World Traditions II
April 14, 2014
When studying Islam, it is important to understand the essential elements of the faith, how they are practiced, and the distinctions among the three branches: Shiite Islam, Sunni Islam, and Sufism.
Write a 1- to 2-paragraph response for each of the following directives and note where there are differences among the three branches of Islam.
I. Explain the meaning of the name, Islam.
The Muslim’s tried to introduce Islam as a religion. Islam is an Arabic word, which they tried to make people believe that this word means peace and that it rejects violence with compliance and ...view middle of the document...
2. Those who trust in God and always enjoy unshakable trust in Him.
3. .Those who spend their time in God’s way, what he has given them in the form of wealth, life, health, Knowledge, experience, etc...
4. This who regularly make their daily prayers and as the weekly and annual celebration.
5. Those who pay their religious tax (Zakah or Alma) to the rightful beneficiaries (individuals or institutions), the minimum of which corresponds to 2.5% of annual net *income*, or the total value of share when be they business, after deducting all expenses and credits.
6. Those who command is doing good and justice, to a fight error and wrong by all legal means at it is a disposition.
7. Those who obey God and His Prophets Muhammad (PBUH), and fell intensity of the faith and strength when the Qur’an is recited, and are humble of heart when God’s name is mentioned. Increasing strength of faith.
8. Those who love God and His Prophet (PBH) over all things and sincerely love their neighbor, just for the love of God.
9. Those who love their neighbors near and far, show genuine kindness to guests, especially strangers.
10. Those who tell the truth and engage in good conversation or some other way abstaining.
III. Describe the practices of Islam.
In the practice of Islam every Muslim has a special worship. They have to say five prayers every day. They expect that every male and female to pray five times a day. Also in the month of Ramada, fastening is very important. It is a highly spiritual practice of Islam. Every night they pray in devotion for the entire month. They also emphasis that each believed has their own livelihood.
IV. Describe the goals of Islam.
I think there are four goals to why they sent Muhammad to establish Islam as a predominant religion, is for when the Day of Judgment comes. It is said to be that Allah sent a message to the prophet Muhammad for guidance. To guide him toward this religion, the religion of truth. The purpose was to make Islam more powerful than any other religion. They used the testimony of Allah as a witness. They wanted to make the Islam religion prevail above any other religion. So Allah made a promise to the Muslims, that they would have every material thing they needed, but they had to be well prepared and search for victory, as well as to believe. With this promise Muslims prevailed over all the religions of the world. And if someone denied the religion, they used their power and the use of their sword.
Describe the view of authority in Islam.
In the Islam religion they have two ways that they view authority, oral and written. These two authorities are the main sources of Islamic law.
As for the Shari ’a Law, it’s more central than the Islamic Law, but still holds central stage in the Islamic traditions. This law is important for Islam and its sources are basic to accept even more greatness. The Qur’an serves as the primary source of...