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  1. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar

    has allowed them to witness another Ramadan and to gain its reward. Fasting is compulsory once a child reaches puberty. Those who are ill or on a journey are excused, as are women during their monthly period or if they are pregnant or nursing because they are very weak and need the food and energy more than most; missed days are made up for later in the year when one is more able. Muslims fast from daybreak to sunset. For example in Luton in late October this will be from 6.00am to around 5:45pm.

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  2. "Muslims need the Sunnah as much as they need the Quran" Allah conveyed His message to man through Prophet Muhammad. This was undertaken in two forms

    Due to the custom at that time, Muhammad use to eat with his fingers, therefore it is not a Sunnah, but may be used if wanted to. The Sunnah is the example of practical leadership and the ideological guidance provided by Muhammad. Muslims get through from their prophet not only rules of guidance but a complete scheme of values and a practical code of conduct. According to Muslims, no one can be seen as a practising Muslim unless he believes in the prophet hood of Muhammad and follows his lifestyle, e.g.

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  3. The Religion of Baha'i

    According to Abd al-Baha, there are five types of spirits: animal, vegetable, human, faith, and the Holy Spirit. God gives the spirit of faith, and this spirit, added to the human spirit, makes eternal life possible. Faith is essential to Baha'i spiritual life. Faith along with hope is what keeps humanity moving toward God. To the Baha'i followers, eternity of the soul means the eternal journey toward God; they believe in both Heaven and Hell. Both Islam and Baha'i follow the belief that God's will, or Sharia, which is a comprehensive legal, moral, and social system designed to shape and regulate human behavior at all levels.

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  4. Examine the ethical principles and teaching of one religion, focussing particularly on what is believed about the nature and value of human life, and the relationship between humans and the environment.

    And if anyone saved a life, it would be as if he saved the life of a whole people." (Al-Ma'ida, 5:32) If Euthanasia is taken as an example, Islam believes human life is a value to be respected unconditionally, irrespective of other circumstances. The concept of a life not worthy of living does not exist in Islam. Justification of taking life to escape suffering is not acceptable in Islam. Prophet Mohammad taught: "There was a man in older times that had an infliction that taxed his patience, so he took a knife, cut his wrist and bled to death."

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  5. 2. (a) Describe the significant features in the prayer area of a mosque

    Because this is the case, there are no chairs in the prayer area and no furniture is needed apart from minbar. The minbar is a stand or platform in which the imam delivers his khutbah, speech or sermon, at Salat-ul-Jumu'ah, Friday Prayers. This minbar usually has 3 steps and this symbolises the humility before Allah, and the equality with his fellow Muslims. Sometimes even, there is a special seat for the imam though. One other aspect which makes the prayer area and design of the building so immense is the qiblah wall which contains the mihrab.

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  6. ) What were the main issues confronting the rightly guided caliphs during the period of 632-661.B) To what extent were the caliphs successful dealing with issue and securing the future of Islam

    Also at which time Abu Bakr had to deal with external problem, which was the constant oppression from the Roman Empire, causing Abu Bakr to appoint Khalid bin Waleed a military genius to lead the Muslim army to invade the kingdoms of Syria and Iraq. "I shall send usama's army on its way as ordered by the prophet, even if I am left alone." At the age of sixty-three Abu Bakr passed away never witnessing the accomplishment by the Muslim armies of conquering two of the greatest empires at that time, and also failing to witnessing the finish version of the holly Qur'an.

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  7. What were the main issues confronting the rightly guided caliphs during the period 632-661 CE? B) To what extent were the caliphs successful

    At the same time a number of impostors claimed that the prophethood had passed on to them after Muhammad. Despite these internal problems, Abu bakr pursued Muhammad's expansionist policy and sent Muslim forces into Syria and Iraq, initiating their eventual conquest. The prophet had sent an army out before he died which had not gone far. After the death of the prophet the question raised whether the army should carry on or called for the defence of medina. Abu bakr should determination and said "I shall send usama's army on its way as ordered by the prophet, even if I am left alone" Khalid was chosen by Abu bakr to lead the army as he had a reputation and led his troops from one victory to another.

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  8. 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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  9. "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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  10. 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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  11. "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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. How would a Muslim respond to the following quote: "The Qur'an is just and ordinary book and Muhammad (PBUH) is just an ordinary man".

    Many people also have the great honour of knowing the whole Qur'an by heart. This holy book cannot be just a normal book. Do you really think that people today like me and you go and learn a storybook all by heart? Your probably thinking NO! The Qur'an is a one of a kind and nothing will ever overcome the great fact. The Qur'an is no ordinary book because Allah created it for the whole of mankind. He himself made it guidance for all humans regardless of race and religion. Many people read the Qur'an and are inspired by it's teachings, so they always turn to the Qur'an for guidance to any situation, that comes to ones mind.

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  15. Islamiyat Assignment

    Causes Of The Expedition: As, the Prophet had signed the treaty of Hudaybiyah with the Quraysh, he was not worried about the attack. He wanted now to teach the Jews of Khyber a lesson they wont forget because they were continuously intriguing against the Muslims and trying to destroy them. Their last try was at the battle of the Trench when they stirred their allies of Ghatafan to side with them against the Muslims, even thought they didn't fight at the battle, they still had an important hand in lighting it up.

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  16. Woman in Islam

    But under normal conditions they can do the same things as men concerning the five pillars of islam. Another issue which is widely discussed is that a muslim female isn't allowed to work, this again an assumption which is incorrect woman are allowed to work but are advised that there family should stay her first priority. In islam woman are also allowed to keep there own property, when a woman gets married everything that belonged or has been inherited by her stays in her belongingness, her husband hasn`t got any right over it.

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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. Islamic Studies

    Arrival Tawaf Stop chanting Labbayk and go around the Ka`bah for seven circles. Begin the Tawaf from the Black Stone. One must hasten during the first three rounds of Tawaf and walk during the other four. On starting Tawaf from the Black Stone say: "In the Name of Allah; Allah is Greatest." 3. Sa`y (Going Between Safa and Marwah) One must ascend Mount-Safa and recite the Quranic verse which goes, "Behold! Safa and Marwa are among the Symbols of Allah.

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

    On one hand, in many Muslim countries, women do have a high status, but only as mothers. This is evident in the way they are treated in today's society. In Pakistan, 70% of women are subjected to violence in their homes. This clearly shows that women mean nothing, they are just there to be abused and have children. Furthermore, even in Islam, the status of mother is far greater than a woman who is childless. This is because the mother's position is interpreted as being three times greater than that of the fathers position.

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  21. Religious Studies Coursework- Islam

    the Quran was first written on scraps of paper before being compilated by the Prophets Secretary, Zaid Bin Thabit. Great care was taken to ensure the complete and unchanged compilation of the holy Quran. The Quran contains 114 surahs (chapters), 6236 ayahs (verses) and it is divided into 30 ajza (parts). Chapters revealed when the prophet was living in Mecca are known as Mecci and they contain short chapters about mono-theism, as the people of Mecca at that time were worshipping idols.

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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. "Suffering & Evil (Perspectives of two religions)"

    They were tempted to eat from the tree by Satan, the devil, an archangel that was kicked out of heaven due to his rebellion against God. This incident 'The Fall' is used by all Christians as a good lesson on the origins of evil and suffering. Literalist Christians believe that this incident did happen sometime long ago but liberalist Christians, for example Baptists, believe that this was not actually a real incident in time, but only a myth that is used to teach humans of the consequences of disobedience.

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