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  1. Examine the challenges facing the Muslim community when it settled in Madinah after the Hijrah

    It was too dangerous for Prophet Muhammad to travel on his own so his companion Abu Bakr went with him to Medina. The event Hijrah took place in the night where Ali, another companion of the Prophet pretended to be Prophet in his bed so that the enemies thought it was Prophet who was laying down. They had guarded the whole house with their army so that the Prophet could not escape so they were ready to kill him as they planned.

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  2. The Hajj is more about history than religion. Discuss.

    Therefore one can argue the Hajj as being about history as the Kabbah itself is based upon history. Another reasons why people may argue that Hajj is more about history than religion because there many rituals and practices that may support this. For instance the running between Sarwa and Marwa which is called Sa'y, this is performed by all pilgrims during Hajj. The history for performing Sa'y is because it commemorates for when Ibrahim's second wife Hagar was stranded in the desert with her son Ibrahim. Her son was crying as he wanted water, so his mother ran between the hills of Sarwa and Marwa to search for water.

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  3. Muslim views on medical and sexual questions.

    It is noted in an Hadith that Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) cursed those men who imitated women and those men who imitated women. If one was to undergo a sex change, then he/she will be altering the natural features and organs that Allah had blessed them with. Many patients have problems with their sex lives, so they seek the help of a doctor or in such cases, they are recommended to go to sex counselling sessions. However it is not allowed for Muslim physicians to engage such conversations.

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  4. Women's Rights in Islam

    The Qur'an makes it clear that woman has been created with a soul of the same nature as man's and Islam does not blame Eve alone for the First Sin. In Islamic law a woman is an independent, unique individual in her own right. She has the same responsibilities towards herself, towards Allah and towards other human beings as man. She will be rewarded or punished in the Hereafter without discrimination towards her female gender. On reality, in Islam, the rights and responsibilities of a woman are equal to those of a man, but they are not necessarily identical.

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  5. Imam Ali's (p.b.o.h.) stories are so fascinating to read and to hear about. Knowing about Imam Ali (p.b.o.h.) life

    All the stories I enjoyed. But the one that I liked most is well is not actually a story but what will happen in the future to Imam Ali (p.b.o.h.).

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  6. Despite the torture Islam grew.

    first chosen messenger. Angel Jibraeel (as) also communicated to Prophet Muhammad (saw) about the first revelation from Allah's (swt). When Prophet Muhammad (saw) went home and briefed to Bibi Khadija (as) he was been told that he was the first messenger of Allah's (swt) through the Angel Jibraeel (as) and Bibi Khadija (as) did believe in what the Prophet Muhammad (saw) said. Bibi Khadija (as) is the first person to believe in Prophet Muhammad (saw) when he had had said that he was the first chosen messenger of Allah (swt). After the revelations of the Quran Prophet Muhammad (saw)

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  7. "It is Impossible to Describe Allah in Human Terms".

    But if Allah is transcendent, then it is impossible to describe Allah in human terms as transcendent means out of this world and beyond all human knowledge. So if this is the matter, then how do we understand Allah? Some people may think that it is impossible to describe Allah in human terms because Allah is Transcendent- that is beyond our reach, knowledge and understanding, beyond the world and outside of all time. In Surah 6:103 it says, "No vision can grasp Him but His grasp is over all vision."

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  8. Hajj: Its Meaning and Implications

    Here I am O Allah, Here I am. Here I am. There is no partner with You. Here I am. Verily, Yours is the praise, the blessings and the sovereignty of the Universe. You have no partner. Ihram The first action is to put on Ihram after a thorough bath. Putting on Ihram is actually putting on Kafan, dress of the deceased. This by itself signals that we are ready to cut off all connections with this world and bear difficulties to complete the prescribed training for the sake of Allah (subhanahu wa Ta'ala).

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  9. Can killing animals for medical research, cosmetics, food and sport be justifiable?

    We are suited to eating meat like other carnivorous and omnivorous predators. Meat is also the best source of protein and iron which are used alot in the body. With vegetables, fruit, and dairy produce alot must be eaten to achieve the same amount of protein and iron consumed with a smaller amount of meat. Eating too much vegetables or anything becomes hazardous to the body therefore eating meat could prevent this problem and also leave more room in a diet for more food. Understanding this concept can help us to make use of our natural features and kill animals for justifiable reasons.

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  10. Shuaib was a prophet

    Never Lie And Make People Cry. For People You Should Care And With People You Should Share. And From That Day, I Never Swear Or Bad Things I Do Not Do Or Say! THE FIVE MAIN THINGS 1. Worship only one God. 2. Always speak the truth. 3. As far as possible fulfil your promises. 4. Lower your gaze. 5. Always do what your parents/ guardian asks of you.

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  11. Who are the Muslims ?

    There is none worthy of worship except him, the ever-lasting! Slumber does not overtake him nor does sleep. Whatever is in the heavens and the Earth belongs to him. The following beliefs are vital for every Muslim: Allah (the one God) Angels The Books of Allah The Prophets Life After Death A Muslim cannot believe in one and ignore the other. . Muslims believe in one God. He has ninety-nine names, or attributes, but is usually referred to as Allah. Tawhid The simplest belief a Muslim has about Allah is Tawhid.

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  12. Islam And Infertility.

    The first and foremost thing is that in the Qur'an children are seen as a gift of Allah and as a blessing. On the other hand, infertility is also seen as a gift and a blessing and a cause of great reward either in this life or in the after-life. There is no specific teaching in the Qur'an about infertility treatments because at the time the Qur'an was revealed to Muhammed (PBUH) and written, medical science and these treatments didn't exist.

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  13. Select, Describe and Explain those rituals of the Hajj which will be of spiritual value to the pilgrim

    Therefore, women usually wear white burqa and drop the veil. It is sown cloth normally. The spiritual value behind it is that it symbolizes purity of the soul and equality between all since everyone there is wearing basically the same. No one is considered more important than anyone else and does not have to wear ihram. It is a cloak of Allah- it takes you away from worldly things so that your mind will be focused primarily on Allah and Allah only.

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  14. Explain how Muslim practises reflect Islamic teaching on the role and status of women

    She has the right to be looked after when in pain. She does not have to fast during Ramadan, because she is going through so much pain, therefore she must be treated with respect. It is a privilege given to women because Islam recognizes the crucial role they play in life. Since they are burdened with the responsibility of upholding the home and bringing up the children, she is not expected to work or earn money. Allah says in Qur'an, surah 2, verse 228, "and women shall have the rights similar to the rights against them, according to what is

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  15. Discussing the Islamic dress code for women: the Hijab.

    to draw their outer garments around them (when they go out or are among men). That is better in order that they may be known (to be Muslims) and not annoyed.." (Qur'an 33:59) From this we know that the Hijab is a compulsory act on Muslim women. Hijab in Arabic means to hide or conceal. When a woman wears the Hijab she is protecting her modesty, decency, chastity and above all, respect. The head covering is not only a physical barrier against prying eyes, but also a defence against a society obsessed with unachievable beauty.

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  16. What is hajj?

    For those Muslims are able to make the journey to Makkah, the Hajj is the highest point of their religious life. Describe and explain why a Muslim might take place in Hajj and what this involves? "Praise is to Allah to whom we ask for help and forgiveness. We seek the protection of Allah from our sins and our evil deeds. No one can misguide whom He guides, and whom He does not guide will never find a guide.

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  17. Al-Qur'an - the Great and Holy Book.

    He added that the only solution was to try and separate the Holy Qur'an from the Muslims of Egypt. At the end of the speech; a committee was formed to decide upon ways and means of carrying out Gladstone's recommendation. The committee resolved to send some experts to Egypt who would launch a campaign which would weaken the faith of people and make them suspicious of the truth of the Holy Qur'an. The aim was to discourage people to refer to the Holy Book and gradually make them turn against the Islamic way of life.

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  18. Give an account of how Muhammad was called to be a Prophet of Islam and explain what was special about Muhammad's message.

    These words came from the Qu'ran (Surah 96, verses 1-5). The voice belonged to the angel Jibreel (the archangel Gabriel), he asked Muhammad to recite 3 times, but each time he told him he could not. Muhammed was distraught, he really wanted to read those words, to please the angel and to please Allah, but he physically could not, his throat had seized up so badly, he thought he was going to die. He probably wondered why Allah chose him; after all, he was only a plain ordinary, middle class man.

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  19. The history of the Islamic faith.

    So Muhammad went back to his village and told everyone about Allah and the angel. Mekkah Mekkah is the holy place for Muslims. They have a rule that you must be a Muslims to enter Mekkah. It is most important place to Muslims because, it is were Muhammad live years ago. Muhammad was at the age of 40 when he saw the angel at the top of the massive pile of rocks. In the town of Mekkah there is a massive building called the Ka'ba. Ka'ba is cube-shaped shrine, covered in a black and gold velvet.

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  20. Explain how Muhammad established Islam as a major political and religious force in the world.

    These both indicated that he had been specially chosen by God to be his prophet. Muhammad was married to Khadija who was almost twice his age. While he was married, he would go to a cave called Hira, which was just outside Makkah, to reflect and to pray. Muhammad was shocked and struck by the inequalities and corruption of modern Makkan life and how much hypocrisy there was in Makkah, these were called the Period of Darkness or Jayiliyya where life was at its social and religious low point.

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  21. Identify the two main sources of authority other tan the Qur'an.

    The Qur'an gives general rules where as the Hadith give specific details on practice and behaviour through life it is also a basis for the Shariah, the Islamic Law for Muslims.

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  22. Explain the Muslim idea of Religious Authority.

    The Imam also has authority, the Shi'ites believe the Imam possess spiritual ability and divine light but the Sunnis simply see the Imam as a leader of prayer who has no superior status. The Shariah is also part of religious authority because this is the Islamic law for Muslims and it gives all the basic rules and regulations as to how human beings should live and act in a political, economic, social and collective individual spheres. The Shariah looks at family life, inheritance, marriage, food regulations and divorce for example Muslims must eat halal foods, those that have been slaughtered by the neck vein being slit and blood drained whilst the name of Allah is invoked.

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  23. Is There a Sufficient Role For Women In Islam?

    This is however not the case because it's a fact that motherhood is highly valued. The main role of a woman is to care for her children, and be a good mother. When she is pregnant, she does not have to do certain things for example she is excused from fasting. However, education is important for every Muslim. Muhammed said; "The search for knowledge is a duty for every Muslim" In all of the Worlds societies women have in the past struggled with situations like work, and at home where in some cases they have been looked upon as servants and property as men, Allah made it clear this was wrong.

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  24. The Nature of Belief - 'Describe the part which art plays in the worship and spiritual life of Islam'

    Allah has no form as he is beyond all images; he is transcendent. Pictures of Allah would limit his actions. As Muhammad is the last prophet he is never drawn nor worshipped. The concept of Tawhid is the most basic Muslim belief. Allah is one and not begotten. 'He is Allah, the One, Allah is Eternal and Absolute.

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  25. Islam - Why do Muslims go on Hajj?

    O mankind! Be conscious of your Sustainer, who has created you out of one living entity (nafs), and out of it created its mate (zawj), and out of the two spread abroad a multitude of men and women. And remain conscious of God, in whose name you demand your rights from one another, and of these ties of kinship.

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  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
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  • Explain the role of religious leaders as a source of authority and assess the views that scriptures are the most important source of authority in religion today.

    "In conclusion, I believe that the Qu'ran has the most important authority over Islam. I have concluded to this because the Qu'ran is the basic principles and teachings that the Imam uses to create their own authority. Therefore, the Imam's authority is not submissive but the Qur'an's authority is considerable more important."

  • Women have a high status in Islam but only as mothers. Discuss this view.

    "In conclusion this clearly shows that a having a daughter is such a great admiration, and those who grow them up well have great respect. Hence all women have high status, their ideas and opinions are always welcomed. They have rights economically, socially and politically, just as men do. Although a mothers role is greatly admired in Islam and she has many rights over her children, her daughter or sister have similar rights over her as she is no greater than them in terms of being a true slave of Allah."

  • The Qur'an acts as a complete guide to life - Discuss

    "As you can see the Qur'an is a complete source of guidance because without the Qur'an Muslims wouldn't know what duties to perform and how to submit to the will of Allah and as Mohammad was known as Al-Amin (trustworthy) and because he was illiterate there is no doubt over his claim to Prophecy, so therefore there is no doubt over the authenticity of the Qur'an as an absolute guide to life and as the 'Seal of the Prophets' he delivered Gods final revelation, making there be no need for any future 'divine intervention'."

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