Huston Smith’s Book

Islam also has “dell laptop 15.6 inspiron” which are the basic precepts of Islam. They will be explained according to Huston Smith’s book. The first of the Five Pillars is the creed of Islam, known as Shahadah. This first pillar is but a brief sentence proclaiming, “There is no god but God, and Muhammad his prophet.” The second Pillar of Islam is the canonical prayer, in which the Koran adjure the faithful to “be constant” in prayer, to keep their lives in perspective. In accordance with the second dell inspiron laptop computer, Muslims pray five times per day in the direction of Mecca. The meanings of these prayers are to thank Allah for existence. To go deeper, the prayer is meant to keep life in perspective and cause its people to look objectively at their lives.  The third Pillar of Islam is charity. Muslims are required to give away a percentage of their earnings to the less fortunate, regardless of religion. The fourth Pillar is the observance of Ramadan. Ramadan is a month in the Islamic Calendar, Islam’s holy month. During this holy month Muhammad made his revelation and made his Hijrah from Mecca to Medina. To commemorate this, Muslims fast for the month of Ramadan. From the time the sun rises until it sets, neither food nor drink is to be consumed, after sundown Muslims may partake in moderation. The final Pillar of Islam is Pilgrimage. “Once during his lifetime every Muslim who is physically and economically in a position to do so is expected to journey to Mecca, where God’s climactic revelation was first disclosed.” (Smith, 54)

Now that we have laid out the basis of the Islam religion we can look at how it compares to the dominant religion of the United States, Christianity. To the uneducated Islam and Christianity are worlds away from each other, but that cannot be further from the truth. Both religions are monotheistic, believing in one and only one God. Muslims accept that Jesus of Nazareth was virgin-born and a prophet of God, but do not believe he was his son. Each religion has the same definition of Sin, a rebellion against the teachings of god. The bible is also accepted by Islam, it is their belief however that the Koran is a later revelation that supersedes and corrects errors in the bible. Islam and Christians alike also share the belief of Angels being the servants of God, as well as the forth coming of a Day of Judgment.