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  1. In this essay I will be looking at the Muslim family. I will be looking at what Islam teaches about the Muslim family and explaining the roles of all the members of the family.

    Islam honoured women, whether as mothers, daughters or sisters. Islam paid a great deal attention to implanting the principle of respect for fathers and mothers, taking care of them and obeying their commands until death. Allah says "And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour" Islam protects, honours, and it encourages marriage and forbids free mixing of men and women.

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  2. The five pillars of Islam. The prophet said: Islam is built upon five (pillars): (Shahadah) testifying that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, (Salah)

    It is also said in the adhaan (call to prayer) and is said in every Muslim baby's ear when he or she is born. More commonly, the Shahadah is the statement that non-Muslims say to convert to Islam. There are seven conditions of the Shahadah; knowing the meaning of it (al 'ilm); having no doubt of the things declared (al yaqeen); sincerity (al Ikhlaas); truthfulness (al Sidq); love of the Shahadah and the meaning (al mahabbah); performing the duties that you testify when submitting yourself to God (al inqiad); and complete acceptance (al qubool).

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  3. sufism is the heart of islam

    The phrase 'heart of Islam' must be given a pinned definition in this context, as some will see it as being the most important thing of the Islamic religion while others will see it simply as Islam's truth. Both interpretations of the phrase 'heart of Islam' are vitally the same yet evidence can adjust whether they are the primary hearts of Islam or even secondary. Sufism originated as a reaction to certain features of orthodox Islam. They regarded the mere observance of religious law as a matter of outer conformity and they encouraged a desire for inner, personal experience of the divine through meditation and other means.

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  4. Islam in UK

    You should believe in the judgement day, and fate and destiny. Muslims believe in only One God, the same God that Jews and Christians believe in. For a Muslim, the life of the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the perfect example. A Muslim is that person, who follows the principles and the acts of the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), these principles and acts are called 'Sunnah'. For being a Muslim, the first thing that you should know about Islam is its meaning. Islam is the Arabic word, which simply means peace and purity.

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  5. "Islam cannot be understood without reference to angels" Discuss The statement shows that an understanding of Islam would be incomplete without covering angels

    They always obey Allah and can never disobey Him. Whenever Allah commands the angels to do something, it is always done. Angels are known to be "innocent servants of Allah's will". They are known to help men in the use of free will, and carry out the decision that men decide. Some angels guard the walls of heaven and hell as well as the gates of the entrance to each level of heaven and hell. Allah Has honoured some of the angels by choosing them as messengers, just as He has chosen some of mankind as messengers this shows the significance of the angels.

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  6. "Islam cannot be understood without reference to angels" Discuss

    Whenever Allah commands the angels to do something, it is always done. Angels are known to be "innocent servants of Allah's will". They are known to help men in the use of free will, and carry out the decision that men decide. Some angels guard the walls of heaven and hell as well as the gates of the entrance to each level of heaven and hell. The main duty of angels is to glorify and praise Allah. Unlike humans they are never tired and are always ready to obey Allah. They also do not sleep, nor do they require the things a human being would need.

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  7. Muslim attitudes to marriage and family life

    The father makes the main decisions whilst the mother is important within the home and must be shown respect by her husband and children. This is seen as the natural order of things and the way Allah intended men and women to live. The man was also considered to be the provider for the family. Muslims believe that their household is an institution founded by God and intended to give a secure atmosphere for the growth and progress of all its members.

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  8. What are the sources of our knowledge of the life of Muhammad and the early history of the Muslim community? Comment on their value.

    The value of such a chronological document is, however, brought into question due to the lack of dates on the hadiths. However, I ask whether a lack of accurate chronology makes a difference to the message that Muhammad brought or to the ways of living that he displayed during his life - two absolutely fundamental parts of modern Muslim living. Some critical scholars would argue that chronological mistakes would indeed limit the value of such a work andthat the basic framework of Ishaq's Sura, refered to by Watt as the maghazi-material2, would be completely altered and reshaped if chronological interpretations had been incorrect.

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  9. Women in the Arab World: Beyond Stereotypes

    II, first presented in a conference (London) and also published in daily The News August 19, 1998]. And a Muslim woman may be defined as a female who lives her life according to the laws of the Islamic faith, following the examples set by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The main aim of this essay is to look beyond breathtaking and alarmist stories and gain an insight of what Islam has to offer educated women in the present world, and to make clear why so many [men and] women of every race, colour and social class have made Islam their choice.

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  10. Salaah, the second pillar of Islam.

    The word 'Ibadah' comes from the Arabic "Abd", which means slave or servant. Man is a born subject and servant of Allah. When he turns to Allah with humility and devotion, he performs an act of Ibadah. In Islam, every good deed performed to seek the pleasure of Allah is an act of worship. One example of Ibadah is prayer (Salaah).The Salaah, which is the subject of this project, is an essential part of Ibadah. The Prophet (S.A.W) is reported to have said: "Salaah is the pillar of Islam and whosoever abandons it, demolishes the very pillar of religion".

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  11. Describe the main events which take place in a Muslim person's life. For example birth childhood divorce death etc.

    Even if the baby is bald a money donation is still given and usually the amount is well above the weight of the hair. Some Muslims offer a sacrifice the pre-Islamic practice of thanksgiving. The meat is shared with family, visitors and the poor. The choice of name is important. It is either a family name or a name from the prophet's family. Names that declare that a baby possesses names suggesting slavery to anyone other than god is forbidden.

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  12. Describe and explain the ways in which Muslims worship in the Mosque.

    * Shirk- association (i.e. associating anyone or anything else with Allah) * Tughyan- arrogance, tyranny Although this obligatory form of worship can take place in the home, on the street or anywhere (so long as it is a clean area, a prayer mat is used and one is facing the Quibla), it is recommended in a Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) that attendance to the Mosque (the Holy building in which Muslims worship Allah) is vital. This Hadith says that if one can attend a Mosque he/she must, unless they are ill or the Mosque is too far away.

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  13. Examine the philosophical beliefs about life after death in Islam.

    " Verily, those who say: "our lord is Allah (Alone)" and then they stay firm on this (by following all that Allah has ordained) on them of their death saying) "Fear not, not grieve! But receive the glad findings of paradise which you have been promised!" Fussiliat. (41): 30 In Islam Akhirah is known as the life that follows death, it is an Arabic word, which means 'that which comes after' or the 'the future' or 'the last'. The Qur'an uses the word in the sense of the life Hereafter, as one of the Unseen things in which a Muslim should believe.

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  14. Understanding the meaning of chaplaincy.

    A lot of the clients just want someone to listen to them, to alleviate their turmoil and difficulty. Listening also means to show full attention, to be completely receptive, but at the same time the client must feel completely satiated to his queries and questions. The Prophet (peace be upon him) was a very good listener. The Quraan describes him by the word "uzun" which is translated, as "he was all ears" which means he had all the time to listen to the needs of the people.

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  15. A study of islamic and hindu belief about life after death.

    Western scientists and many Muslims, too, have a different point of view, and consider Islam as historically beginning with the first revelations to Muhammad in 610 in Mecca (Saudi Arabia). This After Life is called the Real and the True Life accourding to islam. The Quran explicitly refers to the After Life as the True Life while the life in this world is a superficial one. "What is the life of this world but amusement and play? But verily the Home of the Hereafter - that is Life indeed, if they but knew."(29:64)

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  16. The life of Muhammad.

    As well as protection of traders, the Quirash also controlled the Ka'bah and the water supply of Makkah. Due to their high influence in Makkah, the Quirash were also able to make a profit out of passing pilgrims. Hanif Due to the many visitors to Makkah the Quirash were able to become very wealthy. As well as being a centre for worship, Makkah was also a center for gambling and cheating people out of their money. Many Quirash joined in in the cheating of pilgrims and some of the more honourable tribesmen were unhappy with the greed, corruption and selfishness that came with the money.

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  17. The Shariah and how it is applied and how it affects the lives of Muslims living in a British, non-Muslim culture.

    It is the same for the British who will judge the characteristics of Muslims in view of their own ideal based upon a conception of what is typically British. (Roald 2001, 119) The family is the central to the whole scheme of social life as seen by Islam; therefore it must be preserved and strengthened at all costs. This concern is due to a number of laws laid down by Islam, for example like those regarding the relationship between the sexes and their intermingling, punishments for extra-marital sex, dress and many other related things.

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  18. The Life of Muhammad.

    Another was that there was a heavy rain, which would be a blessing that would end the drought. Another of these legends was that 2 angels removed Muhammad's heart, washed it, and weighed it against one man, then 10 men, then a hundred, and finally, 1000 men's hearts, but Muhammad's heart was heavier than all the hearts put together. Muhammad insisted that these rumours were untrue, and that he did not have miraculous powers, but it was Jesus the prophet that did have miraculous powers. He said that just a simple man, devout to God, and Allah had simply just chosen to speak through him.

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  19. Describe in detail the preparation for and ceremony of marriage in Islam.

    Parents will always seek to find good, compatible partners for their children, and they may not approve of an unwise romance. However, marriages should always be with the consent of both parents', and they have the right to disagree with the parents' choice. A forced marriage is forbidden in Islam, and usually doomed to failure. A Muslim marriage usually takes place in the home or the mosque. The couple gives their consent before a maximum of two witnesses. During the ceremony, there are readings from the Qur'an.

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  20. Islamic Studies - Death and Disease.

    It can be seen to have several purposes depending on the circumstances. The following verse illustrates Muslim's views on life being a test: "He who has created death and life that he might try you-which of you is best in deeds." In order to be tested we must undergo hardship- disease being one example. Those with patience and who affirm their faith whilst saying as all who are suffering should: "Surely to Allah we belong and to Him shall we return" are those who will have succeeded in the test.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • 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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