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Islam as a living religious tradition

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Assess Islam as a living religious tradition in the life of its adherents Islam the complete 'surrender to Allah' is a living religious tradition with the principal belief in one God - Allah. Islam has remained the same in its principle beliefs of Allah, His Angels, His Prophets, His Books, The Last Day and his complete authority over destiny and has also changed over time to ensure that Islam remains a living religious tradition. Over its history Islam has had many significant people including Al Ghazali and Aisha Bint Abu Bakr who have ensured that Islam remains living in the hearts and minds of its adherents. In addition to significant individuals participation in the Five Pillars e.g. the Hajj ensure that Islam will continue to be the living religious tradition that it is. From Muhammad in the 7th century, Islam initially grew and expanded and interpreted principal beliefs and teachings to enable it to continue to today as a living religious tradition. Over time religious traditions must be interpreted and lived out in the context of time. In the Middle Ages tensions grew between the sciences and religion which impacted significantly on Islam. There was vast social upheaval for the Muslim's which led to religious and social crisis. ...read more.


Al Ghazali broadened the idea that God is the creator of humans and disputed that if God has the power to create life then God has the same power to recreate life after death. He taught that bodies will be resurrected after death and people will be held accountable for their actions on Earth. Therefore he convinced Middle Age Muslims that they need to be aware of their actions and continue to live the way Allah did, consequently their actions makes Islam a living religious tradition. At a time when Muslims were forgetting their ideals, Al Ghazali came about reinforcing these ideals making Islam the living religious tradition it is today. Highlighting the main beliefs of Islam as well as criticising these philosophies, Al Ghazali's main contribution to Islamic theology was showing the relationship between God's power and human acts. He supported the idea of occasionalism however argued that there are two powers in human acts; gods' power and human power. Al Ghazali saw both human and acts are creations of God, though how well humans perform God's actions is reflected in human will. This highlights the supremacy of God by showing that humans are responsible for their own actions, consequently conveying Islam as a living religious tradition for the lives of its adherents. ...read more.


The importance of the Hajj for both the individual and the Islamic community is enormous and this ensures Islam to remain a living religious tradition. It unites millions of Muslims from all around the world to complete the Fifth Pillar of Islam and allows the individual to be refreshed. Hajj is a pursue for salvation, holiness and a symbolic pilgrimage where the individual carries out the rituals. Through the completion of the Hajj this signifies that Islam is still a living religious tradition on the lives of its adherents. Through the Hajj the individual gains a greater understanding of Islamic history, and sees how it has changed and expanded over time in order for Islam to be a living religious tradition. Also allows Muslims to become a better person with greater prospects of reward in the hereafter. The Hajj strengthens the spirit of unity and equality amongst the Islamic community and continues to strengthen today therefore conveying the idea of Islam being a living religious tradition on the lives of its adherents, Inconclusion it can be said that Islam is a living religious tradition in the life of its adherents as it has developed and changed over time for the better by significant people like Al Ghazali and Aisha Bint Abu Bakr. It will continue to improve as a living religious tradition with its adherents coming together and being united as seen in the Hajj. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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