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  1. 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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    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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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 sexual 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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  10. "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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  11. 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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  12. "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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. ) 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. "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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  25. What is Hajj?

    Since Muhammad's pilgrimage, Makkah has been sacred to all Muslim's. They want to follow in the footsteps of Muhammad and the prophets Adam, Ibrahim and Isma'il as they believe that Allah is there to guide them through life just as he guided the prophets. Makkah is classed as Holy Ground and people go there to change their life as they wash away their sins. They believe that Hajj and Makkah makes them a better person. Hajj must take place at certain times because of its historic roots. It is to be taken place between 8 and 13 Dhu'l Hijjah, the twelfth month of the lunar calendar.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
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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