Prayer and Fasting: Traditions That Cross the Barriar of Religions

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In today’s world there are hundreds of religions with thousands of traditions and practices. Many of these religions share the same roots, but have diverged so much over the years that the only thing in common is the God they worship. When observing two major religions of India, Hinduism and Buddhism, one can see that there are several similarities, such as the polytheistic worship, but to the uneducated, the two religions may seem very different and distinct with little in common. In fact the major thing that Buddhism has in common with Hinduism is its roots. Buddhism traces its roots back to Buddha, who followed the Hindu faith and they chose to break away from it because he did not agree with what they were teaching. Other religions …show more content…
The reason why Muslims pray is twofold, the first is, “in response to life’s natural impulse to give thanks for its existence,” and the second, which is the more important than the first is, “to keep life in perspective – to see it objectively, which involved acknowledging human creatureliness before the Creator.” Muslims are required to pray five times a day at: sunrise, noontime, afternoon, sunset, and at night and there are very specific guidelines for how a person is to pray as well. While praying they are to face in the direction of Mecca as a sign of their unity with God. This idea of praying in the direction of Mecca “creates a sense of participating in a worldwide fellowship, even when one prays in solitude.” Before Muslims begin to pray there are strict guidelines in preparation that they must follow. A major part of this preparation is cleansing the body and soul. First the Muslims must wear the proper attire for prayer and make sure that the place of prayer is clean. The garments which are to be worn for prayer are to be loose fitted and cover a majority of the person’s body. Then the individual is to perform a ritual ablution, in which they clean their body in preparation. This ablution is followed by the individual becoming internally aware that they are about to enter into prayer. Muslims then mentally prepare themselves to recite the prayer as if it is their last prayer, meaning they
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