If Muhammad had just claimed to have a new religion, the word illegitimate would not apply to his beliefs. But when Muhammad tried to connect his beliefs to Christian and Jewish beliefs, Muhammad’s beliefs became illegitimate. While working for his uncle and wife in the caravan business, Muhammad learned how well respected Judaism and Christianity were among the Arabs. Muhammad attempted to use this respect to kick-start his new religion. Muhammad hoped that Christians and Jews would accept him and his religion as an extension of their religion, but that failed from the beginning. Muhammad courted the Jews and Christians in Mecca, but when that was unsuccessful, he turned on them with hate and resentment. At first, Muhammad taught his followers to pray toward Jerusalem, but after being rejected by the Jews he changed the direction of Islamic prayer to Mecca.

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