During the seventh century Prophet Muhammad ibn Abdallah spread his teachings around the Arabian Peninsula. When 40 years old, he began “to experience spiritual trances, dreams, and visions,” carrying the message that there is “only one, all-powerful God.” Receiving these messages from Allah for 23 years, he memorized them and recited them, which followers wrote down, and was later incorporated in the Quran, the holy book of Islam. In 622, Muhammad found the opportunity to move to Yathrib, there he converted the individual tribes to an integrated populace following Islam, and because of this, Yathrib became known as “the Prophet’s City.” After Muhammad’s death, caliphs, political and military leaders who ruled under Islamic Principles, wanted only to establish political rule other than attempting to spread the religion as a whole. However, this attempt caused Arabic to become a local language, and today is the official language of various countries such as Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria. Muslim countries have still managed to question some aspects of the religion, but still maintain their heritage through several traditions, beliefs, and practices.
Islam—the word used to describe obedience, total surrender, submission, purity of heart, and peace in the Arabic language—is a monotheistic religion that teaches that God is the creator of everything. Muslims are the followers of the Islamic Religion who believe that their purpose in life is to worship Allah, the One True Almighty God, under his conditions and accept his Will. Life is given to them only as a test to prove themselves as “deserving of the eternal blissful life in the hereafter.” As Muhammad said, “You have not been created to perish; on the contrary, you have been created for eternal life.” The meanings of serving God are in the books of prophecy. God sent his prophets to benefit people from his guidance, thereafter, creating the Quran and the law to be a guide for a peaceful living.
The Islamic Religion contains various beliefs, and daily practices that must be performed. One of the most important daily practices is cleanliness. If a Muslim in considered impure, they cannot pray. A state of being impure is when in contact with a corpse, pig, or dog saliva. To rid of this temporary uncleanliness, a person must thoroughly wash their hands before formal prayer. Some conservative Muslims believe that even contact with a non-Muslim leaves them impure because they have not yet begun to follow Islam. This action, however, is not just for prayer, but also for their way of life. For example, Muslim societies consider the left hand as unclean due to the use of it to clean their selves when going to the restroom. Therefore, eating food and greeting someone should be used with the right hand—the right side of the body is considered to be cleaner than the left. As the hadith prophet says, “Cleanliness is half of faith.”
Furthermore, many foods are prohibited from consuming. The particular foods are...