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By Kecia Ali

ISBN-10: 0203934237

ISBN-13: 9780203934234

ISBN-10: 0415396387

ISBN-13: 9780415396387

ISBN-10: 0415396395

ISBN-13: 9780415396394

Islam: the most important Concepts is a transparent and concise consultant to the faith and tradition of Islam. Kecia Ali and Oliver Leaman discover this hugely topical topic concentrating on key issues together with: the Qur’an, religion, theology, gender, fundamentalism, martyrdom, Jihad, Islam in the USA, Islam in Europe and Islamic Law.

This is the suitable research source and comprises: a accomplished creation, an alphabetical checklist of correct phrases (fully cross-referenced),В a brief bibliographical advisor, bibliography, and index. A thesaurus of all non-English phrases can also be supplied.

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Children may receive money or sweets from their parents or other adults. The remainder of Eid day, after the prayer service, is often taken up with visiting friends and family. ETHICS see morality FAITH Iman is faith, and the interesting question is: faith in what? Most Sunni creeds consider faith to include belief in God, angels, his Books, his Messengers, the day of judgment, and destiny. The Shi‘i would add accepting the special status of the Family of the House— that is, Muhammad’s descendants through ‘Ali and Fatima.

The effect of the recitation of the “fairest discourse” is described as sublime. It is in general primarily associated with the 17 CALIPHATE Qur’anic verses describing the catastrophes preceding the day of judgment and depicting hell. The inimitability of the Qur’an, as far as it was connected to aesthetics, lay thus more in its overwhelming and frightening power than in its sweetness. On a different level, a calligraphic rendering of the Qur’anic text can be a source of great aesthetic gratification.

All who miss days are required to make them up, except for the frail elderly and those who have permanent health conditions that make fasting impossible; if they can afford to do so, they should pay charity in lieu of fasting. Deliberate breaking of the fast without an excuse requires significant atonement; breaking the fast with sex is a more serious offense than ingestion of food or drink. Children are usually gradually introduced to fasting over a period of years as they approach puberty. In addition to the mandated fast of Ramadan, and optional fasts on days such as the Day of ‘Arafat, some Muslims undertake regular voluntary fasts as one element of their worship.

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