By John Azumah, Dr. Bediako Kwame
Nowhere else on the planet have either Islam and Christianity been extra instrumental in shaping the heritage of a humans and their lifestyle than in Africa. African Muslims and Christians have much in universal, together with kinship ties, shared languages and citizenship. but, regardless of the centuries of deep old hyperlinks and harmonious lifestyles among the 2 religions, new demanding situations threaten this concord. Conflicts related to Christians and Muslims in areas like Sudan, Nigeria and Ivory Coast are universal. those conflicts are fueled basically by means of lack of knowledge, stereotyping and prejudice, which in flip breed worry, suspicion or even hatred, sometimes resulting in violence. My Neighbour's religion sheds gentle at the ideals and educating of Islam by way of addressing concerns of latest value to Christians and the broader non-Muslim viewers. It provides the human face of Islam---the face of a detailed relative, a neighbour, a instructor or even a head of state---in a balanced and significant manner that offers a reputable view of Islam.
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Before entering the haram (the sacred area of Mecca), male pilgrims put on special garments known as the ihram, which are made of two white sheets. Women put on simple ordinary clothes. From that point on they abstain from shaving or cutting their nails, and from kissing and sex. They go to the Great Mosque of the Ka‘bah, which Muslims believe was built by Abraham as the first place of worship. Here they perform the tawaf by circling the Ka‘bah anticlockwise seven times and touching or kissing it.
It can be used of the struggle to combat evil and pursue what is good. In other words, it refers to believers striving or struggling ‘in the path or cause of God’ or ‘for the sake of Islam’. 5 Both these meanings of jihad are referenced by Badru Kateregga, a Ugandan Muslim: The struggle in the cause of God is of three kinds. The first is the struggle against a visible [human] enemy. The second is the struggle against the temptation of the devil. The third is the struggle against one’s own passions.
6:101). In the eyes of Muslims, Christians are committing shirk by referring to Jesus as the Son of God and believing in the Trinity (which, according to the Qur’a¯n, consists of God, Mary and Jesus – 5:116). God is merciful, compassionate and loving, but only to believers (Muslims). The New Testament ideas of God’s love for the sinner, the lost sheep, the lost coin or the prodigal son are alien to Islam. God is severe, especially with unbelievers, and in the Qur’a¯n he orders Muhammad to fight them and treat them harshly (9:74; 66:9).