Islam: Acceptance, Surrender, Submission, and Commitment

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Islam is a monotheistic religion that originated in 622 CE, in the Arabian peninsula. This religion puts a lot of emphasis on submission and full commitment to God, who they have named Allah. They express this commitment through their frequent rituals. Muslims have five pillars of practice and must apply their best effort towards these in order to be considered a true Muslim. First, is Shahadah, the declaration that they believe God is one and that Muhammad is the last prophet of God. Secondly, they have their formal prayer five times a day. Thirdly, Muslims practice fasting during the daylight hours in the month of Ramadan. Fourthly, They must give 2.5% of their savings to the needy at the end of each year. Fifthly, they must pilgrim to…show more content…
They have a word that represents the inner struggle one endures in trying to submit their will to the will of God -”jihad”. Muslims believe that everyone will be judged for his or her deeds. Each person’s good deeds will be balanced with their bad ones. If the good deeds are more significant than the bad ones, they will live eternally in heaven. If the bad ones outweigh the good, they will be condemned to eternal fire. The Quran also states that each person will receive a book containing an account of all their actions. If the book is placed in the right hand, they are destined for heaven. If it is in the left, they are doomed to Hell (Jahannam). At the end times, people will gather at a bridge called Sirat. This bridge spans the fires of hell. There are very specific festivals involved in the Islamic religion.The festival that is most important to Muslims is to make their pilgrimage (hajj) on the twelfth month (DHu al-Hijjah) On the tenth day of Dhu al-Hijjah they celebrate the Feast of Sacrifices (Eid al-Adha). This ritual celebrates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his own son. In honor of the event, the male heads of each household (who can afford to do so) are expected to sacrifice a sheep, cow, goat, or camel. The animal must face Mecca, and its throat must be cut quickly. The meat is cooked and one-third is shared
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