Prayer Practices and Dietary Restrictions of Jewish and Islamic Faiths Essay

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Roberta I. Kahl Professor Mark Wessner Religion 201 17 July 2014 Prayer Practices and Dietary Restrictions of Jewish and Islamic Faiths All over the world people of every religious faith have different customs to show their devotion. Some of these customs are similar across many faiths and some are unique to one faith. Prayer practices and dietary restrictions are two customs that are common in many faiths, but vary widely depending on the faith practiced. In this paper the dietary and fasting practices, as well as the practice of prayer, of followers of the Jewish and Muslim faiths will be compared and contrasted. Living a healthy lifestyle is very important to Muslims because they believe that the human body is the greatest gift from Allah. Muslims are told by the Qur’an, “O People! Eat of what is lawful and good on the Earth and do not follow the footsteps of Shaitaan, for he is your open enemy.” (2:168) Following this instruction is key to keeping a Muslims body healthy and pure. The Qur’an also specifies four things that may not be eaten by a Muslim, “He (Allah) has only forbidden you (from eating) dead animals, blood, the flesh of swine, and that (animal) over which the name of other than Allah has been invoked.” (2:173, 16:115) If an animal dies of old age, a Muslim cannot eat it. The animal has to be slaughtered with the intent to be eaten. Muslims are not to ingest blood, pork, or an animal that was sacrificed to another idol. Alcohol is another provision that is strictly off limits in Islam. This is because of its ill effects. Aside from specifying what shall not be eaten the Qu’ran also lists several things that should be eaten such as, beef, fish, milk, along fruits and vegetables. The Qu’ran provides followers with helpful information in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle, that a balanced diet should be followed along with moderation. Passages

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