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As some people don’t actually know about Islam, especially Newry as it is a small city with not many people from different religions, I have based this weeks story explaining it.

The Quran

The word “Islam” means submissions to the will of God, it comes from the Arabic word “Salam” which means peace.

To be a Muslim you must believe in the following 5 things: 1: There is no other God but God himself and you shall not worship anyone other than him; 2: You must believe in all of the Prophets and that Muhammad was the last of the Prophets; 3: Believe in the angels of God; 4: Believe in all the books of God which are the Bible, Quran and Tanak; 5: The day of judgement which is the day that happens after everyone is dead and  must go to either heaven or hell.

There are many things that were made mandatory in Islam but here’s the 5 pillars or “main”things

1: Belief that there is no other God but God and that Muhammad is the last messenger

2: Your 5 daily prayers

3: Alms, giving at least 2.5% of your money to the poor each year

4: Fasting during the month of Ramadan

5: Going to Hajj in Mecca if you are financially and medically capable at least once in your lifetime.

The main difference between Islam and Christianity is that Christians believe Jesus in the son of God while Muslims believe that Jesus was a Prophet because God can’t have a child and that you shouldn’t worship anyone other than God. 

Living in a majority Christian country can be difficult as no one around you believes in what you believe in.

Sometimes it’s hard to hold on to your faith, especially as a teenager living in Newry which is only a small town, dressing modest, no drinking, no eating pork because swine are not clean, therefore God made it forbidden not only in Islam but in Christianity and Judaism too,

Everything normalised here isn’t normal to my family or my religion but this world is just a test, the real life is the after life, so with that mindset you’ll know that even though it’s hard it’s worth it in the end.

Inas Abdulrazzaq - A Teenagers Perspective

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