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Mike Shreve was a teacher of yoga at four universities. (The portrait above was drawn by one of his students in 1970.) Then a spiritual rebirth brought him into a real relationship with God and drastically changed his heart, his life and his belief system.  Read his story here.

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THE CRESCENT MOON - The lunar calendar determines the Islamic year with its system of religious devotions. The Qur'an explains that Allah created the stars to guide people to their destination. So the crescent moon (hilal) and the star (najm) have become the traditional dual symbol of Islam. Note: Some Muslims insist that this symbol is nothing more that a carryover of the symbol representing the Ottoman Turkish Empire.

Non-Muslim apologists, especially Christian, insist that the moon is a symbol for the ancient Arabic moon god who was the highest of 360 idol gods worshipped at Mecca around the time of Muhammad.


Islam

Mohammed (570-632 AD), the founder of Islam, is considered in this religion to be the last and greatest of all prophets. Born an orphan, he was raised by his uncle and grandfather. Although he was a member of a poor family in Mecca, his family was still well respected. Known for his organizational ability and honesty, he was employed by a wealthy widow who he eventually married. Mohammed periodically went to a cave outside of Mecca for prayer and meditation. According to Muslim tradition, it was there that the archangel Gabriel appeared to Mohammed, declaring him to be a prophet of God.

Mohammed's teaching stressed his belief in only one God, social and economic justice and the final judgment. His emphasis on social reform brought him into conflict with the wealthy merchants of Mecca. In 619 A.D. he was offered a prominent position in arbitrating feuds in the city of Medina. Mohammed accepted the position and encouraged his followers to immigrate there. In Medina he began to lay the foundation for Islamic practices and continued his efforts toward societal improvement. The city of Mecca finally surrendered to Mohammed in 630 A.D. after warring against Medina for a season. Soon after this, tribes from all over Arabia were converted to Islam. There are presently over 150 Islamic sects in the world.

The Qur'an is the main Scripture base for Muslims. Believed to be divinely inspired, the Qur'an was allegedly revealed to Mohammed by Gabriel over a period of approximately twenty-two years. The second source is the Sunna (the example of the prophet) known through "Hadith"� (traditions concerning the sayings or actions of Mohammed as he dealt with various issues). The Qur'an is considered infallible; Hadith is not.


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