Differences between hinduism and Islam-Worship and Rituals

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Differences between Hinduism and Islam – Worship and Rituals Malinda Hersey April 13, 2008 “Just before dawn breaks in India, a householder rises and purifies himself with water. He then stirs back to life the embers of the sacred household fire while chanting sacred verses. Raising his arms to the rising sun, he recites a prayer to the sun-god from the most ancient scripture, the Rig-Veda. This ritual, the Agnithotra, has been preformed continually in India for more than 3,000 years.” In another part of the world, just before sunrise, a man prepares for his first of five daily prayers. He reaches for his mat and places it on the ground facing in the direction of Mecca, a town that holds the stone house called Ka’ba. The man keeps his eyes focused on the ground in front of him, so that he is not directing his worship to any object or person, only to Allah. The worship and ritual mentioned above are just two of the many that happen within Hinduism and Islam. Hinduism is one of the oldest religions still practiced today and is the world’s third largest religion right behind Islam. It originated from an Indian subcontinent and is often referred to as Santana Dharma; which is a Sanskrit phrase meaning “the eternal path” or the “eternal law.” Islam is a monotheistic religion, meaning that they worship only one deity or god known as Allah; and originated from the teachings of Muhammad. Islam and Hinduism, both having many followers, are quite different when it comes to worship and rituals within the religions. Islam was founded by the prophet Muhammad and Hinduism is a group of religious traditions. The largest group of followers of the Islam faith are known as Muslims, “one who submits to god.” There are five pillars of faith that they must follow: Shahada, Salat, Saum, Zakat and Hajj. Shahada is the daily recitation and worship of the

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