Students of religion can often learn a lot of respect and understanding of people of other religions if they simply look into the basic ideas that found both their own belief system as well as those of the other religion. By making this comparison, it is often found that while the outward forms and rituals of a religion may be quite different, the underlying founding principles remain the same. One of the predominant religious systems in the United States is Christianity. Even among those who are not strong worshippers, the beliefs and rituals that accompany this religion remain deeply ingrained in the societal structure while the hostilities that have occurred throughout history have predisposed Christians to view Muslims as their avowed enemies and, therefore, opposites. However, Muslims are far from the devil-worshipping, child-sacrificing godless heathens imagined. A simple comparison of these two religions demonstrates they are not so very different after all as can be traced through their primary books of worship. The two religions are very similar in terms of their primary prayers, creation stories, the laws of God, moral codes, religious practices and concepts of God. Both the Lords Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) and the Fateha (The Qur’an 1:1-7) speak of adoration, submission, and supplication in that order. There are several points of similarity regarding creation such as Qur'an 35:13 - He merges Night into Day, and he merges Day into Night, and he has subjected the sun and the moon (to his Law): each one runs its course for a term appointed. Such is Allah your Lord: to Him belongs all Dominion. This compares to Genesis 1:14 - Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years. The Qur’an and 10 Commandments of the Bible match-up well almost line by line. Both list whom a person cannot marry, such as family members, again, almost line by line.
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