There of the Qur’an and their God Allah.

There is an abundance of faith on our planet, but it is celebrated in a number of different ways. Religion maintains roots and a foundation for millions of individuals no matter the type and can grasp the meaning of our lives in its history. To understand why humans rely on religion so heavily it is important to have an grasp regarding the most predominant ones, being Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, and Baha’i Faith.  The religion of Christianity is a monotheistic faith that follows the readings of the Holy Bible and the Son of God, Jesus Christ. It is believed that Jesus Christ was the Messiah sent to change the ways of humans and their sins. Christians believe there is a place after death for those who follow the godly way, and for those who do not. These beliefs are found inside the Bible, the holy scripture of Christianity, and contain what is known as the Old and New Testaments. Christianity has many denominations of faith that follow primarily the same structure, but have varying levels of differences in details.  Islam is also a monotheistic religion based around the teaching of the Qur’an and their God Allah. Allah is the center to any Muslim’s life, unlike in Christianity where God is three beings at once, Allah is the sole entity of faith in Islam. Regarding the history of Islam, Allah spoke to a man named Muhammed, the last prophet, and he divided these words to the people of Mecca. Islam has five very important pillars by which they follow, those being prayer five times a day, a pilgrimage to Mecca during one’s life, fasting, declaration of faith, and giving money to charity.  The third religion to acknowledge is Judaism, a monotheistic faith that was founded by Moses over three thousand years ago. Jewish individuals worship in a synagogue upheld by Rabbis. The Jewish faith is intertwined with Christianity and Islam, as they all truly are, but follows a strict guideline of the Torah and also the belief that Jesus Christ was not the Messiah. There are many customs and traditions that come with the faith such as Sabbath, a holy day in which followers devote their minds and bodies towards the celebration of God. There are around thirteen million Jewish followers across the world today.      Hinduism is a polytheistic faith, extremely adopted in India and Nepal, with millions of followers. Hinduism widely accepts the belief in reincarnation and karma as major aspects to the religion. Reincarnation is a cycle of one’s life that begins at birth till the end. Depending on how the individual lives out their life results in their reincarnation and whether they will achieve a better life in the next one. Karma is an upheld belief that with good deeds come good success and prosperity in life. Though there is no single book sought after in this religion, there are the Vedas; a collection of important text that helps any Hindu lead a prosperous and meaningful life. Bahi’i Faith is the youngest of all the other religions discussed here, as it was founded in Iran in 1863 by their key leader Baha’u’llah. Interestingly, this faith believes all other major religions hold equal validity in their histories, but there are still major differences when it comes to this young religion. Followers believe their leader is the latest of messengers from God, thus meaning Jesus Christ was not the last one. From today, there will again be another messenger sent to continually help humans and bring peace. An important aspect if one chooses to covert is to not only to follow their basic guidelines, but to acknowledge the needed “revival” or “progression” to their beliefs.  Buddhism focuses on enlightenment and one’s spirit regarding life. This faith is based around grasping a level of peace, but never becoming idle in growth towards reaching Nirvana. Nirvana is the highest level of spiritual enlightenment that one seeks to achieve after cycles of reincarnation and an ending to suffering. Once the cycles of reincarnation end, one can finally relinquish in the state of Nirvana with absolute peace. The aspect of suffering is very important as well in Buddhism because followers must understand that suffering is only temporary and a puzzle piece to life to fully understand why Nirvana is the ultimate state. Upon learning about these religions, I felt I needed to expand my knowledge of Islam and what it all encompasses. After learning about the five pillars of faith, I could see how involved daily you had to be in comparison to other religions that only worship one day a week. These pillars give structure and goals that can keep the spirit going and continue growth in one’s journey with faith. I always appreciate learning as much as I can about religion, because we will probably never truly understand what it is like to deeply practice a different faith. It was refreshing to delve into other religions and discover alternative spaces of faith.  

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