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 += The life and times of the prophet Mohamed =
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 +Islam represents over 20% of the world population and is an often misunderstood religion in the west. My interest in Islam came to mr when I was a young boy, born to a Jewish Father and Christian mother my aunt proclaimed that she had converted to Islam. ​
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 +This shocked some of my family, angered others but left me fascinated in what would make her take such a dramatic decision. ​ When I asked, I was given the lecture by both of my parents separately as they were long divorced. That Islam was dangerous, misguided and oppressive to its followers.
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 + I had visited a Catholic church a few times before, after asking too many questions I was requested by the priest never to come back. I had also visited Jewish temples a number of times but was told that I was not Jewish not in the true sense and would have to take many numbers of steps and study to achieve that.   
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 +I was not convinced by my parents fear of Islam and was eager to find out what it was that made someone Muslim. Not knowing much about Islam I visited my aunt in the Arizona desert by surprise. She was working ​ in a Mosque in Tucson assisting the Imam who would later become my uncle.
 +Though I was fascinated by seeing a mosque I was apprehensive of what the Muslim reaction would be to me, I was after all half Jewish. Why I was interested in Islam, not in a threating way but from genuine curiosity. I was young and had no great answer and said I am just curious. Some people laughed and others scolded them for laughing, then one man said to me, you are always welcome here and if you are curious we can teach you what Islam is.
 +I replied a bit nervously, does that mean I have to become Muslim. He said no, that’s a choice you make yourself if you feel that you are. My reply was what do you have to do to become Muslim. His answer was short and heart felt. You submit to god. 
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 +That’s it? , That’s it he said. You should read the Quran and the teachings of the Prophet Mohamed. He can explain Islam better then me. Once again everyone started laughing and I was escorted to the kitchen for a feast of food.  ​
 +I was impressed by the openness of the followers, their kindness and eagerness to show me the sense of community they had and their lack of needing to convert me to or from anything. ​
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 +The Imam told me about the prophet Mohamed, his story was so compelling that I was mesmerized. Void of magic, or far feched tales The prophet’s story was that of a simple man who lived in complicated times and came to the conclusion that there was a better and just way to live.  What impressed me more was that Mohamed came to this revelation later in life while enjoying the solitude of the mountains. ​ This was something I also enjoyed being an avid climber, skier and hiker.  ​
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 +I am not a religious person, but do have a very deep respect for Islam and Muslim followers who have shown me kindness, understanding and acceptance through my life. 
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 +The story of Mohamed is a compelling one. His life is a book in it’s self.
 +To understand why Islam you need to know the story of the Prophet Mohamed. ​
 +In this writing I will not focus on the Quran, nor will I write on the differences in Islamic views. As in all religions there are differences and many are deep rooted. I will try to give an objective overview of the history, beliefs, accomplishments and controversies surrounding Mohamed and those that were closest to him.
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 +Islam a bit of history
 +In the 6th century A.D. The prophet Mohamed, who in his forties, proclaimed a new religion to be named Islam or the submission to god. The main point of this new religion was the belief of one god and the equality of all under the eyes of one god. Mohamed was born to the ruling class tribe of Quarish in the region of Mecca.
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 +Mecca was the commercial center of the region serving as a central trading post for the Byzantine, Sassanid, Ethiopian, and numerous regional tribes of the time. With this great economic power came great social injustices. ​
 +To put the region in context, the post roman empire was largely controlled by the Byzantine empire who was in a mortal conflict with the Sassanid empire of Persia ​
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 + The Sassanid empire was in bitter conflict with the Byzantine empire. Though both major powers that be enjoyed a high level of technology, literature, art, and culture they both  regarded their cultures as superior to the rest of the world.  ​
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 +Islam would change the political landscape of the region by declaring an equality among all who submitted to god would thus form a community of believers. This community concept with constitutional rights would prove to be very popular.
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 +By 640 A.D., the Arab Muslims expanded through the region unifying the greater Arabian world and eventually defeating the Sassanid and Byzantine empire in Northern Africa. ​ They later defeated the Sassanid empire in Persia. ​ Islam spread to central Asia, the Caucuses and sub Saharan Africa, later to all corners of the world.  ​
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 +==It all started with Mohamed………… ==
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 + ​Mohamed the orphan
 +Mohamed was born in the Hijaz region of what is now Saudi Arabia. Several weeks  before his birth his father ​ “Abd Allah ibn” Abd al-Muttalib” died visiting his relatives in Medinah leaving his mother a widow she was to raise Mohamed by herself.
 +At the age of six Mohamed’s mother ​ “Aminah” also died returning from Medinah, the orphaned Mohamed had lost both his parents at such a young age.The only option at that time was for Mohamed to be put in the care of his aged grandfather,​ Abd al Muttalib. Though an important member of the Hashim clan. He provided water for the pilgrims traveling to Mecca, as the story goes, he was to dig an ancient well  of Zam, Zam that was previously dug by Ishmael son of Abraham, upon digging the well he encountered opposition as this was next to the Ka’bah . Having dug in the right spot as dictated to him by a dream, he found many relics that were to be split between the Ka’ba and his family. He had promised to make a sacrificed in honor of Allah (one of the gods worshiped by pre Islamic Arabs) His youngest son was chosen. Abu Talib was convinced by a wise woman after family objections to offer either 10 camels or his youngest son. The first time it was rejected, he offered 10 more camels in lots until after offering 100 camels, his offer was accepted. His youngest son, saved from sacrifice would be Mohamed’s father.
 + ​Unfortunately Mohamed’s time with his grandfather was very short as he died he was left in the care of his uncle Abu Talib.  ​
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