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The Influence on Mohammed the profit and Islam on Arabia



THE INFLUENCE OF MOHAMMED THE PROPHET

AND ISLAM ON ARABIA



The success of the Arabian civilization is due to the

contributions and efforts of one single man by the name of Pbuh

Mohammed. Mohammed was a prophet who was responsible for the

creation and development of the Islam religion which would later

become the foundation of the Arabian society. Other than the fact that

he developed a religion that is accepted world wide, he granted the

people of Arabia with a new culture and way of life. There is no way to

measure the importance of this one manís life, or the impact that he

had on both Arabia and the rest of the world. Arab civilization truly

began in AD 570 with the birth of a man that would grow up to

develop the foundation for every aspect of the Arabian life.





The Islam religion is the first and oldest of its kind. The

development of this Muslim belief caused a great turning point in the

development of the Arabian civilization. It would eventually grow and

develop, forming the foundation of the entire Arabian Empire. The

word Islam itself means submission to the will of the Gods. While the

word Muslims, the name given to followers of the Islam religion,

simple translates into those who submit. The religion began with one

follower named Mohammed, and expanded to the present day

estimate of about 750,000,000 ( , ). The Muslims believe in one

God and one God only, Allah. They believe that he stands alone and
has absolute control over the actions of all people on earth.
Muslims also believe that all men are equal to Allah. For this
reason, the importance of acts of charity, and easing the
suffering of those in need were greatly stressed by Mohammed.
At the time this was directed towards the poor, the women and
the children of Arabia. Islam religion is said to be a cross
between Christianity and Judaism. There are many similarities
between the Christian and Jewish God, and Allah. Muslims
believe that there was a man by the name of Jesus, but that he
was one of the six prophets that Allah chose to help Him
communicate His word to the people here on earth. They accept
the virgin birth of Jesus, but deny His divinity and resurrection.
They considered Mohammed, who was born in AD 571, ( , )
to be the final and the greatest of all the prophets. Not only was
he an outstanding preacher of Godís word, but he took on both
political and military roles while living in Yathrib (modern day
Medina). It is said that while meditating in a cave on Mount Hira,
the angel Gabriel spoke to Mohammed and told him to "read the



name of the Lord, who created man from a lot of blood" ( , ).
The voice of this heavenly angel was sent down by Allah to
communicate his words of wisdom to Mohammed. In about AD
613, after three years of living the life intended by Allah in
private, the angel Gabriel was said to appear to him once again
and tell him to "Arise and warn" ( , ). That is when
Mohammed began to preach the word of Allah in public. Over
the next twenty three years Mohammed attempted to improve the
societyís morality. His speeches were often written down by
more than one of his many followers. They greatly inspired the
Arabian people to live a life following the words of Allah, and
made them want to learn more about the wishes of their God.
Directly following the death of Mohammed, his followers began
to compile the notes from his speeches into a Holy book, which
eventually was called the Koran. People believed that the words
of Allah were delivered to Mohammed piece by piece from
Gabriel and therefore believed this Holy book to be the exact
words of God delivered to them through Mohammed. This Holy
Book holds one hundred and fourteen chapters that are


memorized by many people throughout the world. It describes
what one must do to be loved and accepted in the eyes of Allah.
This religion was a gradual development that took twenty three
years to complete, but when it was finished, it outlined the
beliefs and lifestyle of the Muslim Arabs.



As Mohammed the prophet spread the word of God, new

tradition and development of the Arabian culture began to take place.

The roles among the society became clearly defined. Especially

between the two genders and those of various social status. The

society developed into a very male dominated one that focused of

male honor. Women were believed to be weak, and more subjected

to temptation. While menís lives were focused on success and pride,

womenís were focused on trying to keep others, especially their

husbands, happy. In a way, they were treated almost like slaves, in

the sense that their life was dedicated obeying the wishes of other

people in an attempt to make others happy, or satisfied with them. To

do any less would be a great disgrace to both your husband, and





family, one which could never be erased. The most distinctive

tradition that developed is the clothing and role of Arabian women.

By the age of twelve, a young ladyís body must be completely

covered from head to toe. The only skin allowed to be shown is a

small part of the skin around your eyes, that was revealed by the veil.

The veil is very well recognized by foreigners. Veils have been worn

by women of the middle east since at least 1500 BC. There are both

traditional and practical reason why this garment is worn. First of all it

protects womenís faces from the hot desert sun and dry windblown

sand. The religious purpose is that goes along with the whole

conservative womenís role that was laid out by Mohammed. Another

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