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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Muslims Uncovered Mystery

In our country, Muslims were discriminated by some of our countrymen because of their lifestyle such as their language and attitude. Actually, they were treated like that since almost bad news tackles about Muslim people like the last massacre in Maguindanao that shows Muslims against their co-Muslims. But do people judge them as a person? Or based on their religion?

My experience dealing with our Muslim brothers is truly good. As I interview some of them, they are so responsive and generous when speaking. As I ask about their practice that some misunderstood, one of them eagerly replied and said "They are just not aware about our religious activity that's why they give meanings to our practices." Those words form a mystery thus; Detective Perry is on the way to investigate.

To be knowledgeable about their practices, I conduct an interview with our Muslim Principal and a research for a support. And their words match as it was stated in their religious events which what they call the Five Pillars of Islam or Five Pillars of Faith. This is the term given to the five duties incumbent on every Sunni Muslim. These duties are Shahadah (profession of faith), Salah (prayers), Zakat (giving of alms), Sawm (fasting, specifically during Ramadan) and Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). The most common words we hear about their tradition is the Ramadan and about the Hajj. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar. It is the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, smoking, and indulging in anything that is in excess or ill-natured; from dawn until sunset. Fasting is meant to teach the Muslim patience, modesty and spirituality. Ramadan is a time for Muslims to fast for the sake of God and to offer more prayer than usual. Meanwhile Hajj is a pilgrimage in Mecca. It is currently the largest annual pilgrimage in the world, and is the fifth pillar of Islam, a religious duty that must be carried out at least once in their lifetime by every able-bodied Muslim who can afford to do so. The Hajj is a demonstration of the solidarity of the Muslim people, and their submission to God (Allah in the Arabic language).

I've also find out that there are some good attitudes existed by the Muslims like being kind, being gentlemen by the guys, conservatives by the girls and very religious. Their faith is so amazing that they practice such sacrifices like Sawm just to prove their loyalty with their God.

As I finished this essay, I realize from their words and deeds that most of the Muslims doesn't dreamt to appreciate their religion but what they only want is to gain some respect as they respect others culture and tradition.

A mystery is revealed by the "World of Mystery". Case Closed!


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