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Islam vs. Christianity – Are the Qur’an and the Bible Similar?

Lorena B
Senior Editor, TipsHire

Muslims have a great vision of the Koran (Qur’an). They say the holy book must be read and memorized, and also trust the hadiths such as Tafsir ibn Kathi.

In Arabic language, Islam means “surrender”, mostly refering to the submission to the will of God. A follower of Islam is called a Muslim = “One who surrenders to God.” Islam teaches that the Koran is an eternal book, and that in the 7th cetury, Allah chose Muhammad as his final prophet, through whom the Koran would come.

Islam mentions that the Koran is eternal; It has always existed. So, Islam is not a new faith, but the old faith that had to be reestablished. Revealing the Qur’an to Muhammad was the necessary step to do it. After the event in 610, he received the Koran for a period of over 22 years.

Little is known about the life of the prophet Muhammad. He borned in the year 570 d.C, his parents died when he was very young, and he was raised by his uncle Abu Talib, in Mecca.

Muhammad had many wives throughout his life. Although the Qur’an sets the limit for the men of four wives , it is said that he had no such restriction.

Firstly, he married his first wife, Khadijah, at the age of 25. It is said that his favorite wife is Aisha, who is considered the mother of the believers and who, after the death of Muhammad, contributed to the expansion of Islam.

Similarities between Koran and the Bible

The Koran and the Bible do have many similarities:

  1. Both books speak of a single Creator God. However, there is also a difference here, since most Christian denominations accept that although the divinity is one, they also accept that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are divine, and they believe in the divinity of 3 beings in one.
  2. Both books tell us to not adore sculptural images of any kind
  3. The Koran has almost the same length of the New Testament and is divided into 114 chapters, “suras.”
  4. The author of the Koran, Mohammed, supposedly received the words of the Koran in a span of more than twenty years.
  5. There are many figures that are common to both books. Among them we can mention: Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, Aaron, Elisha, Elijah, Ezekiel, David, Solomon, Jonah, Zechariah, John and Jesus.
  6. Both holy books Teach that one God created all things; Adam and Eve were the first humans; a global flood occurred; talk about people like Abraham, Moses, David, Zechariah, John the Baptist and Jesus.
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