• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
Page
  1. 1
    1
  2. 2
    2
  3. 3
    3
  4. 4
    4
  5. 5
    5
  6. 6
    6
  7. 7
    7
  8. 8
    8
  9. 9
    9
  10. 10
    10
  11. 11
    11
  12. 12
    12
  13. 13
    13
  14. 14
    14
  15. 15
    15
  16. 16
    16
  17. 17
    17
  18. 18
    18
  19. 19
    19

Marriage and divorce in Christianity and Islam.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The institution of marriage is found in all cultures and societies at all times in history. Marriage regulates relations between the sexes in all known forms of society and governs the status and education of children within the community. Marriage is needed to progress the human race - to prevent incest. So siblings don't end up having sexual relations. Most people aspire to have a family, and this is only possible through a marriage. Marriage is a solemn contract between a man and a woman who share love together. Christians and non-Christians can be married in a registrar office (registry) thus making the marriage civil however Christians are expected to marry in church. Some Free Church ministers are not allowed to perform marriages therefore they must ask a registrar to attend the service and sign certain documents. However, most ministers of Christianity are allowed to perform marriages. Marriage is a rite of passage. A rite of passage is a ceremony associated with major moments of transition in the life cycle: - Birth - Puberty - Mating - Death And marriage is a rite of passage associated with mating, because it is the only means where sexual acts are allowed to take place i.e. sex after marriage In the Old Testament the institution of marriage went through a number of developments, one of which is that it became monogamous. The essential teaching of the Old Testament is that marriage is the duty of every man so as to perpetuate his family name. The family of which marriage is the basis. The New Testament took the essential teaching of the Old Testament and deepened it. The passages in the New Testament that deal with marriage put the emphasis on married life. Divorce is a failure of the marriage relationship and is therefore to be shunned. Jesus regarded divorce and remarriage as essentially to be deplored. ...read more.

Middle

Islam places great emphasis on family values, as does Christianity. A Muslim family should be: - secure, healthy and secure for the family unit - the guardian of the natural sexual desires - the breeding place for human virtues and a secure refuge against inward and outward troubles. The ummah in Islam is like one big family. Muslims usually call other people their brothers or their sisters. Allah is seen as the parent. The young are nurtured for, the elderly are cared for. In Islam, divorce is disliked but permitted. It is reasonably easy for men, but not for women. Muhammad said: "With Allah the most hateful of the things made lawful is divorce." Muslim couples should be reconciled before making a final decision. Obviously, families from both sides do all they can to try and save the marriage, because it was them who arranged it! If things can't be worked out, two arbitrators are appointed. "If you fear a breach between a man and his wife, appoint two arbiters, one from his family and the other from her. If both want to be brought back together, Allah will settle things between them." But if there is no hope and the couple both want a divorce, they must wait a period of three month. This is done to make sure the wife isn't pregnant. If she is, the husband must provide for the children of the marriage. Women can get a divorce if is written into their contract. Divorce is very serious in Islam, because it can break up the family unit, which provide the framework for Islamic life. The only reason it is permitted is because Islam recognises that a marriage relationship may not work and it accepts human nature. And if one continues an unhappy marriage, one might be tempted to commit adultery, and that is forbidden in Islam. Marriage is very important in Islam. ...read more.

Conclusion

When the Persians invaded, many Churches were destroyed except this one because it showed three wise men wearing Persian dresses. Nazareth This was where Jesus grew up. There are to sites of interest - the Basilica of the Annunciation and the Greek Orthodox Church of St. Gabriel. Both claim to be the site of Annunciation. A tradition claims that Gabriel appeared before Mary inside the Orthodox Church. Taize This is an international place of pilgrimage. It is situated in southeast France. It was formed after WWII. It brought together young Christians from all divisions and even non-believers into an area where life is simple and the hospitality is warm and friendly. The founder reckoned that if people knew each other, then there's less chance of another war breaking out. But the main reason why people come there is to worship. Lindisfarne (Holy Island) This is just off the Northumbrian coast. A huge monastery was built here at the request of King Oswald. He wanted Christianity to flourish in his kingdom. However when Henry VIII came to power, he closed it down. So it is now in ruins but pilgrims still hold services there. Lourdes This is in the south of France and is a very popular pilgrimage site. It is claimed that Bernadette is said to have seen the Virgin Mary. Since becoming a place of pilgrimage, there have been many cases of miraculous cures. Others however say that instead of being healed physically, they were healed mentally. I have enjoyed writing this piece of work and have learned a lot. So I have come to realise that going on pilgrimage is a way to escape the hustle and bustle of the modern world. It gives you a chance to reflect on your life and your time, left on this world. Or gives you the feeling of Ummah (being part of a brotherhood) and not ever feeling isolated. The pilgrimage seems to be more popular with Islam, since it has the largest gathering of people on earth. Nevertheless, the experience for both religions is the same. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Hajj section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Hajj essays

  1. This is coursework is about Pilgrimage. The coursework is divided into three parts. I ...

    Most of the people who go to Lourdes are handicapped, this is the reason why they have so many helpers. The handicapped people will go to feel less alone and dedicate full time to God.

  2. Religious Education Hajj Coursework

    This mission in life will always mean that the Muslims are bound to follow the 5 pillars, Hajj being one of them. Prophet Abraham performed an example of an act of obedience and submission when he and his family were commanded, by Allah, to take Hagar and their son Ishmael

  1. Running Head: Islam Culture Versus Islam Religion & The Western Perception of Islam

    How did this come about? Islam is very specific and explicit. Islam is the ultimate and everything else comes later. How could, therefore, culture stand between the Muslim and their religion? Even more important, how could the Malay Muslim get so confused that he could not differentiate between religion and culture and allow himself to practice Islam his way; religion as a culture.

  2. Hajj and its importance to Muslims?

    It also prepares you mentally and physically for the future to come and how to deal with it correctly. How might participating in hajj affect the life of the believer? Going on the pilgrimage to Mecca will obviously change a person's life have a big affect on the way they live their lives in the future.

  1. A pilgrimage is a journey to a holy place for a religious reason. A ...

    on a grotto just outside Lourdes in Southwest France. She revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception and caused a spring to flow in the grotto. She is called the Immaculate because Christians believe that she was kept free from the effects from sin when she was born. This was to prepare her for giving birth to Jesus.

  2. Malcolm X Timeline

    He was interviewed on major television programs and by magazines, and spoke across the country at various universities and other forums. His power was in his words, which so vividly described the plight of blacks and vehemently incriminated whites. When a white person referred to the fact that some Southern

  1. Explain why Christians go on pilgrimage and the benefits they receive from going.

    they can take time to reflect on their lives, families and God. Candles are also a useful tool to help us pray for others. Because not everyone is able to come to Lourdes for many reasons people ask to be remembered by their friends in their prayers.

  2. Hajj - Pilgrimage to Mecca

    (This is all done one the first day, 8th Dhul-Hijja) To do this a Muslim must bathe himself, so the body is cleansed and clean. Also Ihram garments must be worn, which consists simply of a white sheet covering their body.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work