Islam

Considerations

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  • Upon the belief that nothing happens unless it is permitted by God, if one asks a Muslim to do something they may respond with ‘Inshallah’ which roughly translates to mean "If God allows it to happen". Inshallah is a way of saying yes without making any promises. It infers "I will try my best but in the end it is up to God to make it happen". Therefore, if the person is unable to achieve what they agreed to, it is not their or anybody else's fault - it is God’s will.
  • The meaning of Jihad is often misunderstood. 'Jihad' describes 'struggle'. There are three different kinds of struggle that can be referred to:
1. A Muslim’s personal/spiritual struggle to follow the Islamic faith as closely and perfectly as possible
2. The struggle to create a good society that adheres to Islam
3. The struggle to protect and defend Islam (referred to as the Holy war).
  • Most Muslims consider reconstructions or depictions of God or Mohammed to be particularly offensive and taboo. Thus, drawings and images of Allah can be forbidden in some Islamic cultures.
  • When interacting with a Muslim for a long period of time, be considerate that they may have to interrupt your time together to complete one of their 5 daily prayers.
  • Conservative, unmarried Muslims may feel uncomfortable being in isolation with a member of the opposite gender who is not family. However, this varies between different cultures.
  • A common value of Islamic religion is cleanliness and hygiene. Some Muslims consider certain animals to be unclean and thus may be uncomfortable with pets.
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