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Prophets of Islam and the Muslim Jesus

Disclaimer: This post is in no way intended to frame any religion in a negative light, and the primary source for this post is this Wikipedia article. I understand if the views presented as common in this post do not square with your personal views, they are meant as generalizations and I in no way claim to be an expert in any religious study.

In this post, the word “prophet” is used to refer to any person who, in a given religious tradition, has held the audience of any of said religion’s gods. In this case, some of the prophets of Islam include (names in Anglicized form) Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. Jesus, again, I’m generalizing here, is regarded as a prophet and leader of the Jewish people in Islamic tradition, born of the virgin Mary and who ascended into heaven rather than being crucified. Both Jesus and Muhammad are descendants of Abraham, with Muhammad being the descendant of Ishmael, son of Abraham and Hagar, while Jesus is the descendant of Isaac, son of Abraham and Sarah. Of course, one major difference between Islamic and Christian views of Jesus is that (many) Christians regard Jesus to be the literal son of God or God incarnate who died for the sins of humanity, while (many) Muslims reject such claims.

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A demonym is a word, typically (but not always) a noun, used to describe where people are from. For instance, people from Canada are Canadian, people from England are English, people from China are Chinese, people from Peru are Peruvian, people from Moscow are Muscovites, people from Iceland are Icelanders, and so on. Those were all typical demonyms, made from slightly changing the name of the place of origin. Other demonyms are stranger and possibly less clear. For instance, New Zealanders are sometimes referred to as Kiwis, people from the Netherlands are Dutch, people from Sweden are Swedes, people from the Isle of Man are Manx and people from Indiana are Hoosiers. Science fiction writers have taken the liberty of making demonyms for people (or aliens) from other parts of the solar system. Jupiter is Jovian, Venus is Venusian, Mars is Martian. People from Earth have several demonyms, including Earthling, Terran, Tellurian, Earther or Earthican. Finally, some demonyms can cause cultural problems. For instance, people from North Korea and people from South Korea are both Koreans, people from Niger are Nigerien while people from Nigeria are Nigerian, and people from the Greek island of Lesbos are Lesbians.

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