7 Facts and Myths about World Religions

Published by admin on Sat April 3, 2010

A religion is considered as a set of beliefs diverted to a cause and nature and purpose of the universe. Religion involves devotional and ritual observance having a moral code to regulate the conduct of human affairs. Different aspects of religion include narrative, symbolism, beliefs and practice which are supposed to give practitioner’s experience of life.

  • There are considered five different pillars of practice in Islam. As being a true Muslim, one must follow five basic pillars of Islam:
    1. Shahadah – Declaration of faith in the oneness of God and that Muhammad is the last prophet of God.
    2. Formal prayer five times a day.
    3. Fasting during the daylight hours in the month of Ramadan.
    4. Poor-due “tax” – 2.5% of one’s savings given to the needy at the end of each year.
    5. Pilgrimage to Mecca at least once, if physically and financially able.


  • According to the Islamic definition of God, he is someone, who is merciful and compassionate. He is just and prompt in punishment. However, his mercy is far above than his wrath. Islam teaches a balance between fear and hope, protecting one from both complacency and despair.

  • Christianity is a monotheistic religion based on Jesus of Nazareth, and on his life and teachings as depicted and showed away in the New Testament. Christians revere Jesus to be the Messiah and thus refer to him as Jesus Christ. With about 2.1 followers, Christianity is the world’s largest religion in America, Europe, Philippine Islands, Oceania and large parts of Africa.

  • Christianity started as a religious sect in 1st century as a Jewish Sect and has similarities with religious texts of Judaism, precisely with Hebrew Bible that is known to Christians being as Old Testament. Like Judaism and Islam, Christianity is classified as an Abrahamic religion because of the centrality of Abraham in their shared traditions.

  • Buddhism that was founded by Lord Buddha in India 2,500 years ago is still dominant religion of the Far East. Buddhism rejects both religious rituals and worships of deities in favor of pure meditation. The religion is purely focused on the concept of enlightenment and learning away from worldly pleasures.

  • Confucianism as a form of religion is an ethical and philosophical system and has reputation of one of the world religions. Confucianism after its origin in China soon spread to Korea, Taiwan and Vietnam. Most of the people following Confucianism follow Chinese traditional religion that is a mixture of Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism and traditional local practices and beliefs.

  • Hinduism is considered as the world’s oldest organized religion. It is consisted of different religious groups that have evolved during and since 1500 BC.  It is world’s third largest religion after Christianity and Islam. Hinduism is followed by about 837 million followers that are about 13% of the world population. It is a prominent religion in India, Nepal and among Tamils in Sri Lanka.

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