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  1. Believing in angels is the least important of the articles of Islamic belief

    Surah 2 mentions that Muslims should really focus on Allah, the Last Day, the Angels and the Prophets, this is probably due when it was written and if it was in that order, but surah 82 mentions the qualities of the angels, and it sort of suggests that that angels are important because they have been given authority by Allah to look after the humanity, as they were Allah's first creation which signifies there importance. The Quran states that "All things created by Allah will be judged on the Last Day" this means that Angels and Jinn's will be also

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  2. Islamic Faith and Culture - the problems Islam faces with the treatment of women.

    This led to many more revelations throughout his life which led to the Qur'an being written. Muhammad spread his belief of a monotheistic religion after his first revelation. At the age of 63 he died, with Islam spread through out most of Arabia, and within the century reaching as far away as Spain and China. Muhammad denounced the mistreatment and inequality of women. He also treated women and men as two different but complementary types of humans as the Qur'an says. Muhammad, while in Medina, once said: "Among my followers the best of men are those who are best to their wives, and the best of women are those who are best to their husbands."

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  3. Examine the challenges facing the Muslim community when it settled in Madinah after the Hijrah

    It was too dangerous for Prophet Muhammad to travel on his own so his companion Abu Bakr went with him to Medina. The event Hijrah took place in the night where Ali, another companion of the Prophet pretended to be Prophet in his bed so that the enemies thought it was Prophet who was laying down. They had guarded the whole house with their army so that the Prophet could not escape so they were ready to kill him as they planned.

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  4. Examine What Shirk Means in Islam

    This can be with his Lordship, divinity or his names and attribute. Allah has told the Muslims in the Quran that he does not forgive anyone who ascribes partners with him in any way, as he states "Verily! Allah forgives not setting up partners with Him, but He forgives whom He wills sins other than that, and whoever sets up partners with Allah in worship, he has indeed invented a tremendous sin." (2:48). Shirk is classed as worst sin in Islam.

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  5. Free essay

    Explain What Is Meant By The Terms Islam and Muslim?

    in this verse Allah has clearly told the Muslims that Islam is what Allah chose for them. The religion Islam was given to Prophet Adam who was the first man on this earth and the first prophet of Allah, which ever Prophet that was sent to this by the command of Allah, were from the religion Islam. The name Islam was not decided by any Prophet but was chosen by Allah himself as he clearly mentioned his final revelation to mankind.

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  6. In this essay I will be looking at the Muslim family. I will be looking at what Islam teaches about the Muslim family and explaining the roles of all the members of the family.

    Islam honoured women, whether as mothers, daughters or sisters. Islam paid a great deal attention to implanting the principle of respect for fathers and mothers, taking care of them and obeying their commands until death. Allah says "And your Lord has decreed that you worship none but Him. And that you be dutiful to your parents. If one of them or both of them attain old age in your life, say not to them a word of disrespect, nor shout at them but address them in terms of honour" Islam protects, honours, and it encourages marriage and forbids free mixing of men and women.

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  7. The five pillars of Islam. The prophet said: Islam is built upon five (pillars): (Shahadah) testifying that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, (Salah)

    It is also said in the adhaan (call to prayer) and is said in every Muslim baby's ear when he or she is born. More commonly, the Shahadah is the statement that non-Muslims say to convert to Islam. There are seven conditions of the Shahadah; knowing the meaning of it (al 'ilm); having no doubt of the things declared (al yaqeen); sincerity (al Ikhlaas); truthfulness (al Sidq); love of the Shahadah and the meaning (al mahabbah); performing the duties that you testify when submitting yourself to God (al inqiad); and complete acceptance (al qubool).

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  8. How far have the beliefs and practices of Pre-Islamic Arabia been incorporated in to modern Islam?

    An example of a belief of Pre- Islamic Arabia that has been incorporated in to modern Islam is the belief in Jinn's. During the Jahiliyah period Animism was very popular amongst the Bedouin tribe. This tribe was very spiritual and believed in supernatural things. In modern Islam today Muslim believe in Jinn's as they are stated in the Quran in Suarh Rehman (55:15) "And he created the Jinn of a flame of fire". The above quote suggests that God created Jinn from a flame of fire therefore it emphasises that Jinn's do exist in Islam as it is stated in the Quran.

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  9. The Hajj is more about history than religion. Discuss.

    Therefore one can argue the Hajj as being about history as the Kabbah itself is based upon history. Another reasons why people may argue that Hajj is more about history than religion because there many rituals and practices that may support this. For instance the running between Sarwa and Marwa which is called Sa'y, this is performed by all pilgrims during Hajj. The history for performing Sa'y is because it commemorates for when Ibrahim's second wife Hagar was stranded in the desert with her son Ibrahim. Her son was crying as he wanted water, so his mother ran between the hills of Sarwa and Marwa to search for water.

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  10. 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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  11. sufism is the heart of islam

    The phrase 'heart of Islam' must be given a pinned definition in this context, as some will see it as being the most important thing of the Islamic religion while others will see it simply as Islam's truth. Both interpretations of the phrase 'heart of Islam' are vitally the same yet evidence can adjust whether they are the primary hearts of Islam or even secondary. Sufism originated as a reaction to certain features of orthodox Islam. They regarded the mere observance of religious law as a matter of outer conformity and they encouraged a desire for inner, personal experience of the divine through meditation and other means.

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  12. Anecdotes For Reflection

    And if you lie then you are compelled to say a lie again till you say the truth. The third I have learnt is 'ignorance' if I ignore someone then straight away I have displeased four feelings first one is Bibi Fatima the second one is prophet Muhammad the third one is Allah and the forth one is the person is the one I ignored. And I shall practise this by making notes and try to stick on near my desk so I should remember.

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  13. Muslim views on medical and s****l questions.

    It is noted in an Hadith that Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) cursed those men who imitated women and those men who imitated women. If one was to undergo a s*x change, then he/she will be altering the natural features and organs that Allah had blessed them with. Many patients have problems with their s*x lives, so they seek the help of a doctor or in such cases, they are recommended to go to s*x counselling sessions. However it is not allowed for Muslim physicians to engage such conversations.

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  14. Muslim views on wealth and poverty

    Muslims believe life is a test of obedience to Allah; therefore poverty is a test of patience from Allah. They belief that they are in a wining position because if they don't have wealth, they are being rewarded for their patience. Non believers do bad things yet they live luxuriously, but Muslims do good and still are poor. This is because they believe that the aim in life is to obey Allah, and their patience will be rewarded, where as non believers, believe that the aim in life is to get as much wealth as possible, which takes them away from the path of Allah, as it says in the Qur'an verse "To Allah we belong and to Him is our return" (2:156).

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  15. 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.

    which will explain the Qu'ranic teachings. Other one of his roles in the religion is to teach. A lot of Imams in their own religion are famous for their teachings. This is not always for the Muslim community but often it is, it also could be for the wider part of the society. In Birmingham where a large number of the city population is Muslim often Imams often like to go around the society around them to discus the Qu'ran and it teachings. For Example one of the Imams at the local Wolverhampton Mosque gave these lectures as they seem at many different community centres across the city.

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  16. Inclusivity of Islam

    Today, nearly one-fifth of the world's population adheres to the Islam faith. Islam traces its spiritual roots back to Abraham and his son Ishmael. Ishmael is said to be the son of Abraham by his slave wife, Hagar. Christian Old Testament scriptures indicate that Hagar and her son were taken into the dessert and removed from the family because of the jealousy of Abraham's wife Sarah.

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  17. Islam in UK

    You should believe in the judgement day, and fate and destiny. Muslims believe in only One God, the same God that Jews and Christians believe in. For a Muslim, the life of the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the perfect example. A Muslim is that person, who follows the principles and the acts of the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), these principles and acts are called 'Sunnah'. For being a Muslim, the first thing that you should know about Islam is its meaning. Islam is the Arabic word, which simply means peace and purity.

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  18. Women's Rights in Islam

    The Qur'an makes it clear that woman has been created with a soul of the same nature as man's and Islam does not blame Eve alone for the First Sin. In Islamic law a woman is an independent, unique individual in her own right. She has the same responsibilities towards herself, towards Allah and towards other human beings as man. She will be rewarded or punished in the Hereafter without discrimination towards her female gender. On reality, in Islam, the rights and responsibilities of a woman are equal to those of a man, but they are not necessarily identical.

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  19. 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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  20. The Muslim Arts

    He became respected by many merchants, by doing many things e.g. He had an honest trade and never over charged any man and if anybody overpaid him he would travel all the way back to the man no matter where he is or how far away, to give him back his money, sheep etc. This is one of the many stories about him, the prophet sold some camels to man. After the man had left, the prophet remembered that one of the camels had 1 lame leg so at once Muhammad galloped after the man so he could give the man back the price of the camel, (it took the prophet 1-week to catch that man up).

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  21. 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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  22. the purpose of marriage in islam

    Surely in this there are lessons for the thinking people" (30:21) A Muslim husband and wife who follow the teachings of the Holy Quran should always be a source of comfort for each other. Their relationship should reach far above that of mere s****l enjoyment and should reach the stage of cordial friendship accompanied by mutual benevolence. With regard to the second objective, the Holy Quran says: "He is the Creator of the heavens and the each. He has given you partners from among yourselves and, similarly, made the cattle also males and females.

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  23. "It is impossible to describe Allah

    The one and only thing which we would be nothing without. Some agree and some do not which I hope to make clear through this essay. In this essay I hope to develop further the two sides of the arguments and then conclude with my own brief opinion. The lifestyle we live today means that many people live lives, which they are not proud off, however choose to ignore as it makes it simpler to bear. However some ways in which they justify this is through the fact that they believe that Allah is understanding and will forgive them therefore describe him to be sympathetic therefore a human characteristic.

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  24. 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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  25. "Islam cannot be understood without reference to angels" Discuss The statement shows that an understanding of Islam would be incomplete without covering angels

    They always obey Allah and can never disobey Him. 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 h**l as well as the gates of the entrance to each level of heaven and h**l. Allah Has honoured some of the angels by choosing them as messengers, just as He has chosen some of mankind as messengers this shows the significance of the angels.

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Conclusion analysis

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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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