Islam as a Living Religious Tradition Essay

1098 Words May 2nd, 2013 5 Pages
Living Religious traditions are integrated meaning systems which provide adherents with comprehensive and distinctive answers to the enduring questions of human existence through Sayyid Qutb, Islamic bioethics and Hajj. Islam is a living religious tradition which helps adherents to answer the question of human existence through the legacy and writings of Sayyid Qutb, abortion, stem cell research and contraception of bioethics and Ihraam, Tawaf and Sa’y of Hajj. The paragraphs below will describe how Sayyid Qutb, Islamic bioethics and Hajj answer the question of human existence and how they all play a key role to support Islam as a living religious tradition.
Sayyid Qutb answers the question of human existence and demonstrates why Islam
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‘Milestones’ is a book in which Qutb lays out a plan to re-create the Muslim world on strictly Quranic grounds. ‘Milestones’ can be called “one of the most works in Arabic of the last half century.”(Hadith) It is one of Qutb’s most influential works. ‘Milestones’ was created by Qutb to start the revival of Islam. Sayyid Qutb answers the question of human existence and expresses why Islam is a living Religious tradition through his writings.
Islamic ethics answers the question of human existence and demonstrates why Islam is a living religious tradition through bioethical factors such as abortion, contraception and stem cell research.
There is a difference of opinion among Muslim scholars about abortion during the embryonic stage of the conception. However, Sunni and Shia Muslim’s believe that abortion should not be undertaken because the embryo has the potential to be a human being if allowed to develop. Therefore, most scholars are of the same view that it is a crime to end the life of a foetus while it is in the womb of the mother “Each of you is constituted in your mother’s womb for 40 days.” (Hadith) Although, there are certain exceptions to abortion like a serious health risk to a pregnant women or where one is faced with two bad choices and one has to choose the lesser of the two evils. Therefore, abortion demonstrates why Islam is a living Religious tradition and answers the question of human existence.
Another bioethical issue is
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