Muslims Essay

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I first became interested in learning about Muslims when I met a young man in a
Speech class of mine. He was dark skinned, dark haired, and extremely handsome, so I decided to get acquainted with him. I asked him his name and he asked me if I wanted his real name or his made up name. I was a little confused and I asked him what he meant by that. He told me he was a Muslim and his "real" Muslim name is Sadat and his made up name is Danny. I was quite intrigued by, but a little confused by all of this, so I thought I would look further into the subject. Luckily, I was asked to write a paper on a subject of my choice so hopefully I can teach you some of what I learned about Muslims.

The Muslims are people who practice
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Almsgiving may be required or free will. Required almsgiving is called Zakat and the free will type is called Sadaqah. A Muslim must give 2 1/2 per cent of his wealth each year as a trust fund for the needy. Islam does not limit free will charity, except that a person cannot deprive his own family of its fixed legal inheritance by giving all his wealth to charity. Ramadan, the ninth month in the Muslim year, is the holy month of fasting.

Muslims may not eat or drink from dawn to sunset. The only people that are excluded from this tradition are travelers, the sick, nursing mothers, and soldiers, but they must make up for the days missed. Muslims joyfully celebrate the end of the long fast in the three day Festival of the Breaking of the Fast.

Pilgrimage to Mecca is commanded by the Koran. Every able Muslim is required to make the pilgrimage at least once in his or her lifetime. Many ceremonies are required during the pilgrimage. The most important include walking around the Kaaba seven times and kissing the sacred Black Stone in its wall. The pilgrimage is concluded with the Festival of Sacrifice, when the Muslims sacrifice a sheep, goat, or camel, and usually give the meat to the poor.

The first Muslims, the Arabs, began in the 600's to establish an empire that eventually stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to the borders of China. This empire absorbed many people

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