WORLD RELIGION 7
Religionrefers to a set of beliefs relating to nature and universe. It iscontemplated as the foundation of superhuman. People belonging tothese agencies adhere to certain rituals and devotional observancesthat contain moral conducts governing human beings conduct (Smart,2009).
Inthe construction of my alternative religion, I have utilized theseven dimensions of religion that are considered crucial in anyreligious group. Practical and ritual dimension is the firstimportant element to consider in a religion. These are acts ofworshiping followed by religions (Smart, 2009). They includeceremonies and rites, rituals and annual summer festivals. My churchobserves various rituals including Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr and Eidal-Adha. Ramadan refers to the period of fasting and developing asense of self-control. We also observe Hajji. Further, prayers andmosque attendance are essential in my religion. We usually attend themosques every Friday for prayers where the men are separated fromwomen. We make annual sacrifices that are regularly conducted atdifferent sacred sceneries chosen.
Theexperiential and emotional dimension is the second dimension offaith. Experimental dimension is a part of everybody`s religion suchas beliefs and faith (Brodd, 2013). My church believes in one calledAllah and the Holt Quran with scriptures from the Prophets of God. Wealso believe in the mental resurrection of the dead but not inphysical state. Further, we have been observing the five Quran thathelps us in our daily activities. These supports include prayers,giving, fasting, pilgrimage and the testimony of faith. One isconsidered a member of this church if he is able and willing to obeythe five pillars.
Theother dimension observed in my religion is mythic and narrative. Itis the starting point of my religion (Brodd, 2013). My religiondeveloped in the fifteenth century where Prophet Mohammed came tobeing. He was exposed to Christianity, Pagans and Jews religions.During one of the days while he was at contemplation, Angel Gabrielappeared to him and asked him to spread the word of Allah. In hisattempts to spread this gospel, he was persecuted but later escaped.Different wars arose between Non-Muslims from Mecca and Muslims fromMedina and eventually the Muslims won. The Non-Muslims converted andjoined those of Mecca. Mecca was regarded as a holy shrine and myreligion face Mecca while praying.
Thedoctrinal and philosophical dimension has also played a part in theconstruction of my religion. These are the moral teachings of theworld`s religion, and they include instructions that relate to thesalvation and nature of the world (Cox, 2011). In my religion, webelieve in the doctrine of the trinity whereby we prayed to One GodAllah andguidedby the holy spirits. My church also believes in Angels and Prophets.These are the biblical Prophets. We also believe in the teachings ofAllah and some sections of the Bible such as Gospels and Torah. Thelast Day of Judgment is well-discussed in my religion, and we believethat people will either resurrect in the paradise or hell.
Theother important dimension I have observed is moral and legalfoundation. They are the rules that are to be adhered to by thefollowers of this religion (Cox, 2011). My church is guided bydifferent laws that enable them to live a virtuous life. All themembers of my faith are to follow in the footsteps of ProphetMohammed as we believe that he is the only perfect person. The fivepillars also pray a big role in guiding my religion. This religion isfurther with taboos that forbid and limit various activities, forexample stealing, killing, adultery, violence amongst others. Theethical dimension helps believers to distinguish from what is rightand wrong. We also observe rituals during slaughtering of animals andeating of certain animal`s meat like pork is forbidden as we considerit unclean for our consumption.
Further,the social an institutional dimension is well-represented in myalternative religion. It refers to the hierarchies associated withinreligions (Smart, 2009). My church believes in Imams as our spiritualleader. The hierarchy of my church teaches on believe in One Godknown as Allah and follow the rule and regulations as established bymy religion. My church developed after the death of Prophet Mohammedwhereby the Muslim religion divided into two groups namely the Sunniand the Shia. We followed Sunni religion. There are no significantdifferences between my religion and other Muslim religions becausethe traditions and beliefs still remained the same.
Finally,the material dimension is important and should be observed by allreligions. These are the physical expressions that believers of aparticular religion express of their faith, performances, art andbuildings. They can be either natural or manmade (Smart, 2009). Myalternate religion conducts their sermons in mosques that act as asymbol of our identity. Mosques play an important role in theimplementation of our fundamental religious, cultural and socialobligations. Without Mosques, we would be greatly impaired. We valuetemples and have invested heavily in order to establish them in theentire world where Muslims are present. It helps in investing afuture existence of our Muslim religion.
Faithrefers to a firm belief towards God that leads to a commitment to hiswill for one`s faith. It is crucial in our spiritual lives. Faithrevolves around all the levels of the personal responsibility (Sager,2010). Different types of faith overlap and believers can experiencea number at a time. One of the types of trust that my alternatereligion practices are Doctrinal faith. This relates to the teachingof the Holy Scripture. It plays an important role in our live as theQuran was the dimension of mythic and narrative that formed the baseof my religion. Saving faith is another element observed in myreligion. My church believes in the Quran teachings that Jesus diedso that He can save us from our sins. During prayers, we recognizeHis death and the consequences for his resurrection. We also sharefood and drinks amongst us and donate to the needy signifying theimportance of sharing and presence of God in our lives. Everybody hashis measure of faith and having complete faith is sometimes hard(Sager, 2010).
Fuelingfaith refers to a condition whereby a believer develops a deeperunderstanding and the dedication to pursue God. In order to develop astronger faith, it takes persistence. Activities such as biblereading, internal reflection and prayers help one to grow faith(Sager, 2010).
Thereare numerous landscapes that represent different types of religionsworldwide. The combined effort of humans and the nature expresses anintimate relationship between the physical environment and humans(Cox, 2011). My church practices and conducts its services in Mosquesand natural sceneries. We also have sacred worship places thatassociate the minds of my believers with strong beliefs andtraditions that portray a distinct spiritual relationship ofindividuals and environment. We have also decorated these worshipplaces with drawings and shaping them in ways that are attractive toour members and outsiders. These will also help in the future studiesof religious topography and a memory of this religion.
Religiontries to answer crucial questions on what it is like to be human.Whether we are believers or not, religion is a deeper understandingof how our heart on what we believe we are. Therefore, one should notbe offended when he encounters views that prove his self-perception.Religion may also be considered to bring the very best and worst ofthe human nature. Acts of love and self-sacrifice are attributed toreligious belief (Cox, 2011). To understand humans and the origin ofhis thoughts, the role of the religion he participates is considered.Disregarding religion means misunderstanding the strength of itsinfluence on persons. In the modern world, religions show no sign ofits diminishing.
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