Islam how the Islam religion is practiced?

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Islam as a religion has various practices that enable its followers to worship God as they believe he is to be worshipped. In this sense, you may like to focus on the five pillars of Islam which are talked about above and also the Quran, which is the Islamic sacred scriptures. These contain the essential nature of Islam and what it means to be an adherent of this religion.

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Friday is the public prayer day. Maybe that's not the best way to phrase it, but Fridays for Muslims are like Sundays to many Christians - a day to visit the holy house, mosque, temple, church, etc.

To comment at the most general level on "how Islam is practiced" we might say that Islam is practiced in public, in private, and in the hearts of men and women as all religions are.

The specific cultural mores which are mandated and/or outlined by Islam are probably what you are looking for though...in which case funeral rites, worship practices, the arrangement of the mosque (interior: men on one side, women on the other side), and rules of diet might each offer more specific lines of inquiry for you.

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While I have never had the opportunity to travel in Muslim countries or discuss this with Muslim women, my impression is that many Muslim women would maintain that the beliefs of Islam determine specific roles and responsibilities that give shape to actions of Muslim women. Not all Muslim women see some of what goes on in the Muslim culture in the same way that Western women interpret things, and there are differences of opinion and interpretation within the wide range of Islamic countries and traditions. Some Muslim women find the burqa demeaning and oppressive; some find it liberating and a protection against unwelcome advances.

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Post three gives the basic pillar of Islam. However, I would add that there are lot of cultural variations as well. For example, most people would find that the most populous Muslim country is actually Indonesia. Hence, there will be some Asian influence.

With this stated, I would say that one of the most important elements of Islam is the idea of submission. All Muslims would agree.

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To be clear, freedom for women is limited in some predominately Muslim countries.  There is no sweeping generalization that covers 1.4 billion people in dozens of countries.

It should also be mentioned that Islam is overwhelmingly a religion of peace.  Due to 9/11 and the War on Terror, and understandably so, America and the West have become preoccupied with the stereotypical association of Islam with terrorism.  Wahabi Islam, as practiced by al-Qaeda, the Taliban and others, is a fringe group of radical Muslims.  The vast, vast majority of Muslims worldwide view al-Qaeda like we in America view the KKK (who claim to be Christian).  It's a very important distinction to make.  How big of a social injustice would it be if the Muslim world was to characterize every American Christian as a violent, radical, insane white supremacist?

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I'm a little puzzled by the second answer, since it seems to be the case that freedom for women is indeed limited in Muslim countries.  There may be theological explanations and justifications for such limitations, and from an Islamic perspective they probably make perfect sense.  I'd be interested to know, however, how it's possible to claim that no limitations exist.  I'm not trying to start an argument here; I'd just be interested in more information.

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Muslims are supposed to follow the Five Pillars of Islam.  These include:

  • Giving charity -- a certain percentage of income.
  • Praying five times a day.
  • Giving the public confession of faith that there is only one God and Muhammad is his prophet.
  • Going on pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime.
  • Fasting during Ramadan.

Of course, the five times a day prayer is the one that affects daily life the most.  Other things affecting daily life among devout Muslims would be the ban on alcohol and on pork.

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