The reflection of Islamic values exists in Islamic Culture. Islam prohibits to do anything which can encourage any open or hidden immoral behavior. Any sorts of indecent behavior are haram or unlawful in Islam. Meaning, Islam does not allow doing any act which is against human development and dignity.
Islamic culture and Muslim culture point towards educational and artistic practices common to Islamic people. The culture of Muslim people is very productive, full of peace, greatness. It is entirely based on the betterment of people by act of purity, modesty, and honesty in the atmosphere.
How Islamic culture is different than other cultures?
Islam has its distinct values. The culture that developed upon the Islamic basis takes a human being to the place of highest creation while the concept of ordinary culture, which has strongly increased nowadays lowers a human being to the level of animals. The base of Muslim Culture lies in Islam. And no other understanding of Culture won’t be acceptable, as it is against the basic concepts of Muslims.
What attracted non-Muslims to Islam and Islamic culture?
Things that mostly attract non-Muslims to Islam are honesty, integrity, originality, and morals that are good for Muslims. The holy book of Islam- ‘Quran’ reflects exact words of Allah’s message to the beloved prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him).
Allah has no partner, and has the most beautiful names and the highest features. So, all of their focus and aims are towards their creator, Allah the Almighty. Muslims put their trust in Him and asks Him for help, patience, and support; they also believe that Allah is capable of doing all things. Allah is the most merciful and forgiving. The believers return to Him in repentance when he has committed a sin or fallen short in his worship of Allah. Muslims feel ashamed if they sin by doing wrong to himself or anyone else because his creator Allah the Almighty is watching over him and sees all that he does.
So many non-Muslims find this appealing that a large number of people who haven’t seen Allah have great faith in Him. They abide by Allah’s rule to make him happy; they worship him knowing He will be their salvation. And another reason which many non-Muslims have already found most attractive is the Holy book of Islam, The Quran. The best authentic, spiritual, scientific book of all the time. In this book, everything is written so beautifully and to help the believers in a way, which is charming to so many non-Muslims. Also, the great history of Islam, the journey of our beloved prophet is no game. These also attract so many people towards Islam and Islamic culture.
Characteristics of Islamic Culture and Civilization
Islamic civilization and culture began in 610 AD. After the arrival of beloved prophet Mohammad (peace and blessings be upon him). He started the invitation (dawah) of Islam after that immediately the culture and civilization of Islam has started. His teachings were inspiring to the Arab people, as well as the non-Arab people. By 750AD Muslims had freed the area marked from Afghanistan to Andalus in Southern Spain. That is how science, trade, and culture started thriving in the Islamic state.
How philosophy and literature influenced?
Throughout time, plenty of scholars often used to collaborate with Arabic-speaking Jews. Later became a thing in the intellectual legacy of Islamic Culture, preserved in the libraries of Toledo. Their main focus was not on Islam. Philosophy and science were their main interests in which many great Islamic Scholars had become engaged. One of them was Ibn Sina (also known as Avicenna), a Persian physician and polymath (a very intelligent generalist) who thought of combining practical medical learning with philosophical ideas together from Plato and Aristotle.
Another one was Ibn Rushd, who was also known as Averroes, an Andalusian physician, and polymath. His ways of criticisms towards Ibn Sina interpreted that Aristotle would have a major impact on Italian theologist and philosopher Thomas Aquinas in the process of shaping both his philosophical and theological ideas in the 13th century.
Principles of Islamic Culture
If we are talking about Islamic beliefs then you should know they are not based upon prioritizing Muslim societies, especially Arabic Muslim societies. The main set of principles are the five principles
We can call them the fundamentals of Islam, meaning the “five pillars of Islam”. The first one is the shahada, which is a confirmation that there is no God except Allah and that Muhammad is his prophet, his messenger (peace and blessings be upon him). That forms the first fundamental. The second one is prayer or salat, and then the 3rd one is the fasting, according to Islam it is also called sawm or the fast of Ramadan; and the last one is called zakat. People also call it charity.
Zakat is giving 2.5 percent of what one has had, or if one has certain portions of wealth for one year. The fifth one is the pilgrimage, the hajj. The pilgrimage means visiting Ka’ba and performing rituals to complete the Hajj. These are the five pillars of Islam, by obeying these is how Muslims can preserve the principle of Islamic Culture.
In current times, the assumption of Islam’s link with terrorism and mass murder has given rise to a political debate in so many countries. There is a term these days, ‘radical Islam’, which has become a well-known label to define the religion’s connection by the acts of complete and violence. Few extremist Muslims use their faith to justify terrorism, but the majority do not believe in it neither do they support this. While Muslims want to clear up the wrong idea about their faith, their religion Islam continues to spread rapidly. It seems that in recent times Islam is the world’s fastest-growing religion. According to many expert’s forecasts, Islam surpasses Christianity as the largest religion by the end of the century.
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