Rituals And Symbolism Of Islam

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Ceremonies, rituals and symbolism characterize Islamic life. Ceremonies and rituals honor Islamic faith which reflect their values and communicate those values through symbolism. Similar to Judaism law of Halakha, Islam follows Shariah law which governs Muslim nations legal systems and financial regulations, as well as Muslim everyday life. Shariah is meant to uphold the moral standards set by God which is found in the Quran and through the sayings and practices (hadith) of Muhammad (Black, 2012). Hadith of Muhammad makes up the Sunnah body of law, and together the Quran and Sunnah is the highest authority in all of Islam sects and schools. This foundation is what guides Islamic rituals. Halakha shapes and defines all aspects of…show more content…
This allows for knowledge to be passed down from generation to generation, person to person. The Turkish Muslim women 's foundation is a tool of empowerment and offers a resistance against the influence of mainstream society. These women are not looking to move away from Islam to an more mainstream secular life, they want a closer relationship where they play an active part. Through the foundation, they have a voice and gain control in their religious life and through rituals communicate this to other Muslim women who are seeking the same. "The conceptions behind the construction of hel al space and how public and domestic space is gendered are formed by the historical utopia, express in the Quran and the hadiths" (Raudvere, 2014). This is what the women seek to fulfill their spiritual quest. Instead of being relegated to fringes of their faith, they are empowering themselves and others to have an active role in accordance of their faith. A little understood element of Islamic rituals is the ritual purity which purpose has only begun to be studied by Western researchers. As early as the 1990s, ritual purity was not considered a worthwhile topic to study. Many researchers dismissed Islamic ritual purity believing it to be meaningless which can be summed up by Kevin Reinhart statement from his 1990 article Impurity: No Danger which he stated "Ritual cleansing is only a cleansing for ritual. It shapes no particular perspective on the course of life" (Katz,
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