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  1. islam and ramadan

    In the Qur'an it says, "O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you..."(2:183) and "...whoever witnesses the month of Ramadan should fast through it..." (2:185) Muslims will read the Qur'an and pray five times a day. Things that do not break the fast are, to eat or drink something unintentionally, a mosquito, fly or any other object going down the throat unintentionally, water entering the ears, dust or dirt going down the throat, swallowing one's own saliva, taking an injection, taking a bath to keep cool, rubbing oil onto the body or hair and to vomit unintentionally.

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  2. THE MOSQUE

    In a practical sense, minarets are also used for natural air conditioning. Mimbar: A mimbar is a pulpit in the mosque where the Imam (leader of prayer) stands to deliver sermons (khutbah. ) The minbar is usually shaped like a small tower with a pointed roof and stairs leading up to it, It is located to the right of the mihrab, the niche that indicates the direction of prayer. The minbar and the mihrab are decorated with beautiful calligraphy which outlines and adds to the beauty of the place. The Prophet (SAW)

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  3. Religious studies - Ramadan coursework

    As this is the direct command of Allah, it is obligatory for Muslims to follow the fast. Also, the prophet Muhammad himself set the example for fasting. In the Hadith it says: "Upon (seeing the new moon at the start of Ramadan) the Holy Prophet observed fasting and ordered people to observe the fasts of Ramadan." Sawm encompasses much more than just not eating, as some people believe. During the daylight hours, nothing must pass the lips, including food, drink, chewing gum and cigarette smoke. In addition, Muslims must refrain from bodily pleasures, such as sexual activity and comfort, during this period.

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  4. Mosque- a place of worship

    (Qur'an 20:14) The word mosque was invented by Spanish Christians over 500 years ago and means "mosquito" in their language, whereas the Arabic word 'masjid' literally means a place of prostration and is originated from the Arabic word 'sajd', which means to prostrate oneself. This is because a mosque is anywhere a Muslim kneels down to prostrate himself wherever he may be, as long as the place is clean and hygienic because Allah is present everywhere and is omniscient. The Holy Qura'an states: "Do you not see that God knows everything in the heavens and on earth?

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  5. Fasting goes on every day (29/30 days) of the month of Ramadan and all fit, healthy adult Muslims should and must fast from dawn to sunset.

    Once the new moon has been spotted during the ninth month, the month of Ramadan officially begins. The Islamic calendar is a lunar one, so Ramadan occurs at different times every solar year, so that the season in which you fast always changes. Fasting goes on every day (29/30 days) of the month of Ramadan and all fit, healthy adult Muslims should and must fast from dawn to sunset. Fasting in Ramadan does not just simply mean giving up sweets or some other enjoyable treat. This means abstaining from eating, drinking, smoking and conjugal relations during the hours of fasting.

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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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