Religion is one of the most diverse topics in the society today and no one is normally right or wrong whenever it comes to religion issues. The Muslim religion is a religion that began in Arabia and it is believed to have been revealed to humanity by Prophet Muhammad. A Muslim is a person who has submitted to God’s will or is a follower of the religion. The religion has spread rapidly in the world throughout the centuries and it is now one of the largest religions in the world. Muslims have only one book that they cherish and also follow all the teachings from the book known as Quran. The religion has many beliefs such polygamy; they believe that a man should have a maximum of four wives. The belief also has a condition that the man has to have the means to treat all of his wives fairly. They also believe in Jihad which is literally means struggle the Muslim religion uses different efforts to describe the Jihad. The struggles are; building a good Muslim society, the holy war, that is the struggle to fight for the religion even if it by force. The last struggle is the internal effort of the believer to live out the faith of the Muslim as better as possible. The reason for Jihad is that it is for self-defense, to strengthen the religion, punish an enemy who has gone against their oath, to correct the wrong doings and to protect the freedom of Muslims. It also assists the Muslims to protect themselves against oppression like; overthrowing a rule that is tyrannical. The Jihad also has many rules before it happens and even after it happens. The basic article of faith belief in the Muslim religion is six (Rippin, 2005) The belief in Allah as their one and true God, angles, holy books, prophets like, Ibrahim and Muhammad, Day of Judgment and predestition. The Day of Judgment is the day when the life of everyone will be analyzed so as to decide whether they will go to hell or heaven. Muslims belief that Jesus is a prophet and not the son of God, they also believed on hijab which literally means partition. They believe that hijab is a form of modesty especially in terms of behavior and dressing code for both male and female. Muslim women are supposed to wear hijab in front of men who can potentially marry them. In wearing hijab both women and men are to cover everything apart from their face and hands. Sharia is a law that governs all the aspects of Muslims lives; the law comes from different sources including the Quran. Sharia is something that nature’s humanity among the Muslims. Sharia is used to set out the rule of conduct for both male and female (Rippin, 2005). The religion also has certain practices such as the five pillars of Islam which is the most important practice. The five pillars represent the five obligations that each Muslim has to follow in order to live a life that is responsible and good according to the religion. The five pillars are Salat, Shahabad, Zakat, Sawm and Hajj. Muslims also practice Ramadan that is the nine month of the Muslim calendar, when the fast when it is daylight. During this month the Muslims believe that the Quran was revealed, the opening of heavens gates and the closing of the gates of hell since the devil is chained up in hell. The Muslims also have different rites and rituals such as; birth rites and weddings. The birth ritual includes prayer when a baby is born and also circumcision when it comes to the male child. The weddings of Muslim vary depending on the culture of the involved community (Dennett, 2007). The Muslim religion they have very special places such as Mecca which is a very sacred place that is normally referred to as the holy ground. Median is the second holiest sites for the Muslims and it is referred to as the city of prophets. The Muslims usually worship in a building known as a mosque, in a mosque the worshipers are supposed to remove their shoes before they enter the building. They are also supposed to...
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