Jocelyn Zuidema


Info about Islam

Islam is Polytheistic-

Holy Books- The Qur'an is holy book for Muslims, revealed in stages to Prophet Muhammad over 23 years. Qur'anic revelations are regarded by Muslims as the sacred word of god.

Figures- There are many Biblical figures which the Qur'an names.

Holidays- There are two official holidays in Islam Eid Al-Fitr and Eid AL-Adha T

Symbols-It features prominently on the flags of many countries in the Islamic world, notably Turkey, Pakistan, Mauritania, Malaysia, Maldives and Iran.

Jerusalem- Jerusalem is considered a sacred site in Sunni Islamic tradition, along with Mecca and Medina.

Houses of worship- The Great Mosque of Kairouan, also called the Mosque of Uqba, in Tunisia, was built in 670 and is the oldest and most prestigious Islamic place of worship in North Africa.

Central beliefs- Belief in the Oneness of God: Muslims believe that God is the creator of all things, and that God is all-powerful and all-knowing.

Places- Masjid al-Haram is a large mosque in the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia and the largest in Islam.

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Info about Christianity

Christianity is Monotheistic

Holy Books- Christianity is focussed on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe to be the Son of God.

Figures- Christian religious figures reflect the divisions between the main branches of Christianity.

Holidays- Pentecost, also called Whitsuntide in parts of Europe, is just behind Easter in overall importance.

Symbols- Christian symbolism is the use of symbols, including archetypes , acts, artwork or events, by Chirstainity.

Jerusalem- Jerusalem is mostly important to Christianity because that is where Jesus Christ was brought to occasionally as a child, preached to the poor in his adult life, crucified in the end of his life, and resurrected by God.

Houses of worship- A new proposal in Berlin is seeking donations for its so-called House of One, a multi-purpose house of worship for Christians, Jews, and Muslims.

Central beliefs- The central teachings of traditional Christianity are that Jesus is the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit

Places- During the Crusades, Christian pilgrims often sought out the Holy Places in the Outremer, especially early in the 12th century immediately after Jerusalem was captured.

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Info of Judaism

Judaism is Monotheistic

Holy Books- The most holy Jewish book is the Torah

Figures- In Judaism there are many important figures such as Abraham, Moses, God, King Solomon, Isaac, Jacob, David, and Jesus.

Holidays- And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came, he and all his army, against Jerusalem, and encamped against it; and they built forts against it round about.

Symbols- Represents the High Holy Days. Often an accompaniment of the Menorah.

Jerusalem- Since the 10th century BCE Jerusalem has been the holiest city, focus and spiritual center of the Jews.

Houses of worship- God accepts prayer in any language, but the official language of Jewish prayer is Hebrew.

Central beliefs- The Jewish idea of God is particularly important to the world because it was the Jews who developed two new ideas about God

Places- Discusses the importance of the land of Israel to Judaism, the rise of Zionism and the formation of the state of Israel.

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Info of Buddhism

Buddhism has no Polytheistic nor Monotheistic: As a religion, Buddhism is neither monotheistic nor polytheistic. There is no personal god or monotheistic creator God in Buddhism, as there is in Christianity, Judaism or Islam.

Figures- The fully enlightened Buddha, the Buddha of our time. Historically, the founder of Buddhism, but to Buddhists he is considered the person who rediscovered the teachings after they had died out.

Holidays- This is a list of holidays celebrated within the Buddhist tradition. Vesak: Buddha's Birthday is known as Vesak and is one of the major festivals of the year.

Symbols- Buddhist symbolism is the use of Buddhist art to represent certain aspects of dharma, which began in the 4th century BCE.

Jerusalem- Yuval Ido Tal never realized his early dreams of becoming an architect. Instead, his life took an unexpected turn after he read Tao Te Ching, one of the three basic Taoist books.

Houses of worship- Buddhists can worship both at home or at a temple. It is not considered essential to go to a temple to worship with others.

Central beliefs- Buddhism, like most of the great religions of the world, is divided into a number of different traditions. However, most traditions share a common set of fundamental beliefs.

Places- Lumbini is the place where the Buddha, known as the Tathagata* was born. It is the place which should be visited and seen by a person of devotion and which should cause awareness and apprehension of the nature of impermanence.

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Info of Hinduism


Hinduism is Monotheistic- Certain elements of henotheism, monotheism, panentheism, pantheism, monism, and sometimes atheism or non-theism (see advaita) are found in a minority of Hindu denominations.

Holy Books- he Vedas, a collection of hymns praising the Vedic gods. Veda means 'knowledge'

Figures- Hinduism is one of the largest forms of religion in the world. While most of its followers are in South Asia, specifically India and Nepal, there are Hindus around the world.

Holidays-Diwali is the festival of lights for Hindus and Sikhs. ...

Symbols- Hindu sacraments. 1.1 Tilaka. 1.2 Vibhuti. 1.3 Rudraksha.

Houses of worship- However a hindu also worships god in his house and outside. Most Hindus who can afford to have a separate room for god have a separate room where they keep idols and pictures of deities, Some have small altars where they worship deities daily or on special days.

Central beliefs- Hinduism is not an organized religion and has no single, systematic approach to teaching its value system.

Places- The most famous tirtha is Varanasi, also called Benares or Kashi.

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