Sinrus wrote:Actually, both Jews and Muslims believe that they descended from Abraham. Jews from his son Isaac, and Muslims from his son Ishmael. Also, the angel who appeared to Muhammad is the angel Gabriel; the same one who visited the the Virgin Mary. The difference is that Islam teaches that Muhammad was the last prophet, which neither Judaism nor Christianity accept. Also, both Jews and Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet, as opposed to the son of God.
It's true that the angel that Muhammad (either spelling works) claimed to have appeared to him is Gabriel. And the rest may be true as well; I'm not very familiar with the Koran.
The point I was trying to make is that Muslims aren't going by the Old Testament, they're going by the Koran. Many people believe that the reason there are so many elements of Judaism (and some from Christianity as well, if they believe Jesus was a prophet) is because of the knowledge Mohammed had of these religions when Islam was founded. Muslims accept this as part of the book that was handed down to Muhammed, that had nothing to do with Muhammed's own knowledge.
But again, even though they share some of the same elements within their religions, they're not going by the same 'user manual'. Which sets Islam apart from the others, because Judaism and Christianity share a book of authority, and Christianity was founded out of that book, but Islam shares neither source.
Judaism - Operates in accordance with the Old Testament, as led by the Holy Spirit.
Christianity - Operates in accordance with the Old and New Testaments, as led by the Holy Spirit.
Islam - Operates in accordance with the Koran, which contains some elements of Judaism and Christianity, but more so Judaism. I don't know if Muslims believe in the Holy Spirit or not. I have a friend that's islamic, I think I'll ask him next time I see him =).