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What aided in the spread of islam?

The spread of Islam was extremely rapid, but it causes are not entirely certain as much of the documentation we have from the 7th century is fragmentary, partisan, or otherwise unreliable. One of...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2012 12:17 am UTC

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How did the position of women change as Islam expanded?

Islam expanded first across the Arabian peninsula and later into areas of Southwest Asia, Turkey, Southern Europe and North Africa. Each of these societies had its own gender-related customs and...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2013 4:40 pm UTC

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According to the Qur'an, 'Muhammad is only a messenger before whom many messengers have been & gone.'  How have...

Islam does, in fact, recognize many prophets and messengers, all of whom predated Muhammed. Among those whom are acknowledged or recognized as prophets and messengers are Noah, Abraham, Moses, and...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2014 12:18 am UTC

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What are the five core beliefs of each devout Muslim? Not the Five Pillars.

If we are talking about core beliefs and not about the Five Pillars, the five most important beliefs of devout Muslims are: Complete monotheism. It is very important to Muslims that they should...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2012 8:32 pm UTC

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Why do Sunni Muslims generally not like Sufi Muslims?  

First, we must note that it is not necessarily correct to say that Sunnis typically dislike Sufis. This varies widely depending on the country in which the Sunnis live. Many Sunnis accept Sufis...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2012 9:32 pm UTC

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What are the Five Pillars of Islam?

The Five Pillars of Islam are the things that every person who claims to be a Muslim must do. These Five Pillars are: The profession of faith. All Muslims must publicly state that there is not...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2012 2:31 am UTC

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Identify the Five Pillars of faith in the Islamic system.

The Five Pillars of Islam are: Faith in the one God. Muslims are obliged to bear public witness to the idea that there is only one God and that Muhammad is the prophet of God. Prayer. Muslims...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2012 8:14 pm UTC

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What beliefs and practices make one a Muslim?

There are many varieties of Islam, each with somewhat different beliefs and practices. However, there are the “Five Pillars of Islam” that are held in common by all Muslims. The first of these is...

Latest answer posted October 6, 2012 3:40 pm UTC

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What are the differences between the Sunni and Shiite Muslims?

The major difference between Sunnis and Shiites has to do with the succession of Muslim leadership after the death of the Prophet Muhammad. When Muhammad died, a council met to select his...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2012 4:17 am UTC

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How has the Hadith been influential; significance of Hadith? How has the Hadith been influential throughout the...

Anyone who has read the Hadith would surely derive benefit from some or even all of the sayings, though Westerners and Western Christians mostly have not done so. For those who have read it, the...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2012 9:24 pm UTC

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Discuss the significance & conduct of the hajj within Islam.

The hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, is very significant to Islam. Indeed it is one of the "five pillars" of the faith, along with the belief in Allah and Muhammad his prophet, prayer five times a...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2013 3:14 pm UTC

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Examine the concept of Jihad in modern Islamic practice.  

I had to pare down the original question, but I invite you to resubmit the other part as I think that it is a part of a valuable and needed discourse. Putting aside just for a moment the...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2013 9:00 pm UTC

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I need to complete an assignment on how Islam became politicized according to the following article:...

The article you were assigned to read was written by Mustafa Akyol, a Turkish journalist who has covered these issues in greater depth in his 2011 book, Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case For...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2016 7:04 am UTC

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In what ways is the use of calligraphy and geometric patterns in Islamic art connected to the Muslim worldview?

From the earliest days of Islam, Muslims rejected images depicting humans and animals. In the Islamic worldview, only Allah could create a living thing. It would be blasphemous for an artist to...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2018 4:32 pm UTC

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How has life changed for a Muslim in the 21st century?

I think that one reality that Muslims face in the 21st Century is the constant association of their religion with fanaticism, fundamentalism, and terrorism. I don't think that this is right or...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2013 1:33 pm UTC

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Assess where has American perspectives of Muslim Women as being oppressed originate.

I think that part of where American or Western predispositions towards women and Islam arise in not being able to fully dissect and understand the complexities and nuances of the Islamic faith....

Latest answer posted September 12, 2012 12:22 am UTC

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Discuss the various forms of Islam and why most people hear mainly about radical versus moderate or fundamentalist...

The answers to these questions are beyond what can be provided in this space here. Scholars have spent oceans of time analyzing them. The only hope I have is to give a small glimpse of what has...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2013 1:04 am UTC

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How was Islam influenced by the areas that were brought under control?

Modern Islam retains strong Arabic, Persian, and Turkish influences. The official language of the Qu'ran is standard Arabic, a regional tongue shared by diverse communities across the Arabian...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2013 5:26 pm UTC

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After examining the Five Pillars of Islam and the importance of the Quran, what are some of the other basic tenets of...

The basic tenets of Islam help to establish the foundation of the religion. The idea of submission is critical. The very meaning of the word "Islam" means submission. Most of Islamic...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2013 11:18 am UTC

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What are some topics for for an undergraduate thesis about Islam?

A thesis is significantly longer and requires more original research than a seminar paper. Even on an undergraduate level, you are expected to research your topic quite thoroughly, show familiarity...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2016 11:49 am UTC

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What are the differences between Sunni Muslims and Shia Muslims?

The fundamental distinction between Sunni and Shiite Islam involves differences of opinion regarding the rightful heir to the Prophet Muhammad, who advanced the cause of Islam throughout the...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2013 7:04 pm UTC

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Briefly explain the pilgrimage to Mecca.

The pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Every Muslim who is able to both physically and financially must make the pilgrimage at least once in their life. The purpose of the...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2012 9:20 pm UTC

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How would someone describe Islam?

Islam can be described in a number of different ways. It looks different to adherents than to people who believe in other religions. In addition, there are different views of Islam even within...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2013 3:27 pm UTC

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In Islam, please give an account of Muhammad's Sunnah as a source of law as well as a model of exemplary conduct for...

The Sunnah is a way in which Muhammad's words can be adhered to as both law and also as a guide for an individual on how to live and what to do. The Sunnah serves as law because it comes from...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2014 11:34 pm UTC

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What does "Insha'Allah" mean?

The term "Insha' Allah" is an expression of hope. It is similar to the Spanish term, "Ojala que," intending to express a sense of optimism in the future. It is a conditional expression in the...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2012 11:25 am UTC

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What are some differences between the Sunnis and Shiites. 

There are two major differences between Sunnis and Shiites. One has to do with history and the other with scripture and religious authority. Historically, these two Islamic sects differ as to who...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2012 2:39 am UTC

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Why do Muslims make the pilgrimage, or Hajj?

The Five Pillars of Islam are obligatory activities that all Muslims are expected to perform. They include a sincere profession of faith, the performing of ritualistic prayers five times a day, the...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2020 4:03 pm UTC

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What is the purpose of fasting in Ramadan?

The main purpose of fasting during Ramadan is to cleanse oneself and to become a better and more spiritual purpose. During Ramadan, Muslims are not just supposed to refrain from eating and drinking...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2012 2:47 am UTC

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Who or what is Hadith? 

Hadith is a Muslim term that is used to refer to the sayings or acts or ideas of the Prophet Muhammad that are not included in the Koran. To Muslims, the Koran is, of course, the word of God....

Latest answer posted May 5, 2012 11:53 pm UTC

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Why is Jerusalem holy to Muslims?

There are three so-called "Abrahamic" religions that take the Hebrew Old Testament as a sacred text. While for Jewish people, that is the only scriptural text, Christianity adds to it the New...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2016 8:37 am UTC

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