Islam by Giovanni Filoramo

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Muslims perform their rituals with the conviction that performing them will ease the proceedings during the Last Day. 71 As already mentioned, Javanese Muslims have frequently told me that the first thing God asks every individual on the Day of Resurrection is how diligent they have been in performing the five daily prayers. Assiduousness in ritual performance may be rewarded with paradise, whereas a systematic neglect of Islamic ritual duties most likely will be reimbursed with the Fire. ”72 As a man sows, so shall he reap.

70 By performing the prescribed rituals then, Muslims follow the example of their prophet. In doing this, they are sure they are on the straight way, which they ask for numerous times each day by way of the first chapter of the Koran, s¢uratu l-f¢ati®hah. The second ‘basic’ proposed above is that of Islamic rituals as meritgenerating. Muslims perform their rituals with the conviction that performing them will ease the proceedings during the Last Day. 71 As already mentioned, Javanese Muslims have frequently told me that the first thing God asks every individual on the Day of Resurrection is how diligent they have been in performing the five daily prayers.

Ruéyah thus becomes ruéyatu l-hil¢al, for example. Moreover, composites and expressions have been given in a form that comes close to their pronunciation, and the reason for this is that the common way of Indonesianizing Arabic also uses this method. The last chapter of the Koran I thus refer to by s¢uratu n-n¢as, instead of the commonplace s¢urat al-n¢as or s¢urat an-n¢as. The transliterated Arabic in its ‘Western’ and Indonesian forms thus look rather alike. Diverging from Wehr, the Arabic letters ‫ث‬, ‫خ‬, ‫ذ‬, ‫ش‬, and ‫ غ‬have been transliterated in the present work as th, kh, dh, sh, and gh respectively (thus replacing Wehr’s t, kh, d, „s, and ¢g).

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