neither Atman, the Self, nor Brahman, the formless Absolute, nor does he mention the law
of karma or the cycle of rebirth and the need to transcend it. Mohammed appears to have
been a dualist, or one who thinks that God and the soul are different, though related, and
he does not speak of non-duality. Orthodox Islam follows a dualistic philosophy based on
his example. Mohammed's God was beyond all images and commanded Mohammed to convert
or conquer those who use images and icons (idols) in their worship. Yet it is wrong to
consider that Mohammed's Allah is the same as the Absolute of Vedantic thought.
Mohammed's God possesses emotions like anger and jealousy. He talks
to his chosen people and his special Prophet and directs them to specific actions that may
involve violence against people of other beliefs.His God is concerned with political
events and aids Mohammed in various personal struggles and military battles. Allah has
prepared heaven for those who believe in Him and hell for those who don't. He is not a
detached Transcendent Reality like the Brahman of Vedanta or the Dharmakaya of Buddhism,
though Himself places Himself beyond all representation.