Islam Religion

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Islam is not only a religion but also a civilization since it is represented by over one billion Muslims and over 50 Muslim states. Emerging as a civilization influenced by religious beliefs and practices, Islam influenced different groups of people in diverse stages of history and in different countries. A major part of the Islamic faith is the strong belief in an afterlife. Muslims spend their life preparing for their death and the bliss they will face if they follow the rules and life style of a model Muslim.

Before the influence of Islam, the people of the Arabian Peninsula followed many different religions through the tribe that they belonged to. The thought that there were many
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One important factor is Jihad. Jihad is the idea that it is the Muslim’s mission to spread the religion (Braswell 245). This is also one reason why the Islamic religion spread so rapidly. Battles that the Muslims fought to spread Islam secured Northern Africa, Spain, Anatolia, Balkans, India, Sicily and the Mediterranean Coasts (Alkouatli 58). However, once the lands were one, they let people keep their religion. “People of the book”- individuals who were either Christian, Jewish or Zoroastrian could live on the concurred land and freely follow their religion as long as they paid taxes. However, many converted to Islam once they were conquered (Braswell 45). If Muslims follow these basic beliefs, they will go into the afterlife. At the time of loss, the angel of death comes to take the soul. The soul will stay in the grave until the Day of Resurrection, when all souls lost will be awakened. After, the Day of Judgment occurs. This is when the souls will be evaluated in terms of their actions and intentions when they were on Earth ((Alkouatli 71). Good deeds will bring contentment and negative deeds will bring unmanageable pain. Muslims believe that Heaven is for the souls of people who acknowledged God, were compassionate toward others, bighearted, truthful, and patient, and those who followed the Muslim religion. Hell is reserved for the people who denied or ignored the existence of God and were arrogant, oppressive, unjust, and untruthful
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