Daily Life of Muslims
Islam contains many rules for daily life and human relationships. The first source of these rules is the Quran and the second is the hadith or reports of the prophet Muhammad’s words or actions.
Prohibitions: In Islam, everything considered harmful either to the body, mind, soul or society is prohibited (haram), while whatever is beneficial is permissible (halal). Islam prohibits Muslims from consuming pork, alcohol or mind-altering drugs. Muslims are required to eat meat that is butchered and blessed in an Islamic way. This meat is called “halal.” Muslims are also prohibited from gambling, taking interest, fortune-telling, killing, lying, stealing, cheating, oppressing or abusing others, being greedy or stingy, engaging in sex outside of marriage, disrespecting parents, and mistreating relatives, orphans or neighbors.
Role of clergy: There is no hierarchy of clergy in Islam, nor do Muslim religious leaders have the power to forgive people of their sins. Every individual has a direct relationship with God without any intermediary. There are religious leaders or scholars, called ulema, who have studied and are experts in different aspects of Islam, such as Sharia, hadith, or Quranic recitation. It is also important to note that there is not one Islamic authority; so there are differences among Muslim scholars.
Conversion to Islam: Muslims are encouraged to share their faith with others. However, Muslims are told not to attack others’ beliefs or engage in conflicts or debates about matters of religion. There is no formal ceremony for conversion. People must merely believe in and recite the shahada to convert to Islam.
9 Basic Hindu Beliefs
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, Hinduism Today's founder, assembled these beliefs, a creed shared by most Hindus, to summarize a vast and profound faith. He wrote, "The Hindu is completely filled with his religion all of the time. It is a religion of love. The common bonds uniting all Hindus into a singular spiritual body are the laws of karma and dharma, the belief in reincarnation, all-pervasive Divinity, the ageless traditions and our Gods. Our religion is a religion of closeness, one to another, because of the common bond of loving the same Gods. All Hindu people are a one family, for we cannot separate one God too far from another. Each in His heavenly realm is also of a one family, a divine hierarchy which governs and has governed the Hindu religion from time immemorial, and will govern Sanatana Dharma on into the infinite. The enduring sense of an ever-present Truth that is God within man is the essence of the Sanatana Dharma. Such an inherent reality wells up lifetime after lifetime after lifetime, unfolding the innate perfection of the soul as man comes more fully into the awakened state of seeing his total and complete oneness with God."
1 Reverence for Our Revealed Scriptures
Hindus believe in the divinity of the Vedas, the world's most ancient scripture, and venerate the Agamas as equally revealed. These primordial hymns are God's word and the bedrock of Sanatana Dharma, the eternal religion which has neither beginning nor end.
2 All-Pervasive Divinity
Hindus believe in a one, all-pervasive Supreme Being who is both immanent and transcendent, both Creator and Unmanifest Reality.
3 Three Worlds and Cycles of Creation
Hindus believe there are three worlds of existence--physical, astral and causal--and that the universe undergoes endless cycles of creation, preservation and dissolution.
4 The Laws of Karma and Dharma
Hindus believe in karma--the law of cause and effect by which each individual creates his own destiny by his thoughts, words and deeds--and in dharma, righteous living.
5 Reincarnation and Liberation
Hindus believe that the soul reincarnates, evolving through many births until all karmas have been resolved, and moksha--spiritual knowledge and liberation from the cycle of rebirth--is attained. Not a single soul will be eternally deprived of this destiny.
6 Temples and the Inner Worlds
Hindus believe that divine beings exist in unseen worlds and that temple worship, rituals, sacraments as well as personal devotionals create a communion with these devas and Gods.
7 Yoga Guided by a Satguru
Hindus believe that a spiritually awakened master, or satguru, is essential to know the Transcendent Absolute, as are personal discipline, good conduct, purification, pilgrimage, self-inquiry and meditation.
8 Compassion and Noninjury
Hindus believe that all life is sacred, to be loved and revered, and therefore practice ahimsa, "noninjury."
9 Genuine Respect for Other Faiths
Hindus believe that no particular religion teaches the only way to salvation above all others, but that all genuine religious paths are facets of God's Pure Love and Light, deserving tolerance and understanding.
Teachings of Buddha
After attaining nirvana, Lord Buddha started teaching the way of life to people. Near the city of Benares, he shared his first teachings to five holy men and they immediately understood his teachings and agreed to follow Lord Buddha. For forty-five years, Buddha along with his disciples started spreading Buddha’s wisdom and teachings in India. The teachings of Lord Buddha are also known as Dhamma. Let’s see some of the important teachings Lord Buddha has left behind for the sake of humanity.
During his enlightenment, Buddha found answer to three universal questions and he explained these answers and truth in a simple way for his disciple.
These Three Universal truths some basic teachings of The Buddha
1. Nothing is lost in the Universe:
The first universal truth of Buddha found was nothing is lost in this universe. Old solar systems disintegrate into cosmic rays. We are the child of our parents and we will be the parents of our children.
If we destroy something around us, we destroy ourselves. If we lie to another, we lie to ourselves. Learning and understanding these truths, Lord Buddha and his disciples never killed any animal.
2. Everything changes :
The second universal truth is everything changes and keeps on changing continuously. Dinosaurs, mammoth used to rule this planet but now we humans rule the planet. Life is like a river, it keeps on flowing, ever-changing.
3. Law of Cause and effect:
" The kind of seed sown
will produce that kind of fruit.
Those who do good will reap good results.
Those who do evil will reap evil results.
If you carefully plant a good seed,
You will joyfully gather good fruit. "
It is mentioned in Dhammapada too, if we do some good things, then good things will come to us. If we do something evil, then evil things will happen to us. It is all due to cause and effect. This law of Cause and effect is known Karma.
Most religion strongly believes in Karma, so do Buddhism. Good karma results to good results and evil karma leads to bad results.
The Noble Truth of Suffering
What are suffering ?
Suffering is everywhere. When people are born, they cry. When they are sick, they have pain. When they are old, they have sufferings with their body. When people die, someone dear feel sorrow for their death.
The Noble Truth of Cause of Suffering:
What are the cause of these suffering? Why do we feel pain? Why do people suffer?
These are the result of greed or wanting more, ignorance, wrong idea of pleasure.
The Noble Truth of End of suffering
In order to end these suffering, one must be able to cut off their greed, idea of having pleasure. One must learn and have knowledge to cut off their ignorance.
The first way to end these suffering is changing one’s views and must try to live in a natural way and must possess peaceful mind. The state when one ends their suffering and live a peaceful way is known as Nirvana. This is the highest goal and aim of Buddhism and Buddha tries to spread his knowledge to people so that they can end their suffering.
The Noble Truth of Path to end suffering:
The path to end the suffering, is called Noble Eightfold path or Middle way.
These are some of the teachings; Lord Buddha himself has passed down for the sake of humanity and for their well beings. Every Buddhists have studied these teachings and practice them and swore never to make any mistakes and blunder.
Sikhism : Basic Sikh teachings
The essence of being a Sikh is that one lives one’s life according to the teachings of the Sikh Gurus, devotes time to meditating on God and the scriptures (Aad Guru Granth Sahib) and performs deeds to help and benefit other people.
Sikhs believe that there is a Single, All-Powerful God, who created the universe and everything within it The God is common to all humanity.
Sikhism emphasizes social and gender equality, and stresses the importance of behaving altruistically.
· Equality: Everyone is equal in God’s eyes; whatever their caste, creed or gender. God is accessible without priests: Everyone can be directly in touch with God. There is no need for clergy in Sikhism.
· Accept other faiths: Sikhs do not believe that any religion has monopoly on the
Truth. They do not regard Sikhism as the only way to God.
·Live in the world: A Sikh should live a responsible life as part of the community. Withdrawing from the world or becoming an ascetic are not recommended in Sikhism
·Discard Ritualism: Empty rituals are meaningless and should be discarded.
·Devotion can take the form of action as well as the prayer: Personal devotion includes Naam simran (meditation on and awareness of God) and Sewa (community service).
·A good world is just and fair to all: Social justice is to be supported in equality for all. The use of force as a last resort is justified to support it.
·Death is not the end: Death is seen as the transition to a life where the joy of being in the presence of God can be fully realized.
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5 Lessons God Teaches Us
The Bible gives us instructions on how
we can be better Christians.
God blessed us with the Bible to teach us lessons about how to be the best Christian we can be. God wants us to strive to be as much like Jesus Christ as we possibly can be. He gives us examples in the Bible of how we can live more like Him, and we can apply these examples to our day-to-day life.
There are many different ways to distill the lessons of the Bible. We can pray about it, meditate on it, and discuss it with our fellow Christians. We aren’t always going to be perfect in living out these lessons, but with practice and consistency, we can instill these values into our hearts. The Bible is such a wonderful book and worth studying for a lifetime because we can always grow as people.
We have tried to do is give a big picture idea of some of the concepts taught over and over in the Bible. Here are five great lessons from the Bible God wants to teach us.
Many of us turn to chapter 13 of Corinthians to learn the definition of love. God wants us to understand what real love means and what it entails (that it’s kind, patient, and trusts). Furthermore, Romans 13 teaches us about love too. Verse 10 says “Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.” Loving others is not always easy, but it’s something that is always right. Love may mean giving a personal sacrifice, or letting someone you care about go. But God wants us to stick to loving others in the best way possible, which requires respect and kindness.
God wants us to be humble, and shares this in 2 Chronicles 7:14 which says “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” God tells us that when we put aside our ego and ask for forgiveness of our sins, we can get the most beautiful blessing of heaven. God also warns us when we choose to rejoice in our pride instead. In the story of Esther, the character Harman let his pride get the best of him. God’s wrath quickly came down upon him.
Do the Right Thing
Doing the right thing isn’t always easy. In many instances what is right doesn’t always appear as a black and white situation. The life of Joseph in Genesis chapters 37-50 has a lot of examples of how doing the right thing can be difficult. He had his share of complicated situations and hard times to deal with, but He was guided by God. He chose to obey God’s instructions and do right by others around him, which led to his favor with God. When we are faced with a difficult situation, we can turn to God and ask for His help. Pray to Him and consult with the Bible and you will learn what the right thing to do is without difficulty.
Manage Conflict With Respect
Respecting others can be hard at times, and God understands that we will make mistakes. When people are rude to us, it can be hard not to respond with anger. The Bible teaches us to live peaceably with those around us (Romans 12:18, 19). We are taught the Golden Rule from childhood: treat others the way you want to be treated. That is a principle straight from the pages of Scripture (Matthew 7:12; Luke 6:31). Matthew 18 is the classic passage on conflict management. The first thing to do is go personally to the person who has done wrong toward you. Try to resolve the conflict individually. If this does not work, don’t respond with anger. Be respectful and walk away.
Don’t Worry What People Think of You
All of God’s children need to stop worrying about what other people think of them. Living a life in envy of others and thinking that they are better than you are only going to destroy your self-esteem. Instead, care more about what God thinks of you. In the end I will not be judged by how I measured up according to their standards or where I stood with them but how I measure by Christ’s standards and where I stood with Him. As long as I have God’s approval I don’t need to waste time thinking about how I may get everyone else’s because it doesn’t really matter.
God teaches us lessons on how to be better people. He wants to instill in us the values and morals of a good human being so that we can become more like Jesus Christ. We should work every day to live out these lessons in every interaction. Pass these lessons on to your children and the world will grow to be a better place.