When studying Islam, it is important to understand the essential elements of the faith, how they are practiced, and the distinctions among the three branches: Shiite Islam, Sunni Islam, and Sufism.
Write a 1- to 2-paragraph response for each of the following directives and note where there are differences among the three branches of Islam.
1.Explain the meaning of the name, Islam.
This word comes from the Arabic root ‘asalama’.The word Islam is a word when translated means surrender or a form of submission. This word is the name of the religion where Allah (God) is the leader. The word Islam is related to words concerning peace. This word is to fully be translated as submission or surrender to God.among the three braches the meaning is the same across the board.
2.Explain the basic concepts of Islam.
Islam is an unerringly monotheistic religion. It enjoins the existence of one God, his prophet Muhammad who is the Last Prophet in a long line of prophets sent throughout time and to every civilization, and the Quran as the Word of God revealed to Muhammad through the angel Jibrael. Muslims believe that God is one and incomparable and the purpose of life is to worship him and to adhere to his word, as laid down in the Quran, and in Sunnah , as closely as possible. They believe that Islam is the final, completed and universal version of a faith revealed too many prophets before; most notably Abraham, Moses and Jesus, but whose message has now been distorted.
3.Describe the practices of Islam.
The practices of Islam are based on the Five Pillars. They are, Shahadah or acceptance of One-ness of God, Salat or five daily Prayers, Saum or Fasting in the month of Ramadan, Zakat or obligatory Alms-giving, Hajj or Pilgrimage to the Kaabah (House of God) at least once in a lifetime, for those able to afford it.
4.Describe the goals of Islam.
The main goal of Islam is to regulate human life. From the choices we...