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RELI 448N Week 7 Discussion: Islamic Belief and Practice

RELI 448N Week 7 Discussion: Islamic Belief and Practice

I chose option 1 for the discussion of week 7 because I did my interview on the Muslim Religion and I wanted to learn more about the five pillars of Islam. The Five Pillars are the core beliefs and practices of Islam starting with “1. The Profession of Faith (Shahada), which is the belief that “There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God”. 2. Prayer (Salat), Muslims pray facing Mecca five times a day: at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset, and after dark, on a mat. 3. Alms/Charity to the poor (Zakat), In accordance with Islamic law, Muslims donate a fixed portion of their income to community members in need. 4. Fasting during Ramadan (Sawm), During the daylight hours of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, all healthy adult Muslims are required to abstain from food and drink to renew awareness of and gratitude for everything God has provided in their lives. 5. Pilgrimage (Hajj), Every Muslim whose health and finances permit it must make at least one visit to the holy city of Mecca, in present-day Saudi Arabia. They gather around the Ka’ba in Mecca on the eighth and twelfth days of the final month of the Islamic calendar”(The Met, 2000-2020).

I have chosen the fourth Pillar primarily because I would notice at work that during certain days, my coworker Maria would not eat all day but she would drink water. I always loved to share my lunch with her but when she would refuse, I knew that it was time for her fasting. I as a Catholic did fast in Lent on Wednesday and Friday of every week during the 40 days of Lent and definitely no meat on Friday’s. Of course there were always those exceptions, for example if you are working in a very physical job, you did not have to fast and you could eat all of the meat that your body needed. The Muslim’s on the other hand are extremely devout and therefore, avoid all food, liquid, tobacco, and sex from dawn until dusk. “The purpose of fasting is to discipline yourself, to develop sympathy for the poor and hungry, and to give to others what you would have eaten”(Molloy, 2020, p. 400). I do believe that everybody should be allowed to practice all of their teachings anywhere and at any time whether it has to do with the Five Pillars or the Ten Commandments. Freedom of religion.

How do Sufis differ from other Muslims? “Sufis are distinguished from other Muslims by their fervent seeking of dhawq, a “tasting” that leads to an illumination beyond standard forms of learning. However, the insight gained by such experience is not valid if it contradicts the Qur’an”(Religion Facts, 2017). The Sufis believe that they have no need for the Five Pillars because they have outgrown them, except for Fasting because they still believe that fasting is considered one of the most important preparations for the spiritual life. They practice having little sleep, food, and conversation. Therefore, I will have to say that they express the Fasting Pillar the same way as the other Muslims. They have strict obedience to Islamic law as well.

 

References:

Molloy, M. (2020). Experiencing the world’s religions: Tradition, challenge, and change (8th

ed.). McGraw-Hill.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2000–2020. The Five Pillars of Islam.

https://www.metmuseum.org/learn/educators/curriculum-resources/art-of-the-islamic-Links to an external site.

world/unit-one/the-five-pillars-of-Islam

“Sufi Practices.” ReligionFacts.com. 18 Feb. 2017. Web. Accessed 8 Dec. 2020.

http://www.religionfacts.com/sufism/practicesLinks to an external site.

RELI 448N Week 7 Discussion: Islamic Belief and Practice

 

Required Resources

Read/review the following resources for this activity: 

  • Textbook: Chapter 10 
  • Lesson 
  • Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook/lesson) 

Initial Post Instructions

For the initial post, respond to onlyone of the following options: 

Option 1

For this option, address the following: 

  1. List and briefly describe each of the Five Pillars of Islam. 
  1. Select one of the pillars to examine in more detail, including how Muslims express this pillar. 
  1. How do Sufis differ from other Muslims? Do they express this same pillar differently or in the same way as other Muslims? 
  1. Explain why you chose this pillar and how your chosen pillar relates to your own life and worldview. 

Option 2

For this option, address the following: 

  1. Explain briefly both Sunni and Shia forms of Islam. 
  1. Choose one of these two forms and explain its core beliefs in greater detail, including the following: history, countries where this form is practiced, and any sub-sects within this branch. 
  1. List the differences between these two forms of Islam. 
  1. Identify and examine one way in which the conflicts between these two forms of Islam continue to influence Islam itself; and also, one way the conflicts affect the politics of the whole world. 

Follow-Up Post Instructions

Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Respond to a peer who chose an option different from the one you chose. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification. 

Writing Requirements 

  • Minimum of 3 posts (1 initial & 2 follow-up)  
  • Initial Post Length: 300-500 words 
  • Minimum of 2 sources cited (assigned readings/online lessons and one outside scholarly source)  
  • APA format for in-text citations (include page or paragraph) and references  

Grading

This activity will be graded using the Discussion Grading Rubric. Please review the following link: 

Course Outcomes (CO): 2, 3, 4, 5 

Due Date for Initial Post: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Wednesday
Due Date for Follow-Up Posts: By 11:59 p.m. MT on Sunday 

Class, 

Welcome to Week 7! You may begin posting on Sunday, 12/06/20 for credit. You again will have the option of two different Discussion topics. You can focus on the 5 Pillars of Islam, or you can take a longer look at the situation with the Sunni and Shia Muslims.   

For those of you who choose the second option, here is a story NBC News did in on the topic a couple of years ago. While it will not provide you with everything you need to know, it may still serve as a good summary of what may seem like a complicated relationship. https://www.nbcnews.com/news/mideast/what-are-differences-between-sunni-shiite-muslims-n489951 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. 

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Please make your TWO posts each week on any of the eight days allotted from preview Sunday to closing Sunday that work with your schedule. Both posts may be on the same day, and don’t forget to include at least 1 outside source. 

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Hello Professor and Fellow Classmates, 

I chose option 1 for the discussion of week 7 because I did my interview on the Muslim Religion and I wanted to learn more about the five pillars of Islam. The Five Pillars are the core beliefs and practices of Islam starting with “1. The Profession of Faith (Shahada), which is the belief that “There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God”. 2. Prayer (Salat), Muslims pray facing Mecca five times a day: at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset, and after dark, on a mat. 3. Alms/Charity to the poor (Zakat),

In accordance with Islamic law, Muslims donate a fixed portion of their income to community members in need. 4. Fasting during Ramadan (Sawm), During the daylight hours of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, all healthy adult Muslims are required to abstain from food and drink to renew awareness of and gratitude for everything God has provided in their lives. 5. Pilgrimage (Hajj), Every Muslim whose health and finances permit it must make at least one visit to the holy city of Mecca, in present-day Saudi Arabia. They gather around the Ka’ba in Mecca on the eighth and twelfth days of the final month of the Islamic calendar”(The Met, 2000-2020). 

I have chosen the fourth Pillar primarily because I would notice at work that during certain days, my coworker Maria would not eat all day but she would drink water. I always loved to share my lunch with her but when she would refuse, I knew that it was time for her fasting. I as a Catholic did fast in Lent on Wednesday and Friday of every week during the 40 days of Lent and definitely no meat on Friday’s.

Of course there were always those exceptions, for example if you are working in a very physical job, you did not have to fast and you could eat all of the meat that your body needed. The Muslim’s on the other hand are extremely devout and therefore, avoid all food, liquid, tobacco, and sex from dawn until dusk. “The purpose of fasting is to discipline yourself, to develop sympathy for the poor and hungry, and to give to others what you would have eaten”(Molloy, 2020, p. 400). I do believe that everybody should be allowed to practice all of their teachings anywhere and at any time whether it has to do with the Five Pillars or the Ten Commandments. Freedom of religion. RELI 448N Week 7 Discussion: Islamic Belief and Practice

How do Sufis differ from other Muslims? “Sufis are distinguished from other Muslims by their fervent seeking of dhawq, a “tasting” that leads to an illumination beyond standard forms of learning. However, the insight gained by such experience is not valid if it contradicts the Qur’an”(Religion Facts, 2017). The Sufis believe that they have no need for the Five Pillars because they have outgrown them, except for Fasting because they still believe that fasting is considered one of the most important preparations for the spiritual life. They practice having little sleep, food, and conversation. Therefore, I will have to say that they express the Fasting Pillar the same way as the other Muslims. They have strict obedience to Islamic law as well. 

 

References: 

Molloy, M. (2020). Experiencing the world’s religions: Tradition, challenge, and change (8th 

           ed.). McGraw-Hill. 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. 2000–2020. The Five Pillars of Islam. 

           https://www.metmuseum.org/learn/educators/curriculum-resources/art-of-the-islamic-Links to an external site. 

          world/unit-one/the-five-pillars-of-Islam 

“Sufi Practices.” ReligionFacts.com. 18 Feb. 2017. Web. Accessed 8 Dec. 2020. 

           http://www.religionfacts.com/sufism/practicesLinks to an external site..

 

The lesson of ours says this week that Islam way to publish yourself of surrender yourself to Allah, who guides the faithful id a straight path, and also the religious practice of theirs consists of the day obedience to the instructions of God as told in the Qur’an (CCON,2017). I don’t believe the tension in between the universal and also the specific will be totally solved. Right now there are regularly gonna be disputes among cultures that are different and the beliefs of theirs (Chamberlain College of Nursing, 2020).

That’s the reason why the planet of ours exclusive is that everybody is who they would like, learn what etc. is wanted by them, and simply since I don’t trust in another person’s beliefs or maybe practices doesn’t make me wrong or right, it’s a choice we make. Every religion has its’ own “set of rules” of adopting the correct path to God, certainly various values and like Islam they don’t take the Christian belief, but that does not imply they’re wrong (Chamberlain College of Nursing, 2020). Most individuals might not love how certain religions treat females, therefore conflict is available. Conflicts occur with the Muslims due to the terrorist attacks against the US. The terrorists thought they had been doing what Allah needed, but after hearing the video clip that pointed out Islam is tranquil, I believe their thinking wasn’t in the proper path of Islam.

I believe that anybody is able to perform whatever religion which they wish to. It’s as much as anyone what they will quit from their very own heritage being a component of the opposite religion beliefs. Right after learning the various religions, I look for elements of each which are intriguing. I really discover the Islamic methods of attention since I didn’t completely understand the beliefs of theirs and exactly why they perform the manner they actually do until now. 

Reference 

Chamberlain College of Nursing. (2020). RELI-448 Week seven, (Online lesson). Downers Grove, IL: DeVry Education Group.