Visiting The Islamic Religion

By: Shaelyn Morefied

Religious Dress

While in Saudi Arabia you will be expected to dress modestly. If you are a woman going into Saudi Arabia you must wear a head scarf or a niqab to cover your head. A woman must fully cover her body with a burqua or chador. Men must cover their whole body, to be modest.

Basic Beliefs

The five pillars are the Islamic basic beliefs. These pillars are there is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger, pray five times a day facing Mecca, complete fasting during the daylight hours of the month of Ramadan, give money to charity, and if possible take a pilgrimage to Mecca

Common Foods

Common foods found in the Islamic religion include ones with halal certification. Halal means allowed or permissible in the religion.

Foods to Avoid

There are foods that are not permissible in the Islamic religion. Some of these foods are pork, gelatin from animal source, meat that isn't kileld in the prescribed Islamic way or has died before being killed. This also includes blood (directly or indirectly), any food or drink with alcohol in it, all carnivorous animals, and bird prey.

Religious Ceremonies.

There are not very map any religious ceremonies in the Islamic religion. There are some which include ritual purification, initiation, and marriage.

Holy Days

There are quite a few holy days in the Islamic religion. One of the more intresting ones is Id ul-Adha which is a day when animals are sacerficed to benefit the poor. Al-Isra Wal Miraj is a day that marks Muhammad's journey from Mecca. Lastly there is Mauild al-Nabi which is the prophet Muhammad's birthday.

Holidays

In the religion Islam there are holidays very similar to ones in the Christian religion. Muharram is the Islamic New Years, Eid al-Fitr is the celebration concluding Ramadan. Another holiday in the Islamic religion is Eid al-Adha and this is the celebration concluding the Hajj.