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  1. Progressive vs. Regressive Trends in Islam

    Before, women were seen as objects more than as human beings. Just the birth of a daughter was viewed negatively. Women were married without consent, they were not included in inheritance, and infanticide was common. The biggest change for women might have been outlawing primogeniture and requiring that inheritance be shared by all heirs. Women were given the right to consent to marriage and the ability to divorce but only as a last resort. Islam also outlawed infanticide, and gave women the right to education, suffrage, and vocation. This leaves the possibility for woman's equality with man which previously had not existed.

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  2. Did Allah create the universe?

    This shows that Allah has such power as he is able to know everything, and only the creator is greater than the creation. In addition everything has a creator nothing can just pop-up from thin air. In the same way the universe didn't get made by a few particles accidently banging into each other.

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  3. Saudi Arabia : Zakat, Poverty, Hypocrisy - Saudi Arabia only needs to pay 2.5% of their income to the poor. It doesnt matter how rich you are, you still have to pay unless you are very very poor.

    Is hypocrisy the problem in Saudi a Arabia, that there are still so many people that are poor or is it just the money goes to the wrong place? Muslims must pay zakat. Zakat means purification. The payment of zakat is meant to be an act of worship. Giving 2.5% of one's wealth each year, to benefit the poor. The main reason for paying zakat is the worship of God Saudi Arabia is lucky as other countries have to pay tax which would be about 40% or more of their income.

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  4. Islamiyat Notes. Surah al Anaam (Ch. 6 : Vs. 101-103)These verses of Surah al Anaam discuss the fundamental Quranic theme of Allah in Himself.

    We also understand that everything in this Universe is a humble creature of God. It inculcates the belief of God's greatness, uniqueness and authority. The Quran says, "To Him belongs the sovereignty of Heavens and Earth." (Ch 48: Vs 14) It makes us realize that forgiveness is granted only to those who seek it with humbleness and devotion, and even the Angels supplicate and pray for their forgiveness by praising Allah. Surah al Anaam (Ch 6 : Vs 75-79): o Main Theme: These verses of Surah al Anaam tell us about Prophet Ibrahim's understanding of the concept of oneness of Allah after observing the heavenly bodies such as sun, stars and the moon.

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  5. Islamiyat Notes. Major teaching in the hadiths of the Prophet

    Hadith 9: Belief This Hadith teaches us to make efforts for earning our livelihood lawfully because it is a rewarding act. We learn that all kinds of lawful works and hard labour are respected in Islamic community. It encourages us to take responsibility of ourself and tells us that depending upon others is regarded as a sin in Islam. Action Muslims today should earn their living through hard labour and should avoid begging and laziness. They should understand that honest labour is especially rewarded by Allah.

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  6. Explain the origins of the Quran and the importance with which it is regarded by Muslims

    Muhammad started preaching in Mecca in about 610. During that time Muhammad (peace be up on him) used to spend nights in a cave in mount hira to pray and meditate, he was praying in mount because in Mecca the people were worshipping different idols and people were doing bad things such as gambling etc. In year 610 in month of Ramadan when Muhammad was meditating he had a vision and angel Gabriel said to him iqraa which means recite. But Rasulullah (peace be up on him) didn't know how to read or write so he said I cannot read.

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  7. The Islamic concept of God makes no sense

    Allah can be described using the 99 names, however some of the names are like human words. By this Muslims do not believe that humans were no made in Allah's image. Some Muslims believe that Allah is more mystical. Allah cannot be described anthropomorphically like other deities. A metaphysical term that would describe how Allah is radically different to the universe is substance dualism. As a Christian I also probably agree because from a Christian point of view God consists of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, all together as one. Also that that human beings are made in God's image something Muslims would disagree with.

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  8. The Islamic notion of the soul and body is wrong

    A Muslim whose soul is good is then able to win higher jihad over ones inclinations to evil. Wudu and Salah are both rituals which aim to bring about physical and spiritual purity. Naf is the term used for the instinct to do good or to do evil. It is referred to as the soul in Islam. In the Quran nafs is sometimes referred to as the individual personality and is removed by God at death and it is subject to accountability at the Day of Judgement. Islam shows that all humans have freewill. Ruah is the "breath" breathed into humans by Allah to create living beings It is the spirit and the spirit of Allah is in all humans.

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  9. Zakat in Arabia

    Giving zakat reminds a person that his wealth is not his own, but its real owner is Allah. Giving zakat is obeying Allah's commands and acknowledging that whether we are rich or poor is God's choice. So we should help those he has chosen to make poor. The prophet Muhammad stated "He is not a believer who eats his fill while his neighbour remains hungry by his side" This is expressing the need for Muslims to do their duty for the welfare of the poor. Saudi Arabia is the largest Arab country in the middle-east with a 23 million population.

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  10. Explain how Muslim teaching affects Muslim attitudes to the created world

    Muslims are obliged to follow the teachings of their creator who says that he has placed every Muslim as a 'Khalifah' which is the second concept. This means they are Allah's stewards on Earth to nurture, guard and look after every aspect of it and if they the intention to do this isn't from the heart they should do it to show gratefulness and respect for the earth he has supplied for them. This is also shown in (Surah 6:165)

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  11. The Festival of Ramadan

    This is often eaten very early, and some Muslims return to bed afterwards. The fast is ended with a small meal called "iftar," which is taken as soon as possible after the sun has set. Iftar often comprises of dates and a glass of water, following the example of Muhammad (pbuh). However, physical restraint is far from the only aspect of Ramadan. It also involves many spiritual restraints; Muslims must strive to avoid cheating and lying, whilst also making extra efforts to be charitable and to appreciate what they have. Despite these restrictions Ramadan is not only a time of restraint, as fasting, self-control and moderation alone cannot make someone a good person or a good Muslim.

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  12. In the Christian and Muslim faith, there are many similarities and differences that distinguish the two religions. These are evident in there practises associated with sickness, death, afterlife and the search for meaning and happiness.

    The single most important belief in the Islam faith is that there is only one God, Allah and one can only find peace in one's life by submitting to Almighty God Allah in heart, soul and deed by praying to Allah five times each day. Jannah is the Muslim paradise where everything one longs for in this world will be there. It is believed that when one dies they will be judged by Allah and depending on how righteous a person is on Earth, they will go to the different levels of Jannah or fall into the gasping jaws of h**l.

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  13. Islam as a living religious tradition

    There was vast social upheaval for the Muslim's which led to religious and social crisis. Without Al Ghazali (1058) a Muslim theologian, philosopher and mystic the development and expansion of Islam wouldn't have continued and Islam wouldn't be a living religious tradition it is now. Al Ghazali stimulated Sufi Muslims with his mystical approach to faith which led to the recognition of Sufi traditions into Islam. Al Ghazali an academic with his theologies derived from an Ash'ari school of thought gave out his affluence and went on a spiritual journey to discover the unquestionable reality.

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  14. Islam - Explain the importance of Ramadan to Muslims and ways in which it may affect their lives

    Fasting is viewed as a way of controlling your desires (of hunger, thirst, sexuality, anger) and focusing more on Allah. Fasting gives Muslims a chance to feel what a hungry and needy person feels when he or she does not have any food to eat and also teaches Muslims self control because fasting controls his or her desire or need to drink or eat during the fasting period. People who learn self control can resist wrong doing or temptation to do bad things. During fasting Muslims have to have both physical self control- keep from eating, and mental self control-don't give into temptation.

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  15. Human Rights in Islam

    Allah has created us all from clay, as equals, none more important than another...in fact; Allah mentions this in suratul Insan when he says, "there surely came over man a period of time when he was a thing not worth mentioning." Infact these rights are not only mentioned in Islam, but also in the Universal Declaration of Human rights which clearly states that "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights." It also states that "Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person".

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  16. Religious studies islam

    Muslims believe that the entirety of the Islamic teaching rests on the principle of Tawhid. There is an uncompromising monotheism at the heart of the Islamic beliefs which distinguishes Islam from some other major religions. The Qur'an is the main source of understanding Oneness of God in Islam. God tells people who he is by speaking through the prophet.

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  17. Existance of God

    The main differences between these two religions are their beliefs about God. One of these differences is that according to Christians even though they are known to be a Monotheistic faith, is that God can be found in three forms, more formally known to be the Trinity, God the spirit, God the son and God the Holy Ghost. Muslims totally disagree with this, and declare it wrong. Muslims believe that God can only be found in one state and God has no relatives what so ever. The Christian belief also states that Jesus was God's son (God the son)

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  18. Religious Studies-Unit K

    However, Muslims do not believe in evolution because everything was made directly by God for a particular purpose, and nothing came into being accidentally. As the one God who created everything, Muslims believe that Allah has power over everything. (He is omnipotent.) The Qur'an calls Allah the All-powerful. Allah is in control of the universe he made and he has a plan for it. Muslims believe that nothing happens without Allah's consent. Muslims believe that God is merciful and compassionate.

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  19. Should Euthanasia be made legal in the UK.

    Withdrawing treatment is when someone doesn't do a surgery which may prolong the life of the patient. There are also another two categories of euthanasia. There is voluntary euthanasia and Non-voluntary euthanasia. Voluntary is when someone asks for help with dying or when someone asks to have their medical treatment to be stopped, so the person wants to die and says so. Non-voluntary euthanasia is when a person is in a coma and their family switches off their life support machine or when a person is senile, so the person cannot make a decision or cannot make what they want known.

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  20. This essay will be discussing Ramadan and what Muslims have to do during Ramadan.

    In this way, they believe that their wealth is "made pure" * Sawm: Refraining from food and drink during the month of Ramadan during daylight hours. * Hajj: This is making a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in your life, if it can be afforded. The Islamic belief requires that Muslims should perform five central duties in order to strengthen their faith. The purpose of fasting is that it teaches self-control, encourages a focus on prayer and the life of the spirit. Muslims fast because it allows practitioners to devote their attention to worship, and draw closer to God.

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  21. Islamic Bioethics

    When an issue is presented to a Muslim their first/greatest authority is the Qur'an - words of Allah. Then Shari'ah law, the law binding on Muslims is also drawn from the Qur'an. When the Qur'an is not explicit enough the next source a Muslim turns to is the Sunnah or Hadith which are the words and actions of Mohammad the Prophet. Where the Shi'a Muslims would only source the Sunnah or the Qur'an but Sunni Muslims would further seek guidance of Ijma (Consensus of Islamic scholars), the Qiyas (which is legal precedent or analogies) or religious leaders whose rulings about issues are not specified in the Qur'an, Sunnah.

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  22. Explain how Muslim teachings affect Muslim attitudes to wealth and poverty

    Those spending extravagantly on idle things are not favoured by Allah: 'O believers! Make not unlawful the good things that Allah has made lawful for you. But commit no excess, for Allah does not love those given to excess.' (Qur'an 5:38) Muslims have a positive attitude towards the poor, because as the Hadith states, 'Richness does not lie in abundance of worldly goods, but true richness is the richness of the soul.'. Not only do Muslims not despise those living in poverty, they treat them with care and love. Poverty is not necessarily a punishment.

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  23. It is difficult for Muslims to practise their religion in Britain today Do you agree?

    Despite the effort of the Muslim communities to make themselves known and understood by the general public, many people in Britain nowadays are still prejudiced against Muslims due to a lack of understanding as Muslims are often associated with terrorist attacks and crimes in reports from the media. It is very difficult for a Muslim to persist on their practise among non-Muslims, especially for young Muslims. Muslims believe that women should be moderately dressed in public. However, in many British schools, wearing a short skirt is a compulsory part of uniform for girls.

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  24. Ramadan Coursework GCSE Reliogious Studies Education

    If they still are unable to fast, they are required to give some form of charity, usually the cost of two meals to the poor for each day of fasting that they miss. Those who purposefully break the fast and are unable to resist temptation are expected to pay for 60 meals for poor people. Children may fast for only half a day at first, just to get them used to the effects of fasting. But once they become twelve years old, they are expected to fast along with the adults.

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  25. Assess the view that Hadith are not useful " Muslims only need the Qur(TM)an.

    The need to pray 5 times a day, the importance of fasting in Ramadan, to believe in heaven and h**l, judgement day etc. However it doesn't go into detail on things such as how to pray, the benefits of Ramadan where the Hadith do. If didn't have the hadith there would be confusion about the verses in the Qur'an that are ambiguous. For an example it is mentioned in the Qur'an a number of times that God is most forgiving, but a quote from a hadith here gives advice on what to do exactly and how forgiving God really is

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  • Can you be a muslim without going to the mosque? Discuss

    "In conclusion, I think that you can be a Muslim and not go to the mosque. This is because Muslims living in non-muslim countries may not get time off work to visit the mosque to pray. Also because some Muslims may wish to worship at home with their families, rather than praying in a mosque. And finally, as a mosque was never mentioned when Muhammad (pbuh) was told to worship five times a day, some Muslims may believe that there is no need to worship in a mosque."

  • Assess the view that Hadith are not useful " Muslims only need the Qur(TM)an.

    "In conclusion some may view the hadith as necessary because it sometimes goes in detail where the Qur'an does not , may give extra useful guidance to Muslims and allow them to learn more about Muhammad's way of life. But on the other hand , hadith may add to any confusion present, and may even contradict the Qur'an , and also perhaps lessen the authority of the Qur'an when the Qur'an explicitly says it is a detailed book and easy to understand."

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