Healthcare Provider and Faith Diversity Essays

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Healthcare Provider and Faith Diversity
Judy Mills
HLT 310V

September 14, 2012

This paper compares the philosophies of three diverse faiths, that of: Buddhism, Islam, and Christian Science, comparing them to Christianity. We will look at basic beliefs, spiritual perspectives on healing, beliefs about healthcare, and components of healing such as prayer, meditation, and rituals followed. We will also look at what is important to know when caring for a person with different beliefs and cultural views, so that we may treat them with respect, dignity and promote the healing process.
Healthcare Provider and Faith Diversity
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Muslims believe their faith is the only true faith, it was revealed to them through a long line of prophets inspired by God. To practice their faith Muslims must accept five primary obligations called five pillars of Islam. The first pillar, is the profession of faith, repetition of the statement, “There is no god but God; Muhammad is the Messenger of God”. The second pillar is the devotion to prayer and worship. Muslims pray five times a day while facing towards Mecca the “house of God”. Prayers are simple and personal but also done in groups. The third pillar is the obligatory religious tax it is paid by all for the benefit of the community. The fourth pillar is the month long fast each year during Ramadan from dawn to dark along with refraining from cursing, lying, and cheating. The fifth pillar is the pilgrimage to Mecca at some time during your life.
Muslims beliefs about health and illness vary considerably from the Christian perspective. Muslims believe that illness is atonement for their sins and accept it with prayers and patience. Cleanliness is considered half the faith, the Quran prohibits the eating of pork and by products and any meat not slaughtered in the “halal” way. The one month fast is thought to rest the body and have medical values. When caring for Muslim patients where the cultural differences are vast, first respect privacy and modesty, examine patient over gown when possible. Provide” halal” foods, allow patient to pray and
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