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1 Identification of the Issue The impact of Islamic Fundamentalism on the World as it relates to terrorism The Founding Of Islam Muhammad was born into the trading society of Mecca in 570 He was a part of one of the dominant tribes the Quraish1 Mecca was a great trade city and was a stopping place for merchants and businessmen of all races religions and countries In general it was open to the world Although Mecca continually struggled for supreme power and went through many leaders Meccas strength was the ability of the people to form a common mind for the common good Not much is known about this man during the first forty years of his life other than the fact that he married a rich widow and later they had a daughter Fatima who became the wife of the great warrior Ali However around 610 Muhammad claimed that after meditating in the desert God had revealed many messages to him concerning life These revelations came from the angel Gabriel who Muhammad claimed God had used to call him to publish his religion Muhammads revelations were written shortly after his death and they are now called the Quran After these experiences in the desert Muhammad claimed to be a prophet of God with the great desire to guide others by Gods message So he began to preach to those around him in The people of Mecca at this time were involved in a religion called Kaaba meaning black stone in which they literally worshipped a black stone Those following this religion believed that many objects other than the black stone possessed spirits and power Therefore Muhammads message asserting the lordship of Allah was not well received at first The people called him a sorcerer and false prophet and claimed that he was possessed2 and in 622 Muhammad was forced to flee Mecca He had been condemned by Meccan authorities who held
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