Lets get straight into it, first question of the week is What have I learn about Islam from the information that I have received. First off Islam is like Germany during world war 2. Just as you Had to hail Hitler no matter what, you needed to do the same to allah. So this religion is the way that Muhammad created a empire for himself. Just like when the Roman Empire created the religion of the catholic church, as a added power, so did Muhammad.
But lets get a little deeper, Muhammad said he got words directly from God through a angle. But did he really? No it’s just a copy of the biblical teachings taken out of contexed. Lets look at the Five pillars, the first says that ” there is no god but allah, and Muhammad is his prophet. Notice that Muhammad has a lot of power here in this first pillar he is placed as allah’s prophet.
Any ways the bible even says a similar message in Exodus 20:3-6.
3Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
So Muhammad copied and changed the message so that he can easily be in power and create his own empire. Just look at all the countries that Islam attacked. Here is a list of some of the countries that they have attacked, which was through central Asia, the middle east( including Palestine, Syria, and Egypt) North Africa, and Spain. Not a very friendly nation, It doesn’t look like the start out of Islam was very friendly.
Second question of the week is, how is Justinian portrayed by Procopius? One things is certain he was not portrayed as a very good man. He was crazy, but also crazy in his goals. He was trying to bring Rome back to it’s full Hight. did he succeed? No, he waisted all the gold that has been slowly growing by all the emperors before him. What land that he did get in Africa was taken back not to long after he had taken it. The other land that was controlled by the Ostrogoths. Took 20 years just to finally take it over in 554 Ac. But was it a victory? Rome was sack and plundered 5 times, the Roman population went from a couple million to 40,000 people left. Also since he lost all the money in Rome, he had to raise the taxes. Than there was the times he went around wiping astrologers, here is what Procopius said about it ” for no other reason than that they belonged to this profession: whipping them on the back and parading them on camels throughout the City”.
Conclusion, as you can see Justinian was not portrayed as a good man by Procopius. Also Muhammad Created his religion in such a way where it made any one who was in it a robot and very easily controlled. Thank you for reading!
Western civilization 1, lesson 95