Islam And The Islamic World Essay

1090 Words Dec 3rd, 2015 null Page
Islam, according to religious and linguistic texts, means “voluntary submission to God”. Chronologically, Islam is the third Abrahamic tradition to have manifested within Medieval and Modern society, after Judaism, and Christianity. The primary foundations of the Islamic faith had been codified into Al-Qur’an, which means, “the recitation”. “Muslims believe the Qur’an is the book of divine guidance and direction for mankind and consider the Arabic text to be the final revelation of God.” “When Muhammad was forty, and concluding [his religious and political campaign] in 632 CE, the year of his death,” what had been “regarded by traditional Islamic schools of jurisprudence as important tools for understanding the Qur’an and are referred to in matters of jurisprudence” came to be known as the Hadith. Primarily, within the Islamic world, AHadith is used to set precedent on law, ethics, morality, and to a certain extent how Muslims are to function beyond the sphere of the Islamic world. One Hadith, although heavily criticized by some of the most prominent Mullahs for political reasons, has significant import for Muslims in China. This heavily contested Hadith says, ‘Utlub il ‘ilma wa law fis-Sin’ which means, “Seek knowledge, even if you have to go to China.” This essay will examine the aforementioned ‘China Hadith’, the context of its utterance, its historical significance, and the effect this contested Hadith had on China and the Islamic world. For centuries during the…

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