Well, I was proven wrong today on one count.
In my tiny, uneducated mind, I always thought that Islam is a pretty old religion, out there with Judaism and created before Christianity. Well, I was wrong, it came in the 6th century, well after the set-up of Christianity and it offered Muhammad as a new prophet.
How did Islam begin?
Islam is a monotheistic faith (like most faiths today) centred around belief in the one God (Allah). It shares some beliefs with Judaism and Christianity by tracing its history back to the patriarch Abraham, and ultimately to the first prophet, Adam.
All the prophets preached the same universal message of belief in one God and kindness to humanity.
The last in the series of prophets, according to Muslims, was Muhammad. Muhammad was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia around 570 CE. He worked first as a shepherd and then as a merchant. He was not happy with the people around him because of superstitions and social and economic injustice.
The people were worshipping many gods and had forgotten the message of prophet Abraham to worship one God. Muhammad loved to pray and meditate in the mountains. On one of those occasions, in the year 610 CE, when he was about 40 years old, he received a revelation from God through the angel Jibril (Gabriel). He continued to receive messages from God throughout his life and he began preaching to others what he had learned. His main message is that there was no other God but Allah and that people should lead their lives in a way that was pleasing to Allah.
“The best form of devotion to the service of Allah is not to make a show of it.”
The Lord often has his prophets climb mountains to converse with Him. I always wondered why He did that, and now I know the answer: when we are on high, we can see everything else as small. Our glory and sadness lose their importance. Whatever we conquered or lost remains there below. From the heights of the mountain, you see how large the world is, and how wide its horizons.”