All the revelations of Mohammed are recorded in the Quran (Koran). Interestingly, since the record is in Arabic, any translation of the Quran into another language is not considered “the Quran” because of the follies they perceived among the Jewish and Christian communities related to various translations and interpretations of Scripture.
The five pillars of Islam are:
1. Say and believe, “There is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his Prophet.”
2. Pray five times a day
3. Give alms to the poor
4. Keep the fast of Ramazan
5. Make a pilgrimage to
I have to say, when I look at all I’ve just written, there is not a lot that I think I argue with. I’m not really familiar with Mohammed’s teachings, so I may be demonstrating a lot of ignorance…but the idea of affirming belief in God, praying frequently, giving generously, practicing spiritual disciplines personally and communally and making a journey to focus your spiritual life…those seem like pretty good things.
I have enjoyed the communal aspect of Islam that I have witnessed. The combination of the ezan being called 5 times a day and watching people use it as a cue to find a moment to pray…and being here during Ramazan and the festival celebrating the end of Ramazan (Bayram) have given me a lot to watch.
It is especially strange to be visiting a country during the national holiday time. Imagine visiting
The devotion of the people has been impressive. The country is 98% Muslim or something close to that and I don’t know what percentage of people are culturally or ethnically Muslim as opposed to devoutly, religiously Muslim. But, it seems that even those that are just culturally Muslim have some participation in the faith. For instance, during the days of Ramazan, nothing is to touch your lips from sun-up to sun-down. (Including food, drinks and cigarettes). When we were walking one evening we were struck by the huge percentage of people in