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the Kabah. The then must visit the sacred mosque, Masijid al-Harm, and kiss the Black Stone, which is also surrounded by the matf. The must ascend Mt. Safa and Mt. Araft, which are really just two small hills now. On the last day they must pray before Allah and have a daylong ceremony that ends with the sacrifice of an animal, usually a sheep or goat, which is eaten by the owner and the rest is processed or canned by the Saudi government to be given to the poor. On the topic of eating, fasting, which was started by Islam, is also another big commitment. During fasting they may not have any food or drink; nor can they smoke, or have sex with the opposite sex… This all takes place between the time when a white thread can be distinguished from black one, until sunset. It

interests me what Islamic people must do to pursue this religion, and how much faith they put into doing it. One other holiday that is important in Islam is Ramadan. Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar is a celebrated month for over one billion Muslims in the world. This fasting time is intended to develop inner reflection, devotion to God, and self-control. This is a time to polish their faith and morals. There are many different meanings of Ramadan to many different people. One of the pillars in Mecca represents Ramadan, being that fasting is such and important part of Islam. There are many exceptional benefits to fasting. Of all these benefits, the tolerance and self controlling power is the most advantageous. In order to sustain such a lack of food, one builds up

a great spiritual side and becomes much closer to God . Ramadan also is beneficial by intensive worshiping , reading of the Koran, giving charity, and doing good deeds. Another way that fasting is beneficial is to be in someone else s shoes for a while and make yourself more open-minded and loving. Many people go without food more much longer times than that of Ramadan. This makes one more appreciative and understanding of God and what he has done for them. While voluntary fasting is recommended for Muslims, during Ramadan fasting becomes obligatory. When people are sick or have medical problems, they can postpone the fasting until the are able. Ramadan is the most practiced worship of Muslims. The last ten days of Ramadan are the most intense days of praying and coming closer to

God. The night, on which the first verses of the Koran were revealed to the Prophet, known as the Night of Power (Lailat ul-Qadr), is generally taken to be the 27th. The Koran states that this night is better than a thousand months. Many Muslims spend their whole night praying to God because eof this scripture. Most Muslims will also try to read the whole Koran or be read to in Mosques Here are some of the ways Muslims congratulate on another for the completion of Ramadan “Kullu am wa antum bi-khair” (May you be well throughout the year) – Arabic “Atyab at-tihani bi-munasabat hulul shahru Ramadan al-Mubarak” (The most precious congratulations on the occasion of the coming of Ramadan) – Arabic “Elveda, ey Ramazan” (Farewell, O Ramadan) – Turkish “Kullu am wa

antum bi-khair” (May you be well throughout the year) – Arabic “‘Eid mubarak (A Blessed ‘Eid)” – universal There are many conflicts between beliefs on men and women. “Verily for all men and women who have surrendered themselves unto God, and all believing men and believing women, and all truly devout men and truly devout women, and all men and women who are true to their word, and all men and women who are patient in adversity, and all men and women who humble themselves before God, and all men and women who give in charity, and all self-denying men and self-denying women, and all men and women who are mindful of their chastity, and all men and women who remember God unceasingly: for all of them has God readied forgiveness of sins and a mighty reward.” (33:35)

Islamic women are equal to men in some ways and unequal in others. From the above stating from the Koran, we know that women will be saved and judged by god in the same way of men. “No human being shall be of the least avail to another human being” (82:19) This passage from the Koran affirms that women will be held just as accountable as men in the eyes of god, law, and peers. On the final judgment day, no man will be held liable for another women s wrongs, and no women will be held liable for any man s wrongs. “I shall not lose sight of the labor of any of you who labors in My way, be it man or woman; each of you is equal to the other (3:195)” Women s nature to have a place and contribute to society is given the same political rights, whether it be voting or holding