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In , they headed to Medina, another oasis town, where they were promised freedom to practice their religion. The move from Mecca to Medina is known as the hijra—the flight—and marks year 1 of the Islamic, or hijri , calendar. Spreading the Message of Islam In Medina, Muhammad continued to receive divine revelations and built an ever-expanding community around the new faith.

The conflict with the Quraish continued, but after several years of violent clashes, Mecca surrendered. Muhammad and his followers soon returned and took over the city, destroying all its pagan idols and spreading their belief in one God. The Night Journey and Ascension of the Prophet Accounts of the ascension mi'raj of Muhammad have captured the imaginations of writers and painters for centuries.

One night, while the Prophet was sleeping, the Archangel Gabriel came and led him on a journey. There he prayed with other prophets such as Moses, Abraham, and Jesus, and ascended to the skies, where he was led by Gabriel through Paradise and Hell, and finally came face to face with God. He then returned to earth to continue spreading the message of Islam. According to Islamic belief, Muhammad was the only person to see Heaven and Hell while still alive.

One faction, the Shi'a, believed that only individuals with direct lineage to the Prophet could guide the Muslim community righteously. They thought that 'Ali, Muhammad's closest surviving blood male relative, should be their next leader caliph. The other faction, the Sunnis, believed that the Prophet's successor should be determined by consensus and successively elected three of his most trusted companions, commonly referred to as the Rightly Guided Caliphs Abu Bakr, 'Umar, and 'Uthman , as leaders of the Muslim community; 'Ali succeeded them as the fourth caliph.

Today the Islamic community remains divided into Sunni and Shi'i branches. Sunnis revere all four caliphs, while Shi'is regard 'Ali as the first spiritual leader. The rift between these two factions has resulted in differences in worship as well as political and religious views. Sunnis are in the majority and occupy most of the Muslim world, while Shi'i populations are concentrated in Iran and Iraq, with sizeable numbers in Bahrain, Lebanon, Kuwait, Turkey, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

Depictions of the Prophet Muhammad Featured in this unit are several depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. These portrayals, while somewhat rare, are not unheard of as there were and still are many different attitudes toward depicting the Prophet, and humans in general, in the Islamic world. These attitudes varied dramatically from region to region and throughout history; the societies that produced the works discussed here are among those that allowed the depiction of the Prophet.

Commissioned by Muslims for Muslims, these images appear in biographies of the Prophet and his family, world and local histories, and accounts of Muhammad's celestial journey mi'raj , as well as in literary texts.

Translators usually render the term din in this verse as "law. This connection suggests some of the moral weight that he wanted to give to what he was explaining to his companions.

When Muhammad employed a word that is found in the Koran. The Prophet does not look at the activity itself. A closely related word. It is the only moral thing to do. For example. The third dimension is doing what is beautiful. The word for submission is islam. But first. In another example of the general use of the term. The above definitions are helpful. He certainly meant "your religion" is "Islam.

God in Islam

In the broadest sense. A debt is something that they are morally obliged to pay back. The root meaning of the word din is to obey. The answer is God. An act cannot be beautiful if it is done without the awareness of God. The second dimension is faith. Muhammad also certainly had in the back of his mind -. The Arabic dictionaries provide us with a number of possible English synonyms for din. There is a tremendous sense of "oughtness" carried in the word din when it is applied to Islam.

We cannot enter into the problems on the English side. Pharaoh says to his council: Our primary resource for understanding the Arabic language employed by Muhammad is the Koran and the various learned commentaries that have been written upon it. Notice also the switch between first and third person references to God.

Today I have perfected your religion for you. It includes both Islam and pre-Islamic religions. Abraham in particular is looked upon as having been perfect in his submission: When [ Abrahams] Lord said to him. It is possible to study physical reality in one-.

For the moment. Judgment belongs only to God He has commanded that you worship none but Him. I fear that he may change your religion. What is especially important in such verses is that this religion has been established by God and that it functions for God's purposes. These are islam submission. Notice the distinction between "you" plural and "thou" singular in the verse. In a slightly more specific sense. That is the right religion. The spatial reality with which we have contact has three dimensions leaving aside the fourth dimension for the moment.

By implication. In the Islamic view. Joseph gives the following advice to his fellow prisoners. The translations of the three terms are problematic.

His is the religion forever The Koran also uses the word din to refer to specific prescriptions or regulations of Islam. Does not pure religion belong to God? In other words. God has chosen the religion for you. Three Dimensions of Islam We said that religion in the Islamic view has three dimensions.

The Koran says specifically that all God's messengers were charged with tawhid: And We never sent a messenger before thee save that We revealed to him.

He is only one God So fear Me! In a broad sense. Thus the Koran addresses Muhammad and his adherents with the words that appear below. This declaration and worship are called tawhid.

When we say that Islam has three dimensions. This suggests the sense of several Koranic verses that insist that religion must belong to God. Throughout this book. Islam's vision of a more universal reality. If someone meant to do what was done.

In the living actuality of a person. If we pay attention to too many things at once.

Then we. The most external dimension is connected to what appears. This then is a dimension of human experience having to do with knowledge.

We can also ask a very different set of questions about the inner dimension of human beings and their activity: What was the motivation? What choices were involved?

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What was the intention behind the act? People may well have all the requisite knowledge. Islam has ulama. What is important in the first place is the act or event -we can study personalities and motivations later.

What about the structure of the cosmos. We can think of human beings in terms of three basic dimensions or domains or levels of selfhood. We have arranged the three dimensions in the order in which they are found in the specific text of the hadith of Gabriel that we have cited. Islam has mosques. In the same way. These are locally established places of worship without any central authorities that might allow us to talk about "the Mosque" as people talk about "the Church.

The point is that Islam's self-understanding is complex. We are dealing with a single human personality for which this differentiation does not necessarily have any meaning. We separate out the dimensions only to suggest that they fit together as a whole.

People do things. Religion is a right or correct way. The "mathematical operations" are simplest this way. We will deal with Islam's three dimensions separately. How many times have we heard it said -. Islamic Learning In discussing how religion is defined in the Islamic context.

When we look at an activity. Each of Islam's three dimensions can be studied independently. The hadith of Gabriel suggests that in the Islamic understanding.

What about God. In the case of Islam. Muslims or followers of other religions live out their religions. In this hadith. Everyone has heard of ayatollahs. In doing so. Thus one could say that "submission" is religion as it pertains to acts. These three dimensions of religion coalesce into a single reality known as Islam. Knowledge of which of these. People simply live out their lives. For the purposes of our research. We may look simply at the activity: Someone hits a home run that decides the World Series.

We may also wish to take into account the inner dimensions of a person. The question of motivation frequently arises in courts of law. Islam approaches these issues from the vantage point of faith. There are basically two questions that we can ask. In place of churches. Should we define it in terms of the person and the act. Islam has neither churches nor priests. Jonathan Berkey has described how this worked in his fascinating study of the transmission of knowledge in medieval Cairo.

Just as lawyers have a great deal of power and influence in Western society. In Islamic cities that were great centers of learning. They are much more like rabbis than priests or ministers. In a small village. Teachers were always happy to have a talented student and.

Simply to have an introduction from known teachers was often enough to secure room and board--there was no tuition. Not only could anyone be a student. There were no degrees offered.

Since there were no formal institutions. Women rarely become ulama. A good teacher could quickly gain a gathering and before too long--politics permitting. But someone who came in off the street could also receive financial help. In many-of them. You were free to join the discussion. One of the questions that is asked about ulama when people want to find out how much they know is what certificates of permission they have. Anyone who studies may become learned.

The word simply means "the learned. Without trying to sort out the different names that are used. It would be impossible in the Islamic context to discourage learning. It was its personal and oral character that. If you feel like dedicating your life to it. A person who was simply making claims to learning would quickly be found out.

As he writes in his conclusion: Education in the medieval period was never framed in any system of institutional degrees Despite the proliferation of schools devoted to the religious sciences. To be a person of learning is a relative affair. In a traditional Islamic society. Often classes were held at a certain pillar in a large mosque.

That would make him a learned person in the eyes of the villagers.

There have always been certain social barriers. The source of the permission was extremely important. Not that there was necessarily anything formal about this ranking. They are typically referred to as jurists fuqaha'. Many students were sent to a large madrasah Arabic madrasa. Although what we have said might suggest that Islamic learning was localized in madrasahs and mosques.

It simply means that you could go into a mosque and sit down by a pillar -xxxvwith a book. No degrees were offered. Learning was looked upon as a religious activity. The great centers of learning were supported by pious donations. This does not mean that everyone would have a stipend from the madrasah. But to be a good teacher. Once you started attending. The majority of the ulama hardly get past right activity the first dimension.

No ordination is involved in becoming one of the ulama. As the Koran puts it. In traditional Islamic education. In order to understand the meaning of the text. Note that we say "recitation. Scholars wrote all sorts of commentaries.

No one thinks this strange or unfortunate. And the most essential parts of the divine Word were those parts that have to be known in order to perform the basic rituals. The Koran provides a firm basis for subsequent learning. The foundation of all Islamic learning is the Koran. The tone is typical for many hadiths and a few Koranic verses.

Building on the Koranic teachings and adding to them the Hadith and certain other sources. The actual. Other subjects were gradually added in keeping with the student's aptitude. For theological reasons. The Koran should always be pronounced carefully. Education begins by setting up a foundation upon which a structure can be erected.

A Fourth Dimension We left out the last section of the hadith of Gabriel. In the Islamic context. Hence the Koran becomes the primary source or "root" asl of jurisprudence. A similar thing was done in other fields. But it was always recognized that the most essential formal learning was memorization of the divine Word. The word tafsir. Children do the same thing everywhere. The relatively small amount of time that they can devote to formal education should be expended on what is most important and most essential in life.

In the modern West. The traditional curriculum gradually added other elements. No one thought it important for children to understand the meaning of the Koran--after all. Any scholar could write a Koran commentary from the perspective of his own specialty and explain his own understanding of the text. But such recitations are music nonetheless. But in this case. But everyone recognized that the meanings of the Koran were inexhaustible. Some commentaries simply explained the literal meaning of the text by expanding upon it in detail either in Arabic.

Rote learning was not such a difficult activity. Learning the Koran was the primary goal of traditional education. All Muslims have heard stories about Abraham. Some fields of learning. What was important in education was memorization of the Word of God. There were commentaries that focused on grammar. Once students had memorized part or all of the text.

The material -xxxviithat they are taught is--in one word--infantile. The foundation has to be built slowly but firmly. On a more formal level of education. And if they had ten lifetimes ahead of them. Children learned to recite the Koran beautifully. Elaborate versions of the Koranic narratives.

Then it was relatively easy to learn the intricacies of this complex topic. Many children can be found in the Islamic world who can recite--sing. The stress was always on bodily activity. Children have their whole lives ahead of them to understand the book.

If God is understood as the only reality truly worthy of the name--or Reality with an uppercase R -. In the first verse quoted below. People are not like mountains and trees. The Koran uses the term and its derivatives in about seventy verses. People are always faced with the fact of their freedom. We have already seen that the Koran and the Hadith use the word din "religion" in a range of meanings.

The other verses illustrate the Koranic view that everything in the natural world praises and glorifies God. And time also has something to do with the dimensionality of human beings. When [ Abraham's] Lord said to him. Since God made them the way they are. It frequently refers to these many as muslims. In only a few of these verses can we claim that the word refers exclusively to "Islam.

This means.

Muslims mean that religion too. Given the geometrical metaphor of dimensions. This is the great mystery. Simply by existing. If there were no choices to be made.

It is here that human problems begin. The Koran says in the verse just cited that "many of mankind" bow to God. Incomprehension often occurs because people think they are talking about the same thing.

If the main body of this book explains Islam in terms of islam submission. The implication is that religion includes knowledge of the way in which time will unfold and come to an end. Although from one point of view human beings are included in "the heavens" and "the earth" and hence are creatures of God and submitted to him.

In translating the word in this sense we will employ the term muslim. Hence there is an allusion to an Islamic view of history.

This is typical for many important terms employed in the Koran and the Islamic tradition. Hence they are "submitted" to God. The Prophet has come with specific instructions from God for the people. If someone rejects God's religion -. If other practices are different. All prophets submitted themselves to God's will and hence were muslims. But clearly this does not mean that they follow the religion established by the Koran.

But at least one verse refers to islam in a still narrower sense. Religion in God's view is the submission. He will not diminish you anything of your works. It is probably true that most Muslims read these verses as referring to Islam rather than islam in a wider sense. God will not accept that from him.

It is this fourth meaning of the word that is the topic of the present chapter and is made most explicit in the hadith literature. Some of the verses that speak of islam might well be read as referring exclusively to the religion brought by Muhammad. Obeying God and the Prophet pertains to the domain of activity. Most Muslims read them to mean that the right way of doing things is that set down by the Koran and the Hadith.

The other three will be referred to as "submission" or islam.

Islam and Islamism

If they obey. It should not be imagined that these four meanings are clearly distinct in the minds of Muslims. Submission is that you witness that there is no god but God and Muhammad is His messenger. It is common for Muslims to think of Islam as their own practices.

Apparently a group of bedouins -. Thus the hadith of Gabriel. But of course. Only the third of these can properly be translated as Islam with an uppercase I. If you obey God and His messenger. Others understand the verses to mean that every revealed religion is one of the forms of islam. Having one's religion rejected by God is the same as being sent to hell. Hence they came before the Prophet and swore allegiance to him. They count it as a favor to you that they haw submitted Say: Part of swearing allegiance to the Prophet was -5agreeing to observe these practices.

Islam came with a set of conditions that were completely unfamiliar to the bedouins. At some point. Now God enters the discussion by revealing the following verses to Muhammad: The bedouins say. Islam's first pillar is simply to say the two sentences. He is with you wherever you are. The structure is the religion of Islam.

Islam recognizes that correct practice makes people Muslims and that. The Koranic usage of the term shahada throws interesting light on its significance. The body is a lived reality for everyone. God bears witness that there is no god but He--and the angels.

Muslim children are rarely taught a catechism. For the most part. No one cares if they lose interest in the middle and go off to play. But bodies play a determining role in all the individual characteristics that give us our identity. The Koran sometimes cites the criticisms that such people make of those who follow the prophets: If you obey a mortal like yourselves. Our bodies determine our configuration within reality.

A pillar is a support. By performing it. Behind all the stress on practice is the recognition that the Koran must become flesh and blood. And the Koran simply replies that salvation will be achieved by those who "have faith in the unseen. Another of God's names is alshahid. Muslims recite it frequently. And like children everywhere. Questions on that level belong to Islam's second or third dimensions. The point is for the practices gradually to become a natural and organic part of the human configuration.

What do you do to be a Muslim? This question does not pertain to the level of faith. They have to embody the Book. Embodied Submission Practices pertain to the domain of the body. Islam set out to build a society. There is nothing but our life in this world.

Included in the witnessed domain are all bodily things. Our meeting with our surroundings always begins on the bodily level. Islam has functioned socially by harmonizing people's activities. It is to acknowledge verbally that one accepts the reality of God and the prophecy of Muhammad and hence the truth of the Koran. It must become the determining reality of what they do islam. We die. We know only the witnessed realm.

They grow up performing basic purification rites. If philosophers and theologians can speak of nonbodily realities. It is known as the Shahadah Arabic shahada. One of God's Koranic names is "Knower of the ghayb and the shahada. What Islam has always understood is that people are united by common practices at least as much as by common ideals. The First Pillar: The Shahadah The pillars are practices. The act of bearing witness to God's unity is the most basic act of Muslims.

If the five fundamental practices of Islam are called "pillars. It is not enough for people to read the Koran or learn what it says. Included in the unseen realm are God and spiritual beings. Thus the child is exposed to the first pillar at the very beginning of life. Each prayer consists of a certain number of cycles raka. The evening salat has three cycles. Most Muslims agree that pronouncing the Shahadah is all that is absolutely necessary for one's Islam to be accepted by God.

The Koran commands performance of the salat more than it commands any other activity. Midafternoon is usually defined as the time when something's shadow is slightly longer than the thing itself. By reciting the Shahadah. The period for saying the fifth salat extends from midafternoon until sunset. The formula is recited by Muslims on all sorts of occasions.

The primary required salat is performed five times a day. And We revealed to them the doing of good deeds and the performance of the salat. Salat is divided into two basic kinds--required and recommended. The Second Pillar: Salat Although uttering the Shahadah is the fundamental act of Muslims. From the position of prostration. This is the end of the first cycle. The Prophet called salat the "centerpole" of the religion. The Shahadah's primary importance comes out clearly in the fact that reciting the Shahadah is the ritual whereby one submits oneself to God.

The basic sense of the word in Arabic is to pray or bless. After sunset the beginning of the day in Islamic--as in Jewish--time reckoning and before the disappearance of the last light from the horizon. And We gave him Isaac and Jacob as well. After the second cycle. In the following. In this ritual. Here they also recite the Shahadah in an elongated form.

In Koranic usage. After a few seconds. If this prayer that we have just observed is the morning salat. The next prayer is the night salat. They remain in this position of prostration for a few seconds. If we were to observe a group of people performing the salat together.

Just as God and the angels utter the Shahadah. Noon is the time when the sun reaches the meridian--not clock noon. Each one knows its salat and its glorification. No one supposes that the child understands the Shahadah. How to perform the salat was taught by the Prophet. It is not accidental that performing the ritual prayer in communion has come to symbolize Islam on television.

It is the act itself that is important. After a minute or two. The required salat is the second Pillar. The morning salat can be said any time between the first appearance of the dawn and sunrise. Like many other Koranic terms. But for Muslims. Although the Koran repeatedly commands Muslims to perform the salat.

Each cycle involves a number of specific movements and the recitation of a certain amount of Koranic text and various traditional formulas. And We delivered [ Abraham]. And just as people bear witness to God's oneness in imitation of God. God and the angels perform a salat whereby they bless God's servants: It is He who performs thesalatowr you. For TV producers. During the two.

For practicing Muslims. There are two main categories of impurity. If it is any of the other prayers. The major ablution ghusl is required after sexual intercourse or emission of semen. They will commonly pray in their homes wherever purity is preserved. A congregation is defined as two or more people praying together. What this cleaning involves is basically careful elimination of all traces of bodily wastes. Shi'ite Muslims maintain that the Friday prayer.

Men must attend the mosque once a week for the Friday congregational prayer. The main way to purify clothing or carpeting that has become impure is to wash it. Hurry to salvation.

God is greater There is no god but God. This cloth or carpet is called a sajjada. The major ablution involves washing the whole body from head to toe.

A person in need of a major ablution cannot perform the ritual prayer and should not enter a mosque or touch the Koran. In order to perform the salat. It is removed by a minor ablution wudu'.

Following the Sunna of the Prophet. People who are too ill to pray are excused. God is greater I bear witness that there is no god but God I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God Hurry to the salat. Practicing Muslims normally keep their homes pure. Saying prayers in congregation is highly recommended. Although children are not expected to perform the prayers until puberty.

Hence a husband and wife or a mother and her child are a congregation when they pray together. Except for the first sentence. In the first two cycles. If there is no access to water. If clothing becomes impure. Clothing is pure as long as it has not been tainted by human or animal excrement.

In places inside or outside the house that are impure or of questionable purity. The minor ablution involves rinsing or wiping the following with water. Just as people must have been purified through the ablutions before they can perform the salat. According to the Prophet. The five daily prayers are incumbent on all Muslims who have reached puberty.

Called a tayammum. This kind of impurity occurs if one sleeps. Muslims recite the Fatihah. The other three salats have four cycles. Women are not required to go. Even today. Muslim men traditionally squat when they urinate. But in general. The evening prayer ends after the third cycle. Muslim toilet training is determined by the rules of ritual purity. The places in a community where congregational prayers are held are called "mosques.

It symbolizes the utter submission and surrender islam of the human being to God. They must have had an income over the year and made a profit. Depending on the nature of the property and the conditions under which it was acquired. Paying zakat depends not only on the circumstances of those who receive. The fast comes to an end when the sun sets. Others depend upon circumstances. Zakat Zakat is commonly translated as "alms tax. If it is cloudy and people have to depend upon calculation to decide if the new month has begun or not.

If the family can be kept healthy--and this depends on the spiritual health of its members--then society can be kept healthy.

Certain things are absolutely obligatory. The whole color of a society in which most people perform five daily prayers is profoundly different from one in which there is no time for God. Those who do not fulfill these conditions cannot pay zakat. Fasting consists of refraining from eating. In keeping with the Koran 9: Purification of an individual's possessions takes place through helping others.

One cannot pay zakat to oneself. The root meaning of the word zakat is "purity. All Muslims who have reached the age of puberty are required to fast.

Here we will only remark that observing it has a deep effect on both the individual and collective psyches. This helps explains why day begins at sundown: But their religious well-being demands that they accept some measure of social responsibility.

Often every mosque broadcasts the recorded voice of the same muezzin. The adhan becomes an electronic imposition that can be quite disturbing. Since this is a lunar calendar of days. In the morning adhan.

The month of Ramadan begins when the new crescent moon is sighted. Dawn is defined as the time when the earliest light shows on the eastern horizon.

The following hadith puts the prayers effect into a nutshell: God's messenger said. In contrast. Zakat has an obvious social relevance. In a traditional city. Only then are they expected to look at other people's houses. A great deal can be said about the significance of the salat for Muslim life. This is particularly striking and moving at the time of the morning adhan. If they give charity in spite of their own need. God obliterates sins with them.

In order to pay it. The individuals who make up the society are the primary focus of attention. This is the time of the morning adhan. The rules and regulations for calculating zakat are quite complex. This way of looking at zakat is a typical example of how Islam sets up priorities. The Fourth Pillar: Fasting The fourth pillar is "to fast during the month of Ramadan. Although the voice may be beautiful.

What is secondary pertains to society. Notice that what is absolutely essential pertains to the individual. Just as ablutions purify the body and salat purifies the soul. Fasting begins at dawn the next morning. Instead of hearing a variety of beautiful voices issuing from the minarets.

For a month to be considered as having twenty-nine and not thirty days. A healthy society can only exist when its members are healthy. But no one can check on your every movement during the day to see whether or not you have taken a sip of water or nibbled a snack. Traditional Islamic cities are sights to behold during the month of fasting. If they follow the example of the Prophet. Part of the reason for token shows of fasting is that the fast is the one ritual that is strictly between the individual and God.

Thus most people's lives follow a cycle regulated by Ramadan. The salat can be seen by other people. According to Islamic law. During the daytime.

People have only themselves and God to answer to. But the use of the lunar calendar demands that all Muslims who fast for a period of thirty-three years will have fasted for the same amount of time.

In public areas. Restaurants are busy and life seems to be going on as usual. When the pattern of individual life changes. A solar month when every Muslim in the world would fast the same amount of time cannot be found--especially when one remembers that the pre-Islamic Arab solar calendar was observed by adding an extra month every three years to the lunar calendar.

It is a test of people's sincerity in their religion. People usually have a good-sized meal just before the beginning of the fast in the early morning.

The Koran and the Prophet modified and resanctified the rituals performed at the Kaaba. In private. Missed fasting needs to be made up for at another time. The daylight hours in June are long in the northern hemisphere and short in the southern hemisphere.


Mecca was a sacred center long before Islam. Depending on the time of the year and their own habits. Many otherwise lapsed Muslims sense this. Those who have not experienced the fast of Ramadan may think it is easy to skip breakfast and lunch. Even a sip of water makes a difference after a heavy sleep. Thus in the year C. Adam himself built a sanctuary at Mecca. The fact that Ramadan is a lunar month has interesting consequences.

People living in northern latitudes who will be fasting for only eight or nine hours a day during December will be fasting for seventeen or eighteen hours a day after seventeen years when Ramadan comes in June.

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In traditional Islamic society. In many parts of the Islamic world it has become the custom to have a feast as soon as the fasting ends. God alone sees whether or not a person observes it. Though it has social dimensions. But as soon as the cannon sounds or the adhan is proclaimed.

But to suggest that fasting during Ramadan is difficult does not mean that Muslims find it to be a hardship.

Ramadan is usually considered to be the most personal and spiritual of the pillars. Unless people are firm in their faith. In a traditional Islamic community.


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