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  The beginning of Islam in Arabia and the Establishment of the United states are extremely similar. I'll be looking into three reasons.

First, the Quran and the declaration of independence. The Declaration of Independence and the Quran share similar clauses. The Quran states: “The Jews shall maintain their own religion and the Muslims theirs…The close friends of Jews are as themselves” and “those who followed them and joined them and struggled with them. They form one and the same community” in solidarity against their enemies. The conclusion of the Constitution states, “Strangers, under protection, shall be treated on the same ground as their protectors; but no stranger shall be taken under protection except with the consent of his tribe…No woman shall be taken under protection without the consent of her family.” In 1788, when the states voted to ratify the Constitution, the issue of non-Christian identification was part of the debate stated that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States." A similar clause appears in the Constitution of Medina, where loyalty to the state is not tested by religion but by demonstrated loyalty and that demonstration guarantees the protection of the tribe or state.

Second is women, women helped fight, encourage, and Aid. I'm going to be talking about two women, Khawlah bint al-Azwar and  Deborah Samson. Khawlah bint al-Azwar was a prominent woman during the life of prophet Muhammad. Khawlah was a Muslim Arab warrior, sister of Dhiraar bin Azar, the legendary Muslim soldier and commander of the Rashidun army during the seventh-century Muslim conquest. Born sometime in the seventh century, Khawlah was well known for her leadership in battles of the Muslim conquests in parts of what are today Syria, Jordan, and Palestine. She fought side by side with her brother Dhiraar in many battles, including a decisive Battle of Yarmuk in 636 against the Byzantine empire. On the 4th day of the battle, she led a group of women against the Byzantine army and was wounded during her fight with a Greek soldier.

 In October of 1778 Deborah Samson of Plympton, Massachusetts disguised herself as a young man and presented herself to the American army as a willing volunteer to oppose the common enemy. She enlisted for the whole term of the war as Robert Shirtliffe and served in the company of Captain Nathan Thayer of Medway, Massachusetts.   For three years she served in various duties and was wounded twice - the first time by a sword cut on the side of the head and four months later she was shot through the shoulder. Her sexual identity went undetected until she came down with a brain fever, then prevalent among the soldiers. The attending physician, Dr. Binney, of Philadelphia, discovered her charade but said nothing. Instead, he had her taken to his own home where she would receive better care. When her health was restored the doctor met with Robert's commanding officer and subsequently an order was issued for Robert Shirtliffe to carry a letter to General Washington.

Third, Leaders, Prophet Muhammed (SAW), and George

Washington. Prophet Muhammad and Washington were students of history, restorers of justice and fierce warriors who led their nations through successful revolutions. Both men united a large swath of political territory and served as the founding father for two unprecedented social movements — Islam and the United States of America — whose universal ideals would both spread throughout the world respectively.

Washington’s contemporary, Richard Henry Lee, once said that he was “first in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” Washington’s nemesis, Britain’s King George III, said that Washington was “placed in a light the most distinguished of any man living” and had “the greatest character of the age.” Similarly, Muslims worldwide see Muhammad as the perfect human being. In “The Prophet of Islam,” Professor K.S. Rao said we witnessed “the union of the theorist, the organizer, and the leader” in him. Even a non-Muslim, such as Mahatma Gandhi, called Muhammad “a treasure of wisdom not only for Muslims but for all mankind.”

The connection between Muhammad and Washington can be explored further in the Holy Quran, the Islamic Scripture which documents God’s revelations to Muhammad, and “Rules of Civility,” a book which outlines Washington’s advice for the proper conduct of young American gentlemen. For Muslims, the Holy Quran is the literal word of Allah while “Rules of Civility” is less concerned with religious affairs and more focused on social rules and behavior. The Holy Quran and “Rules of Civility” \\are different but both texts offer guidance toward achieving a more peaceful and noble life.

Muhammad and Washington advised their peers to keep their mouths free of foul language. In the Holy Quran, offensive name-calling is forbidden: “Let not some men among you laugh at others ... Nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames: Ill-seeming is a name connoting wickedness” (49:11). In “Rules of Civility,” Washington said use no reproachful language against anyone, neither curse nor revile” (Rule 49). He added: “speak not injurious words, neither in jest or earnest” and “scoff at no one, although they give occasion” (Rule 65). Muhammad and Washington taught their peers to improve relations with others by using kindness and positive words. Both men hoped that using civil language would help groups avoid misunderstandings and create a more harmonious society.

Along with his affinity for modest language, Washington also wrote about the importance of a modest appearance. “In your apparel, be modest and endeavor to accommodate nature rather than to procure admiration” (Rule 52), he wrote. “Keep to the fashion of your equals, such as are civil and orderly, with respect to times and places” (Rule 52). Modesty is also a theme in the Holy Quran: “Tell the believing men to lower their gaze and to be mindful of their chastity; in this, they will be more considerate for their own well-being and purity...” (24:30-31). The Holy Quran requests that women “not display the charms of their bodies beyond what may be apparent thereof; hence, let them draw their head-coverings over their bosoms” (24:31). Muhammad and Washington wanted their peers to dress appropriately because a modest and clean appearance is an indication of healthy inner feelings and humble attitudes.

Muhammad and Washington also believed in the virtue of humility. The Holy Qur’an states that “the servants of the Merciful are those who walk on the earth in humility” (25:63) and that the “successful indeed are the believers who humble themselves in their prayers” (23:02). In Islam, there is even the term ujb, which warns mankind of arrogance and the danger of exaggerating one’s accomplishments. Comparatively, Washington believed that “a man ought not to value himself of his achievements or rare qualities, his riches, his titles, his virtue or his kindred”. The humility of Muhammad and Washington was crucial to the early success of their fledgling nations. The direction of the Arab and American society could have had a much different history if Muhammad and Washington were egotistical and presumptuous leaders.

Respect, especially for one’s parents, is also mentioned in the Holy Quran and “Rules of Civility.” Washington wrote that people should “[honor and obey” our natural parents, “although they may be poor” (Rule 108). Similarly, the Holy Quran calls for “good treatment” of parents: “Whether one or both of them reach old age [while] with you, say not to them [so much as] ‘oof’ [i.e., an expression of irritation] and do not repel them but speak to them a nobel word” (17:23-24). Muhammad and Washington understood the correlation between high character and respect. Both men realized that the key to a strong society is for people, especially families, to treat each other how they wished to be treated.

While it may appear as an obscure similarity, Muhammad and Washington also cared a great deal about good hygiene. The Holy Quran, for example, states that, “Allah ... loves those who keep themselves pure and clean” Similarly, in “Rules of Civility,” Washington wrote that people should keep their “nails clean and short, and your hands and teeth clean, yet without showing any concern for them”. Washington added that people should wear clean clothing: “Wear not your clothes foul, ripped or dusty ... and take heed that you approach not to any uncleanness” . Both Muhammad and Washington stressed the importance of maintaining a clean, well-presented physical appearance. They believed that good hygiene was a projection of a positive body image, which, in turn, reflected a healthy mind.

Ultimately, Muhammad and Washington were gentlemen of the highest degree. This is no more evident than in the connection between them in the Holy Quran and “Rules of Civility.” Perhaps Muslims worldwide and American could forge better relations if each group adhered to the advice Muhammad and Washington provided

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