6 high risk behaviors muslims do not indulge in

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6. High-risk behaviorsMuslims do not indulge in alcohol and drugs. We are taught that alcohol and drugs have no benefit in our bodies, and they may lead us to sin when we become drunk. Allah forbids anything that intoxicates the body and it is declared unlawful.7. NutritionAll Muslims are forbidden from taking pork as it is considered to be haram. Islam recommends that a Muslim must slaughter any animal meat that is to be eaten by a Muslim, if
CULTURALLY COMPETENT NURSING5this is not possible, a person of the book should slaughter it. The animal should be slaughtered quickly with a sharp knife to minimize its suffering.8. Pregnancy and childbearingIslam allows the use of contraception except in places where there is extremism. Personally, I use contraception as a means of family planning. Muslim women prefer female birth attendants during delivery. After the child is born, the child’s father recites adhan, a call to prayer in the child’s right ear as the first words he hears once he is born. The most common adhanis “there is no other supreme being but God, and Muhammad is His prophet." Seven days after a child is born, a community celebration, aqiqah,is held, the father slaughters two animals and a third of the meat is supposed to be given to the poor. After a woman gives birth, she is encouraged to take dates to increase milk production for the baby.9. Death ritualsMuslims perceive death as transition from one form to another which leads us to life afterdeath. After death, the body is washed and covered with a white cloth and should be buried as soon as possible with his face facing the holy city of Mecca; cremation is forbidden. At the funeral, mourners of the same gender are allowed to hug and shake hands and photos and videos are not allowed at the funeral. The official mourning period for a relative is three days but a widow may continue to mourn for up to four months and ten days. Organ donation with the aim of saving lives is allowed but not full body donation.10. SpiritualityThe word ‘Islam’ means “attainment of peace with Allah (God) and man, and full acknowledgement to Allah in thoughts, words, beliefs, and deeds.” Muslims, who are the followers of the Islamic religion, live by the teachings of the Islamic Holy Book, the Quran. It
CULTURALLY COMPETENT NURSING6teaches that there is only one God, Allah, and that there is a judgment day and life after death. In addition to the belief that Muhammad is the last prophet of Allah, Muslims base their lives on the

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