Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement

A Partnership between the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion,
Omar Ibn Al Khattab Foundation, & USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture

Religious Observances

Islamic Religious Observances
  • Islamic Holidays Muslims celebrate holidays according to a lunar calendar that causes the holidays to shift throughout the solar year
  • Ramadan 101 Ramadan is the month during which the Quran was revealed, providing guidance for the people, clear teachings, and the statute book. Quran 2:185
  • Ramadan around the World A picture diary of the traditions and foods associated with Ramadan
  • Islamic Life-cycle This website outlines Islamic markings of birth, puberty, marriage, death, and pilgrimage
  • Pillars of Islam Islam is founded on five pillars of faith
  • Guide to Islamic Prayer This article provides a step-by-step account of how to participate in Islamic prayer
  • The Meaning of Islamic Prayer This article examines the essence, meaning and purpose of prayer as well as its effect on individuals and society
  • Hajj One of the five pillars of Islamic faith is hajj- pilgrimage to Mecca
  • "The Longest Hajj: The Journey of Ibn Batutta",Saudi Aramco World, pp 2-5, July/August 2000. This article explores a 14th century account of one pilgrim's experience in hajj


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