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Comparing Islam and Christianity (05:44)


Islam is the fastest growing religion in America. Muslims and Christians are monotheists, believing in the existence of one god. Practiced in the strictest sense, these religions have much in common as well as distinct differences.

Parallel Beliefs of Muslims and Christians (03:46)

Muslims and Christians believe in the virgin birth of Jesus, who is a prophet in Islam, and the son of God in Christianity. "Islam" means both peace and surrender to the will of God.

Worldwide Expansion of Islam (03:47)

Islam is the second largest religion in the world. Veiled, Muslim women wear "hijab," a modest form of dress. Despite the worldwide differences in Islam, the core beliefs, or "Five Pillars," are universal.

Shahadah and Salah (06:55)

The first of the five pillars of Islam is the declaration of faith, or Shahadah. The second is Salah, obligatory or daily prayers. These prayers are a ritual rather than individual communication.

Sawm Ramadan, Zakat, and the Hajj (05:45)

Zakat, the Third Pillar, is a form of charity, a tax and a tithe. Sawm Ramadan, the Fourth Pillar, is the annual fast. The Fifth Pillar is the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, the birthplace of Mohammad.

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Islam and Its Five Pillars

Part of the Series : Islam and Christianity: A Comparative Analysis
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A meaningful understanding of Islam begins when its principles are discussed with an open mind. In this program, Amina Wadud, of Virginia Commonwealth University; Ibrahim Kalin, of the College of the Holy Cross; and Timothy George, founding dean of Beeson Divinity School, join together to examine the meaning of Islam—both within a Muslim context and in relation to the Christian and Jewish traditions of Abrahamic monotheism—and to explain Islam’s Five Pillars. The purpose of hijab, the distinction between individual and congregational prayer, and mosque design are given special consideration, as are the Virgin Birth, Jesus, and an almighty God. (28 minutes)

Length: 29 minutes

Item#: BVL33784

ISBN: 978-1-4213-0086-3

Copyright date: ©2004

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