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REL 212 WORLD RELIGION Assignment 2 Islam Strayer University(USE AS GUIDE ONLY)
Running head: ISLAM 1
Assignment 2: Islam
The Islamic religion began in Arabia and it became revealed to the human race through
the prophet Muhammad. Those who follow it are called Muslims and they believe in the
existence of one God they call Allah. This religion for a long time dramatically has affected the
course of history through its political, economic and military history more so in the Middle East
where its roots run deep. Although, commonly non-Muslims assert that Islamic originated from
Medina and Mecca, Muslims themselves believe that this religion has been existent from the
time of Adam. In any case, Islam is seen to have been strong after the coming of Muhammad
Before Islam was the concept of Jahilyah, basically describes the Arabian social life
before the coming of Muhammad. This term refers to ignorance and ideally, Muhammad as a
man of God came into the lives of this once ignorant society and transformed them to a society
of values. Arabia itself is mostly a desert hence there was no main political authority for a larger
part of the peninsula before the coming of Islam. The center of the peninsula was inhabited by
nomadic (badawah) tribes occasionally settling here and there around an oasis or sometimes
close to the sea. This life was hard because often there were too many people competing for too
The groups had a nobility code known as muruwah, which basically was the face of their
religion. It refereed to patience, courage and endurance. It improved the group’s cohesion since it
mandated that each and every member look out for each other and hence they were all
responsible for each other. The muruwah ensured each individual was concerned with the
success of the tribe. It downsized the ownership of personal wealth while others lacked.
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