Examine the concept of Tahwid in Islam Tahwid is the oneness or unity of God; it is the concept of monotheism in Islam. This is expressed as ‘’there is no God but Allah.’’ Tahwid implies a strict social and moral structure based on the belief in the Qur’an as Gods final words and shows strict monotheism in Islam, an example of this is Salah, this means prayer. As a Muslim you’re expected to disturb your routine 5 times a day to pray to Allah, doing this will help making your belief in Allah pure. Also, a Muslim is expected to follow a modest conduct, this means not being arrogant to others, boasting about what you have and others may not have, for example money. And you shouldn’t bring attention upon yourself as all attention should be on God. The belief in Tahwid forms the central part of Shahadah, the first pillar says ‘’there is no God but God and Muhammad is the messenger of God.’’ This is important because Muslims should go on to follow this saying/belief all their lives because as a Muslim you would hear this as the first thing and the last thing in your life, this means that you are brought up to only believe in one God, Allah. To go against this would be seen as sinful. Tahwid stresses the absolute unity of God. This means the rejection of the idea of any other Gods or spirits; you have to be pure in your belief in God though-out your life if you want to have a happy afterlife in Heaven. Submission to God can be seen in the condemnation of Jahilliyah. Jahilliyah means ‘’the age of ignorance’’, the pre-Islamic Meccans were very ignorant to God. They believe in individuality and they mostly believed in more than one God and spirits. This is selfish because they only prayed to God when they wanted something to benefit them, asking what God can do for them. Muhammad went to pre-Islamic Mecca to proclaim the message which had been given to him by an angel. He said such things as ‘’Woe to he who amasses wealth’’...
...Examine the Muslim concept of Jihad.
Jihad means the struggle or effort, and it means much more then holy war. Muslims believe there are three different kinds of struggle, such as a believer’s internal struggle to live out the Muslim faith as well as possible. Also, the struggle to build a Muslim society and lastly the holy war; the struggle to defend Islam, with force if necessary.
Jihad is believed to have two sections, the greater Jihad and the lesser Jihad. The greater Jihad refers to the efforts of a believer to live their Muslim faith as well as possible, also learning the Qur’an by heart is considered engaging greater Jihad. So through this Muslims make a great effort to live as Allah has instructed them, following the rules of the faith, being devoted to Allah, ding everything they can to help other people. For most people, living God’s way is quite a struggle. God sets high standards, and believers have to fight with their own selfish desires to live up to them, no matter how much they love God. The five pillars of Islam form an exercise of Jihad in this sense, since a Muslim gets closer to Allah by performing them. The other ways in which a Muslims can engage in the greater Jihad could be learning the Qur’an by heart, or engage in other religious study, overcoming things such as anger, greed, hatred, pride or malice, giving up smoking, cleaning the floor of the mosque, taking part in Muslim community...
...Blasphemy in Islam
Blasphemy in Islam is any irreverent behaviour towards holy personages, religious artifacts, customs, and beliefs.
Tuesday, February 01, 2011
Islam and Blasphemy
Blasphemy in Islam is any irreverent behaviour towards holy personages, religious artifacts, customs, and beliefs.
Islamic legal authorities agree that a blasphemer can be Muslim or non-Muslim. To be convicted of blasphemy, an individual must be an adult, of sound mind, and not under duress. Some jurisdictions do not punish individuals who commit blasphemy accidentally. The Maliki School of Jurisprudence permits the exoneration of accused individuals who are converts to Islam.
Blasphemy against holy personages
Individuals have been accused of blasphemy or of insulting Islam for:
• speaking ill of Almighty God.
• finding fault with Holy Prophet (PBUH).
• slighting a prophet who is mentioned in the Holy Quran, or slighting a member of Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) family
• claiming to be a prophet or a messenger.
• speculating about how Holy Prophet (PBUH) would behave if he were alive (Nigeria).
• drawing a picture to represent Holy Prophet (PBUH) or any other prophet, or making a film which features a prophet (Egypt).
• writing Holy Prophet (PBUH) name on the walls of a toilet (Pakistan).
• naming a teddy bear Holy Prophet (PBUH) (Sudan). ...
The principal ethical teachings within Islam are derived from both the Qur’an and Hadith. These teachings include the belief that there is no God but Allah, that God is the origin of all creation (The first revelation 96:1-5), that man can be forgiven of their sins through prayer (Hadith Bukhari), the belief in the last day (yawm a-Din) and the world to come (al-Akhira), the following of the books of Allah (Kutubu’llah), the belief in His messengers, the belief in fate (al-Qadr), and that the actions of the prophet Muhammad should be followed as best as possible (Qur’an 59:7).
The principal ethical teachings within Islam enable Muslims to differentiate between Halal and Haram. These principal ethical teachings include the rule that all things are Halal unless explicitly forbidden by the Legislator (Allah). This teaching is derived from clear verses in the Qur’an, including “The lawful is what Allah has made lawful in His Book and the unlawful is that which He made unlawful” (19:64). This verse also describes another principal ethical teaching within Islam that declares that only Allah has the right to legislate for man, and nobody is allowed to forbid something that Allah has forbidden. According to the principal ethical teachings within Islam, forbidding Halal and allowing Haram is synonymous with Shirk. The Qur’an strongly condemned the pagans of Arabia for forbidding lawful things like...
...World APH 205
Some people have described Islam as a religion of ‘hate and violence’. Using your study of this religion, assess this statement.
Name : Hazard
Lecturer: good one
Date : 19/10/2013
Islam is one of the most controversial and most misinterpreted religions in the world. For many years Islam has been termed a religion of hatred and violence. Islam is accused of promoting and advocating for violence. These misconceptions have come out as a result of misinterpretation of the Qur’an by those who sought to suppress the religion. Some of the misinterpretations comes from the name Islam itself, jihad, just wars and Islamic view of justice, the notion of Islam towards war, the assertion that Islam was spread by violence, the recent bombings in many countries by Islamic groups, the high rate of Islamic suicide bombs among others. This paper seeks to outline the aspects which are frequently referred to by many misinterpreters of Islam and try to illumine their peaceful aspects. However, one cannot deny the existence of some form of violence in Islam but that does not submerge the peaceful nature of the Islam religion.
The first misconception is mostly on the name of the Islamic religion. Many scholars agree that Islam means ‘submit’ but some uses the term submit to claim that...
...Islam: Field Study Research
Professor Jonathan Pedrone
REL212: World Religions-Summer
September 4, 2011
Islam: Field Study Research
After interviewing a member of the Islamic faith, I came to the realization that there are very many misconceptions about the religion of Islam and that these misconceptions are very hurtful, disrespectful, and inhumane. In this paper, I will first discuss several misconceptions that I had about the Islamic faith. I will then analyze how my prior understanding about the religion was altered through interviewing a member of the Islamic faith. Next, I will discuss my beliefs on misconceptions about other people’s religion being common or not. Lastly, I will recommend steps that can be taken to minimize misconceptions people have about religions that are not their own.
I had many misconceptions about Islam before speaking with a member of the religion. The first was that Islam oppresses women. When I thought about women in Islam, I thought of the image of a woman wearing a veil, and other heavy, dark clothing, where no skin would be visible, even in the hot summer months. I thought about how women were forced to stay home, and were not allowed to drive vehicles. I also believed that the Muslim’s God, Allah, was not the same as the God in Christianity, and was a false god. I...
...For other uses, see Islam (disambiguation).
The Kaaba, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is the center of Islam. Muslims from all over the world gather there to pray in unity.
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Islam (/ˈɪslɑːm/;[note 1] Arabic: الإسلام, al-ʾIslām IPA: [ælʔɪsˈlæːm] ( listen)[note 2]) is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur'an, a book considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God (Arabic: الله...
...IslamIslam is not only considered to be a spiritual connection to God, but it is a way of life; how one remembers God on day to day basis by not only praying five times a day but also by abiding to the rules and regulations that he has bestowed upon adherents for prevention of sin. The quote “If you want to be free of all affliction and suffering, hold fast to god, and turn wholly to him” is accredited to Abū Ḥāmid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ghazālī (c. 1058–1111), a highly significant Islamic Scholar during the “Islamic Golden Era”.
Abū Ḥāmid Muhammad ibn Muhammad al-Ghazālī is recognised as a significant scholar throughout the Islamic faith, particularly to both Sunni and Sufi members. Firstly, his ability as a Fiqh scholar (Islamic jurisprudence) was great; through his study of Islamic Fiqh sciences, he was able to come up with various approaches, which significantly impacted upon Islam. From his ability as a Fiqh scholar, he was able to form judgements objectively.
Al Ghazali’s impact on the development of Islam can be seen in his accomplished synthesis of the areas of; theology, philosophy, law and mysticism. He has made significant contributions to each of these disciplines yet what is often referred to as his most significant contribution was his ability to bring out the best from all these disciplines and strands of Islam in a way that provided strength and maturity to Islamic thought....
...REL1006S: COURSE ESSAY
Discuss how Islam is a quest to be faithful to the transcendent, both directly and through social engagement
Islam is a religion based on the belief in one God, His messenger and the four other pillars. These five pillars are central to Muslims, followers of Islam and mould their beings and are part of their everyday lives. This essay will look at the abovementioned pillars, what they are and how they form part of the quest to be faithful to the transcendent. Mention will also be made to how Islam ‘plays out’ in everyday life, thus how this quest is and can be done both directly and through social engagement.
Firstly, we need to establish who or what the Transcendent is. I would like to describe the transcendent, according to Islamic beliefs, as being both Allah (Arabic word for God) and the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Allah, of course is the most important aspect of Islam but it is also relevant that great emphasis is placed on the Prophet. Muslims strive to be more like the Prophet, by following his ‘way of life’, the Sunnah and as a result, pleasing and becoming closer to God. The Five Pillars of Islam, based on work by Mark Sedgwick (2006) are important components of Muslim worship. The first of the five pillars is the “…recognition that there is no god other than God, and that Muhammad is the Prophet of God” (Sedgwick: 2006, 70). This may not seem like an ‘act of...