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To compare the Islamic religion one has to first define Islam The word Islam means surrender or submission to the will of Allah the one GodWebster The word Islam conveys much meaning especially those of submission and peace It is through the total submission to the will of God also known as Allah that one achieves peace with oneself peace with the Creator as well as peace with all creations Muslims are believers who have submitted themselves to the will of God The basic creed of Islam is the shahada Shahada is the profession of faith I testify that there is no deity save God and that Muhammad is the messenger of GodSchimmel 34 I study Buddhism Buddhism is the name attributed to an intricate system of beliefs developed around the teachings of a single man known as the Buddha Buddha is the title given to the Indian philosopher Gautama circa 2500 years ago Buddhism is a Western word The religion is known in the East as the Buddha-Dharma or the teachings of the BuddhaMaitreya 1 Buddhists share similar beliefs about the nature of the world and how to behave within it based on the teachings of the Buddha Islam comes from the mouth of Muhammad Buddhism is based on the Buddhas personal experience of enlightenment Thus Muhammad is a divinely inspired teacher who preached the words of Gods will whereas the Buddha shared his understanding of the way to attain enlightenment Neither religion worships the tellers of the truth ie Muhammad and the Buddha Instead both religions recognize and appreciate the magnificent contribution both men have made as well as utilize the doctrines that summarize their school of thoughtthe Koran and the Four Noble Truths The foundation of Islam is the Koran which is for the pious Muslim not the word of a prophet but the unadulterated word of God which has become audible through Muhammad the pure vessel in clear Arabic languageSchimmel 29
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