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  1. Explain the importance of Ramadan for Muslims and the ways it might affect their lives

    When a Muslim has an "urge" he/she is told to think of Allah, this raises the level of God-consciousness. The month of Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection, prayer, doing good deeds and spending time with family and friends. In the evening some Muslims go to the mosque to perform extra prayers in a congregation, called Tarawih prayers. Every night during these prayers, one thirtieth of Koran is recited, so that by the end of the month, the entire Koran has been read. People wish each other "Ramadan Kareem" or "Ramadan Mubarak", this means a successful, happy and blessed month.

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  2. Muslims, who follow the religion of Islam, are widely discriminated against both here in Australia and through out the world largely as a result of various historical, political and legal occurrences that have given way to accusations and misinformed assu

    Harassment in the workplace and schools has also transpired with many Muslims feeling that they are denied equality in the workplace and school with regards to treatment and respect for their rights just because they are Muslims. This type of harassment has also take place on the streets as well, where many Muslims are able to recall incidents where they were on the receiving end of many negative barbs and insults and hostility. The physical and emotional effect of these types of examples of discrimination, prejudices and inequalities suffered by Muslims has affected them in various ways.

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  3. Places of Pilgrimage tend to be very commercialised these days.This is bound to reduce the value of the Pilgrimage for ChristiansDo you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing that you have considered more than one point of view.

    In this essay you will hear of just exactly how these merchants affect the value of Pilgrimage for Pilgrims. To me, there are two main views here to be looked at. There is the view of the people, who are affected, and the people who aren't affected. So firstly lets talk about those of whom are affected. The main reason that people go on pilgrimage is so that they can be closer to God. If we were to take Fatima as an example, then I would most definitely assure you that on the way, the streets are very very congested.

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  4. What is Hajj?

    This shows that the importance of Hajj does not simply rest merely in travelling on the physical journey; it is considered a clean, spiritual mind-blowing mental journey as well. The women that go on hajj should also have a close male relative or friend as their Wakil or Mahram (guardian), to protect them. Even though there are a lot of spiritual preparations we also have to look at the practical preparation that Muslims have to take, for a start they have to apply and receive a passport from the Saudi Arabian Embassy, they then have to apply for tickets to

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  5. What is Hajj?

    Borrowing the money in a loan or in some other form is not permitted and of course it should not be gained dishonestly or by means, which are not acceptable in the Islamic faith, such as gambling or stealing. Also if Muslims are too sick to make the journey they can give their Hajj savings to a substitute to go to Makkah in their place. The substitute must have already have made the pilgrimage on their own behalf. Those that cannot make the journey, for genuine reasons, make the journey have only to declare that it is their niyyah, their sincere hurtful intention to go on hajj, and their duty is seen in the eyes of Allah.

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  6. Hajj Assessment

    Huge sums of three million people go to hajj nowadays. People from all parts of the world go to do hajj. Hajj is the greatest trip on earth. Once you're at Makkah you do Umrah. You first do twaf, which is circling the Ka'bah seven times. You then do sai'y. Once you've done that you then go to Mina and stay a night in the tents. You seek forgiveness from Allah and Muhammad (SAW). You also do the five prayers. You then leave the next day to Mount Arafat also know as Mount of Mercy.

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  7. "Explain the part Pilgrimage plays in the life of Christians"

    She also said "the spiritual discipline showed me a kind of peacefulness I don't normally come across.' my relative believes she can find peace in Lourdes that she cannot get anywhere else. Others may say a lot is gained purely if you stay open to the new surroundings. Lasting friendships are gained in this way. Some pilgrims may strengthen their relationship with God and gain an understanding of their blessings and failings. Also pilgrims can realize how lucky they are, with good health and not take it for granted, and not take free time they ever have for granted either.

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  8. There are more important things for Christians to do than go on pilgrimage'

    In Luke Temptations, Jesus says "It is written: Worship the Lord your God and serve him only". Jesus regularly visited the Temple, it is written that he said to those selling in the Temple "My house will be a house of prayer, but you have made it a 'den of robbers' ". This shows Jesus regards the Temple with respect, and it is only for time with God, no more. There are many Christian practices that could be as important, if not more so than going on pilgrimage, such as charity work, Jesus treated the poor and outcasts with as much respect as any other person, this is shown in the story of the prostitute (Mary Magdalene), Jesus gave her a place to stay and advice.

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  9. Hajj Coursework

    The whole area around the city of Mecca is a special area. When the pilgrims arrive there, they do certain things in order to set themselves apart from ordinary life, and put their hearts, minds and souls in a proper state for what is to come. Male pilgrims replace their clothes with two pieces of white cloth one around the waist and the other over the left shoulder. Female pilgrims wear plain white clothes that cover every part of every body except their hands and faces. Women are able to have their faces uncovered during the Hajj because the opposite sex are also on Hajj and should not have any sexual thoughts about the women.

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  10. What is Islam?

    With this knowledge, it will easier to understand the foundations of Islamic belief and put it into a context that is relevant. The term Islam means "surrender" or "submission." However, a Muslim would understand it as, "one who submits to the will of God." Indeed, supplication to God's or Allah's will is key to the faith of Islam and is demonstrated by those who practice Salat, or ritual prayer. PBUH means The Prophet, and refers to Muhammad, the essential figure.

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  11. What is Hajj?

    The Islamic calendar is lunar, not solar, which means Hajj can fall at any time of year. The end of Hajj is celebrated by the Eidal-Adha festival, which involves prayers and the exchange of gifts in Muslim communities all over the world. This celebration is combined with Eid al-Fitr, the feast day, which marks the end of Ramadan. These two Muslim festivals are important events in the calendar. If a Muslim is prevented from going on Hajj as result of illness, a lack of sufficient money or unavoidable circumstances, for example a funeral, then it is possible for them to join the other pilgrims in spirit and in prayer.

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  12. I have decided to do my pilgrim work on Bethlehem and Lourdes using internet and books for research. So what is a pilgrim?

    Then Allah knows you had Niyyah (which means intention in Arabic) of going, and in his mind you are there and forgiven. Before a Muslim can go on Hajj they must be organised, finished all there duties and responsibilities and pay for any outstanding debts. Part of being a Muslim is obeying rules here are some rules: first you must be a Muslim; you must be physically fit because some of the challenges are tough like running between al-safa and al-marwa, you must leave previsions for your family & you must pay for Hajj in an honest way.

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  13. Describe what happens when Muslims perform the hajj.

    As soon as Muslims arrive in Mecca for the hajj they should perform wudu in preparation to perform tawaf, once wudu is done they will begin tawaf and circle the Kaaba seven times. If it is the first time the pilgrim has performed the hajj the pilgrim will enter through a gate called Bab Al Salam which translates roughly as "the gate of peace". When performing tawaf the pilgrims will hold hands to keep the crowd moving, they will also recite the following, "O lord, grant this house greater honour, respect and awe; and grant those who respect it and make pilgrimage to it, peace and forgiveness.

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  14. Arranged marriages

    As their religion of Islam have stricter rules. Muslims are often urged to choose their partners for life carefully and remain loyal to them for the rest of their lives. For this reason, Muslim marriages are often arranged for young couples by their parents. In the west, most young people think it is natural to fall in love, get engaged and then get married. Muslims sometimes regard 'being under the influence of love' as a dangerous and intoxicating state of mind that could easily cloud their judgement.

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  15. Describe what happens at the fast of Ramadan?

    This is prayed during Ramadan. When the sun goes down at the end of the day the fast is open with a few dates then they pray together and then have a big meal with their family and friends called the iftar. After dinner, people usually go out visiting friends and family who live nearby and usually go to the cemetery to visit their dead relatives and pray for them. During Ramadan, it's particularly abhorrent for Muslims to tell lies, insult others, criticize someone behind their back, bear false witness or crave someone else' possessions.

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  16. "What is involved in pilgrimage?"

    They are always surrounded by people who share their beliefs and they are all in the same place for the same reason. They all worship God together and care for each other and people on pilgrimage might feel they need to thank God, Mary or a saint for blessings they've received or they might want to ask God for forgiveness for any sins they may have committed. Some pilgrims have their own personal reasons for going such as in Lourdes.

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  17. Misconceptions of Islam

    Islam can literally be translated to mean submission to God and is derived from the root word meaning peace. One should always remember to go to the true source of Islam and separate what the true religion of Islam says from what is portrayed in the media. Many consider Islam an exotic religion or even too extreme for the modern world. But this is because religion does not dominate everyday life in the West, where as, Islam is consider a way of life for many Muslims; who from the teachings of the Quran have learned to balance their material and spiritual life.

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  18. What were the achivements of the Islamic Civilisation?

    Also the world was made by God and people would be sent to heaven or hell. Since Muhammad's death the Islamic rules have never changed. The second pillar, named Salat, is the pillar of praying five times a day. Muslims wash their face, arms, feet and passed their wet hands over their heads, before each prayer. Muezzins were people who called the Muslims to the mosques for prayer by shouting from tall towers called minarets. Laymen called imams lead the prayer, not priests. On the wall of the mosques there was a decorated ark called mihrab to tell the Muslims to pray to the direction of the Ka'ba in Mecca.

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  19. "For Muslims, fasting has both advantages and disadvantages" - discuss in relation to Ramadan

    There are many clear advantages and disadvantages to fasting over Ramadan and I personally can see that it would definitely affect one's life for good and for bad. An official statement on an Islamic website about the way fasting should affect your life says - "Normally the fast should not affect the daily avocations, and it should not be a pretext for neglecting normal duties. A fast means a greater effort to perform all the usual duties and something else, more prayers and more charity, and all this in the absence of food and drink". The Qur'an says - "He(Allah)

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  20. "There are more important things for Christians to do than to go on pilgrimage?" Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer showing that you have considered more than one point of view.

    It is difficult to find arguments against pilgrimage in terms of what could be done in the time taken up by the trip, because pilgrimages do not take a long time now. A person's life could be dramatically changed by a pilgrimage and it could make them view the world in a completely different way, after only a few days of devotion to God. In defence of pilgrimage, it has happened for a very long time, since the start of the Christian faith, even though there is no reference to it in the Bible.

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  21. Ramadan and a day in the life of a Muslim

    Being able to refrain from eating and drinking, helps one to be strong and patient. If one can be successful within the month of Ramadan, they are able to be successful in many other things. When asking Muslims how they feel in the month of Ramadan the say "we feel as though we are in control of our body's and our self, putting our beliefs before our every day routine (eating etc.)". This shows great strength and control. Mr Ackbar is a 43 year man living in Iran with his family. He is an owner of book shop in Tehran.

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  22. What is Hajj? Describe and Explain why a Muslim would take part in the Hajj and what this Involves.

    This year, 2001, Hajj took place from fourth to the eighth of March. However preparations for Hajj must be undertaken before. Muslims must make sure their affairs are in order and that they have fulfilled all their obligations. An example of this is getting a friend to look after your hamster. When this is complete a Muslim is ready to embark on Hajj, however they are not ready to enter Makka. Before a pilgrim passes a maqit (a point marking Makka's city limits)

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  23. Hajj - a study of the Islamic pilgrimage.

    Next all of the pilgrims run between two hills (Al-Safa and Al-Marwa). In the next stage they travel to Arafat which is the place where Mohammed did his last sermon. They hear a sermon talking about Mohammed's last sermon and then they travel to Mina where they stone three pillars representing the devil. The last stage is to go back to Mecca do another 7 circuits of the Ka'ba and go home. The story of the Ka'ba Adam and Eve After Adam and Eve had given in to temptation God banished them from their paradise and from each other.

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  24. "Pilgrimages are a waste of time - it would be better to spend this time and money helping others."

    This means that Christians can pray to God anywhere and anytime, and that there is no need to travel at great costs to improve your relationship with God. On the other hand, people feel closer in the presence of God, such as in Via Delarosa where people can trace the footsteps of where Jesus lived, died and rose from the dead. People also find it beneficial for their spiritual discipline, such as in Islam where Muslims are required at some point in their lives to go on the Hajj pilgrimage, unless there are valid reasons not to like not being able to afford to or illness.

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  25. Explain how going on pilgrimages can change people's lives.

    Another way in which people may have been affected by pilgrimage is through learning to appreciate one's own life. One person who made pilgrimage Lourdes illustrated how much the sick loved life, even if they were terminally ill. Pilgrimage is also a chance to get to know one's self a lot more, as another pilgrim said that they learnt to love themselves a lot more in different ways, and that their week in Lourdes was a very emotional one.

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