Describe your religious beliefs

November 8, 2008 3:42pm CST
Hi, I'm interested in reading people's religious beliefs. I would like to know what you believe in, what rituals and customs there are in your religion and what are the fundamental beliefs in your religion. I am a recent convert to islam, I did not really practise any religion before. Islam is an Arabic word which means submission, it is derived from another Arabic word 'Salaam' which means peace. There are 5 Pillars which form the basic foundation of a Muslim's belief: 1. Declaration of faith, it is called the Shahadah 2. Prayer which is called Salaat, we Muslims pray 5 times a day 3. Charity, called Zakaat. The word Zakaat means both purification and growth. We give a proportion of our wealth to help the poor. 4. Fasting during the month of Ramadan. It is a method of self purification. When we fast we cut ourselves away from worldy comforts and go hungry, it helps us be more sympathetic to those who are poor and those who go hungry throughout the year. 5. Pilgramige which is called the Hajj. Muslims who are phsically and financially able must perform the Hajj at least once in a lifetime. Pilgrims wear simple garments, which strip away distinctions of class and culture, so all of us stand equal before our Creater. After the Hajj Muslims celebrate Eid al Adha, we exchange gifts, pray and meet our friends and relatives. After Ramadan there is Eid al Fitr, chairty is given to the poor and we celebrate by meeting our friends and relatives as well as exchanging gifts. I would appreciate it if people could create a nice discussion where we all respect each other's beliefs. Looking forward to your replies, Bye!
4 responses
@ShealM (388)
• Canada
8 Nov 08
Another Pagan here. More specifically my beliefs are a combination of Druid and Celtic Shaman. Both philosophies believe in the 3X3 or do no harm rule. It states "Harm none and do as ye will". Druids are scholars and artists. Some Druids (like myself) become Bards or story tellers. These are the Druids that record history and tell stories to those in their community while other Druids become healers and spell workers (community "shaman" in so many words). Druids believe in the Mighty Oak Tree and Her divinity. The Oak Tree is a main center piece to Druidic beliefs. Wise and strong She grows high and reaches for the warmth and nurturing of the sun but also grows without impeding the ones around Her or taking more than Her share. Druids believe in shape shifting, astral projection, magic spells and the seasons are another central figure within the beliefs. They are celebrated (the seasons) and ever animal has characteristics associated with them (including being divine symbols of the Gods and Goddesses) such as for example the Salmon, He is a symbol of wisdom and unfailing strength or the Dav (pronounced dave) aka Stag or Male Deer. He is the symbol of protection and strength, He is also the symbol for The Green Man\Herne\Cernannos (God of protection and the hunt and all things in nature). Celtic Shamanism is all of the above but with the added twist of self help and The Life Tree along with other worlds connected to the Goddesses and Gods called Upper World, Middle World and Lower World. The Celtic Shaman travels The Life Tree for self healing reasons, and to attain a higher enlightenment as well as help others with answers they may be seeking or healing they need. There at the base of The Life Tree is also the River of Time, Traveling back, forth and to the present to learn from past mistakes, present situations and about possible future outcomes (a type of divination "tool" so to speak). A Celtic Shaman has a Spirit Guide, sometimes several. The main belief in Celtic Shamanism is that a Shaman cannot help those around them if they cannot help and heal themselves. One must love themselves in order to lovingly help those around them. Celtic Shamanism closely resembles Native American Shamanism. Meditation, herb use for healing and even dance\song\singing or instrument use very closely resembles the cultures of Native American Shamanism, except for the fact that it originated in Ireland and Scotland and the instruments are fairly different (harp, pan flute, ect). Both look deeply to the self as a temple, that in order to live a full life we must help ourselves to heal on all levels of self (mental, emotional, physical, spiritual). Belief in psychism is not uncommon among Celtic Shamans and Druids as well as paranormal phenomena. I also have ties to Unitarian Universalist beliefs where all religions, all cultures and all peoples are equal. That we all are on the same path to the same divine end, we just call it by different names. All religions are accepted as equal and all people from all walks of life are equal. We study all doctrines of faith to understand. We also believe in spreading messages of cultural and religious diversity with equality and respect to those diversities. To accept oneself we must first begin to accept and understand those around us.
@ShealM (388)
• Canada
9 Nov 08
Thank you for the compliments, I find your paganism very fascinating as well.
@hellcord (675)
• Romania
15 Nov 08
My religion says that you should: - Follow your heart. If you go to one place with many people of one religion, and you don't like how you feel there, then keep moving, find another place - Take long fun trips outside of the material world. Take your psychedelics and ride them good, for they will SHOW you what's out there, not just tell you, like the religious texts do The rest of the instructions I'm still waiting for, since I only have these 2, those are the ones I follow at the moment. Peace :D
@systems (460)
• India
9 Nov 08
I am an Indian by culture. I follow Hindu culture (many say its just a religion as they do not know more about it and they also find it superior to their religion..) I believe in Humanity.. I respect the religion/culture which: 1) Has no concept called different religions. 2) Tell to help but not to harm others irrespective of religions. 3) Believe that All good paths lead to God and Only God. 4) Respect all the Good paths/religions as they lead towards God. 5) Promote Vegetarianism. My culture has these in it.. I hate the religions which: 1) Uses Violence and/or any bad means to spread the religion. 2) Does not Respect other religions. 3) Claim itself as the only/last path to GOD and Not accept the other religions as the paths towards God. 4) Has no tolerance and freedom. 5) Has hatred towards other Religions (concepts like pagans, kafirs etc..). 5) Does not allows to follow any other religion and imposes any rules that you should not convert to another religion. 6) Say/preach to harm the people who get convert to different religion. 7) Copies content from other religions and claim that its purely their own religion's content.. My culture/Religion does not have these.. My Religion Has and is Humanity (Hinduism)
@ladysakurax (1163)
• Canada
9 Nov 08
hmm I wsa raised to be buddhist. But in the long run, the faith of this phylosophy was not what i wanted. It was said that people want to reach the top or the light in order to reincarnate because living is suffering. So most Buddhist want to reach that enlightment in order to not come back. I didn't know this until I took a course at university which talks about this religion in particular and India's variety of beliefs. So I decided to not become a buddisht anymore. It sounds crazy but no matter what the hardship it is, I want to come back to life again.I don't know what suits me the best. There are so many vast religions and each would say that if I don't believe it, i would go to hell. So here I am stuck up in my religious identity. I just feel that no matter what I decide, it could be a wrong one. For this reason, I'll just act righteously and do good deeds for the moment. I don't know what to believe so I think I am already condemned for hell. And of course i respect everyone's belief. Have a good meditation or pray in whatever you believe :)