It is said to be one of the earliest religions to have founded their faith in the existence of only one God (“Islam” American Heritage, 2000) together with the other Abrahamic religions Christianity and Judaism. As the years have…
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This gives the people of other faith the idea of the basic customs that Muslims are living with – some of which even considered queer to many which eventually sometimes result to misunderstandings. However, as many generations have elapsed, these fundamental beliefs have now evolved like what the other things go through naturally: adjusting itself to the changing trends of time, dependent on the places where present Muslims settle, and on how these current people interpret the written proofs of their religion.
According to Ali (1992), the literal definition of Islam is “striving after righteousness” as opposed to the usual description “absolute submission to God’s will” (p. 138). The Muslims’ culture of Islam and their faith to Allah are based on the teachings of the Messenger of God – Mohammed or Muhammad.
Like the other religions, Islam has a Holy Book called the Koran. It contains the verses that direct and regulate the conduct of its followers, and serves as Muslims’ guide to living life in accordance to the commandments of Allah. Almost every aspect of life has been given attention in the teachings of Mohammed, their prophet, and these have been founded and based on the five principles called the “Five Pillars of Islam.”
The Five Pillars of Islam. Every part of Mohammed’s teachings is considered important. Nonetheless, the five pillars of Islam are considered the most basic elements that form the foundation of the religion. The five pillars include Shahadah, Salat, Zakat, Sawm and Hajj.
Shahadah. According to the Columbian Encyclopedia, the first pillar Shahadah is the Muslims’ “affirmation that there is no other god but Allah” and that Mohammed is not a god but a Messenger of God (“Islam” Columbia Encyclopedia, 2009, p. 24406). People who were not born as Muslims wanting to be converted are made to profess their faith by reciting the creed with the most important words of their faith that says, “There is no God
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(Islam, an overview for christians) In the U.S alone Muslims make up over 6-8 million of the population (A brief history of islam in the United states). The American Muslims are free to practice their beliefs but there are many misconceptions about the beliefs and the tenets of Islam.
The author states that sexism and sex discrimination can be observed in different forms in American society. Recent studies show that teachers call on boys in classrooms from three to eight times more frequently than they call on girls. The average woman in America earns seventy-nine cents for every dollar made by the average male.
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The paper shall also look at the symbolic significance of certain rituals. The paper shall look at how rituals related to death are sociologically important. Death and Dying in different cultures The manner in which death is treated and the rituals surrounding death are conducted in a society tells one a lot about the culture of that society and the civilization.
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According to Guetzknow (2002 p. 2), they are similar to a tread shown through the entire history of the art. This paper will discuss several themes of art which inspire different interpretations and meanings from different cultures and giving examples each.
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This will be accomplished by using comparative approaches to consider how culture structures these policies in the United States, with a comparison of minority experiences and a discussion of how the study of
From this paper, it is clear that China is the world’s fastest growing economy, with an average annual growth rate of 10% over the last thirty years. While China has an average quarterly growth rate of 2.15% from the year 2001 to 2011, the average quarterly GDP growth rate in India is 7.45, as from the year 2000 to 2011.