• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explain the Muslim idea of Religious Authority.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Jo Batty Part A - Explain the Muslim idea of Religious Authority Revelations are the way in which we receive knowledge of God and this is done through the Holy Books. In the Christian tradition there is an understanding that the Bible is a medium of revelation (Prepositional view), this is where the truths recorded by God are recorded, there is also an understanding that revelation is the way in which God acts with human experience through history (non-prepositional view) In Islam religious authority comes from God via the Qur'an through the process of tanzil. The Qur'an tells them about God and gives them guidance 'this is the book in its guidance is sure without doubt'. The Sunnah and the Hadith are also sources of authority. The Sunnah, which is the life example of the Prophet Mohammad, is a source of authority because he was a wise and trustworthy man who settled tribal disputes. The Hadith is also a source of authority because Muslims look to Mohammad because he showed true obedience to Allah's commands. ...read more.

Middle

Lesser Jihad is the struggle of the Muslim community to remove haram from society. Evil will always exist in society and a Muslim must resist this by showing true dedication to Allah's commands. In Islam Allah is the main source of religious authority and to help Muslims to show they are showing their authority towards God, Muslims believe that Allah allows evil and suffering in the world to see if they do what is right. Muslims have free will and believe that everything is pre-determined and that Allah knows the present, the past and the future of every creature but this does not mean that man has and freedom of will, its just that they have the choice to obey or disobey Allah and that this will show on the day of judgement whether they will go to Heaven/ Hell because all their actions are judged. Religious authority from the Qur'an is seen to govern every aspect of life for example women in Islam are seen as the most important in the family. ...read more.

Conclusion

The other basic beliefs of Islam such as Tawhid are also seen as authority. Tawhid implies that everything is created by Allah; it is the belief in Allah with all his powers. It is a source of authority because this is one way a Muslim fulfils Allah's commands as it reveals Gods loving and caring nature. From a non-religious perspective a philosopher would look to reasoning to emphasise human freedom to make moral choices. They would argue that all of humanity relies upon their conscience to decide what is right and wrong, and for many this authority does not come from God. However from a Christian perspective this higher level of consciousness comes from God. In Islamic terms we gain our conscious awareness from Quranic teachings about Akirah which gives us focus for this temporary life on earth, from taw hid which reveals the qualities of God that we should aim to develop in our own hearts (such as love and compassion), and Al Qadr which ultimately points to a pre-determined path which only God knows about he does not dictate. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Islam section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Islam essays

  1. In this essay I will be looking at the Muslim family. I will be ...

    Muslims regard all followers of Islam as being members of one big family. This is called the Ummah. The idea of the Ummah is very important, and helps to explain why Muslims are so concerned about other Muslims wherever they live in the world.

  2. Explain the role of religious leaders as a source of authority and assess the ...

    Imams should have extensive knowledge about the religion and often give guidance to those with questions. Not all problems in life have solutions in the Qu'ran therefore the Imam is a person you should go to for solutions and he can put the Qu'ranic teaching in context to give a solution to the problems.

  1. Some westerners think Muslim women do not receive equal treatment with men. In fact, ...

    Distinct is the way of guidance now from error... (Al-Baqarah 2:256, A.Ali translation) The queen of her house', is the position a true believer is expected to give his wife. In contrast to these enlightened teachings of Islam in respect of women, Western talk of women's liberation or emancipation is actually a disguised form of exploitation of her body, deprivation of her honor, and degradation of her soul!

  2. Free essay

    Explain What Is Meant By The Terms Islam and Muslim?

    And we revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, the Descendants, Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and Solomon, and to David we gave the book [of Psalms]. And [We sent] messengers about whom we have related [their stories] to you before and messengers about whom we have not related to you.

  1. Abrogation of Jihad

    that Hadhrat 'Abd Allah ibn Umarra who narrated: My father Umar ibn Khattab told me: One day, we were sitting in the company of the Messenger of Allahsa when there appeared before us a man dressed in extremely white clothes, his hair extraordinarily black.

  2. Muslim attitudes to marriage and family life

    (9:71-72) Because the nature of men and women are different, they are each appointed with different role and function: these roles are meant to complement each other. Marriage in Islam is one of mutual respect, love and compassion. The husband is there as a friend and partner to share the wife's

  1. A study of Christian and Islamic beliefs about life after Death?

    "This is the similitude of Jannah which the Allah fearing have been promised: therein are rivers of water unstaling, rivers of milk unchanging in flavour and rivers of wine- a delight to the drinkers, rivers, too, of honey purified; and therein for them is every fruit, and forgiveness from their Lord."

  2. Free essay

    All Muslim life is preparation for Akirah Consider to what extent this is a ...

    The sort of life Muslims lead in the in the world to come will totally depend upon how they have performed as God's vice-regents in this life. Yawmmuddin is known as the day of judgement. On the day of judgement souls as well as their bodies will be resurrected from

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work