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  1. Examine and comment on Islamic and Hindu beliefs about life after death

    Islam declares that the Lord will. In the Qur'an, Allah deepens man's way of thinking by asking them to reflect on how the rain revives dead earth. "It is Allah Who sends fourth the winds, so that they rise up the clouds, and drive to a land that is dead, and revive the earth therewith after its death..." (Qur'an 35:9) According to Islam life on this earth is temporary; it is a preparatory stage for the akhirah (life after death)

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  2. How Islam responds to issues about Equality

    It punished those who lowered women to the level of slaves and transferable goods. It also punished those who took advantage of their privileges. Being the 1st kind of religion to truly do this won the hearts of nations and the admiration and respect of its enemies. In the Qur'an Allah even shames those who cannot understand the purpose of the variation in skin, colour and language. `And among those His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the Earth, and the variations in your languages and your colours; verily in that are Signs for those with sound knowledge`

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  3. How Islam responds to Relationships

    This contract is a strong covenant; `Mithaqun Ghalithun` as expressed in Qur'an 4:21. The marriage contract in Islam is not a sacrament. It is revocable, both parties mutually agree and enter into this contract. Both bride and groom have the liberty to define various terms and conditions of their liking and make them a part of this contract. Mahr The marriage-gift (Mahr) is God's command. The giving of mahr to the bride by the groom is an essential part of the contract. 'And give the women (on marriage) their mahr as a (nikah)

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  4. Some westerners think Muslim women do not receive equal treatment with men. In fact, the aim of Islam is quite the opposite.' Examine and comment on this claim in the context of a multicultural society.

    The extent of a religion's efficiency depends on what resolution to controversial issues like that of women is presented. Islam has provided the most practical outline of social organization, according to the natural and physical capabilities of both men and women. However other civilisations and faiths prior to Islam dealt with this matter as well, Aristotle and many other Greek philosophers argued that women were not fully human and this view was accepted in the catholic churches. St Thomas Aquinas another philosopher later put forward his view of the earlier Greek philosopher proposing that women were the traps of Satan.

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  5. Abrogation of Jihad

    He states that while the followers of Hadhrat Imam Abu Hahifarh agree with the above declaration, Hadhrat Ahmadas has failed to mention Jihad in this summary of his beliefs, thereby suggesting by implication that Ahmadi Muslims are disbelievers.4 Alas! were this petty pir of Gujjo conversant with the articles of the Islamic faith and the pillars of Islam which Hadhrat Gabrielas had expounded to Hadhrat Muhammadsa on the command of God Almighty, he would have known better since the aforementioned statement of Hadhrat Ahmad'sas conforms to the requirements of the Islamic faith and its practice as taught to Muslims by the Messenger of Godsa.

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  6. Life after death - Islam and Christianity

    The Shahadah is the most important of all the pillars. A muslim declares his faith by reciting; The Arabic word meaning; "There is no God but Allah; Muhammad is the messenger of Allah". The book of Islam is the Qur'an, which is the direct word of Allah and 'Tawhid' (oneness of Allah), 'Risalah' (prophethood) and 'Akhirah' (life after death) sumarises the whole of the Islamic system of life. All muslims around the world follow the Qur'ans authority in matters of 'Iman', iman means 'to know' and represents faith or belief.

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

    and Akhirah (life after death) summarises the whole of the Islamic system of life. All Muslims around the world follow the Quran's authority in matters of iman, iman means 'to know' and represents faith or belief. Islam has five key beliefs, which can be described as the foundation stones upon which the religion is based. Shahadah (declaration of faith) Salah (five compulsory daily prayers) Zakah (welfare contribution) Hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) Sawm (fasting during Ramadan) The life that follows death is Know in Islam as Al-Akhirah.

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  8. Islamic Sects.

    Further, Muhammad was also the last of a line of God�s Messengers, he was the seal of the Prophets. (9) In his life he had laid the foundations for a community ruled by the laws of God. (10) "The formation of an umma on a definitely religious basis". (11) By the time of his death in 632, Muhammad had won the allegiance of most of the Arab tribespeople to Islam. (12) For the future guidance of the community he left the words of God revealed to him and recorded in the Koran, and the Sunna, the collective name for his opinions and decisions as recorded in the tradition literature, (Hadith).

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  9. A Studyof Islamic and Christian Beliefs On Life After Death.

    is the messenger of Allah' 2. 'Salah'- This is the daily prayer performed by every Muslim, if they are able to perform it i.e. they are pure and aren't travelling. 'Shi'i' Muslims often shorten their prayers into three daily prayers if they aren't able to perform all five at the right times. All Muslims pray towards the direction of the 'Kab'ah' 3. 'Zakah'- This is the compulsory giving of 2.5% of Muslims annual earnings to charity. Muslims can also pay extra which is called 'Sadaqah'. A Muslim isn't obliged to pay 'Zakah' if he is in debt.

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  10. Islam - considering Hajj, the status of women, and the possibility of being a Muslim without going to the Mosque.

    Muhammad is the very last Prophet of God to mankind. He is the final Messenger of God. His message was and is still to the rest of mankind. He was sent to those religious people to inform them about the true mission of Jesus, Moses, Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham. Muhammad is considered to be the summation and the culmination of all the prophets and messengers that came before him. He purified the previous messages from adulteration and completed the Message of God for all humanity. He was entrusted with the power of explaining, interpreting and living the teaching of the Qur`an.

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  11. This is regarded by many as the foundation pillar, because if this is not accepted it is not possible for the other pillars to be followed.

    Facing the Ka'bah shows the value of worshipping one god. They then, before entering the prayer hall, perform the ritual wash, the wudu. This is so they can be in a fit state for prayer. For example the rinsing of the nostrils 3 times is so that they can smell the sweet scent of heaven, it reminds them of the afterlife. Then they enter the prayer hall and put all their earthly concerns and thoughts behind them, which puts them in a fit mental state to focus on Allah and Allah only.

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  12. Before the slave ships: Islam in West Africa

    The goal of a Sufi is none other than God Himself. Sufi's emphasize rituals and devotional practices such as the recitation of the Korean, incantations or dhiks, music, meditation, act of devotion, retreats called khalwa, and fasting as techniques to become closer to God. The one Sufi order in West Africa was the Qadiriyah, which was founded by Qadi al Gilani. The Qardiriyah was the most extensive Sufi order in West Africa until the mid 19th century. Muslim Empires in West Africa flourished before the start of the slave trade. The most successful of these was the Mali empires ruled by Mansa Musa from 1307- 1332.

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  13. The Promise of the After-Life in Islam

    Observing these Five Pillars reinforces a Muslim's true faith. The Seven Articles of Faith are key principles to follow. They are the affirmation that Allah is One (tawhid) and He is The Only Creator to be worshipped, belief in His angelic agency, scriptures, prophets, Judgement Day (Yawm Al-Qiyamah), the belief that the power of executing good and evil acts emanates from Allah and the belief in life after death (Bowker, 2001, p. 21). In Islam, "judgement, reward and punishment" form the foundation of its creed (Elias, 1999, p.

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  14. Tawhid, this is an Arabic term literally meaning 'making one' or 'unifying'. However Muslims use Tawhid to describe the oneness of Allah.

    Shirk is the opposite of tawhid and is believe to be a major sin for which a Muslim is no longer seen as a Muslim. God's grace is highly portrayed throughout His creation, in respects to this Muslims are taught to share the wonderful gifts God has given them, with the less fortunate community around them. The Muslims are ordered to pay Zakat (3rd pillar of Islam, the Compulsory charity giving) this is 2.5% of their annual income to the Poor people through out the world.

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  15. Friendshipin the West & Friendship in Islam

    Friends even become status symbols, so people long to 'hang out' with a particular crowd to look cool. Often crowds have leaders with egos, so staying on the right side of certain people is important if you want to be accepted. For some this means 'sucking up' to them, for others it means undertaking actions to make them think you're 'cool'. Friendship in the West is based on using each other. The proof of this can be seen in the fact that when friends became unusable they drift apart. Typically, if someone's friend was to suddenly change and stop clubbing, partying and drooling over the opposite sex at every opportunity they would start treating them differently and normally 'break out' with them.

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  16. Outline Muslim teachings on wealth and poverty.

    The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has said: 'Poverty can lead to Kuffar (ungratefulness)'. This is because a deprived human being may feel that his Lord is being unjust on him, but a human being cannot understand that this life is a test from Allah and the real life is the life hereafter. What does Islam say about Zakat & Charity Wealth in the English dictionary is defined as, having huge sum of money or possession, riches, state of being well off.

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  17. Bismillahi Ar-Rahman - The first edition of the book "The Ruling System"

    So it wrote books explaining all of this in a general manner without touching upon the details. Thus, regarding the systems of Islam, i.e. ruling system, economic system and social system it wrote books. And in writing these books it observed the practical aspect so that the Muslims realise that Islam is a practical ideology and a complete system fit for implementation. So that they adopt its systems and work to bring it back in the realm of life via the work to establish the Khilafah State which is the only method for applying these systems and establishing them in the reality of life.

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  18. In the Name of Allh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.

    And surely, the Hour is coming, there is no doubt about it, and certainly, All�h will resurrect those who are in the graves. 8. And among men is he who disputes about All�h, without knowledge or guidance, or a Book giving light (from All�h), 9. Bending his neck in pride (far astray from the Path of All�h), and leading (others) too (far) astray from the Path of All�h. For him there is disgrace in this worldly life, and on the Day of Resurrection We shall make him taste the torment of burning (Fire).

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  19. Islam - The Life of Muhammad

    So almost from the beginning of his life he was both poor and something of an outcast from Meccan society. This shows that muslims are taught to trust in Allah's goodness, and to accept death as a stage in their life and not the end of it. It is, however, known for certain that when he was eight Muhammad was sent to live with his uncle, a merchant called Abu Talib. From the age of 12 Abu Talib took him with him on his long trading trips, which sometimes lasted for many months.

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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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