The Possiblity of Muslims Following Their Religion Faithfully in Britain
I believe that it is possible for Muslims to follow their religion
faithfully in Britain but it would be difficult.
Firstly I do believe that problems will occur with Muslims living in
Britain however since there are more Muslims living here over time I
cannot see how living in Britain should be a barrier to their faith.
Since the Race Relations Act was passed in 1976 any discrimination of
race in employment is considered an offence. For Muslims working in
Britain it may be difficult to keep to prayer times as they may be
unable to leave work to pray. Although prayer times can be caught up
(Niyyah), as it is not always possible to find an appropriate place to
pray. The ground on which a Muslim prays must be clean and in a room
in which will no be disturbed. Another difficulty concerning working
is washing. This is more challenging because it requires well-equipped
facilities and takes longer.
Some employers may not be sympathetic if workers want to leave to pray
however pray times often follow the normal breaks of the day. For
Muslim men this may be harder as they will need to go to a mosque for
an hour or more during Friday lunchtime. This may result in taking the
whole Friday afternoon off depending on a Muslims location in Britain.
As there aren’t many mosques in Britain the journey time is likely to
be longer therefore increasing the amount of money spent on the
More problems of being a Muslim in a non-Muslim community are in
schools. There are 4 main areas that could cause a problem in schools.
One of these is dress code. The school uniform could pose a problem
especially in P.E as Muslims consider that girls should wear
tracksuits for P.E. They also believe that girls and boys should be
educated separately as soon as they begin to develop sexually but
schools are very unlikely to do this as this would mean more teachers
would be needed to teach therefore increasing the number of rooms
needed and text books all costing more.
Another problem of a Muslim in a non-Muslim community is lessons at
school. Secondary boys should go to the Mosque on a Friday afternoon,
which may result in them missing lessons before or after lunch. The
main subject that is often hard to teach is religious education.
Muslims do no approve of R.E teachers who have no faith themselves,
regard Muslims as non-believers or try to convert them to
Christianity. They also disagree with teachers who believe that all
religions are equal. Many of these topics could cause a lot of
controversy in the classroom therefore Muslims attending less of R.E
lessons or only parts in which they approve of. In religious Education
the bible is brought up numerous times and bible material. Many of the
accounts in the bible are...