Rituals and prevailing traditions related to Demise: Comparative study of Islamic and Christian teachings

  • Sabiha Azhar Ph.D. Scholar, Department of Islamic Studies, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur, Pakistan.
  • Dr. Hafiz Nasrullah Khan Assistant Professor, Department of Islamic Studies, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur, Pakistan.
Keywords : Islam, Christianity, Death, Dead Body, Pakistan, Inter-religious, Harmony

Abstract

Religious teachings play a vital role to develop customs and traditions of world-renowned societies. Islam and Christianity, both the Semitic Religions do believe in life after death and give injunctions to their followers regarding rituals of dead. For the salvation of humanity, Islam discourage all the irrational and useless customs developed by human themselves without any divine guidance. In all societies, rituals about death and dead body have very much importance. Some Muslim societies also develops non- Islamic customs regarding death which is discouraged by Islam. All other   rituals which do not make a difference in the basic teachings of Islam, there is nothing wrong to follow these. This article compares the viewpoint of post-mortem with respect to Islamic and Christian teachings.  By adopting qualitative research methodology, we come to this conclusion that Islam and Christianity are both natural and universal religions.  Christianity has changed a lot with the passage of time. Due to which the original teachings have disappeared.  On the other hand, Islamic teachings are based on its Original sources and principles even in present time.  Hitherto, some wrong customs and traditions are taking root in the society due to ignorance of uneducated Muslims. There is a dire need to make people aware of true spirit of Islamic rituals about deceased.

Published
2021-02-08
How to Cite
AZHAR, Sabiha; KHAN, Dr. Hafiz Nasrullah. Rituals and prevailing traditions related to Demise: Comparative study of Islamic and Christian teachings. Journal of Religious Studies, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 01, p. 229-244, feb. 2021. ISSN 2663-0206. Available at: <https://jrs.uoch.edu.pk/index.php/journal3/article/view/297>. Date accessed: 21 sep. 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.33195/journal.v4i01.297.