Religion in Afghanistan and Religious Practices
One of the main religions in Afghanistan is Muslim. Ninety nine percent of people in Afghanistan are Muslims. The other one percent of the people living in Afghanistan have many small different types of groups such as: Sikhs, Jews, Parsis, and Hindus.Other thinsg located in Afghanistan are the graves covered with flags of saintlike people. Islam symbolizes a unifying symbolic system that rises from the existence of deep pride in loyalties and a sense of personal and family honor. They belive in respecting everyone and even yourself and to honor what you have and to be fortunate.
For Muslims, they have a male figure who is very important to their religious practices, the mullah. The mullah leads prayers on Friday and does marriages and funerals. In some places located in Afghanistan the mullah decides what their people can and cannot do, somewhat like a ruler. Besides the mullah, there are people called muezzin who call the congregation to prayer. As a Muslim, at least once in your life you are supposed to participate in going to the temple in mecca, and taking part in the special prayers located in the town of Mecca.
Afghanistans love family and social events, especially when it comes to religion. Muslims have many different holidays, one of them is the ninth month of the Muslim calender, called Ramadan. During this holiday you are supposed to fast but exceptions are for elders, young children, and the sick.Many more holidays take place during the year. Another religious holiday Afghans celebrate is called Eid al Adha. This holiday takes place during December to Febuary, during the tenth day of the twevlth month of the Islamic calender. This festival is because the prophet Abraham's devotion to God through him willingly going to sacrifice his son to God really means he was dedicated to God. For this holiday, major festivals happen like the Apple Blossom festival.
Mawleed al Nabi is a religious holiday that takes place during March to May and is celebrated for the prophet Muhammad's birthday, who received messages from God and told his people. Afghanistans celebrate the new year in a very big way. Their celebrations can last up to ten days. The New Year holiday is called Nau Roz. Afgans forgive others and basically start over.Islam symbolizes a unifying symbolic system that rises from the existence of deep pride in loyalties and a sense of personal and family honor. They believe in respecting everyone and even yourself and to honor what you have and to be fortunate. One last important religion holiday to Afghans is Ashura, during January to March. It is a day of mourning for the Martyr Husayn bin Ali, Muhammad's grandson who was his rightful successor.