There are some similarities between the groups like certain religious practices and beliefs, but there are many differences that cause these groups to be extremely hostile to one another. Present day, there are many more Sunni followers than Shiites. Despite the fact that the Shiites are outnumbered, this does not stop the political disruption and instability. The Shia and Sunni factions formed when the prophet Muhammad died in 632. The members of the Shia community, called Shiites, believed that the descendants of Ali
Religious ideologies such as divorce, inheritance and guardianship is supported in the Islamic law. The issue of religious freedom is yet to be achieved with non-Muslims being the minority and discriminated against. This is what differentiate Iran from the United States where we have freedom of religion. Arts and literature is also a big part of the Iranian culture. They excel in calligraphy, decoration, and painting.
Who is El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz? No one knows him, but at the same time everyone does. El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz is Malcolm X and although people may know what he has generally done throughout his lifetime and the impact he made, most don’t even know one the biggest factors of Malcolm X’s political fame. Malcolm X’s relation with Islam was one of the biggest factors in regards of his political stances and views. I will refer to Malcolm X as El-Shabazz in this essay to perpetuate the reality of Malcolm X being a Muslim.
In India, there was also religious turmoil. Hindus and Muslims, both key religious groups, were at odds with each other. A ruler named Akbar attempted to fix the religious state of his country by establishing a new religion known as the Divine Faith – a mixture of Islam, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, and Christianity. It also promoted tolerance among citizens. With this newfound tolerance came a state of cultural syncretism that resulted in, among other things, the production of art and architecture.
Another reason is that many Islamic countries practice Sharia Law which is not at all in line with western values as it oppresses women and homosexuals. What I think these people fail to see is that religion is simply being used as a tool of oppression in these areas. Another thing which people are not able to realize that Islam is not the only religion that has been used to justify violence. The crusades was a war that was fought on the behalf of Christianity in a quest to reclaim Jerusalem from the Muslims. What this proves is that it is possible to convince someone to commit acts of violence if you tell them that it is God’s
In their article, Sheler and Betzold talk about they feel that the identity and the idea of the Muslim faith are often misunderstood and lumped together with more extremist beliefs. However the idea that many Americans have about the Muslim religion is often false. In fact “The religion of more than one fifth of the world’s population is viewed by many Americans as foreign, mysterious, even threatening to the nation’s “Judeo-Christian heritage”— certainly no less so since the events of September 11—despite the fact that it shares common roots with Christianity and Judaism and has been present in North America for Centuries”( Belzold and Sheler 276). It’s because of this quote that the idea of cultural similarities really comes into focus. This quote does such an amazing job of creating something every American citizen can relate to while also providing evidence and facts to show that many of the religions present in the United States aren’t all that different from each other when you look at the roots of each
We judge other cultures because they are not the same as ours. We judge because they practice different traditions and religions. Our “melting pot” is not working anymore and this means that we might not bond or became one nationality because our “melting pot” has failed. As Americans this is when we need to stand up. We need to change our actions and attitude so that the diversity and differences in America are accepted again.
Some include peace, honesty, freedom, social progress and human rights. In some cases, human rights are another way of saying equality of rights. Although it is important to understand ethical relativism, one major factor especially in today’s society is how religion affects universal ethical standards. Unfortunately, religion’s role in today’s society is a driving force for radical terrorist groups including ISIS and the Taliban. The Taliban follow a radicalized interpretation of the Muslim religion.
What are the key tenets of Islam? What are the main obligations of Islam, according to these passages? Does the Hadith support social equality? Does the Hadith support economic equality? What would be appealing about Islam to the people of the Islamic empire?
We have a completely different dynamic within our American society. The “melting pot” concept has shaped a lot of our norms and the separation of state and church has limited the religious influence. The Arab culture has evolved over thousands of years and religion is a very integral part of the culture. In both cultures, however, the basic belief in marriage as the glue that holds the family together is prevalent. Social issues like divorce, teenage pregnancy, equal rights, women’s rights, and family violence are affecting all societies.