i am one step larger than mankind and what it brings to the table of god. In today's compare and contrast between the two religions I will be picking buddhism and Islam. On the surface, Buddhism and Islam have more differences than similarities in their philosophies. While Islam is a monotheistic religion that believes in worshiping an almighty God, Buddhism is a polytheistic religion that rejects the notion of a creator God but does honor enlightened beings as holiness. Buddhism and Islam were founded more than 1,000 years apart in very different parts of the world, and this is reflected in their worldviews. Buddhism being found in in the fifth century B.C. in what is now Nepal, Islam was founded in the seventh century in Arabia.
First, let’s take a look at what Islam, as a religion, is all about. It’s based on the religious book Qur’an, and the literal meaning of the name is ‘submission to God’. A Muslim, therefore, is someone who submits himself to God. Based on the teachings of Islam as a religion, there are five duties which Muslims must practice within the community ‘“ and this is what Islamic Law revolves around. Islam is a dominant religion in the Middle East, some parts of Asia, and North Africa. Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world, with about 13% of the population practicing the Islam religion. Arab countries and those in the Indian sub-continent also have a high percentage of Muslims. On the surface, Buddhism and Islam have more differences than similarities in their philosophies. While Islam is a monotheistic religion that believes in worshiping an almighty God, Buddhism rejects the notion of a creator God but does honor enlightened beings as deities.
Buddhism preaches vegetarianism and shunning alcohol and drugs. Islam also bans alcohol but does not preach vegetarianism.
A Buddhist who takes a spiritual refuge outside the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha is not considered a Buddhist. S/he may study and learn from other religions,...