Understanding Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism

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The purpose of life; Judaism

Judaism is a monotheistic and transcendent religion , with its religious paradigm being the covenantal relationship established between the Children of Israel and God. The focus of Judaism is on spiritual actions that can be communal and/or individual, as a pose to an emphasis being on personal salvation.

The Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam (“Fixing the World”) , works through anticipation of the messianic era; the age in which people will live in the world to come, known as the ‘Olam HaBa,’ after strenuous work in elevating the current physical world (‘Olam HaZah’). This work in upgrading the ‘Olam Haba’ is the purpose of life for people of the Jewish faith .

The purpose of life; Islam

The religious paradigm of Islam, a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion is that submission to the will of Allah is imperative.

Crucial to Islamic beliefs and traditions is the acknowledgement that Allah is. With this knowledge, people are urged to accept that theThe act of worship is seen as one that should be pursued with the whole of one’s life, ensuring that their central focus is satisfaction for Allah. The Islamic understanding of such worshipping with one’s whole life is shown to be achievable through complying with Allah’s holy practices whilst refraining from evildoing and pursuing good. Thus, the purpose of life according to Islam is to ultimately submit to the will of Allah.

The purpose of life; Hinduism

Hinduism is a one of the five main religions of the world that dominates the majority of the Indian subcontinent. It is an imminent, polytheistic religion that believes in four purposes of human life: Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksha.

Dharma refers to a person’s destiny, or the fulfillment of ones spe...

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...t alive, Hindu’s believe that karma is an acquired state that reflects the and the body we acquire during reincarnation is a direct reflection of our karma status. Once a Hindu has died, their goal is to escape from the cycle of reincarnation to reach the final stage of peace, through one of three ways. The first is Jnana-ritual knowledge, which refers to the ascertaining of all knowledge possible. Karma-ritual action is the second way and involves the focus in life of gaining and maintaining a positive karma status . The devotion to a single deity is the final way to escape the reincarnation cycle, and this encompasses daily devotion and worship to one specific god or goddess. Whilst there are many afterlife destinations within the Hindu religion, there are diverse means of reaching them – a factor that greatly distinguishes Hinduism from traditional religions.

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