Middle Eastern Religions

Middle Eastern religions originated in the Middle East; namely Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and Iranic religions. Smaller minority religions, such as the Bahá’í Faith, Druze, Nusairism, Manichaeism, Sabianism,  Bábism, Yazidism, Mandaeism, Gnosticism, Yarsanism, Samaritanism, ShabakismIshikismAli-Illahism, Alevism, Yazdânism and Zoroastrianism are also present in the Middle East.

 

The smaller, religiously unaffiliated population is forecast to grow 56%, from about 2 million to more than 3 million. Hindus, adherents of folk religions and Buddhists are expected to experience the greatest growth as a percentage of their modest 2010 counts, with each group more than doubling in size by 2050.

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Human Rights Abuses and Islam

Human Rights Abuses and Islam The ideology of Western civilization claims the concept of human rights as its invention. In fact, Islamic Law had long since recognized basic human rights and established principles and safeguards which have only recently been incorporated in various international conventions and declarations. The relationship between...

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Islam and Alcoholic Drinks

Islam and Alcoholic Drinks Islam is a faith which appeals to reason and conscience. Since alcohol is injurious to reason and diminishes a man’s intelligence, moral sense, logical powers and spiritual sensitiveness, any drop of it is strictly forbidden to any Muslim. It is tragic to think of the millions...

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Humane Treatment of Animals

Humane Treatment of Animals God, the Creator of human beings and animals, has made animals subservient to us. We depend on animals for the food we eat and the milk we drink. We bring animals into our homes for love and companionship. We survive critical illness and live longer because...

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Belief Enables Man to Attain True Humanity

Belief Enables Man to Attain True Humanity Belief enables man to attain true humanity, and to acquire a position above all other creatures. Thus, belief and worship are the most fundamental and important duties of man. Unbelief, by contrast, reduces him to the state of a brutal but extremely impotent...

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Belief, Great Contentment and Blessing

Belief, Great Contentment and Blessing If you wish to understand how to enjoy, through belief, great contentment and blessing, how to experience fulfillment and ease, then listen to the following parable. A parable to understand how belief gives contentment and brings blessing Two men set off together on a journey...

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Islamic Calligraphy

Islamic Calligraphy Islamic calligraphy is the artistic practice of handwriting and calligraphy, based upon the alphabet in the lands sharing a common Islamic cultural heritage. It includes Arabic, Persian, Ottoman, Pakistan and Indian calligraphy. It is known in Arabic as khatt Islami (خط إسلامي‎), meaning Islamic line, design, or construction. The development of Islamic calligraphy is strongly tied to the Qur’an; chapters and excerpts from the...

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Healing Revival

Healing Revival Healing revival is a term used by many American Charismatics in reference to a Christian revival movement that began in June 1946 and continued through the 1950s. The period of revival was a significant influence on the modern charismatic movement. Evangelists The period of revivals was described by Christian writer...

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Satisfaction View of The Atonement

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Redeemer in Christianity

Redeemer in Christianity  Jesus is sometimes referred to as a redeemer in Christianity. This refers to the salvation he is believed to have accomplished, and is based on the metaphor of redemption, or “buying back”. In the New Testament, redemption is used to refer both to deliverance from sin and to freedom from captivity. Although...

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Non-denominational Islam

Non-denominational Islam Non-denominational Islam is an umbrella term that has been used for and by Muslims who do not belong to or do not self-identify with a specific Islamic denomination. Sectarian controversies have a long and complex history in Islam and they have been exploited and amplified by rulers for political ends. However, the notion of...

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Islam and Children

Islam and Children The topic of Islam and children includes the rights of children in Islam, the duties of children towards their parents, and the rights of parents over their children, both biological and foster children. Also discussed are some of the differences regarding rights with respect to different schools of thought. Muhammad...

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Refresh Your Faith

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Wudu: A Prescription for Good Health

Wudu: A Prescription for Good Health Here is a grand prescription from among the many marvels of the Qur’an. The day will come when even non-Muslims will imitate the Muslim wudu or washing before prayer, a privilege and favour Muslims have enjoyed for more than fourteen hundred years. And they...

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The Reconstruction of Religious Thought in Islam

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Comparison Between The Worlds of Believers And Unbelievers

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What is Islam and Why is it Sensible to Submit Your Will to God?

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Islamic Views on Adoption

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Islamic Military Jurisprudence

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Islamic View of Miracles

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Are Muslims Guilty of Imperialism?

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