The Rise Of Islamic Civilization

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Louis Farrakhan shared his opinion, when he stated “I think that rather than condemning Islam, Islam needs to be studied by those who are sincere.” Knowledge of other religions and understanding of other beliefs is important. People, as Christians, need to understand the basis of not just Islam itself, but its larger role in today’s society. Islam has not only impacted culture of the past, but western civilization today, it shows similarities and differences to the Christian faith, and has also been perceived harshly in light of the current events around the world. First off, what is Islam? Islam is not just a religion, but it is also a civilization. However, “the rise of Islamic civilization is a story of faith and confrontation amidst societies in political and cultural transition” (Rogers 211). Its story of faith grew exponentially through the prophet Muhammad. Through his influence, Islam’s worldview became clear that, “there is but one God [Allah], and his prophet Muhammad” (211), and it marks the starting point of a Muslims belief. Through devotion to Islam, Muslims practice the Five Pillars: faith, prayer, almsgiving, fasting, and pilgrimage. Faith is described as “the acceptance of God,” prayer is practiced “five times a day toward Mecca, fasting is custom a month out of every year, almsgiving, in other words, is a “tithe to support poor and unfortunate Muslims,” and the pilgrimage is to Mecca, which must happen during one’s lifetime (211-212). Islamic religion
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