By Tamara Sonn
Reflecting contemporary worldwide advancements, the second one version of this illuminating advent to Islamic background expands its assurance of the Qur’an, Sufism, and Muslim perspectives on human rights, together with the rights of women.* An elevated re-creation of this concise, illuminating creation to Islam, written by means of one of many field’s prime students* Spans Islamic background from the lifetime of Muhammad and the start of Islamic beliefs, via Islam’s extraordinary geographical enlargement and cultural improvement, to the production of contemporary states and its function in today’s worldwide society* positive aspects multiplied insurance of the Qur’an, Sufism, and Muslim perspectives on human rights, together with the rights of girls* comprises interesting vignettes of Islamic lifestyles, representing mainstream Muslim viewpoints on problems with worldwide predicament* Explores the complicated interrelationships of cultural, political, and ideological advancements woven all through Islamic background, drawing on particular examples together with present advancements in Pakistan
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This is a very spiritual time, during which Muslims pray regularly and read the Quran, and focus on the equality of all people in their utter dependence on God. At the end of the month of fasting comes one of Islam’s two major holidays, the one that celebrates the breaking of the fast (Eid al-Fitr). Families and communities celebrate this feast for three days, sharing joyous meals and giving gifts to the children. As noted, the hajj is the fifth pillar. Muslims are obligated to make the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime if they are physically and financially able, during the month designated as “the month of pilgrimage” (dhu al-hijja).
28 Many Paths to One God During the lifetime of the Prophet, most tribes of the Arabian peninsula accepted Islam and pledged their allegiance to the Prophet, making Muhammad the most powerful leader in the region. Within eight years of the Hijra, and after several battles, the Meccans also recognized the authority of the Prophet. The event was dramatic. In 628 it was revealed to Muhammad that he would pray in Mecca (48:27). He therefore set out with about one thousand unarmed pilgrims who also wanted to pray in Mecca.
They were instructed to suffer injustice with dignity. “Call them to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good arguments and reason with them [offering] a better way … If you punish them, do so in the same measure as you were punished. But if you endure patiently, it is better for you” (16:125–6). 24 Many Paths to One God Despite persecution, Muhammad continued to warn people of the dire consequences of ignoring God’s will. He reminded people that God’s will is for a just society, one that reflects the equality all people share in the eyes of their Creator.
Islam: A Brief History (Wiley Desktop Editions) by Tamara Sonn