Before taking this class and receiving pertinent information regarding the Nation of Islam, I was not aware of the religions beliefs or the way they praised. There are not many similarities in this religion and my religion which is Christian. The Nation of Islam, however, does believe in God, they believe that Elijah Muhammad is a prophet of God. However, the differences lie much deeper than that. With all the research that has been done on this religion, I have come to discover that Islam and the Nation of Islam are two different religions. Islam is a religion that is accepting to all races and participates in the worship of one unseen God who, Orthodox Muslims believe never took human form. The Nation of Islam, on the other hand, is more of a movement geared towards the African American race and teaches that God appeared in the form of Fard Muhammad. Muslims have to pray five times a day facing the Kaaba [a black stone building in Mecca that is shaped like a cube and that is the most sacred Muslim pilgrim shrine.] in Mecca, Arabia. Muslims believe that the Kaaba was the first house of worship ever placed on the face of the Earth dedicated to the worship of one God. They do not worship the Kaaba; nonetheless, it serves as a central focal point for Muslims around the world, unifying them in worship and symbolizing their common belief, spiritual focus and direction. Interestingly enough, the Kaaba’s interior is empty. This aspect of their worship was intriguing and I knew at that moment that I would have to include this question within my interview process. Having researched this religion has opened my eyes to many new experiences that many people have converted to. A convert has more advantages than a born Muslim because a convert becomes a Muslim after a great deal of research has been obtained and therefore considering changing religions is not an easy task it shows that a convert has a great deal of courage and effort as a born Muslim just inherits the religion. By his/her conversion to Islam, a convert is considered pure and free of previous sin. Due to the complete honesty and the influence of the appealing personality of Muhammad, the faith of his companions in him was unusually strong. It was based on their first-hand acquaintance with his exemplary life. The companions of Muhammad in Mecca were powerless and without any legal protection. All of them stood the test of the crisis, and none of them abandoned the faith or the Prophet. The actions of those Muslims proved their faith in Islam and the Prophet. All of them preached Islam and practiced what they preached, and every genuine Muslim gave his faith a genuine support in word and in deed. As a comparison to my religion to the Islam religion, Islam is a simplification of Christianity as Buddhism is a simplification of Hinduism. In another sense Islam adds to Christianity, for where Jews have only our “Old Testament” Scriptures and Christians ass the New Testament, Muslims also add the Quran. They accept the claims of the Jewish prophets to be sent by God. They believe Jesus deepened this revelation and that Muhammad completed it. Islam neither merely simplifies Christianity nor merely adds to it, but reinterprets it. As the Christian interpretation of the Old Testament is not the same as the Jewish one, the Muslim interpretation of the New Testament is not the same as the Christian one; the Quran authoritatively interprets the New Testament as the New interprets the Old. The Quran believes in Christ’s virgin birth, but not his resurrection, also believes in his prophetic function (teachings) but not his priestly function (salvation) or his kingly function (ruling). To Muslims, as with Jews, Christ is the stumbling block. The theology of God the Father and the ethics of human living are essentially the same for Jews, Christians and Muslims. The missing link is grace, salvation, and redemption, the most essential things. I have conducted an interview with someone...
... 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....
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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...
Cultural Discussion |
[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 who died...
...Islam is a religion that is both controversial as well as at the height of American interest. Islam is the term used for the religion begun by Mohammed in Arabia in the early 600's. The word Islam translates to mean "Submission" or "to the will of God". The people who practice Islam are called Muslim meaning "one who submits". Muslims adhere to five main practices of Islam, often referred to as the "five pillars ofIslam". To many Islam is considered to be not just a religion but a way of life. Islam teaches its followers to live in peace and harmony with the Creator, oneself, other people and the environment. (Islam Today, 2001-2007).
Muslims also believe that Mohammed is the very last Prophet and Messenger of God to mankind. Mohammed is considered to be the summation of all of the prophets before him. His life and history provide examples for which Muslims live their lives by. These sayings, examples and records of Mohammed's life make up the second most important text of Islam and are called the Hadith.
The most important text of Islam is the Quran. The Quran is considered the most holy book because it is considered by Muslims to be the exact word of God transmitted through the angel Gabriel to Mohammed. The main focus of the Quran is monotheism but it also encompasses all aspects of life even ideas...
...that a worldview can only be established through personal life experiences, challenges and triumphs; they believe that a worldview is unique and created out of their own personal experiences with life.
My own personal worldview has been crafted out of personal experiences, cultural practices and beliefs and most importantly my Christian faith. It is my core beliefs that have placed my Lord and Savior above everything, shaped me into an open minded individual and aided me with life's challenging and mind boggling questions. My worldview consists of a Christian based ideology that refers to the bible as both a reference and narrative. My Christian beliefs and practices have also led me to believe and follow specific norms and standards and has tough me what is ethical, justifiable and righteous. It reinforces my values by enabling me to participate in specific rituals and practices that correlate with my beliefs. These rituals include attending church, personal devotion and celebrating holidays and special dates of praise. It is my multi racial background that has crafted me into an open minded individual that views life from an objective lens. It is my personal experiences that backup my beliefs and remind me of what is valuable and essential to my existence. It is my...
...MyView on Politics
Without politics, the world would be in chaos due to the lack of discipline. Politics help to organize the laws of the land, and help us to find people that would lead us to a better place than we were. But politics can also lead to corruption within the state and person. Politics can bring mud-slinging words to unneeded arguments and harsh comments to simple videos. That is why I believe that politics have a good side, a bad side, and an ugly side.
Life has many good things. The problem is that most of these good things can be gotten only by sacrificing other good things. We all recognize this in our daily lives. It is only in politics that this simple, common sense fact is routinely ignored.
In politics, there are not simply good things but some special Good Things -- with a capital G and capital T -- which are considered always better to have more of.
Many of the things advocated by environmental extremists, for example, are things that most of us might think of as good things. But, in politics, they become Good Things whose repercussions and costs are brushed aside as unworthy considerations. Nobody wants to breathe dirty air or drink dirty water. But, if either becomes 98 percent pure, 99 percent pure or 99.9 percent pure, there is some point beyond which the costs skyrocket and the benefits become meager or non-existent.
In some ways certain things give politics a bad name. Democratic politics can be one of the...
...Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
actually, i wanted to become a doc. since i was 4 years old.my grandfather was a landlord. i always used to ask him `when i become a doc. will u give me some of your land to construct my clinic?` he used to smile and say`why not dear.` then i would say `grandpa then i will certainly treat you after i become a doc. and i will not charge you a single penny` and he used to enjoy this childish talk with me.however i and my grandpa were soon parted due to my dad`s job . we moved away from the village till 3 years . we returned only after grandpa`s death. now i am in 9th. and sad to say now i have become a brutally ambitious person. i have had many sad things happen in my life(enough to distract me of my studies)i think peer pressure was the most worst thing that influenced me.but i am trying to do my best now and i am sure i will achieve my goal. :-)
Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.
Great ambition is the passion of a great...