Course Paper: Islam

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Islam is a religion far from my understanding. Actually, I have to admit, with the little bit of information I do have, I find it to be an aggressive religion and one that I would not be interested in learning about. Of course, initially I think of that solemn day – September 11, 2001. I lay partial blame for that horrific day on the followers of the Islam religion. However, I also realize that bitterness detains growth. If I am to continue to grow as a culturally competent professional; educating myself about Islam is a responsibility. I have therefore chosen the Islam religion as my topic for this research paper. It’s the second largest religion and one of the fastest growing in the world. Islam is based on the sayings of the Prophet …show more content…
The most important pillar of Islam, faith, is noted by speaking a direct testimony with confidence; “La ilaha illa Allah, Muhammadur rasoolu Allah.” This means there is no God, but Allah, and his messenger is Muhammad. Wealth truly belongs to God, and followers of the Islamic religion only hold that wealth in trust. Giving Zakat is an expectation of the religion. It is then that you give a specific percentage of property/money to the needy, as a form of charity. It is important in the Islamic religion to continuously grow in the spiritual life. This is exercised by fasting the month of Ramadan, which is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It serves as a time to rejuvenate oneself and appreciate those who are hungry and less fortunate. The fast is from dawn until sundown, and includes all food, drink and omission of all sexual activity.
Hajjis the annual pilgrimage to Makkah. All members are strongly encouraged to complete this pilgrimage, presuming they are blessed with wealth and good health. It is there where the Muslims deeply pray amongst themselves. All are equal and through prayer, they ask God what he wishes for them and implores with

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