Islam: A Religion of Peace

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Islam: A Religion of Peace
What is a Muslim? In what do the followers of Islam believe? In today's world, people should be asking these questions, if only to learn more about the world around them. In this paper, I will discuss how the basic ideas of Islam compare to the six bases of religion listed in our textbook. The six bases are: (1) deal in some way with peoples' relationship to the unseen world of spirits, ancestors, gods and demons; (2) developed a system of myths about the unseen world and rituals designed for communing with or propitiating the spirits; (3) developed a system of organized rituals, temples, priests and scriptures at some point in their history; (4) usually have some statement about life beyond death, either
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(Dodge-75). Muslims pray five times a day. That is the number that was revealed to the Prophet on the Night of Ascent (Maqsood-56). Along with the prayer five times a day, Muslims have a congregational prayer at midday on Friday. They must go to their mosque and pray with the people of their community. Islam does not have priests. One of the foundations of this religion is that your relationship with God is your own. The Imam (person who leads prayer) is not a priest; they are usually someone who volunteered, or someone who is knowledgeable enough to be able to recite from the Qur'an. (Maqsood-59). Prayer is not only way to worship Allah, fasting is another way that Muslims can show their devotion to God.
The third pillar is fasting. Once a year, during Ramadan all Muslims (with a few exceptions) must fast between sunrise and sunset. Muslims believe that there are many benefits from fasting. Some maintain that it is a healthy time, as the stomach is rested and Muslims eat more fruit and less spice than they might do normally. The main benefits however are spiritual and mental. It takes excellent disciple and self control. The feeling of community and togetherness that develops from sharing the same experience as well as sharing food in the evenings. It helps them to appreciate what they have. The wealthier people can learn a lot about what it is like to

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