The Muslim Culture Essay

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Muslim, ever wonder what this word really means? Who is classified as Muslim? Someone that is Muslim is not a terrorist, nor a bad person. They are humans. Someone that is a Muslim only has an Islamic belief. This word originated in Arabia where this whole culture developed (BBC “Islam”). Islam followers, or Muslims, were introduced to their culture from the Prophet Muhammad (BBC “Islam”). The word Islam comes up very often, but who knows what it means? It is said to be the “submission to the will of God (BBC “Islam”).” Majority of the U.S. population today see Muslims as bad people only because a certain group attacked the United States. We, as a whole, discriminate today towards Muslims and any human with an Islamic background.
Daily Religious Practices:
Culture is what gives one pride in themselves and their religion. “The riches of Islamic culture is that it is a ‘super culture’ (Bouhdiba).” Everyone has a way of living their lives whether it is because of culture, values, and principles or only because that is how it was taught. “Muslims base their laws in their countries according to their holy book the Qur’an” (BBC “Islam”). When the Muslim people start their day’s off they are expected to do 5 formal prayers a day and however many informal prayers they would like. Formal prayers are in which each person washes themselves like their hands up to their elbow, their feet to their ankles, their heads, and their faces. In this prayer time “they erase all worldly and impure thoughts” solely to concentrate on God (Gulevich 142). Many mosques and praying areas have designated places where followers can wash themselves prior to praying. In the home and at mosque Muslims have special instructions as to have a special rug that can only be used for prayer. Also, women and men must be covered when praying but have “loose- fitting clothing” and their faces and hands should be visible. Women must cover their heads but men have the choice, but many do cover their heads to show a sign of respect to god (Gulevich 145). “A small defect is often woven into each rug. These imperfections remind worshippers that only God is completely without flaw” (Gulevich 146). Prayer time takes place at certain times: before sunrise, noon, mid afternoon, between sunset and dusk, and when it is dark. When praying they follow the sun and pray in the direction on Mecca. For respect in prayer time they must take off their shoes just like in Hindu culture it shoes a sign of respect (Gulevich 150). In public in Islamic countries segregations takes places between men and women. Women may not attend mosque only on Friday and only in some places. Women also have to wear “loose- fitting clothing that covers them from head- to- toe and only face and hands can be seen. In America such segregation does not take place between men and women except when at mosque. Many women choose to follow their religion even when living outside of their country and at a certain age their girls...

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