Numerous elements have drawn non-Muslims to Islam and Islamic culture. The sense of belonging and solidarity that Islam brings, the religious instruction Muslims deliver, and the cultural and spiritual values Islam represents are only a few of these causes.
People may have developed an interest in Islam or Islamic culture for various reasons. Others might have been lured to the religion because of its emphasis on peace and harmony or because it seemed to be the only one that fits their lifestyle. Others might have just been intrigued by the Islamic way of life, culture, and history. Islam’s approach to politics is “unique” in theory and reality. Islam has remained resistant to secularization due to its dominant position in law and administration.
Social conflicts that result from political, cultural, ethnic, racial, geographic, and religious disputes are one of the social issues facing today’s society. These days, people want a peaceful, non-violent society because they are sick of the tragic, disastrous, and catastrophic wars and conflicts. This essay examines the idea of peace and, in contrast, expresses all types of violence, arguing that religion offers helpful foundations for developing a culture of peace and achieving a society free from violence. Of course, the focus of this page is on Islam’s beliefs. As a result, there are several factors for which non-Muslims are inclined toward Islamic cultures.
Believer in the principle: Of peace
Peace is the main principle of Islam. Islam encourages its followers to abstain from war and violence and emphasizes maintaining peaceful relations with Muslim and non-Muslim members of society. People were inclined towards the principle of peace. The Qur’an constrains the use of force. Although the Qur’an allows the right to retaliation, it also promises that “God will reward those who forgive the damage and make peace.” Accepting religion is the first and most crucial element of a culture of peace. Islamic traditions hold that accepting a religious belief is a personal decision.
One God: ‘Allah’
Muslims hold that there is only one God (known as “Allah” in Arabic), who is also the Creator of all Abrahamic religions. Muslims consider Judaism and Christianity to be the development and climax of Islam.
Five times a day of prayer are required for Muslims. Men are urged to pray at mosques rather than at home to establish community ties. At the same time, women are given a particular exemption if they prefer to pray at home because of their familial obligations. Many Muslims pray anytime the time for one of the five daily prayers is about to come, whether at home, at work, or when traveling by car or train. Muslims frequently have a prayer mat in their vehicles, pull it over, spread it out during prayer time on the ground, and offer their prayers toward the Ka’aba, the center, and origin of Islam, in Mecca.
The prayer must be recited with complete meditative focus. Talking or looking about it is not permitted, except in emergencies. This is one of the dedications that attracted non-Muslims the most.
Prayer protocol and Pets
For oneself and the area of prayer, cleanliness is thought to be of utmost importance, especially as a requirement for prayer. Before offering a prayer, animal saliva must be rinsed off since it is considered unclean. Many Muslims usually do not keep pets, particularly dogs, inside their houses and avoid contact with them beyond patting to avoid having to wash excessively. Avoidance could be misinterpreted as dislike in Western societies, where many pet owners regard their animals as family members, leading to unintended offense.
Drawing visual depictions of prophets
One of the several reasons to get attracted to Islamic culture is their belief in not drawing visual depictions of prophets. For Muslims, this sensitive subject has generated a lot of debate. Drawing a picture of any prophet is viewed as highly disrespectful. From a historical standpoint, idolatry should be discouraged to uphold Islam’s basic principle of monotheism. However, there are written descriptions of the prophets’ physical characteristics in historical writings. Muslims recognize that the Torah and the Bible are Holy Scriptures God sent to the Prophets of Moses and Jesus. Muslims who follow the Islamic religion treat all of God’s prophets with the same respect and reverence as they do Prophet Muhammad.
Alcoholic beverages and pork products are haram (forbidden) in Islam. Muslims consume halal meat, which has been blessed in the name of God and was killed according to Islamic law. Alcohol can be used in items for medical reasons.
Wearing the Hijab
Islam urges Muslims to dress modestly. Muslim women from various origins uphold modesty in their unique ways, which is why their dress norms differ across civilizations. The hijab (head covering) symbolizes purity and dedication to one’s faith. Wearing the hijab is required in some nations, whereas it is optional in others (such as the United States). It does not stand for suppression and segregation. It would be impolite to condemn ladies for wearing it in any scenario.
Politeness and Respect for Elders
Muslims place a high value on respecting authority figures. Many gestures that young adults would think acceptable are frowned upon in front of seniors, such as beckoning a peer with the index finger but never an elder. Small children’s comments like these are not viewed as offensive. A certain amount of decorum is always anticipated; for example, it is regarded quite impolite to address elders by their first name or last name alone, without the prefix of Mr., Mrs., or Miss. It is preferable to start more formally and ask them to specify how they would like to be addressed. The second generations raised in Western societies might be less rigid in this regard.
It is greatly appreciated when people stand up to greet guests, especially elderly ones, open doors, give up their seats, refrain from interrupting, and behave respectfully around them. Expressing a genuine disagreement with elders’ opinions in public is considered disrespectful. However, considerately adding your opinion is welcomed.
Maintaining “social distance” is crucial while talking with Muslim women. The differences could be immediately apparent when interacting with a woman from a more conservative community. Even though she appears interested in the conversation, if she takes a tiny step back, it would be considerate to give her some space.
The article discusses several reasons why people, including non-muslims, are inclined toward Islamic Culture. Islam is also viewed as a way of life that embraces all people rather than a strict, exclusive religious law because of its emphasis on striking a balance between private and public life.