• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Muslim Worship

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Annabel Weaver Muslim Worship Islam is one of the most important religions in the world today, and historically. The people who follow this religion are called Muslims. They follow the teachings of Muhammad, the prophet, the Qur'an and of Allah (God). The Mosque The Friday Salah, (prayer) is always said in a congregation, and is performed around midday in a Masjid (Mosque). This building is more than just a place for prayer. From the time of the prophet Muhammad, Mosques have also been at the centre of society and social life in the Muslim community. So by tradition, therefore, the Mosque has been used as a place of formal gatherings and informal ones too. They are also used for education and many other social activities. This same pattern is followed by Muslims today: 1. Worship- prayer is the most important activity in the Mosque and the Muslim religion 2. A meeting place- Muslims may meet in a Mosque to celebrate the birth of a newborn baby, a marriage or a funeral. ...read more.

Middle

Hajj The pilgrimage to Makkah, which almost every Muslim undertakes is called the Hajj. Wudu Salah begins with a ritual washing called Wudu. In each mosque, somewhere there are special washing facilities. Wudu is always follows the same pattern, which begins with the worshipper announcing his intention to offer a prayer to Allah. This is called Niyyah. The Muslims do this ritual everytime they enter a mosque to pray because they feel that it makes them more fit and holy to talk to Allah. A prayer mat is laid out by the Muslim so that he or she can pray in a clean place. There are no pictures or statues inside the mosque. Muslims believe that these may distract those who are worshipping, so they have not got the complete concentration to Allah. Du'a are the personal prayers said by Muslims. Du'a means to 'ask'. Ramadam and Id-ul-Fitr Muslims believe that they must do certain things as part of their religious duty to Allah. ...read more.

Conclusion

He or she will walk around this seven times and say a prayer each time. Each lap starts from the Black Stone where they kiss the Black Stone or raise their hands to it every time. The reason that the Black Stone is so special is because it is said that Muhammad put it in it's place. Id-ul-Adha This is the festival that is on the tenth day of the Hajj. In the middle of the festival is the idea of service and sacrifice an animal. Each family must select a perfect animal to give to Allah (normally a sheep, goat, cow or camel). The father of the family will slaughter it but there are strict conditions that he must follow: * The animal must not be frightened * Prayers from the Qur'an are read out * The animal must face towards Makkah * A sharp knife is drawn across the jugular vein * All blood must be drained from the animal Meet that has been killed in the correct way is called Halal. One third of the meet is eaten by the family, but the rest is given to the poor and needy and the relatives. ...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. Explain and anylayze Hajj and Makkah

    This may be another reason why these have been made the basic ingredients of Islam. One more reason that suggests itself to [oneself] is that these duties, if performed in the right spirit, exert their influence on all the spheres of existence and are capable of transforming the whole life into one of faith and submission.

  2. Describe what happens when a Muslim participates on Hajj.

    The male pilgrims must also perform al-ldhtebaa by placing the middle of the Reda' under the right arm and the ends of it over the left shoulder during Tawaf. The pilgrims whilst going round the ka'aba will also pray and perform various supplications as well as stop for the daily prayers and try to keep the Ka'aba on their left.

  1. Religious Education Hajj Coursework

    The faith is needed for religion to exist because you need to believe it what you are following, if you do not believe in it, you might as well not even have a religion. Trust is needed in both your God, and in your other religious companions.

  2. Describe why a Muslim might take part in Hajj and what this involves?

    like a new born child who has committed no sin and is fresh in the eyes of Allah. Prophet Muhammad also did his last sermon on the top of the mount of mercy. He told the people of Islam to respect their neighbours and to love all people and to follow Islam properly and with the correct intention.

  1. FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM

    To perform Salat, Muslims follow a sequence of movements. This involves standing, bowing or kneeling face down on the floor which is called prostration. Each cycle of movements is called a rak'ah. Also they have to show their respect to Allah and recite the Shahadah. They will lay down their prayer mats which will have a directional arch on

  2. Describe what happens on Hajj.

    The Ihram is a white seamless garment similar to what Muhammad wore and the prophets before him. At certain places called miqat, which mark the boundary, which is 10 miles outside of Makkah, the sacred city. Muslims change into their pilgrim clothes, Ihram, which consist of two simple white sheets for the men.

  1. What is meant by fasting?

    Fasting times change everyday, you don't know what exact time to start eating, so the time it says on the timetable that is when you begin to eat. Timetables are distributed to the Muslim community free of charge in Mosques or Islamic centres.

  2. On pilgrimage. Explain the significance and the symbolic meanings of what you did.

    I feel that what the prophet Muhammad said was very true: "The best of prayers is the prayer on the day of Arafat" It is here that Abraham took his son Ishmael to be sacrificed for Allah. This was a test of loyalty.

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