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  1. What is the role of the person of Muhammad in Islamic thought?

    The Articles of Faith are; Suhoof(pages) of Ibrahim(Abraham), Taurat (Torah) as revealed to Prophet Moses, Zuboor (Psalms) as revealed to Prophet David, and Ingieel (Evangel) as revealed to Prophet Jesus (Phuh). The Torah is the essence of the Jewish religion, the Christians take Jesus' gospel to be the final messenger of God and the Muslims in turn believe Muhammad is the last in this line of Prophets putting, naturally, a massive importance on his life and Sunna as well as the Qur'an itself.

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  2. Is it difficult for a Muslim male to practice his religion in Britain?

    They usually locate in the cities where there is a significant Muslim population. This may require the man to live in a Muslim community or to travel to the shop and buy meat on a regular basis. However, if he lives quite a distance from a Muslim community, it may be very difficult to be able to travel down there regularly and buy meat. Usually, the solution is to move somewhere nearer to a Muslim community. "Allah has forbidden for you what dies of itself, and blood, and the flesh of swine, and that over which any other name than that of Allah has been invoked.

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  3. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), the messenger of Allah (SWT) in the light of the Quran and in the light of the Sunnah.

    They have one main difference between them; the Quran is the direct word of Allah (SWT) to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) through the Angel Gabriel. Whereas the Sunnah has been inspired by Allah (SWT) but they are the wordings and the actions of the Prophet (PBUH), which has been interpreted by many different scholars. (Hasan, page 9,91) In order to be a Muslim a person must express his or her faith (Iman). Faith is the first pillar of Islam, which is clearly stated in the Holy Quran (the other four pillars being prayer, zakat, fasting and the pilgrimage to Hajj if one can afford it and is in good health).

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. Muhannad - Arabia, in 600CE.

    His son, Abdullah, married a woman called Aminah, who was soon pregnant with his child when Abdullah suddenly died. The child that was born was named Muhammad. When Muhammad was born he was given to a Bedouin woman called Halimah as all Quaraish children at that time were. This was done so that children would be brought up away from the disease and impurities in the air in the city. At the age of six Muhammad was returned to Aminah who proceeded to die later that year. Luckily Muhammad's devoted grandfather, Abd-al-Muttalib, took him in and cared for him until he died two years after that.

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  12. What Muslims should or should not do.

    This leaves no room for cheating, The Muslim Refrains from Backbiting and Slander Therefore the Muslim keeps away from backbiting and gossip. With the upbringing and education in the values and attitudes of Islam, the Muslim is too busy with the important things in life to be concerned with such trivial matters. The Muslim Avoids Giving False Statements The true Muslim does not give false statements because doing so is haram. Bearing false witness, besides being haram, does not befit a Muslim, and it damages the Muslim's credibility and honor.

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. Muslim teachings on Poverty and Wealth - What is Poverty?

    These are the biggest tests of all. These tests will be accountable for on the day of judgement. Poverty is an economic condition when people lack the basic means of survival i.e., food, clothes, water, education, and health service. These needs are considered as being the necessary means for anyone to have an adequate standard of living. We cannot say what the adequate means are on a general term as this depends on the standard of living within the area.

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  17. 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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  18. Beliefs and teachings of Christianity and Islam.

    This is called Anthropomorphism. Allah is far beyond human understanding. He is not abstract and Allah created everything. To suggest you own something is breaking Tawhid. Or to think that you are better than anyone or anything also breaks Tawhid and breaks the teaching from the Quran " We are all equal like the tooth of a comb" Akirah is Judgement by Allah, " He will gather you again on the day of judgement " (Quran) Judgement day happens when the world comes to an end and Allah judges every Muslim.

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  19. 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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  20. Hajj is one of the five Islamic pillars.

    There is no partner with you. Here I am. Verily, Thine is the praise, the blessings and the sovereignty of the Universe Thou has no partner They then run between two hills to represent what happened when Hajar did this to find water for her son Ishmal. They come to the spring (Zam Zam), which Allah found and people desperately try to drink and bathe in the water which comes from it. This is a Muslim's search for spiritually. After this they walk 7 times around the Ka`aba (black stone), this symbolizes when 630 people rode into Makka and destroyed all Idols and Allah forgave the citizens.

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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. Angels and Jinns

    The true appearance of Angels cannot be said but Muslims believe that all angels were made of light. This shows a sign of purity and the stereotypical view that Angels are heavenly and divine creatures. In the Holy Quran it says; "Praise be to Allah who made angels with wings two, three and four pairs." The belief in angels is evident in Judaism and Christianity as well as Islam. In Islam Angels are servants of Allah. At the time of the creation of Adam, all the Angels and Jinn's were commanded by Allah to bow down before Adam.

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