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What is Jihad?

What is Jihad? Jihad is a term used by Muslims to mean some form of struggle or religious duty. In its literal sense, this term pertains to some form of effort or labor as a means of protecting one’s rights. Many believe that the term “jihad” was first connected with military effort. But eventually this [...]

What is a Byzantine Catholic?

What is a Byzantine Catholic? A Byzantine Catholic is a person who is a member of the Greek Byzantine Catholic Church. It is one of several “Eastern” Catholic churches that are self-governing and have autonomy from the Roman Catholic Church. It still operates in communion with the Bishop of Rome which happens to be the [...]

What is Taoism?

What is Taoism? Taoism, which is sometimes referred to as Daoism, is a set of religious practices that started in mainland China. It is believed to be founded by both Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu and attracted immense attention and gained many followers during the Tang Dynasty. Taoism comes from the root word Tao that [...]

What is Eid al-Adha?

What is Eid al-Adha? One of the most important religious holidays celebrated by Muslims around the world is the Eid al-Adha. In English, the term Eid al-Adha is more commonly known as “Festival of Sacrifice” or “Greater Eid”. The religious festival is celebrated to honor or remember how willingly Abraham sacrificed his son, Ishmael to [...]

What is Yom Kippur?

What is Yom Kippur? Perhaps the Jewish people are not going to the synagogue as often as they used to, and the number of secular Jews has increased, but on the day of Yom Kippur, most of them turn their faces to religion. This is arguably the most important holiday in the Jewish calendar and [...]

What is Mormonism?

What is Mormonism? Mormonism refers to the religious practice of the largest branch of the Latter Day Saints movement, the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints or LDS church. The term Mormonism also covers its denomination, the fundamentalist Mormons, a sect which continues to practice polygamy as a way of life (and [...]

What is Insha Allah?

What is Insha Allah? Insha Allah is a generally Islamic expression used by Muslims which means “God willing”. While other religions from Arabic countries also use the expression, it is more closely tied to Islam because of the use of Allah, the term for God used by Muslims. The term insha’Allah is used when speaking [...]

What is Paganism?

What is Paganism? Paganism is an umbrella term used to categorize religions that do not belong to the major religions in the world, such as Christianity, Islam, Judaism and Hinduism. Contrary to popular belief, paganism is not a religion, but rather a collective term for religions and beliefs outside of the major religions. Likewise, pagans [...]

What is a Fatwa?

What is a Fatwa? Fatwa is a religious edict or religious decree issued by (ideally) an Islamic religious scholar regarding issues concerning a Muslim’s life. It is not legally binding but most are akin to legal advice for most. Contrary to popular belief, a fatwa is not a death sentence, albeit it could be. A [...]

What is Worship?

What is Worship? Worship is commonly used in the religious and divine sense, pertaining to the act of devotion accorded to the supernatural. The word worship is taken from the original old English word “worthscipe” which means worthiness. Worship can also apply to the heightened sense of reverence given to a thing or person, such [...]

What is Pashtunwali?

What is Pashtunwali? Pashtunwali is an unwritten code of ethics used by the Pashtun tribes people of the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. It is also interpreted as the “way of the Pashtuns” or the “code of life”. It is also practiced by many Afghan and Pakistani non-Pashtuns who live in close proximity of Pashtun communities. Pashtunwali is [...]

What is Muslim Brotherhood?

What is Muslim Brotherhood? Muslim Brotherhood, also often called The Society of the Muslim Brothers, is a movement that spans across many countries, and is in politics the biggest opposition group in many Arab nations. It is also considered by many the most influential group of its kind. The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt [...]

What is Karma?

What is Karma? Karma is a belief by certain religions, specifically by Buddhists and Hindus, that all actions made by humans in this lifetime have a consequence that will come back to them. Everything that is happening to a person’s life at the moment, whether good or bad are the product of something that he [...]

What is Kosher?

What is Kosher? Kosher is a set of dietary laws that govern the way those of the Jewish religion eat. Kosher also pertains to the proper way of preparing food. If a food is not kosher, Jewish religion forbids the consumption of such. Foods that are not kosher are termed “treif”. Kosher, also known as [...]

What is Faith?

Faith is the belief in something, whether a person or an idea, even in the absence of proof to support such a belief. Faith is usually used in the religious sense, as a verb and as a noun. As a verb, it is the act of believing in a creator or a divine being even [...]

What is Islam?

Islam is one of the major religions of the world, and the second biggest in terms of following with roughly 1.57 billion followers worldwide. Islam, a monotheistic religion, follows the Qu’ran or the Islamic holy book, which they believe to be the verbatim and literal word of God as told through the prophet Muhammad. Islam, [...]

What is Religion?

Religion has always been one of the most widely discussed topics throughout generations. It is a powerful and emotive subject to the extent that people have killed others and given up their lives for religion. There are many things that have influenced the way man has lived over the years but among all these there [...]