Religious Motivation In The Koran

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Religious Motivation in The Koran History of Western Civilization to CA. 1500 “There is no God but Allah” is the basic message of the Islamic sacred book the Koran. Among the holy book is a strict code to follow. The Five Pillars of Islam were of great importance to salvage oneself from being sent to eternal Hell. These included the solitary belief in Allah and his Prophet, Muhammad, the standard prayer five times a day, giving alms to the poor and less fortunate, fasting from dawn to sunset during the holy month of Ramadan, and if possible, making the pilgrimage to Mecca once in a lifetime. In addition to these strict rules, fighting for the justifiable cause of God is a very important and a recurring theme throughout the Koran. The Koran depicted the controversy of befriending and fighting against the non-believers, more namely the Christians. There is a swinging of a pendulum towards which way to go. These Suras can create very vivid mental images which might have fueled the no mercy fighting against the non-Muslims. There are several passages which seem to imply that it is their religious duty to God to fight and kill for Him. “…You shall not kill-for that is forbidden by God-except for a just cause.” The first passage is saying that the Muslims should not kill unless they are fighting for the Islamic faith or to claim that Allah is the one and only God. “Fighting is obligatory for you, much as you dislike it. But you may hate a thing although it is good for you, and love a thing although it is bad for you.” It is constantly said that the non-Muslims, mainly Christians, will try to prevent you from practicing Islam. Therefore, it is very important to fight against them to preserve the integrity of the religion. The reason that they oblige by this strict duty is because they take the Five Pillars of Islam very seriously. “He that

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