The Importance Of Religion In Islam

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Throughout the history of the world, there have been three underlying motives: Politics, economics, and religion. These factors continue to play an important role in the modern world, religion in particular. Religion often unites individuals of every race, nationality, and ethnicity in a way politics nor economics can imitate. The contemporary importance of religion lies in its strong development of community. Community takes place in Islam in the form of the ummah. The ummah is “a worldwide Muslim community” that is “united by a religious bond that transcends tribal, ethnic, and national identities” (Esposito 16). Part of this bond is protecting their fellow Muslims, regardless of gender, nationality, or race. As dictated in the Quran, “the believers, men and women, are protectors of one another”, and this is especially apparent during times of distress. For instance, after floods or earthquakes in majority Muslim countries, the Muslim community bands together to send monetary aid to the victims. In addition to protection, the ummah offers a sense of belonging. That feeling is evident in Kristin Hahn’s In the Search of Grace. Although she was raised secularly, Hahn’s curiosity about faith in America causes her to embrace a Muslim lifestyle during the month of Ramadan. After wearing a head covering, or hijab, she is “amazed by how easily [her] sense of individual identity had been usurped by a few strategically placed pieces of cloth” and how she “instantly became part of a
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