The U.S. population is overwhelmingly a Christian population (78% according to a recent Pew Forum survey), which of course means that all other religions also present within the U.S. are, by definition, “minority religions” (no matter how large they might be on the wider, global scene). Perhaps unsurprisingly, many average Americans’ familiarity with these other faiths pursued by a few of their neighbors tends to be a bit on the thin side. Many who are unfamiliar with the specifics of, say, Judaism and Islam may simply assume that such “other” religions are probably radically, perhaps even unimaginably different from each other — completely alien faiths, with little to no common ground or similarities of belief and practice.
But those who may possess only a casual familiarity with either Judaism or Islam might be very surprised to discover just how much common ground these two faiths actually share, or how many striking similarities and provocative parallels exist between them.
I previously I began a sort of “Top Ten” list of such shared Judaic/Islamic similarities. That list continues here with beliefs about angels, prophets and divine revelations.
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