Did Islam Originated From Judaism Or Christianity?
Islam is one of the three Abrahamic religions with many followers around the world. Its adherents believe there is one God, Allah and Mohammed is his messenger. The source of jurisprudence is Quran along with the Sunnah, a term used to describe actions of Mohammed.
However, Controversy whether or not Islam builds on Judaism or Christianity is still flying around today. Followers of Islam believe it is the best religion while Christians and Jew claim it is off-shoot of their religion. We need to examine its pillars to show if there is a relation to other religions that preceded it.
There are five basic pillars in Islam namely; Iman, Salat, Sawn, Zakat, and Hajj. Iman or Shahada is a declaration of faith that Allah is one God. Salat refers to acts of worship to Allah five times daily. Sawn also known as fasting is total abstinence from food within a given period of time. Zakat simply means an act in which the rich give alms to poor people. Hajj is the visitation to Qabba, a holy house in Macca.
Christianity and Judaism also adhere to these beliefs in their holy books. For instance, there are stories and verses in the Quran correlates to that of the bible, especially a verse that support the above-mentioned pillars in the Bible. In Mark 12:29, Jesus said, “… the Lord our God is one Lord” a verse more or less similar to the Shahada. This serves as evidence that there is indeed a connection to the past religions.