MUSLIM VS. RASTAFARIANS Islam interprets the relationship between a man

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MUSLIM VS.

RASTAFARIANS Islam interprets the relationship between a man and a woman as one, which should make many babies while living a peaceful existence. “...(God) has created men and women as company for one another, and so that they can reproduce and live in peace and serenity according to the commandments of Allah and the directions of his messenger.” On the other hand,“...(Rastafarians) view the position (of) women as a (weak-willed) one.” “...(Although) women are respected,...(and sometimes) even feared, (because of) their powers of fertility,...(their existence is still gazed upon as a fragile one).” Although both religions entrust the women with existence, thereby acknowledging that a woman’s womb is the giver of life, the
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It also symbolizes the blood that the martyrs have shed in the history of the rastas. The yellow represents the wealth of the homeland. Green represents the beauty and vegetation of Ethiopia, their promised land. Another characteristic of the Rasta’s belief is the use of Ganja for religious purposes. Its use is written in the bible in scriptures saying “He causeth the grass for the cattle and herb for the services of man” (Psalms 104:14), ". . . thou shalt eat the herb of the field " (Genesis 3:18) and ". . . eat every herb of the land " (Exodus 10:12). The use of this herb is very extensive among Rastas not only for relaxation, but for spiritual and medical purposes.

On the other hand, Islam originated in the seventh century when the message was revealed to the holy prophet Muhammad. Although, the revelations were passed down from Allah (‘The God’) to angel Gabriel, Muhammad manifested the knowledge. This message was thus preserved in the Holy Quran. The Quran is perceived as the word of God, the supreme Allah. Islam means submission or self-surrender of one’s own pleasure for the pleasure of God. Muslims believe that you must not only surrender to God but the laws of the world also. Muslims believe that every person is born pure and we have a choice to either follow good or evil. Islam teaches that the path to spiritual growth is open to all. Nonetheless, the main message is to seek delight God through faith, prayer and charity. To be a genuine Muslim there are five