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Introduction Hinduism To be a Hindu is to be born a Hindu and then to follow a certain way of life The word Hindu comes from Hind the old Persian word for India and Hinduism simply means the religion of the people of India With no founder and no creed it has evolved over time Hinduism has many gods yet for some Hindus there is an impersonal Absolute behind them all called Brahman creator of the universe Brahman unfolds into the Trimurti the holy trinity made up of Brahma Vishnu and Shiva Brahma is the creator Vishnu the great preserver and Shiva the destroyer but also the re-creator Islam Islam is a religion of submission Its followers Muslims are those who commit themselves in surrender to the will of Allah Allah is the Arabic word for God The word Islam itself means commitment or surrender Muslims see their faith as Gods final revelation which meets all the spiritual and religious needs of humanity History HinduismIslam Hinduism is one of the worlds oldest religions but no one knows how this religion was established or when it began but is thought that it started around 400 AD This religion is related to the Vedic religion The Islamic religion began almost 1400 622 AD years ago in what is now Saudi Arabia when the Prophet Muhammad received revelations from God The revelations were written down in a holy book called the Quran and Muhammads followers and successors soon spread the world of Islam beyond Arabia To Muslims - the followers of Islam - their religion became a way of life forming and guiding their entire culture and society Attitude towards other religions Hinduism is not a religion but a set of beliefs and practices It is not a religion like Christianity or Islam or Buddhism because it is not founded by any one person or does not have an organized
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