Forgiveness and Religion Religion is essentially an encounter between God and man. God is concerned with man; he turns to him; he reveals himself to him. This makes religion possible. And man turns to God; he answers him (Peschke, 2004). Oxford Dictionary defines Religion as “the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.
By 630 CE, paganism successfully ended by the Prophet Muhammad, which unified Bedouin. After the prophet’s death, the Islamic civilization expand rapidly in Asia, Africa, and Europe. A new era was created by the Muslims who contributed many resources, intellectual and cultural achievements. The Islamic faith transformed the Post Classical period. The prophet Muhammad shaped Bedouin culture by unifying them, religiously, politically and intellectually, which made expansion possible through the feuding divisions of Islam and fragmenting powerful empires, the growth of Islam created more intellectual and cultural achievements that shaped the Muslim world.
Created in 2002 it gained influence only after 2009 with a turning point in its strategy. Since then it did not stop to expand itself perpetrating mass murders in the country but also across the borders. In this case “the movement Boko Haram is not so much political: not because he is carrying a project of an Islamic society, but because it catalyses the anguish of an unfinished nation and reveals the intrigues of an illegitimate power”. The aspects which made its expansion viable, as stated in the second part, are the following: a weak state unable to counter the phenomenon, its sources of financing coming from different parts of the society and the world, and an important communication in order to diffuse its propaganda and attract more and more people. Eventually, its specificity compared to its Islamic forerunners is essentially its terrorist drift in a country which during the 1980s and the 1990s experienced a few attacks but until now no suicide bombing.
Religion or religious systems have been a guide for humans to find a sense of purpose and well-being. It has pathways to block the outside influences. Outside influences can take human-beings away from being civil, and most people from a sense of belonging through the word of
They prayed to the gods for luck with the floods and harvest. In conclusion, religion could drive people to accomplish many things, could discourage others, and was thought of as all powerful. As you can see religion was important in Ancient
Boko Haram in English simply means western education is forbidden or non-Islamic education is a sin. This group is active in the northern parts of Nigeria and their main objective is to scrap any education that is not based on Islam in the country. The Boko Haram group believes they are people committed to the propagation of the prophets teaching and are ready to persecute anyone that’s against their belief. The group was formed in the year 2002 in Maiduguri where the local residents of the area named them Boko Haram meaning that western education is forbidden. Boko Haram is not only against western education but also against western culture and modern science as well.
From this we can deduce the knowledge issue: to what extent do religious knowledge systems add to one’s perception of the meaning and purpose of life. The above issue would be explored under the prompts of history and religious knowledge systems (AOKs)
XXXII NO. 3 SEPTEMBER 2015 CIVIL SOCIETY AND TERRORISM IN NIGERIA 28 Boko Haram Boko Haram officially calls itself Jama’atul Alhul Sunnah Lidda’wati wal Jihad, which means people committed to the propagation of the Prophet’s teachings and Jihad.15 The expression “Boko Haram” is derived from one Hausa word Boko which means book and an Arabic word Haram which means sin or forbidden. Generally, the expression portrays western education or anything associated with western civilization as sinful and forbidden.16 It is important to note that one could argue that this is an extreme interpretation and that the real grievance of members of the Boko Haram group is the corruption associated with people who benefit the most from “Western” education. In the same vein, Abdulkarim Mohammed, a researcher on Boko Haram, added that violent uprisings in Nigeria are ultimately due to “the fallout of frustration with corruption and the attendant social malaise of poverty and unemployment.’’17 Some other scholars are of the view that the intent of Boko Haram adherents is to replace modern state formation with the traditional Islamic state, because Western values run contrary to Islamic values.18 They believe that evil in the society is
Religion can be classified as a set of beliefs or principles that influence the motive or thinking of it 's follower. It affects a person’s understanding of the ultimate reality, shapes his/her worldview of the nature of life and is a solution for humanity 's problem. The quest for meaning begins with the human search for God and the idea of truth. The outcome of this search is the birth of religion, in which there are so many theories seeking the exact origin of a religion. I do not intend this writing to be on the history of religion but I wish to comment that throughout the history of civilisation, religion has played a prominent role in many societies.
Why does religion exist for society as a whole, and what is its relevance to the modern world? I think religion exists today for many of the same reasons it existed a thousand years ago. Being a member of a group like one is when they follow a religion can make a person feel like they are part of something larger than just themselves and they can share their personal beliefs and ideas with like minded people which in turn can create social stability. A place of worship where religion is practiced brings people together where they reinforce their social bonds through communication and social relationships. It gives meaning to their life and gives them a purpose while answering questions like “why are we here,” “what is the meaning of life”