sayings or teachings are recorded in "hadiths". New research shows that Islam started in the Fertile Crescent from Christians and Judaized Arabs. The Quran is a collection of Muhammad's sayings and teachings told to him by an angel written between 644-656 A.D. by the then ruler, Caliph Uthman. Researchers have found some of it is uncannily similar to the Old and New Testaments. Yet, this Holy book mentions Mecca only once and only four times to Muhammand (Jesus equivalent in the Christian faith). Most of the references talk about angels, demons and prophets of the divine. Researchers question the validity of references to cattle, grain and vines in the Mecca area. Why? Mecca is in the middle of the desert and is one of the driest places on earth and its soil is volcanic. This is not place to raise or have cattle nor to grow wheat or other farm types. If it were, it would be happening still today. The Quran's veracity is, at times, doubtful. There is doubt the veracity for some of hadiths supposedly handed down. Whatever he really did say and teach was not written down until long after he died and were then orally told by his biographers, who were no doubt, told by someone else. All this happened, two centuries-200 years-after he died.

The hadiths of Islam now form the sunna, or its law and practices\customs. Different tribes or people subscribe to different parts of the hadiths, which is why Iran and Saudi Arabia have different Muslim societies. The new study seems to think that Muhammad had not received any divine communication but was a man creating a cult-like religion of Jews, Christians and Arabs. This cult thought the world was ending. Muhammand was a man at the right place, at the right time.

This new study is indeed, a revelation, but not of the divine, but research. It could be a false religion.

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    • Bill Akleh profile image

      Bill Akleh 

      6 years ago from Vancouver

      Yeah most people who have read the old testament are able to tell that the Koran is pretty much a badly copied version.

      The astonishing thing is that Muhammad never demonstrated clear miracles to his followers yet they followed him blindly like sheep - similar to the Arabs/Muslims of today. Also very similar to Mormans.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 years ago

      makes sense to me.

    • kschang profile image

      kschang 

      6 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      To be blunt, few can be objective about ANY religion. All religion is about "faith", i.e. believe WITHOUT evidence.

      On the other hand... personal observation: Islam seem to be worse than average with their official discrimination against "infidels". Religion is also integrated into law and government with shariah, so it is pervasive.

      I don't know about this study you claim to cite, nor did I study Koran or Bible for proper comparison. Until I see actual citings (i.e. verifiable proof), I am skeptical of any such controversial results.

      It very much sounds like a hoax written by anti-Islam folks. I am reserving my opinion on its veracity until I see more proof.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR

      perrya 

      6 years ago

      I would be surprised if any Muslim would concur with this the new study. Few can be this objective about Islam, most are overly devout. I will say that the Bible and Jesus does warn of following false religions in its teachings.

    • pinkrose91 profile image

      pinkrose91 

      6 years ago

      Would you mind if i write a reply to your article?Im Muslim.

    • kschang profile image

      kschang 

      6 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      Youngest of all "major" religions of the world (just nitpicking). :)

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      Jimmy 

      6 years ago

      Perrya, you are right. This is a false religion started by early reptilian settlers on Earth.

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