For the past few months I have been overseas working in the wonderful country of India. I’ve observed many different things; many unusual things about this country. India has a wide variety of cultures and religions. The holiday I have learned about is called Hajj.
Hajj means ‘to set out for a place’. Hajj is the pilgrimage that Muslims make to Makkah or also called Mecca, Saudi Arabia, and is one of the five basic requirements of Islam. It is a religious high point of a Muslim’s life and is an event that every Muslim dreams of being part of. Hajj is a religious obligation to be fulfilled at least once in the course of the life of each Muslim law grants, and is a series of detailed rituals. It is a Muslims obligation to be mindful of their friends and family and to all humans whatsoever.
Islamic followers believe that every nation should have a unity so they can all worship God. They believe that through culture people will come together as a whole to praise God, and learn each other’s difficulties. All official duties are suppose to be completed between the ninth and thirteenth day of Hajj.
There are three main pillars that are to be performed during Hajj. The first pillar is to get into a state of “Ihram” and intend to perform the pilgrimage. The second pillar is to stay at the field of “Arafat” on the ninth day of Hajj. If the person cannot complete the pilgrimage then he/she will have to try to complete it the following year. The third pillar is additional circling of the “Ka’ba” which is done after the first pillar and is performed from the tenth day of Hajj till the end of the month.
These past couple months in India have been a great experience. I’ve learned a lot of new things, which has been something different for me. I would love to come back and visit all of the people that I have met, because everyone was so nice. Learning about the Hajj was very interesting to me,...
Today one of the quickest growing religions of the world is Islam. With over 1 billion adherents, Islam is starting to become the world's most popular religion. It is also one of the newest religions forming in the 7th century A.D. Due to it’s growth and misconception about the precepts involved in the Quran, people of other religions are often worried and afraid of Islam’s spread. Perhaps if more were understood about this religion and the people who practice it, there would be more tolerance around the world. Islam, has now become a widely known religion and is continuing to gain more followers in the years to come.
Many of the tenets of Islam actually began in the same historical roots as Judaism. Islam began in the Arabian desert in the seventh century. Byzantine Christianity had been a factor in that time and helped develop Islam. The people of Arabia also knew about Judaism, even desert tribes were Jewish. “Another religion that may have influenced the formulation of Islam was Zoroastrianism.” (Hopfe and Woodward 321). Islam was created by the prophet Muhammad of the Quraish tribe. His parents died when he was young, around the age of six, and was raised by his uncle, abu-Talib, who happened to be the chief of the Quraish tribe. Mecca at this point in time was a very wealthy city that “controlled the trading...
November 13, 2014
Understanding IslamIslam is a world religion and Muslims are the people who practice it. All Muslims have the same essential beliefs and are shared with values and God approach centered to the world. Many different cultures and people practice Islam. The prime source of Muslims’ faith and practice is the Qur’an, and the wordings that were transcribed fourteen years ago have not been changed. The basis of Muslim’s life is the five pillars. These five pillars are: belief that there is only one God and that Muhammad is his last messenger and prophet which is called “the confession”, perform prayers five times each day facing Mecca called “Salat”, fasting is required in the month of Ramadhan from sun-up to sundown, a percentage of earnings is given to the poor for charity which is called Almsgiving, and each Muslim is required to pilgrimage (Hajj) to Mecca which is the holy city at least once in a lifetime if the means are affordable. Depending on a person’s country of origin or birth, the Islamic dress may vary. The way they should dress, however, should be dignified and modest and for both men and women and the body should not be emphasized. A sign of respect to the mention of Muhammad is ‘Peace be upon him’ (Molloy, 2013, Chapter 10).
The birthplace of Islam is the Arabian Peninsula which is one of the driest and...
...Religion of Islam
Minnesota School of Business
November 08, 2013
Islam is a monotheistic religion and spiritual belief based upon revelations established forth by the once then Prophet of 7th century Arabia, Muhammad. These revelations which were later chronicled in the Qur'an (Koran), Islam's sacred writings. The Arabic word 'Islam' conveys "entry," mirroring the spiritual beliefs and their central precept of ones acceptance toward the will of God. Islam antedates to the edge of Adam where its message was then tied to man by God's Prophets and Messengers composed of Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad himself. (Abu Al-'Ala Maududi, 1984).
Islam's message has actually been recovered and executed in the last phase of the spiritual evolution by God's last Prophet and Messenger Muhammad. The word Allah in the Arabic language implies God, or much more accurately “The One and Only Eternal God”, Creator of the Universe, Lord of all lords, King of all masters, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful. The world Allah has also been sighted with the meaning of God and is used likewise by Arabic speaking Jews and Christians throughout history (Scenario, 2013).
Difference between Islam and Muslim
Almost one quarter of the world's populace follows the faith that was disclosed to the Prophet Mohammed and consequently translated in to the Quran. Consequently, even...
... Islam is one the oldest and most followed religion there is. It is one of the greatest monotheistic religions of the world today. The foundation of Islam and its story is very popular and has influenced people even if they aren't Islamic. Islam was founded by the Prophet Muhammed and his journey to Mecca in the Middle East. Islam has a belief system that is similar to Christianity and Judaism, but also has many special beliefs that are unique to Islam alone. Even if you don't believe in the religious aspect, you can apply yourself and follow the moral values of this religion, which many people have done which has become very popular.
The story of Prophet Muhammed and his journey to Mecca has become very popular amongst Islam people and even non-islamic peoples. Islam was founded on Muhammed's teachings as an expression of surrender to the will of Allah, the creator and sustainer of the world. Muhammed was born in the city of Mecca on the Arabian Peninsula. Traditionally, The Quran began with revelations to Muhammed, when he was 40 years old, in 610. The Prophet Muhammed received The Word of Allah, a revelation, through the archangel Gabriel, or The Holy Spirit. This revelation comprises the Religion of Islam.
Islam has many belief systems, some that relate to other religions and others that are very unique to Islam. One...
...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....
...Islam is a tradition of love and submission to God that ultimately strives for peace. The ancient religion emerged in the seventh century and was able to appeal to the public through its deeply entrenched attitudes to peace. Islam’s constant endeavour for peace can be presented through its ancient traditions and sacred texts, history and historical events and current practices and contemporary events of the religion.
The sacred texts of Islam are the Quran, which contains the revelations from Allah and the Hadith, which outlines the way of the prophet Muhammad. These sacred texts are fundamental to Islam and it is through these texts that Muslims formulate an understanding of peace. This is reflected through the Quranic statement:
“O ye who believe! Come, all of you, into complete peace and follow not the footsteps of evil. Surely he is your open enemy.” (2:208)
Despite the world of violence and belligerence that Muhammad was born into, his approach to the ethics of war and peace differed from the prevailing tribal culture of the time. Muhammad’s attitude with regards to the concept of peace was one of active non-violent resistance and open defiance of persecution by non-believers. The essence of this is represented in the Quranic verse:
“The recompense of evil is punishment like it, but whoever forgives and amends, he shall have his reward from Allah; surely he does not love the unjust.” (Sural al-Shura 42:40-43 ‘The...
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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...
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[A discussion and Identification of the history and location of the second largest religion and culture in the world, Islam and the followers of the faith, Muslims. A look at and description of the positive and negative points of the culture as well as ways in which Islam have affected and contributed to society.] |
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Social Science 101-The Human Behavior Perspective
May 12, 2013
Cultural Discussion Paper
Islam, a culture that I am least knowledgeable on, began in Mecca in western Saudi Arabia during the seventh century. Even though it is believed that this faith began with a small group of followers Islam is now one of the largest religion and culture practiced in the world today. It is said that Islam began with the prophet Muhammad during 570-632 AD when he was visited by an angel and received the message of Islam which believes “Allah is the only god” (Wuthnow 383). Those that submit themselves to this faith and Allah are called Muslims.
Muhammad a business man from Mecca and the founder of Islam was born 570-571 AD (Rieber). He was born into one of the most powerful and influential tribe of the time, Quraish. Muhammad’s father was a successful merchant...