Jesus and Muhammad have been held in high respect, if not respected, by the billions who have belonged top the religions that these two greats founded. Although both men thought of them of selves as spokes people of the same God not very much attention has been given to their similarities and differences. It is hard to find people through the ages that appreciate what Muhammad did. It seems that a lot of people degrade the rival leader to promote their won religious leader.
In spite of these similarities, a comparison of the two men is somewhat uneven in the eyes of the Muslims and Christians. Muhammad spent his life in a region known as Hijaz, an arid plateau in western Arabia and also he lived the end of his life in Medina, where as Jesus spent his life in Nazareth located less than a thousand miles northwest of Mohammed homeland He also spent some time if his younger life in Egypt once Jesus was kicked out of Nazareth he moved to the lakeside town Capernium. Most of the young lives of the two are not very well documented all biographical information is held within the bible and the Koran.Islam and Christianity are the most widely studied religions. Jesus belonged to a religion which some women were given respect, as in the Islamic religion the women are given very much less respect that Christianity The bible and the Koran are both the most widely read books in the history of the world. In the Koran the word of god became divine in the Koran but in Christianity Jesus became divine not the bible.
Both Jesus and Muhammad believed they they could converse directly with god in public or private. It was believed that mecca is the holiest place in the Islamic religion, in Christianity there is no such area or city, the closest place to mecca would be Bethlehem which is the birthplace of Jesus.In the last years of Mohammed life he was treated in an awesome way that distinguished him from others in his area. In the last years of Jesus life he was treated terribly by all who didn’t follow his ways. In Islam it is said when Jesus was crucified that he said ” My god have you forsaken me” , but Christianity there is no place where it says that Jesus gave up on god in the way the Koran says.In Islam the Koran was given to Mohammed by Allah directly. In Christianity the bible was written by many other people and not given to Jesus by god.
Jesus is spoken of and is featured in the Koran and he is known as somewhat of a saint in the Koran, but in the bible Mohammed is never spoken of. Muhammad said that he was merely just a mortal man , but Jesus was brought back to life after he died. In the Koran it says that people are either good or evil and that has to kind of do with Adam and Eve and Abel. Jesus said that his religious tradition had long encouraged love toward other Israelites while going with hatred toward foreigners who had been unfriendly to his people. Jesus conveyed him self as knowing that he was gods suffering servant. I thought that this book was very informative but it really doesn’t go along the lines of the kind of books that i usually read. It was a really hard book to read and it was hard to stay interested in.
I gave up on this book about three or four times but i am glad i read it and i learned a lot.