reply to post by lordtyp0
In regards to the Satanic Verses, I am not familiar with Salman Rushdie or his work, but I am familiar with the historic and Islamic explanations of
the incident. Muhammad either recited the "Satanic Verses" by his own personal mistake, or by the whispered suggestion of Satan. Immediately after
the Satanic Verses were recited, God sent angel Gabriel to chastise Muhammad and correct the words.
Some ask, "If Muhammad made that mistake, how can we know other mistakes didn't occur?"
Known Islamic tradition states that Angel Gabriel recited the entire Qur'an several times with Muhammad upon it's completion. The satanic verses
were a whisper or idea in Muhammad's head, but Angel Gabriel visually manifest himself while spending time with Muhammad.
I'm not going to argue the incident, I'm just presenting the understanding.
Any assimilated beliefs, practices, or deities in Islam from other sources? I can only speak for Sunni Islam, strictly according to the Qur'an and
Sunnah (Sahih Hadith/ Authentic Sayings and Actions of Muhammad). I would have to say no.
Islam is very much absolute in it's teachings. Over and over it says Allah is the One, the Only, the Absolute. Islam teaches no intercession can be
made, prayers go to Allah only. Teaches that Allah is the only creator and everything else is a creation. Muhammad even went out of his way to avoid
practices from other religions. The call to prayer for Muslims is done by the human voice for this reason. Muhammad said the Jews call to prayer with
a horn, Christians call with a bell... so he tried to stay far from practices of other religions.
There is even the word "bi'dah" in Islamic teachings. Bi'dah is newly introduced innovation to the religion. Islam is meant to stay literal to
Muhammad's teachings and understandings of Islam and the Qur'an. Any deviation is called bi'dah and is considered a mortal sin. So it is urged to
stay literal to Muhammad's teachings and avoid adding in ideas or beliefs.
Because the Qur'an is so absolute in Allah being the only god, only creator, and only answerer of prayers, I can't see any assimilation in the
religion. If you do not count Islam a continuation of Abrahamic revealation, then I would say Islam assimilated peace and love from Christianity, and
assimilated war and law from Judaism. Islam, to me, appears to be the most similar to Judaism than any other religion.