Islamic Holiday (Ramadan) Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim year, during which strict fasting is observed from sunrise to sunset. During Ramadan for 1 whole month Muslims will completely stop drinking fluids and eating foods. Ramadan is used to re-evaluate their selves lives and to make peace with the people that have wronged them in the past, they also use this time to help strengthen their family as a whole and to do away with their bad habits. During Ramadan, every single part of their body must be restrained. The tongue must be restrained from backbiting and gossip. The eyes must restrain themselves from looking at bad things. The hand cannot touch anything that does not belong to them. The ears must refrain from hearing bad words and listening to other peoples conversations. And last the feet must refrain from walking to sinful places. So in a way, every part of the body observes the fact. According to Islam, one night during the month of Ramadan in the year 610 A.D. when Muhammad was 40 years of age and was passing the month in meditation in Mount Hira, he had a vision of an angel appearing before him. This angel introduced himself as Jibril and revealed that Muhammad was the messenger of Allah and was born to be a prophet to his people. The angel asked Muhammad to recite what he said: "Recite in the name of your Lord who creates. Creates man from a clot. And your Lord is the most bountiful who teaches by the pen, He teaches man what he does not know." With a confounded mind, Muhammad descended from Mount Hira and told everything to his wife Khadijah. He feared that he had had an encounter with an evil spirit. But Khadijah stopped his fears and reminding him of his good conduct until then and that it was impossible for him to be visited by a demon. She took him to her old cousin Waraqa ibn Nawfal and told the latter everything about Muhammad's meeting with the angel. Waraqa ibn Nawfal was a much learned man and was well-versed in various sacred texts concerning different religion. The lettered man convinced Muhammad that he was indeed a messenger of God and the angel who visited Muhammad was the same divine messenger Gabriel who had also visited the…
that their prophet is Muhammad and that 14 hundred years ago He received the revelation of God’s word. This was sent through the form of the Qur’an, the Holy Scripture of the Islamic Religion. The terms “Islam” and “Muslim” derive from the Arabic words, meaning “peace” and “submission” to the will of Allah. Allah is the Islamic God who is in fact, identical with Yahweh, from the Hebrew Bible as well as God the Father from Christianity. The Qur’an is spoken in 1st person from Allah, however Muslims…
Is Fasting for Christians?
IN ANSWER to that question you may have been told: “Yes, for Jesus recommended fasting for his followers.” If you are a practicing Catholic, you would respond in the affirmative, for you recognize certain fast days, and in particular you always fast before taking “Holy Communion.”
Did Jesus really recommend or command fasting for his followers?
In the instances recorded in the Bible, fasting was done as an expression of sorrow and repentance for sins or when under distressing…
As it spread through the Middle East to Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa, to Central Asia, and to many different societies around the Arabian Sea, it incorporated some local veiling customs and influenced others. But it is only recently that some Islamic states, such as Iran, have begun to require all women to wear the veil (in Iran it is called the chador, which covers the entire body).
Critics of the Muslim veiling tradition argue that women do not wear the veil by choice, and they are often forced…
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Fasting yes or no?
Food is part of human being, because it’s the body fuel, enabling us to move, be rational and survive. As a modern society we eat minimum three meals a day up to six meals, meaning food to us it’s never scarce, but abundance, anytime we desire, sizes, taste, all kind of shapes and colors. Although, our ancestors didn’t enjoy a life like we do, because back then, food wasn’t available anytime they wanted, they had to…
Is it difficult or impossible to match the beliefs of two religions? Muslims and Christians have such a difficult time getting along with each other. Christians refuse to take time out to learn and explore the Muslims beliefs. Instead they pass immediate judgment and rule out the other religion as wrong or evil. Christians commonly misinterpret Muslims by thinking all Muslims are raised to be violent, worship a different god, and do not believe in Jesus Christ.
Due to the pervious…
Islamic finance has grown rapidly over the last several years, in terms both of the volume
of lending and of the range of financial products that are available at institutional and
retail levels. The main characteristic of these financial instruments is that they are compliant
with the shari’a – the Islamic legal system.1 Since the Islamic financial system differs
in important ways from the conventional interest-based lending system, there is a need to
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Why were Muslim men and women probably more literate than others during the Middle Ages?
Page 2 of 5 FCS 2510 Fall 2013: pre-Midterm Study Questions
Non-Western developments begin in separate geographical locations and progress through many
centuries without connection to Western events. Why is the history of Islamic design considered a
somewhat different matter?
“All-over surface patterns and visual complexity mark Islamic art and architecture…
In the passage from
, the author, Anita Desai, uses several ways to
characterize Arun’s experience by revealing his thoughts and feelings. With the use of literary
devices such as speech,point of view, and imagery in the novel, Desai is able to portray Arun’s
uncomfortable ease in the situation.
In the first few lines of the passage, Desai sets the scene and the reader can almost
immediately begin to get a feel of Arun’s point of view…
Islamic art encompasses the visual arts produced from the 7th century onwards by people who lived within the territory that was inhabited by or ruled by culturally Islamic populations. It is thus a very difficult art to define because it covers many lands and various peoples over some 1400 years; it is not art specifically of a religion, or of a time, or of a place, or of a single medium like painting. The huge field of Islamic architecture is the subject of a separate article,…
and Transoxania is a case in point. It was a very tedious Islamic takeover that gradually won over the acceptance of the inhabitants in Persia at the time. However, this process of assimilation was not new in the area as many Iranians had previous traditions to which they had adapted during pre-Islamic times of the Achaemenids, Parthians and Sassanians. These two customs, then, were merged together to form what we now call the Iranian Islamic identity.
This merger transformed much of the cultural…