R.E Section 4 UNIT 11

r.e unit 11

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Aqiqa The birth ceremony for Muslim children

Haram That which is forbidden or unlawful

Madrassah Quranic school attached to the mosque

Capitalism The economic system adopted by most western governments 

Hijab The headscarf worn by Muslim Woman

Riba Any form of borrowing or lending money at interest

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Key Words

Dar-ul-Islam The abode of Islam/Lands ruled by the shariah

Janazah Prayers The special salah used at funerals

Sadaqah Voluntary payment of charity or good acts of charity 

Greater Jihad Struggle to overcome evil in one's own life

Lesser Jihad Struggle in the cause of Islam to overcome injustice in society

Halal That which is permitted or lawful

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Halal and Haram

Significance of Halal and Haram:

  • They are commanded by Allah in the Quran and Muslims believe that obeying Allah enables them to lead a good life and brings rewards in the next life
  • They were followed and taught by the Prophet Muhammad and all Muslims should follow his example.
  • Observing halal and haram clearly identifies one as a Muslim and strengthens the fellowship between Muslims
  • Observing halal and ham constantly reminds a Muslim of the teachings of Allah and that Islam is a way of life.  
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Jihad means to struggle

Lesser Jihad refers to fighting for the cause of Islam and has very strict guidelines. Greater Jihad is the struggle each Muslim has to lead a life that is pleasing to Allah

Rules for Jihad:

  • in defense of an attacker
  • to protect the oppressed
  • to preserve the Islamic way of life
  • declared by a recognised and respected religious leader

Rules against:

  • to gain land
  • indiscriminate use of violence, such as killing civilians
  • to start the fight
  • must not be declared for political reasons
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Drugs and Alcohol

Everyone will be asked four things concerning:

  • their body and how they used it
  • their life and how they spent it
  • their wealth and how they earned it
  • their knowledge and what they did with it

Why do Muslims prohibit them:

  • It is healthier to avoid drugs and alcohol
  • Some drugs are against the law
  • Allah has lent me my body, I must look after it
  • Obeying Allah makes me happier
  • I must stay on the straight path to reach Paradise
  • The Quran forbids taking drugs or drinking alcohol 
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Western Society

Rules for women:

  • Modesty
  • Cover whole body except face and hands
  • Loose non transparent clothing
  • not dress like men

Rules for men:

  • modesty
  • cover at least navel to knees
  • loose non-transparent clothing
  • not dress like women
  • not wear silk or gold
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  • Wearing the veil has become a political issue in some countries and has caused many people to question whether banning it is against a woman's basic human rights
  • Many feminists and others consider that the hijab is oppressive and unfair to women
  • Many Muslim women wear the hijab as an expression of their identity and commitment to Islam and not through the desire to be seen as different. Wearers can receive abuse.
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