When I say, “Muslim culture” to some people, they immediately ask me, “Don’t you mean your Muslim faith?”
While Islam IS my faith, having a culture does not only adhere to what race you are, i.e. Pakistani for example. Cultures can expand from a country’s culture, i.e. American culture, Canadian culture, Italian culture etc. etc. To a specific area you live in , i.e. rural or urban. And most prominently from your family. This being said, it should come as no surprise to you that while being a religion, Islam is also a culture. I’m here to explain to you a little bit of Islam’s culture, and a little bit of the religion of Islam.
If you’ve ever seen a Muslim, spoken to a Muslim, or even been to an Islamic event, then you’ve witnessed Islamic culture. It includes what we eat, how we eat, what we wear, and most especially, the common language that binds us all together – Arabic. You have Muslims that live in so many different countries and speak so many different languages, and although some of us are not fluent, every Muslims knows at least some Arabic.
Muslims believe Prophet Muhammad was the last prophet sent to the world by God. He was an Arab in terms of ethnicity. Many of the things Muslims do come from Arab culture even if they are not Arab because they find comfort in following the actions of Prophet Muhammad. This Arab connection has become a part of who we are. Now, I’m not saying all of Islamic culture is Arab culture, because it’s not. But for the most part, I’m sure you can see a common link.
One of the things I love about my Muslim culture is the food! Where ever you go, it is barely arguable that Muslims prepare some amazing food. Every Muslim knows how to make a good curry! And if you don’t, then your mom does. And if neither of you do, then I bet you’re learning! No Muslim house is without rice or tea! All the different types of food are just so delicious!
We also have very beautiful clothes. A lot of what we wear, especially for special occasions, are just beautiful and different. Even our non-formal dress is beautiful. No matter where you go, you can always tell us apart from everyone else; we’re just this one big family.
Cultural aspects aside, Islam is a beautiful faith in a whole. 1400 years ago, revelation came down to Prophet Muhammad (saw). The one day that every Muslim will never forget. The best day of our lives, when Allah gave us Islam.
Islam is not only a religion, but it’s a way of life. Everything we do is Islam. From the way we eat , sleep, talk, use the bathroom, treat people, TREAT OURSELVES, and just life in general. There’s nothing that Islam doesn’t cover.
Islam teaches us how to be better people and keeps us from things that may harm us in both this world and the next.
Some people might think Islam has way too many rules, but what they don’t understand is , the rules are there to help us out in our lives. You know how people say “Oh, life didn’t come with a guide books” and things like that?
They are so wrong.
YES IT DID. Allah wouldn’t just leave us to fend for ourselves without knowing what to do. Allah gave us the Qur’an, He gave us His prophet, and He gave us Islam. And He showed us the way.