Islamic Way Of Life

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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The Islamic way of life is alien to most Americans, even though Muslims represent a thriving minority in the U.S. Most often, Islamic culture is reduced to series of crude and often damaging stereotypes in the American press. With the aid of educational tools and a more open and honest dialogue about the so-called "culture clash," many of these misconceptions could be alleviated.

The Islamic way of life is one of peace. In fact, one of the Quran's central messages is the importance of cooperation and empathy among various peoples, not a message of divisiveness as so many folks believe. And Islam also stresses the importance of self-denial and submission to God, two traits that stand in stark relief to the image of the rabid, overzealous (and by extension threatening) Muslim.

Tenets of the Islamic Way of Life

The tenets of Islam can be strict, especially in the eyes of those unfamiliar with the religion's customs. All deeds are done in obedience to Allah, including the most important of the famous Five Pillars, hajj, or pilgrimage. Every able-bodied Muslim who can make the journey to Mecca as the prophet Mohammed did in the seventh century shortly before Islam caught on in that holy city, is commanded to do so.

Each year some two million Muslims make that pilgrimage as a tribute to Allah and Mohammed, who was revered for leading a bloodless revolution in the sacred city. The hajj is also an acknowledgment of the prophet Abraham--the very same one from the old testament of the Christian Bible and the Torah. Abraham, like Moses, and Ishamel (and others), is regarded as an important prophet, even if Mohammed is deemed the final prophet.

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