Religion’s importance in my life

Lauren and Maggie host Throwback Thursday every week.

This week Lauren’s prompt is: The impact of religion.

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Religion is the most important aspect of my life. From very early on in my life, we were given a sound foundation about our religion, Islam.

I am a Muslim, Islam is my religion. Since most people aren’t aware of our practices, I want to briefly explain what we do.

Islam starts with faith in one God.

We believe in supremacy of Almighty Allah in each and every aspect of our lives.

There are five pillars of Islam;

  • Tawheed; There’s no God but Allah and Muhammad (PBUH) is his last prophet
  • 5 obligatory prayers ( namaz) every day
  • Fasting in the month of Ramadan
  • Giving Zakat ( alms); 2.5% of all the savings per year to deserving people
  • Performing hajj; the ritualistic visit to Makkah in the month of Zilhaj.

Both my paternal grandparents who often lived with us were very staunch and practicing Muslims. My grandfather taught us all to read the Holy Quran in Arabic. My father would ask all four of his children to pray with him, 5 times a day.

This gave all of us a good foundation to build our faith on. But we all, siblings weren’t the same. Some were more ‘ religious’ than others. We practice our faith by ourselves, educate ourselves by reading Quran with translation, and meditate. People go to mosques to pray but not everyone does that and women rarely do it.

Not all of us siblings stuck to the teachings of Islam.My brothers chose their path and it’s fine with the rest of the family. Lucky for me that I was able to stay on the path my father showed me. I guess I always had it in me and my faith strengthened with time and age.

I have found solace and strength in my faith in all difficult situations of my life.

Written for Throwback Thursday, hosted by Maggie and Lauren

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76 thoughts on “Religion’s importance in my life

  1. Thanks for sharing a quick explanation of Islam and your religious faith. I am Christian, but I understand the commitment to your God and religion. I don’t say regular prayers, but I write gratitudes every day and one scripture from the Bible. I would guess that having Allah in your life gives you a sense of peace and belonging and has created a good and caring person. That is what religion should teach above all, that we treat others as our Gods would treat us.

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    1. Thanks Mary. The interesting thing is that all religions like Christianity, Judaism and Islam are basically the same, with minor differences. You’re very right that having faith makes life easier and peaceful.

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    1. It can be and there are millions of people performing Hajj at one time. But since Islamic calendar keeps on moving back as regards to Gregorian calendar, hajj can be in summer or winter.

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  2. Thank you for joining in Sadje. It is wonderful when we have comfort and connections to our faith. I appreciate your explanation of the basic principles. There is much commonality between us all.

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  3. I was raised in the Roman Catholic faith, which, as you know is Christian. I had the joy of being present when an Imam from one of the big cities came to our church and explained the pillars of Islam. I think all religions have many things in common, chiefly “the golden rule”: to treat others as we ourselves would want to be treated. This is wonderful, Sadje, I am happy for you that you had such a strong foundation and life support, not everyone does.

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      1. i had assumed as much. in the us there are so called panhandlers on every corner. we are told not to give them money as those in need have recourse to the correct resource. sounds poetic does it not?

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        1. Yes, I’ve seen them while I lived in Seattle. Here we know many deserving people and there are many charities working for poverty alleviation.

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  4. All of our religions — Western religions of which Islam is on — are more alike than different. The pillars of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam (an actually, Hinduism too) are more alike than different. Now, if ONLY we could practice peace for real! Thanks for the explanation. I knew some of it, but not all of it.

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  5. A gorgeous post, Sadje. Thank you for sharing about Islam with us It’s so interesting to reflect upon religions, having been exposed to many, and practicing two, one as a child, and one as an adult, they are many similarities, as others in this thread have also noted.

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  6. Thank you for sharing this Sadja! I think it’s important people understand the undercurrent of different faiths before they judge. In practicing at unity for many years I found many religions crossing similar paths that all lead to love. I commend you on your continued faith and spirit shedding love and light to all those you meet! 🥰🙏🌻

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  7. I believe all faiths begin with a rule similar to the Golden Rule which has been moderize; Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” But it came up as a recent quiz show reference that the original was in sort of a negative contex “”What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others.” by Buddha.

    May we all treat others with respect and caring.

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