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Islam is a dominant religion in the Middle East, parts of Asia, and North Africa. When it relates to Muslim men and women the culture and views of society are vastly different from just your typical religion. Essentially Islam and its religion are based on the religious teachings of the book called the “Qur’an”. The meaning of the Qur’an is a complete submission to God, and as a result a Muslim is someone who submits themselves fully to God. Based on Islam and its teachings as a religion, they’re five duties a Muslim must practice within their community

 

The most important Muslim practices are the Five Pillars of Islam. The Five Pillars of Islam are seen as the five duties that every Muslim must accomplish in order to live a good and responsible life, beginning with Shahadah. Shahadah simply is, sincerely reciting the Muslim profession of faith, Salat, performing ritual prayers in the proper way five times each day. Zakat, paying alms (or donation) tax to benefit the poor and needy. Sawm, fasting during the month of Ramadan, and Hajj, which is a Pilgrimage to Mecca.

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Being devoted is the key to carrying out the Muslim religion and the Five Pillars; doing so demonstrates that the Muslim man/woman is putting their faith first and not just trying to fit it in with their worldly lives   

 

Muslims have six main beliefs. They believe in the Day of Judgement; the day when the life of every human being will be assessed to decide whether they go to heaven or hell. The belief in Predestination; that Allah has the knowledge of all that will happen. Allah; the name Muslims use for the absolute and unique God who created and rules everything. Angels; that in heaven an angel is nobody in particular but has the likeness of a man and has the ability to take human forms sometimes involving common people. Holy Books; the Qur’an as I mentioned previously is their holy book and what Muslims abide by. Prophets; Ibrahim, Musa, Isa (Jesus) Muhammad.

 

Prophets are the most important figures of the religion and knowing what each individual contribution to the religion will help understand how each was viewed. Ibrahim was seen as the father of the Arab people as well as the Jewish people. Ibrahim was a profound biblical figure that was seen as the model of obedience to God and the friend of God. Moses was the most talked about and most important prophet in the Muslim faith and Christianity.

 

 Moses is mentioned more than anyone in the Qur’an and was not only a prophet but also a messenger of the people. Jesus; is the God that we all worship. Muhammad: peace be upon him, he is the last and final prophet and Muslims believe that the final and complete revelation of their faith was made through the prophet Muhammad

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