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“Many Peoples, Many Faiths”. by Ameena Zia. Reflect On. Do you have to be religious to pray? How many of you pray before turning in a paper, for an exam, or quiz? Is there only one way to pray?.

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reflect on
Reflect On
  • Do you have to be religious to pray?
  • How many of you pray before turning in a paper, for an exam, or quiz?
  • Is there only one way to pray?

“Prayer is an effort to communicate with God, or to another deity or spirit, either to offer praise, to make a request, or simply to express one's thoughts and emotions”-Wikipedia Encyclopedia


* Believe in One God, Yahweh.

* Oldest Abrahamic Religion.

Q. What is an Abrahamic Religions?

* Jews read from the Torah, Old Testament, and Talmud.

* The Torah is written in Hebrew.

* They rest on Shabbat, Sabbath, begins before sundown on Friday till sunset on Saturday.

* do no work: ie. Writing, Driving

* Three daily prayers, prayers to say --small

* Congregated prayers consist of 10 men.

  • Believe in the Trinity:
    • Father, Holy Spirit, The Son

* “Centered on the life teachings, sayings and actions of Jesus, the Christ.” (wikipedia)

* The Bible = Old Testament + New Testament

* Congregational Prayers in Services, Sing Hymns (Praises).

* “Prayer is communion with God.”

* Sunday Day of Rest

* Worlds Largest Religion

  • Believe in One God, Allah
  • Source of Guidance:
    • The Holy Qur’an –revealed in Arabic
    • The Hadith, Sayings of Prophet Muhammad
  • Belief in Prophets Adam to Prophet Muhammad
  • Congregational Prayers, Need two men, own Family
  • Pray 5 times a day (set times)
  • Jumu’ah: Friday (not day of rest but services offered in congregation – 2nd Prayer of the Day
  • No specific founder
  • Oldest major Religion still practiced Today
  • Polytheistic: belief in many Gods
  • Divine: Brahman = Atman
  • Great God: Vishnu (many reincarnations of Him)
  • Source: The Vedas
  • Believe in Wheel of Samsara (reincarnation)
  • One has a Dharma: Sacred Duty
  • Born into a Caste – due your duty correctly be reborn higher.
  • Emerged in 6th B.C.E
    • Reform of Hinduism
  • The Buddha: Enlightened or Awakened One
    • Siddhartha Guatama
    • Religion and Philosophy of Life based on the Buddha
  • The Four Noble Truths concern Nature of Life
  • The Eight Fold Path – live by these instructions
  • Believe in Samsara too
  • Achieve Nirvana: True Liberation, the Goal
  • Meditation – form of prayer
  • “The theory or belief that God does not exist.” (The Atheist and his Atheism)
  • Consequence of what one knows
    • How one reasons
  • Not really a religion, lacks the requirements
  • Do they Pray?

Q. What is their take on Prayer in School?

food 4 thought
Food 4 Thought
  • Is one allowed to pray in school?
  • Which religion, if any, is effected by this?
  • Compare and Contrast two religions?
  • Which religions are Eastern? Western?
  • What is something new you learned today?
  • Google for Images
  • Religions of the World
  • Ellwood, Robert & McGraw, Barbara. “Many Peoples, Many Faiths: Women and Men in the World Religions,Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2002.
  • 6th ed. Exploring Religious Meaning. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 2003.