A culture is distinguished by its agents’ common possessions of certain knowledge, language, customs, values, shared rules, symbols, and materials, All cultures have names, colors, laws, music, history, weapons and many more universals that shape and define each aspect of a culture and add to its originality, Religion is a key component in most cultures as it serves to answer questions about the unknown. It often offers an origin story and a story about the end of the world, but most importantly religion is the part of culture that explains what happens after death, life’s purpose, and how to be a “good” person.
It gives people hope and provides comfort and depth to the lives of people of all social classes; it unites people, and offers people a place in society. Islam reflects the primary appealing aspects of monotheistic religiont Islam means obedience or peace in Arabic and was given to the believers of this faith by Allah, lslam reflects the peaceful and loving nature of nature of Allah and the observers consider themselves servants to God and humanity.
The father is the head of the Muslim household; when he upholds the tenets of the religion he brings himself and his family closer to holiness. A believer must accept the founding beliefs that Allah is the only God, Muhammad was His prophet, that there are angels, that each part of the Quran is the word of God, each prophet is important and their word is firm and from Allah, they must also believe in the laws set forth by Allah and they must believe in the resurrection day.
If a person believes all these things then they are a Muslim, A Muslim will put these beliefs into action by following the 5 Pillars of Islam. They will believe and affirm that they believe Allah is the only true God and that Muhammad is his messengert.
Also they will observe daily prayer and Friday evening prayer, A Muslim gives to the poor, fasts during Ramadan, and makes a pilgrimage to Mecca, the holy city, at least once in their lifetime. I had the privilege to visit and observe a Friday prayer service. A masjid or mosque is the house of prayer and sanctity. There will be a bell or athan that calls people into the Masjid for prayer. Upon entering, one must remove their shoes and perform wudu, a sort of self-cleanliness that prepares the individual for prayer. The men are separated from the women as not to distract each other and to provide the women the opponunity to relax and not have to worry about their modesty, There will be a second bell signifying the beginning of service. To enter the prayer room you should use the right foot, or give your good foot, as a Muslim always wants to “give with their right, their best, to God”
On the floors is a design, similar to the top of the masjid, where each individual stands to pray. Everyone will face in the direction of Mecca, even the lmam, who leads the prayers. The lmam will chose a scripture from the Quran to recite and everyone will go through the stages of praying, a complex ritualistic process including kneeling, and proper responses to the scripture’s stimulus, At the end of the scripture reading they can perform a dua, which is when they ask Allah for the desires of their heart. Following the prayer most people remain and do their own prayer individual prayer or sunnah. Then turning to their left and right they greet the others around them. Like a church, the masjid is the social and religious center for its attendants. Daily prayer, being a servant to God and man, fasting, and believing in a supreme God are a few of the various similarities of Islam and Christianity.
I am a Seventh-day Adventist, so the belief in a resurrection, angels, the importance of prophets proceeding and preceding Jesus, and believing that the holy book is the word of God are common parts of both religions Islam is very ritualistic proves its followers as hardworking and determined servants of Allah. Unlike Christianity the holy book can only truly be read in Arabic as translation can change the meaning. Catholicism and Islam are very similar even the structure of the masjid, catholic cathedral, and ordinance of service are very similar. Both Christianity and Islam have extremists like the Klu Klux Klan or Al Qaeda that give these religions a negative connotation in society, although they both provide countless benevolence to society, Without Islam Christianity would not have spread as proficiently. Because Islam challenged the teachings of the Catholic Church and the foundation of Jesus as the Son of God many were made more resolute by the challenge claims of Islam.
They fought and died for these beliefs, and became martyrs for Christianity, Without Islam the terrorist attacks on 9/11 would not have happened as soon or been a successful attack as the organization and beliefs surrounding the extremists’ theories on Westernization would never have influenced these Ku Klux Klan like terrorists to attack. Without 9/11 many new changes in governments that were a result of the War on Terror would not be established in the Middle East, Furthermore America was made hyperaware of the lack of international travel security, which leads one to believe that a much larger incident could have and would have occurred killing even more people because of the pre-S/ll security faults. Historically without Islam many nations would not exist or not exist with the same customs, ideas, or governments had the wars fought to protect the faith not occurred.
When the Prophet Muhammad had to defend the right of this religion, in his conquest, new trade routes, governments, and nations were established, This movement also caused the spread of traditional Arab architecture, numeral writing, and Islam itselfi Arab architecture is commonly incorporated into Catholic cathedrals, Following World War Two, during and after the Civil Rights Movement, however and I find contemporary Christianity to be much more relaxed, The rigidity of Islam Islam became a part of a positive identity for the African American people, As they reached out to reconnect with The Motherland they realized that a large majority of northern Africa was Islamic and in order to relate and perpetuate an identity outside the constructs of white Christian society they converted to Islam. Without Islam questions about feminism and privileged western perspective would not have arisen.
For example in France the feminist’s believed that Hijab was a cruel way of men asserting their power over the women, however the Muslim women spoke out saying that they wear Hijab as an expression of their faith not as a perpetuation of cruel patriarchy. The women in Iran and Pakistan where there is genuine cruel patriarchy have begun to in their own extent to ban together with the other women in their countries and begun to practice self-defense techniques. Islam is creating a peaceful movement around the world as Muslims reach out in America demanding religious acceptance, Religion itself conveys cohesion and moral soundness regardless of how the practitioners portray it and Islam and the principals it upholds are vital parts of our society.