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Islamic Rites and Ceremonies

Rites and Ceremonies taken place in the Islamic religion.
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Luke Johnson

on 20 November 2012

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Transcript of Islamic Rites and Ceremonies

Islamic Rites and Ceremonies "Islam is built upon five things, testimony that there is no God except Allah, and that I am his messenger, the performance of prayers, fasting in the month of Ramadan, the compulsory charity, and the performance of the pilgrimage to the House of Allah" - Muhammad 5 Pillars of Islam Every Muslim, both Man and Woman, should try to make the Pilgrimage to Mecca once in their life as long as they are both physically and economically able to. Hajj: Pilgrimage to Mecca In the Islamic religion, children are considered as a precious gift from God, and their birth is a very important time. Birth Most Muslim women prefer for the attendants to all be female, but it is permissible to have a male doctor. There is no Islamic teaching that denies fathers of attending the birth, as it is left to personal choice. Attendants At Birth It is expected that the first words that the newborn hears are "God is great, there is no God but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. Come to prayer."
These words are usually whispered by the father or family elder. Call to Prayer (Adhan) The Islamic religion also believes that newborn males must be circumcised to facilitate cleanliness. They are usually circumcised before coming home from the hospital.

Though it is not mandatory, on the seventh day after birth, the newborn's hair is usually shaved and weighed. The equivalent amount of silver or gold is donated to the poor.

Naming the child is usually done within seven days after birth, and it is believed that the child must have a meaningful name. More Birth Rites In the Islamic religion, marriage is seen as both a civil contract and a joyous occasion. Passages from the Quran are to be read during the ceremony. Following the ceremony, there is usually a feast. Marriage In Islamic religion, death is seen as the most important event in a person's path to god. Family and friends surround the dying person while passages from the Quran are read as the person repents their sins and if possible, will perform rituals of purification. Death Those at the deathbed whisper ‘Shahadah’ into the dying person’s ear. If possible, the dying person will recite it themselves as well. As the person draws near to death, family members recite Surah 36 from the Quran, which describes God’s raising on the Day of Judgment. The deceased must be buried promptly, preferably by sunset on the day of death. The family of the deceased must prepare the body and say the funeral prayers. The body is to be buried in a plain white shroud, and if the person had attended a Pilgrimage to Mecca, then he or she is buried in Pilgrimage Garments. Male family members are to put the body into the grave on it’s right side with it’s face pointed toward Mecca. The last person in the grave then whispers ‘Shahadah’ into the deceased’s ear. Members of the party then throw soil into the grave. The deceased is now in an intermediary state called the ‘Bazarkh’ until God resurrects the dead on the Day of Judgment.
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