Islam, the Quran, and the Five Pillars All Without a Flamewar: Crash Course World History #13


Hi there, I’m John Green, this is Crash
Course: World History and today we’re going to talk about Islam, which like Christianity
and Judaism grew up on the east coast of the Mediterranean but unlike Christianity and
Judaism is not terribly well understood in the West. For instance, you probably know
what this is and what this is, you probably don’t know what that is. Google it. Mr. Green Mr. Green why do you think people
know so little about Islamic history? Did you just ask an interesting non-annoying
question, me from the past? I think we don’t know about early Islamic history because we
don’t learn about it, me from the past, because we don’t learn about it, because
we’re taught that our history is the story of Christianity in Europe, when in fact our
history is the story of people on the planet, so let’s try to learn something today. [theme music] So in less than 200 years Islam went from
not existing to being the religious and political organizing principal of one of the largest
empires in the world. And that story begins in the 7th century CE
when the angel Gabriel appeared to Muhammad, a 40-ish guy who made his living as a caravan
trader and told him to begin reciting the word of God. Initially, this freaked Muhammad out, as,
you know, it would—but then his wife and a couple of other people encouraged him and
slowly he came to accept the mantle as prophet. A few things to know about the world Islam
entered: First, Muhammad’s society was intensely tribal. He was a member of the Quraysh tribe,
living in Mecca and tribal ties were extremely important. Also, at the time, the Arabian peninsula was
like this crazy religious melting pot. Like most tribal Arabs worshipped gods very similar to the
Mesopotamian gods you’ll remember from episode 3. And by the time of Muhammad, cult statutes
of many of those gods had been collected in his hometown of Mecca in this temple-like
structure called the Kaaba. But Arabia was also a home for monotheisms
like Christianity and Judaism, even a bit of Zoroastrianism. So the message that there
was only god wouldn’t have been like as surprising to Muhammad as it was, for instance,
to Abraham. Also, and this will become very important,
the northern part of Arabia was sandwiched between the Byzantine Empire and the Persian
Sassanian Empire—and you’ll remember, those guys were always fighting. They were
like snowboarders and skiers, or like the Westboro Baptist Church and everyone else. At its core, Islam is what we call a radical
reforming religion—just like Jesus and Moses sought to restore Abrahamic monotheism after
what they perceived as straying, so too did Muhammad. Muslims believe that God sent Muhammad as
the final prophet to bring people back to the one true religion, which involves the worship of,
and submission to, a single and all-powerful God. The Quran also acknowledges Abraham and Moses
and Jesus among others as prophets, but it’s very different from the Hebrew and Christian
bibles: For one thing it’s much less narrative,
but also its the written record of the revelations Muhammad
received—which means its not written from the point of view of people, it is seen as
the actual word of God. The Quran is a really broad-ranging text,
but it returns again and again to a couple themes. One is strict monotheism and the other
is the importance of taking care of those less fortunate than you. The Quran, says of
the good person spends his substance—however much he himself
may cherish it—upon his near of kin, and the orphans, and the needy, and the wayfarer,
and the beggars, and for the freeing of human beings from bondage. These revelations also radically increased
the rights of women and orphans, which was one of the reasons why Mohammad’s tribal
leaders weren’t that psyched about them. To talk more about Islamic faith and practice,
let’s go to the Thought Bubble. The five pillars of Islam are the basic acts
considered obligatory, at least by Sunni Muslims. First is the shahada or the profession of
the faith: There is no god but god and Muhammad is God’s
prophet, which is sometimes translated as “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad
is Allah’s prophet”, which tries to make Muslims sound other and ignores the fact that
the Arabic word for god—whether you are Christian or Jewish or Muslim—is Allah. Second, salat, or ritual prayer five times
a day—at dawn, noon, afternoon, sunset, and late evening—which are obligatory unless
you haven’t hit puberty, are too sick, or are menstruating. Keep it PG, Thought Bubble. Third, sawm, the month-long fast during the
month of Ramadan, in which Muslims do not eat or drink or smoke cigarettes during daylight
hours. Since Ramadan is a lunar-calendar month, it
moves around the seasons, and obviously it’s most fun during the winter, when days are
shorter, and least fun during the summer, when days are both long and hot. Fourth is zakat, or almsgiving, in which non-poor
Muslims are required to give a percentage of their income to the poor, and lastly hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca that
Muslims must try to fulfill at least once in their lives, provided they are healthy
and have enough money. And there’s also more to understanding Islam
than just knowing the Quran. Like Judaism with its Talmud, and Christianity with its
lives of saints and writings of Church fathers, Islam has supplementary sacred texts, chief
among which is the hadith, a collection of sayings and stories about the Prophet. Thanks Thought Bubble. Oh, it’s time for
the open letter? Magic. An Open Letter to the 72 Virgins. Oh, but
first let’s check what’s in the Secret Compartment. Huh, it’s Andre the Giant.
Did you know that Andre the Giant died a virgin- is a fact that I made up? Dear 72 Virgins, Hey there, it’s me, John Green. Did you
know that not all hadiths were created equal? Some sayings of the Prophet are really well
sourced. like for instance, a good friend or a relative heard the Prophet say something
and then it ended up as a hadith. But some hadiths are terribly sourced like,
not to be irreverent, but some of it is like middle school gossip; like Rachel told Rebekah
that her sister’s brother’s friend kissed Justin Bieber on the face. And the vast majority of Muslims don’t treat
terribly sourced hadiths as scripture. And the idea that you go to heaven and get
72 virgins is not in the Quran; it’s in a terribly sourced hadith so it is my great
regret to inform you, 72 Virgins, that in the eyes of almost all Muslims you do not
exist. Best wishes,
John Green One more thing about Islam: Like Christianity
and Judaism, it has a body of law. You might have heard of it – it’s called sharia. Although we tend to think of sharia as this
single set of laws that all Muslims follow, that’s ridiculous; there are numerous competing
interpretations of sharia, just as there are within any legal tradition. So people who embraced this worldview were
called Muslims, because they submitted to the will of God, and they became part of the
umma, or community of believers. This would be a good moment for an Uma Thurman
joke, but sadly she is no longer famous. I’m sorry if you’re watching this, Uma Thurman. Being part of the umma trumped all other ties,
including tribal ties, which got Muhammad into some trouble and brings us, at last,
back to history. So as Muhammad’s following in Mecca grew,
the umma aroused the suspicion of the most powerful tribe, the Quraysh. And it didn’t matter that Muhammad himself
was born into the Quraysh tribe because he wouldn’t shut up about how there was only
one God, which was really bad news to the Quraysh tribe because they managed the pilgrimage
trade in Mecca, and if all those gods were false, it would be a disaster economically. —although come to think of it, in the end the
Meccan pilgrimage business turned out just fine. So the Quraysh forced Muhammad and his followers
out of Mecca in 622 CE, and they headed to Yithrab, also known as Medina. This journey, also know as the hijra, is so
important that it marks year 0 in the Islamic calendar. In Medina, Muhammad severed the religion’s
ties to Judaism, turning the focus of prayer away from Jerusalem to Mecca. Also in Medina, the Islamic community started
to look a lot more like a small empire than like a church. Like, Jesus never had a country
to run. But Muhammad did almost from the beginning.
And in addition to being an important prophet, he was a good general and in 630, the Islamic
community took back Mecca. They destroyed the idols in the kabaa, and
soon Islam was as powerful a political force in the region as it was a religious one. And it’s because the political and religious
coexisted from the beginning, that there’s no separate tradition of civic and religious
law like there is in Christianity and Judaism. very different from Judaism and even from
Christianity—which you’ll remember debated very different from Judaism and even from
Christianity—which you’ll remember debated for generations whether to be inclusive. —and more importantly than separating Islam
from other monotheisms, that really separated Islam from the tribalism in Arabia. So then when Muhammad died in 632 CE, there
wasn’t a religious vacuum left behind: Muhammad was the final prophet, the revelation of the Quran would
continue to guide the umma throughout their lives. But the community did need a political leader,
a caliph. And the first caliph was Abu Bakr, Muhammad’s father-in-law, who was not without
his opponents: Many people wanted Ali, Muhammad’s son-in-law,
to lead the community. And although he did become the fourth caliph, that initial disagreement — to
radically oversimplify because we only have ten minutes — began the divide between the
two of the major sects of Islam: Suuni and Shi’a. And even today, Sunnis Muslims believe Abu
Bakr was rightly elected the first caliph and Shi’a Muslims believe it should’ve
been Ali. To Sunnis, the first four caliphs—Abu Bakr,
Umar, Uthman, and Ali— are known as the Rightly Guided Caliphs, and many of the conservative
movements in the Islamic world today are all about trying to restore the Islamic world
to those glory days, which—like most glory days—were not unambiguously glorious. Abu Bakr stabilized the community after Muhammad’s
death, and began the process of recording the Quran in writing, And started the military campaigns against
the Byzantine and Sassanian Empires that within 116 years would allow the Islamic Empire to
go from this to this. His successor Umar was both an uncommonly
good general and a brilliant administrator but like so many other great men, he proved
terrible at avoiding assassination. Which led to the caliphate of Uthman, who
standardized the Quran and continued both his predecessor’s tradition of conquest
and his predecessor’s tradition of getting assassinated. Then Ali finally got his turn at caliph, but
his ascension was very controversial, and it ultimately led to a civil war. Which eventually led to the emergence of Uthman’s
tribe, the Umayyads, as the dynasty ruling over an ever-expanding Islamic Empire for
more than a hundred years. It’s common to hear that in these early
years Islam quote spread by the sword, and that’s partly true, unless you are — wait
for it — the Mongols. Actually, as usual, the truth is more complicated:Many
people, including the Mongols but also including lots of people in Central and East Asia, embraced
Islam without any military campaigns. And in fact, the Quran says that religion
must not be an act of compulsion, but this much is true: The early Islamic empire was
really good at winning wars. And situated as they were between two very
wealthy empires—the Byzantines and the Sassanians—there was plenty to fight for. First to fall was the Sassanians, the last
non-Muslim successor to the Persian Empire. They were relatively easy pickings because
they’d been fighting the Byzantines for like 300 years and were super tired. Also
they’d been recently struck by plague. Plague, man, I’m telling you; It’s like
the red tortoise shell of history. But in those early days they did pry away
some valuable territory like Egypt and the holy land and eventually they got into Spain. Where various Muslim dynasties would entrench
themselves until being expelled in 1492. But as a good as they were at making war,
it’s still tempting to chalk up the Arabs’ success to, you know, the will of God. And certainly a lot of the people they conquered
felt that way. Wars in this part of the world didn’t just pit people against each other,
they also pitted their gods against each other. So while the Islamic Empire didn’t require
its subjects to convert to Islam, their stunning successes certainly convinced a lot of people
that this monotheism thing was legit. Once again, John Green proving super hip to
the slang of today’s young’ns. Also, you paid lower taxes if you converted,
and just as taxes on cigarettes lead to people not wanting to smoke, taxes on worshiping your idols
lead to people not wanting to worship them anymore. So in a period of time that was, historically
speaking, both remarkably recent and remarkably short, a small group of people from an area
of the world with no natural resources managed to create one of the great empires of the
world and also one of its great religions. And that very fact may be why people of
Western European descent remain largely ignorant about this period. Not only were the Muslims great conquerors,
they spawned an explosion of trade and learning that lasted hundreds of years. They saved many of the classical texts that
form the basis of the “Western Canon” while Europe was ignoring them and they paved
the way for the Renaissance. While it’s important to remember that much
of the world between Spain and the Indus River wasn’t Arabized, most of it was so thoroughly
Islamized that these days we can’t think of the world we now call the Middle East without
thinking of it as Islamic. Perhaps the greatest testimony to Islam’s
power to organize peoples lives and their communities is that, in Egypt, 5 times a day millions of
people turn away from the Pyramids and toward Mecca. Egypt, birthplace to one of the longest continuous
cultures the world has ever known, is now the largest Arab country in the world. Next week we’ll talk about the Dark Ages.
Spoiler alert: they were darkest in the evening. Thanks for watching and we’ll see you next
time. Crash Course is produced and directed by Stan
Muller, our script supervisor is Danica Johnson. The show is written by my high school history
teacher Raoul Meyer and myself and our graphics team is Thought Bubble. Last week’s Phrase of the Week was “They
Might Be Giants”. If you want to guess this week’s Phrase of the Week or suggest future
ones you can do so in Comments where you can also ask questions about today’s video that
our team of historians will endeavor to answer. Thank you so much for watching and as they
say in my hometown, don’t forget to be awesome.

100 thoughts on “Islam, the Quran, and the Five Pillars All Without a Flamewar: Crash Course World History #13”

  1. I actually asked a question on the Moors in R/History and they deleted it. So i asked why, and they banned me! And its so true. Our story is NOT the story of christianity in Europe. Our story is the story of people, on Earth. Man that hit me right in the feels there 🙂

  2. Lowkey hoping this video covers everything on my guided reading worksheet so I don’t actually have to read the chapter😅

  3. Your video is too biased.

    I'm an ex-Muslim Atheist, and without any bias or blindfolding or brainwashing, Islam is the worst religion ever. It doesn't need sharp intelligence or focus skill to notice how cruel and molester Muhammad was. He beheaded an entire Jewish tribe (namely Banu-Quraizah) and killed one of his wives' family and married her the same day he killed her family, and married a 9-years-old child.

    You can take a look at the long Islamic history of conquests, invasions, murder, force, wiping out Zoroastrians' culture etc.

    Again, without any bias or brainwashing by the supposedly moderate Muslims, Islam is the worst by all standards. All the cute interpretations of Quran and Islam are so because Muslims are blindfolded by Islam's sacredness.

  4. I like your courses. You explain the history without bias or judgment. But I think the word "Islam" should be written "اسلام ". And "سلام" means "hello"

  5. Islam the only religion that has a terrorist organization that terrorizes other terrorist organizations for not being terrible enough. Let that sink in.

  6. He speaks of increasing rights without mentioning that he was a white man who owned black slaves. It appears that cherry picking isn't haram.

  7. I love how cheerful he is when talking about warfare. Doesn't mention how soldiers forcefully took wives or does that not feed his women's rights narrative?

  8. This man is cheerfully lieing to you. If you don't pick up a quran or read hadiths then you will remain as illiterate and uneducated as the liar that started this.

  9. islam was created by a war mongering pedophile and a fool . Islam's ISIS will be TOTALLY crushed and islam will soon follow.

  10. Chrisisdum stopped beheading, stoning and burning people alive in the distance past , Islam should follow that path . I ask all muslims , when will ISIS try to strike again and kill innocent women and children ?

  11. All of islam must be eradicated off the face of our planet in its entirety, for human beings to be able to live in peace.
    No exceptions.

  12. Something interesting I've heard is what has happened to Muslims living in the far North. They, if Ramadan falls during the month of constant sunlight, follow Mecca's schedule. What I've heard at least. Would be curious if anyone can verify?

  13. How comes we don’t describe the Islamic conquests with as much hatred and discontent as we do when we speak of Christian conquests, when they were just as bloody and destructive to native cultures that it overthrew, including sacred religious monuments like Buddhist and Arab Christians had?

  14. 1:55 Abraham didn't believe in multiple gods he believed in one so it wouldn't be surprising at all to him.

  15. Such a positive light description of the an evil violent ideology lead by a mass murdering warmongering psychopath pedophile prophet.

  16. This is really eye opening on the facts other than social media or general media or Islamophobic agenda. It's really great.

  17. Thank you so much for this! I am reviewing for my test and decided to watch Crash Course instead of reading my boring textbook again XD

  18. As as Muslim, it's sad to see the state in which the Muslim world is today with so much divisions, animosities, dishonesty, racism, conflicting agenda's, conflicts and wars raging around the globe. Every Muslim nation in the world today needs to seriously take into consideration that they have the responsibility, obligation and duty to address their problems and to find unity, peace at home is peace in the world. Look at Europe as an example, there are currently 44 nations of which there are majority Christians (Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant ect.), Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Judaism, atheists and many other smaller religions, the point I'm making is that they are so different to each other and are more civilized and peaceful than most of our Muslim nations, you don't see them fighting, killing, murdering, raping, pillaging, threatening, persecuting, bombing, the list goes on. I'm proud and happy to be a Muslim, my faith in God makes me strive to be a better person in every way possible, that goes for how I think, what I say and how I conduct myself. Love and respect one another, for we are all brothers and sisters. God bless you all inshallah!!! 🙏💖🌹🥰🌹💖🙏

  19. لا اله الا الله محمد رسول الله
    There is no God but Allah,
    Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah

  20. Just started AP world history and I watched this video a couple days ago and now I have couple painful months ahead of me

  21. Is God fair ? Al-Ahzab 50 : O Prophet (Muhammad SAW)! Verily, We have made lawful to you your wives, to whom you have paid their Mahr (bridal money given by the husband to his wife at the time of marriage), and those (captives or slaves) whom your right hand possesses – whom Allah has given to you, and the daughters of your 'Amm (paternal uncles) and the daughters of your 'Ammah (paternal aunts) and the daughters of your Khal (maternal uncles) and the daughters of your Khalah (maternal aunts) who migrated (from Makkah) with you, and a believing woman if she offers herself to the Prophet, and the Prophet wishes to marry her; a privilege for you only, not for the (rest of) the believers. Indeed We know what We have enjoined upon them about their wives and those (captives or slaves) whom their right hands possess, – in order that there should be no difficulty on you. And Allah is Ever OftForgiving, Most Merciful.

  22. OK sorry but there's alot information that was incorrect. Muslims don't smoke AT ALL, it is a sin and nobody believed in Prophet Muhammad before his revelation only his wife Khadija. And plus it's more to Ramadan than just not eating and drinking plus us Muslims have more days of fasting it's only certain days that come up throughout the year. And that is why we follow only 2 known Hadith collections which is Sahih Muslim and Sahih Bukhari because these are authentic Hadiths that we take from. It's better to just learn Islam from a Muslim instead of the internet and YouTube videos unless that YouTuber is a Muslim

  23. Historians saying our ancestors learned İslam from Persians in Seljuk Empire. Seljuks came to anatolia and islamized. Now i am a sunni muslim from Anatolia i am proud of this.

  24. Women’s in Islam was badly brainwashed by qurran
    They even don’t know how Islam neglected women’s but still women’s are sheep in Islam
    Man has more independence in Islam but women not
    Women’s in Islam is slaves born for give birth Islam people I feel so pitty
    Muhammad Married so many

  25. The Muslims also invaded Europe everytime there was a new ruler, and killed and took Europeans as slaves.
    But yes, we will only talk about the crusades when it comes to these sort of things due to political correctness I guess 🤷🏼‍♀️

  26. When any western speaks something about Islam….I feel scared…they make me hate them more…but sometimes all are not the same..I respect them who respect everyone's faith… I don't like hurting others faith…

  27. To debunk those pedonazis, do the following: ask them who was a better person, Muhammad or Jesus? We already know the answer. Only the devil would tell you ´´Muhammad.´´ Muhammad was a very very very evil man.

  28. Hey, john great post. I thought you should correct Arabic wording.. in instead of writing ISLAM you wrote in Arabic SLAM. another thing is like Moses many things in early Islamic history is still not historically accurate facts. I hope you could dig deeper and make a video in the future.

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  30. LEADERS OF IRAN and ISLAM HAS STOLEN BILLIONS from the people

    AND HIDDEN IT in secret accounts … BILLIONS, meant for charitry

    BILLIONS which belongs to the citizens or to the poor, STOLEN

    STOLEN … FRAUD,

    TIME TO TAKE DOWN THE LEADERS OF IRAN AND ISLAM

    WHO LIES, WHO LIES …

    THEY CALL ALLAH and JESUS LIARS .. Quran 3:54 , *:30

    HOWEVER, Jesus SAYS

    Quran 19:33 .. JESUS SAYS HE IS THE SON OF GOD, born of virgin, and crucified and ressurrected .. YET EVERY IMAN and LEADER IN ISLAM LIES and calls GOD and Jesus

    DECEIVERS, LIARS .. and DENY JESUS and GOD WORDS … and say

    JESUS DID NOT DIE, and MUSLIMS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE SAVED and must commit Idolatry against a FALSE GOD, the black rock on Kaaba .. per the Satanic Versus ..

    STOP ALLOWING ISlAMIC and IRAN LEADERS STEALING BILLIONS

    AND WAGING WAR for SATAN. DO NOT FOLLOW servants of satan into HELL

    SEEK GOD, SEEK JESUS .. WOrship GOD, DO NOT PRAY TO A BLACK ROCK

    DO NOT DENY JESUS

    SURAH 19:33 .. Jesus said he is the SON of GOD, will be crucified, Die and Resurrected

    Pray to GOD, ask him and Jesus to show you the TRUTH,

    WE ALL KNOW JESUS NEVER LIED, GOD NEVER LIED and CANNOT LIE

    SO, NOW WE ALL KNOW ISLAM LIES, ISLAMIC LEADERS STEAL AND LIES

    DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO TAKE ALL YOUR MONEY,

    WHILE YOUR CHILDREN STARVE AND DIE

    TAKE THEM DOWN, TAKE YOUR BILLIONS BACK

  31. LEADERS OF IRAN and ISLAM HAS STOLEN BILLIONS from the people

    AND HIDDEN IT in secret accounts … BILLIONS, meant for charitry

    BILLIONS which belongs to the citizens or to the poor, STOLEN

    STOLEN … FRAUD,

    TIME TO TAKE DOWN THE LEADERS OF IRAN AND ISLAM

    WHO LIES, WHO LIES …

    THEY CALL ALLAH and JESUS LIARS .. Quran 3:54 , *:30

    HOWEVER, Jesus SAYS

    Quran 19:33 .. JESUS SAYS HE IS THE SON OF GOD, born of virgin, and crucified and ressurrected .. YET EVERY IMAN and LEADER IN ISLAM LIES and calls GOD and Jesus

    DECEIVERS, LIARS .. and DENY JESUS and GOD WORDS … and say

    JESUS DID NOT DIE, and MUSLIMS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BE SAVED and must commit Idolatry against a FALSE GOD, the black rock on Kaaba .. per the Satanic Versus ..

    STOP ALLOWING ISlAMIC and IRAN LEADERS STEALING BILLIONS

    AND WAGING WAR for SATAN. DO NOT FOLLOW servants of satan into HELL

    SEEK GOD, SEEK JESUS .. WOrship GOD, DO NOT PRAY TO A BLACK ROCK

    DO NOT DENY JESUS

    SURAH 19:33 .. Jesus said he is the SON of GOD, will be crucified, Die and Resurrected

    Pray to GOD, ask him and Jesus to show you the TRUTH,

    WE ALL KNOW JESUS NEVER LIED, GOD NEVER LIED and CANNOT LIE

    SO, NOW WE ALL KNOW ISLAM LIES, ISLAMIC LEADERS STEAL AND LIES

    DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO TAKE ALL YOUR MONEY,

    WHILE YOUR CHILDREN STARVE AND DIE

    TAKE THEM DOWN, TAKE YOUR BILLIONS BACK

  32. Religion was invented by pyramid contractors to keep pyramid builders building pyramids. Read into Buddhism. Very minimalist and liberating.

  33. can we say that islam is a deviant sect of Christianity as Mohammed learnt or copied from the Word of God as deemed fit for him and to suit him and his Quraysh tribe culture ?–about 600 years after Christ?

  34. "Mohamed? Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side."

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