Islam is a dominant religion in theMiddle East, parts of Asia, and North Africa. When it relates to Muslim men andwomen the culture and views of society are vastly different from just yourtypical religion. Essentially Islam and its religion are based on the religiousteachings of the book called the “Qur’an”. The literal meaning of the Qur’an isa total submission to God, and therefore a Muslim is someone who submitsthemselves fully to God. Based on Islam and its teachings as a religion,they’re five duties a Muslim must practice within their community The most important Muslim practicesare the Five Pillars of Islam.
The Five Pillars of Islam are seen as the fiveobligations/duty that every Muslim must accomplish in order to live a good andresponsible life, beginning with Shahadah. Shahadah simply is, sincerelyreciting the Muslim profession of faith, Salat, performing ritual prayers inthe proper way five times each day. Zakat, paying alms (or donation) tax tobenefit the poor and needy.
Sawm, fasting during the month of Ramadan, andHajj, which is a Pilgrimage to Mecca. Being devoted is the key tocarrying out the Muslim religion and the Five Pillars; doing so demonstratesthat the Muslim man/woman is putting their faith first and not just trying tofit it in with their worldly lives Muslims have six main beliefs. Theybelieve in the Day of Judgement; the day when the life of every human beingwill be assessed to decide whether they go to heaven or hell. The belief inPredestination; that Allah has the knowledge of all that will happen. Allah;the name Muslims use for the absolute and unique God who created and ruleseverything.
Angels; that in heaven an angel is nobody in particular but has thelikeness of a man and has the ability to take human forms sometimes involvingcommon people. Holy Books; the Qur’an as I mentioned previously is their holybook and what Muslims abide by. Prophets; Ibrahim, Musa, Isa (Jesus) Muhammad. Prophets are the most importantfigures of the religion and knowing what each individual contribution to thereligion will help understand how each was viewed. Ibrahim was seen as thefather of the Arab people as well as the Jewish people. Ibrahim was a profoundbiblical figure that was seen as the model of obedience to God and the friendof God.
Moses was the most talked about and most important prophet in theMuslim faith and Christianity. Moses is mentioned more than anyone in theQur’an and was not only a prophet but also a messenger of the people. Jesus; isthe God that we all worship. Muhammad: peace be upon him, he is the last andfinal prophet andMuslims believe that the final and complete revelation of their faith was madethrough the prophet Muhammad.