Compare and Contrast: Hinduism and Islam Essay

889 Words Apr 6th, 2007 4 Pages
Religion: Hinduism and Islam
Every society is based on different religion. Different people follow different types of religion according to their birth or by choice. The major religions of the world are Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Judaism. Each religion is similar and different from one another in terms of festivals, practices and beliefs. Apart from Christianity, Hinduism and Islam are the two most widely practiced religions in the world today. They have their own traditions, beliefs and practices. These two religions are similar to some extent and differ in terms of the God they worship, religious text and the place where they offer their prayers. The major difference between Hinduism and Islam is the God
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In Hindu religion mandirs are the place where only prayers are offered. Whereas, the primary purpose of the masjid is to offer prayers besides that it is also used as a place for social and political works. The masjid is used very frequently as a Muslim has to offer prayers five times a day and it is usually done in a masjid. The structure of masjid is a dome and is a large hall where people gather to offer prayers. As Muslims believe in abstract form of God, the room where they offer prayers is bare and there are no statues of gods and goddess. Both the Hindu mandir and the Muslim masjid serve the purpose of offering prayers to their respective gods.
Hinduism and Islam are similar to some extent and different to each other in terms of God they worship, religious text and the place where they offer their prayers. Even though Hindus are polytheist and Muslims are monotheist, the Qur'an and all the numerous religious texts the Hindus believe in are trying to teach their followers the importance of discipline and the significance of God in their daily life. Therefore, Hinduism and Islam are the two most widely practiced religion and they hold different significance to their followers.

Works Cited
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