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My reading choices – Saleh A. Alsulaiman
‫متارات من قراءاتي‬

Understanding Islam

Knowledge is Freedom - ‫العلم نور‬

My reading choices – Saleh A. Alsulaiman
‫متارات من قراءاتي‬

Islam is a world religion and the people who practice it are called Muslims. All Muslims share the same essential beliefs, values and God centered approach to the world. Islam is practiced by people from many different cultures. The Qur’an is the prime source of Muslims’ faith and practice, and the wording has not been changed from when it was originally transcribed fourteen centuries ago. The five pillars of Islam are the basis of a Muslim’s life. They are: • Belief that there is only one God and that Muhammad (pbuh*) is His Last Prophet and Messenger; • Prayers, which are, performed five times each day; • Fasting in the month of Ramadhan; • Charity in which a percentage of earnings is given to the poor; • Pilgrimage (Hajj) to the holy city of Mecca is required once in a lifetime if the means are available. Islamic dress may vary depending on a person’s country of birth or origin. However, it should be modest and dignified for both women and men and should not emphasize the body. * ‘Peace be upon him’ is a sign of respect to the mention of Muhammad

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My reading choices – Saleh A. Alsulaiman
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Myths about Islam
All Arabs are Muslims/All Muslims are Arabs. Muslims may come from any country in the world. An Arab person could identify with any faith or be an atheist. Women are oppressed in Islam. The Qur’an clearly defines the rights of women. Women re regarded as individuals in their own right. Neither men nor women are superior to each other. People who are of Middle Eastern appearance are Muslim. A Muslim person can be of any appearance because Muslims come from all parts of the world. Jihad means Holy War. Jihad has several meanings. Principally, it means striving to live one’s faith. It can also mean a justifiable struggle in defense of Islam and Muslims. Female circumcision is a Muslim practice. Female circumcision is not an Islamic practice. Body mutilation is not permitted under Islam. All Muslims are fanatics. Like all religions, Muslims have varying approaches to their faith and religious practices. Muslims want to introduce Shariah law into Australia. Shariah law is a legal system based on Islam, and is as complex as common law in Australia. It is the basis for the Islamic communities’ beliefs, rights and practices within the community. Shariah law only applies to Muslims and therefore it is not reasonable or feasible to apply Shariah law to Australia.

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My reading choices – Saleh A. Alsulaiman
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Accommodating to prayer times
Muslims are generally able to adjust their prayer times to accommodate work or study routines. However, if it is possible, avoid scheduling meetings, examinations, lectures or tutorials on Fridays at noon if significant numbers of Muslim people are involved. Muslim guests Expect a Muslim guest to remove their shoes before entering your home. This is a sign of respect for you and your home. As most Muslim people will fast during daylight hours in the month of Ramadhan, expect that they will refuse offers of food and drink at this time. As with other guests, it is a good idea to ask if there are foods that are forbidden or ‘haram’ for your Muslim guests. ‘Halal’ foods are those that can be eaten by Muslims freely. Dancing with partners who are not their spouse is uncomfortable for Muslim people, as this generally involves touching the other person. Pets, and especially dogs, are a difficulty for Muslims. When Muslims come into contact with dogs, they are concerned that the dog may lick them and then they will have to change their clothes before prayer.

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My reading choices – Saleh A. Alsulaiman
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