Common aspects of Muslim Culture


1. Allah is the One God, Prayer Customs During Travel, In the Mosque And At Home

The Muslims have a belief that a Creator of mankind is the one God known as “Allah”. The Muslims also believe that Islam is the culmination and continuation of Christianity and Judaism.

2. The Role Of The Prayer Leader Or The Iman

The traditional roles of the Iman which is an Arabic word which means to “stand in front of”, is to lead groups in prayer and to guide in matters associated with worship, as well as to perform the services associated with funeral rites and marriages. They can also offer spiritual guidance and support. There are no clergies in Islam and the Iman is often any one of the Muslim community members that are either hired or in good-standing for these selected purposes. He will be chosen according to his deep knowledge and understanding of the different Islamic disciplines. The Muslims have a belief in a spiritual connection that is direct with God, which means the Iman is never considered as an intercessor.

3. About The Prayer Protocols And Pets

Cleanliness in Muslim culture is regarded as highly important, especially as one of the prerequisites for prayer, for an individual and the place that they pray at. Saliva from animals is regarded as unclean and has to be washed away before a prayer is offered. In order to avoid the process of washing excessively, most Muslims will not own or keep pets, including animals like dogs inside the home, and will avoid contact with these animals.

4. Dietary Restrictions

Pork and any products that contain pork or alcoholic drinks are considered “haram”, which means forbidden in Islam. The Muslims also eat meat which is “halal”, where the meat will be slaughtered in an Islamic way and then it is blessed in the name of their God. Alcohol that is used in medicinal products is permitted.

5. Celebrations: Eid-ul-Adha and Eid-UI-Fitr

The Islamic calendars are based on lunar cycles, that has 11 days shorter than Solar calendars. This is the reason why the Islamic holidays are on different dates each year. The Muslims believe that the Quran was revealed to their Prophet Muhammad in a month known as Ramadan, which falls in the 9th month of the Islamic calendar. During this time the Muslims fast, where they refrain from drinking liquids or consuming food from dawn up until sunset. During this time the religion encourages practicing reflection, charity, and forgiveness, and to then capitalize on these factors for the remainder of their year.

Eid-ul-Fitr is the mark of the end of their fasting. The greeting known as “Eid Mubarak” which means “Happy Eid” is the phrase used for wishing the Muslims well for this day. Eid-al-Adha starts on the 10th day of Dhu’l-Hijja, which is the 12th month in the Islamic calendar. It lasts for 3 days, this event occurs at the end of the annual Haj, which is known as the pilgrimage to Mecca. Eid-ul-Adha is the occasion that commemorates Abraham’s obedience to God.

Obedience to god

The Islamic New Year starts in the month known as Muharram, which is 20-days after Haj. Unlike the majority of the Western holidays, welcoming in the Islamic new year happens to be a quiet event which is marked by prayer.

6. Respect And Politeness For Elders

In the Muslim culture, the Muslims pay particular attention to showing the utmost respect for elders. There are a number of gestures that seem acceptable for the younger adults to participate in, which are considered as rude when in the presence of an elder. For example, a person might call one of their peers using their index finger, yet they would never do this to someone who is older. These types of expressions from young children will not be considered as offensive. A level of decorum happens to be one of the expectations. For example, calling an elder by either their last or first name without a prefix of Miss, Mrs. or Mr. is regarded as highly rude. The second generations that reside in the Western societies are often more flexible about this. Standing to greet a guest, especially an elder, opening a door, giving up your seat, and maintaining a general respectful demeanor comes highly appreciated. Voicing strong and open opposition to views of an elder is seen as insulting. However, a polite insertion of one’s views will be appreciated.

7. Shaking Hands

In the Western societies where the common form for a greeting involves a handshake with people of opposite genders is usually widely practiced. However, there are a few Muslims that do not shake hands. In order to avoid offending an American’s feelings when a handshake is refused, as well as to prevent the Muslim women from feeling uncomfortable when they attempt to avoid a handshake, it is advisable to rather wait and see if the woman offers her hand. If a hand is not offered an acceptable greeting includes a nod of your head with a smile.

8. Removing Your Shoes Before You Enter A Home

Removing your shoes before you enter a Muslim home will be appreciated due to cleanliness reasons, especially when your shoes are full of soil or mud. The Muslims keep shoes that they only wear indoors. It is always polite to ask a host if they would prefer their guests to take off their shoes. The emergency responders are exempt from such a custom.

9. Emergency Treatments

In general, a paramedic or doctor that is a woman is more preferable for Muslim women. However, when faced with an emergency situation to prevent an injury or save the person’s life, it is regarded as acceptable if a male doctor or paramedic treats a woman.

10. Eye Contact

Maintaining constant eye-contact may make the elderly and Muslim women feel uncomfortable. The best way is to look the person in the eye briefly and then to look away. It is still important to slightly tilt the head or nod once in a while to show the person you are interested in talking to them. The majority of the Muslims that live in the Western societies have become accustomed to this and will usually not be bothered by direct eye-contact. The children in a few Asian and Muslim societies are still taught that they should not be staring into eyes of a figure in authority or the elderly and that it is regarded as challenging or disrespectful.


One thought on “Common aspects of Muslim Culture

  1. Anonymous says:

    is it really necessary to discuss trivial matters like animal saliva and shaking hands with
    women on here?

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