Religions Project

Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism.


Islam is a monotheistic religion that developed in the Middle East in the 622 C.E. Islam, which is translates into surrender or submission, was founded on the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad as an expression of surrender to the will of Allah, the creator and sustainer of the world. Islam has around 1,500,000,000 followers worldwide and is growing. The five principals that Islam is based upon are:

-Bearing witness that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah

-Observance of Prayer

-Paying Zakat

-Fasting during Ramadhan

-Pilgrimage to the house of Allah.


Buddhism is a religion to about 300 million people. It has its origins about 2,500 years ago when Siddhartha Gotama, known as the Buddha, was enlightened at the age of 35.

Buddhism is mostly popular in the Far East.

Most of Buddhism's teachings revolve around the following principals.

1. To lead a moral life
2. To be mindful and aware of thoughts and actions
3. To develop wisdom and understanding.

The Buddha is described as a man who taught a path to enlightenment from his own experience.

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There are about 13-14 million Jews around the world. 80% of them live in Israel, or the United States. Judaism is one of the oldest religions to date.

In Judaism there is a single, all powerful, all knowing, omnipresent, God.

Often, Jews will refrain from using God's name, and instead write "G-d" as a substitute. Although the necessity of this practice is somewhat debatable within Jewish culture.


Over 80% of India's population is Hindu. There is no single founder of Hinduism, instead it grew slowly out of cultural changes and beliefs. Reincarnation is a large part of Hindu beliefs, one will be born into casts on the accumulation of good or bad in their past lives. Some of the gods are Brahma, the creator of the universe, Vishnu, the preserver of the universe, and Shiva, the destroyer of the universe. Eventually the cycle of rebirth will be broken, this can be obtained by one if the three paths to salvation. They are the following:

1. kKarma-marga - Performing social obligations.
2. Jnana-marga - Meditation and yoga to gain insight into one's self.
3. Bhakti-marga - Devotion to one's personal god.

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Christianity was founded in the first century in the Christian calendar, 1 AD. It was started with Jesus, viewed as a savior among Christians. He is said to have died to relieve the sins of the rest of the Christians. There are three pieces of one God that Christians worship, there is Jesus, God, and The Holy Spirit. About 2 Billion people call themselves Christians. Most of them are centered in the West. One thing they all have in common they believe Jesus was the savior. Besides that they have very little in common.

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