ISLAM

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REL1006S: COURSE ESSAY 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…show more content…
This again, makes reference to the remembrance of those who are not as fortunate, specifically, fellow Muslim brothers and sisters and the importance of togetherness in order to once again, please Allah, following in the Prophet’s footsteps. The fifth and last pillar of Islam is the Hajj. The Hajj refers to the holy pilgrimage to Makkah, acts done at and around the Ka’bah, the “house of God” and also other precise and detailed series of rituals as prescribed. The gathering of all pilgrims on the plains of Arafat, men dressed in nothing but two cloths and women in plain white thobes (form of Islamic dress), is the highlight and most important part of the journey for pilgrims. Here one’s previous sins are forgiven and lots and lots of supplication are made to God (Online Source-Al-Islam.org). The white attire that is prescribed is so that no one Muslim can be ‘socially’ distinguished from the other. This is the one place where everyone is equal and no judgement can be made. The five pillars that are central to Islam make it evident that through these various ways, Muslims are governing their lives correctly, according to Allah, following the way of His messenger and as a result, brought closer to Him on a spiritual level. Allah is never objectified and one cannot then be ‘physically’ closer to Him. There are also other acts of worship that can be done in order to become closer to

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