Tree of Life Lessons
Level 1 Lesson 7 World Religions
As perhaps most
of you know, in the Arabian Desert where now stands the city of
meteorite -- for actually, this is what the stone is -- became the impetus for
the establishment of one of the world’s greatest religions. This stone was
declared to be a sign from heaven and was named The Kaaba, or the cube.
traveled annually to see it and worship before it. Finally, in the 17th century
of the Christian era, a flood partially destroyed the shrine in which it was
various families of the Koreish tribe vied for the ineffable honor of replacing
The Kaaba in a new structure. They decided that the honor should befall the
first man to enter the gates of the sacred enclosure.
the distance, they saw Kutham, a wealthy uneducated but religious merchant of
their tribe, approaching. Being attracted by the sounds of excited voices, he
entered the gate and was informed of their decision, and he acquiesced to the
was given the appellation MOHAMMED, “the praised one”. The experience turned
his mind toward divine or spiritual matters. He neglected his business, and was
frequently found meditating in a cave.
was very familiar with the Hebrew legends of Abraham and Moses, and a devout
believer in what constitutes most of our Old Testament.
saw the necessity of what might be termed a national religion -- one not of a
syncretistic nature, but purely Arabian in origin and intended for Arabians.
night in his cave -- so it is related -- he was Cosmically illuminated; that is,
there was revealed to him the way of righteousness and the Word of God, and a
new religion was born from that experience.
gathered about himself a group of his friends and related the divine message to
them: “There is no God but Allah; and Mohammed is his prophet.”
is truly an advance in the religions of
he declared that the religious customs built around The Kaaba were superstitious
and false, hostility towards him broke out. He retaliated by directing a
campaign of a moral clean-up against the licentiousness and corruption existing
organized certain Jewish and Arabian tribes and met the force of opposition with
a religion of the sword.
his death, there was a reversion to the old faiths, but Mohammedanism was
salvaged by Mohammed’s friend, Abu Bekr.
forced itself at the point of the sword into the heart of the Old East --
Mohammedan has read the Koran -- a collection of precepts -- at least twice
thoroughly. Comparatively few, who profess to be Christians, can claim to be so
assiduous in their reading of the Christian Bible.