It is only in devotion to god’s ways that Muslims differ. Devotion in any religion is often characterized by prayers... ... middle of paper ... ...utonomy. A main goal of Islam is to improve the community, but it takes every individual’s effort to do so. Personal identity comes from a Muslim’s choice in the ways to aid the umma and his/her path to Allah. Mass amounts of literature (the Koran, haddith, and sunnah) provide specific guidance to one’s daily life, thus shaping a Muslim’s culture.
“We were all participating in the same ritual, displaying a spirit of unity and brotherhood” (Malcolm X, a Sunni pilgrim, 1965) In essence, undertaking Hajj is of great to the Muslim and to the Muslim community. Through examining the core rituals of Hajj, one can explore to the purpose of them; the reinforcement of the fundamental beliefs of Islam and the strengthening of the ultimate goal of Islam, the submission to Allah. Therefore, the Hajj, the rituals involved and their meaning are of the greatest significance to the individual and community, attaining to the ultimate goal of the more perfect submission to Allah.
You alone we worship, and to You alone we turn for help. Guide us to the straight path, The path of those whom You have favored, Not of those who have incurred Your wrath, Nor of those who have gone astray. (1) This passage is a perfect example of how their must be an enormous amount of love, honor and respect for their god, Allah. God is asked to steer our lives in the right direction if we stray off the path. This, in a nutshell, sums up the main idea of being a Muslim.
Salat is how Muslims show both their physical and spiritual submission to Allah. Just like the other acts of worship such as Sawm (Fasting), Hajj (Pilgrimage to Makkah), and Zakat (alms-giving), the goal of Salat is to bring the Muslims closer to Allah and also build the character of members of Islamic community. This investigation focuses on the early origins of Salat, the role it plays in Islam, and its significance both in this life and the hereafter using as evidence the Holy book of Islam and the sunnah of Prophet
This place is sacred because in 10AH, 632 CE, Muslim's believe that Muhammad (pbuh)- Islam's most famous prophet - performed Hajj with 1400 of his followers because Allah instructed him to. He also lived and preached in Makkah during his lifetime. Since Muhammad's pilgrimage, Makkah has been sacred to all Muslim's. They want to follow in the footsteps of Muhammad and the prophets Adam, Ibrahim and Isma'il as they believe that Allah is there to guide them through life just as he guided the prophets. Makkah is classed as Holy Ground and people go there to change their life as they wash away their sins.
Sacred texts are an intrinsic and defining component of all religious traditions. Adherents of the rapidly expanding religion Islam honour two major sacred texts; the Qur’an and the Hadith. The Qur’an is the unaltered word of God, also known as Allah, and is supported by the teachings and sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) which are contained in the Hadith. Working together, the sacred texts successfully teach adherents of the tradition’s origins and beliefs. They also describe the Five Pillars of Islam and guide Muslims in ethical behaviour, allowing them to fully submit to Allah.
Sharia is important to Muslims in the sense that it is both universal and egalitarian (Exposito, 1988). Sharia is applicable for all mankind and does not differentiate between ethnicity, as mention earlier. Islamic Sharia concerns with what a Muslim should do and what a Muslim should not to, no matter where that Muslim stand on the social hierarchy.Sharia is also important to Muslims because it stresses the importance of unity. Exposito (1988) Explains it in the following way: “All Muslims, Arab and non-Arab, rich and poor, black and white, caliph or craftsman, male and female, are bound by Islamic law as members of a single, transnational community of brotherhood of believers”. The importance of unity is also an obligation for the Muslims and it prescribed in the Quran (Ali, 2003): “And hold fast, all together, by the Rope which Allah stretches out for you and be not divided among your selves; for you were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His Grace you became brothers and you were on the brink of the Pit of Fire and He saved you from it.
Islam: A monotheistic religion characterized by the adoption of principles of submission to God; and believing in Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), as the last messenger of God. Accordingly, my role in this life is to worship Allah (SWT). In Islam, people should express verbally and believe in the heart that there is no God but Allah (Tawheed), as well as to practice Islam as much as Muslims might be able. In the Quran, Allah (SWT) says, "And I have neither created the Jinn nor humans except to worship Me." Az Zâriyât (51:56).
To have this type of growth there must be an underlying foundation to the movement. As any builder can attest, in order for a structure to maintain its integrity the support for that structure must be stabilized and strengthened. Within the holy writings of Islam the support and structure of the faithful is proclaimed. The concept of "no deity except God" is always alive within the heart of a Moslem. They recognize that he alone is the Creator, the Provider and Sustainer, and the true Reality; the source of all things -- of all benefits and harm.
(Sura 6:71, The Holy Qur'an) The core theology and beliefs of Islam inspires Muslims with a sense of meaning and direction in their lives. Paramount to Islamic beliefs are the Aqida ul-Islam or the Articles of Faith - the fundamental principles which direct, thus add meaning to an Islamic life, by dictating what Allah wills of His adherents. The first Article, the belief in Tahwid, the recognition of a singular being, installs meaning and purpose as Muslims live their lives in submission to their divine creator and His will for humans (Muslims). Tahwid outlines that there is only God, who establishes direction and meaning into a Muslim's life. (Sultan, 2004 pg.