THE CULTURE OF ISLAM

To accept Islam (and thus submit to Allah), is to embrace a seventh century Arabic culture that strictly adheres to the sayings of the prophet Mohammed (Hadith), which consist,among other things, of the following “rules for living”:

* Language — According to Muslims, Arabic is the only language of heaven (though ironically, the Koran contains certain foreign words that are Hebrew, Greek and Persian).

* Dress — The traditional Arab dress (Ihran) must be worn at certain festivities and rituals, especially when one embarks on the final stages of his pilgrimage (hajj) to Mecca — a journey that should happen at least once in a Muslim’s lifetime.