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Ethical Purity Essay

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Ethics of Purity
Comparison and Contrast of Islam and Judaism

The world we reside is full of religions and beliefs of every sort. They all vary accordingly to the geographic, social, and linguistic diversity of the planet itself. According to the late Bishop Mark Pullevard purity means: “the voluntary subjection of oneself to God." Source: The Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913
Both Islam and Judaism believe that purity plays a big role internal or external in the focus of one’s self within the religious sphere and to the attainment or pleasure of God’s will. Within this Essay we shall explore ritual and ethical understandings of both Islam and Judaism and reflect on mutual understandings ...view middle of the document...

They believe that any object may become unclean except those made of stone, unfired clay, dung, wood and bone. Objects which become impure through contact with a corpse must be passed through either fire or water; however the earthenware vessels cannot be purified and must be broken.
The Talmud usually makes references and links purity to other fields of personal advancement in religion. "Purity is one of the grades on the way to the spirit of holiness" (Av. Zara. 20b)
And That "Repentance and good deeds are conducive to purity and holiness" (Beer. 17a)
These were just some examples of purity according to Jewish tradition, but most of all the Jews believe that one of the highest forms of ethical internal and external purifying oneself is by reading the Torah itself.
Islam is similar to Judaism in ways of certain beliefs systems and concentrates on both internal and external purification.
The Quran States: (Indeed, Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and loves those who purify themselves.) (2:222)
One has to be pure in Islam if the prayer ritual is to be valid. In Islam u must bathe after ejaculation or sexual intercourse. Muslims regard the Quran and the Sunnah (way of The Prophet PBUH) taps a guide when it comes to all issues in religion. The holy Quran says about Purity:
Allah says in the Glorious Quran: (O you who believe! When you rise up for prayer, wash your faces, and your hands up to the elbows, and wipe your heads (with wet hands), and (wash) your feet up to the ankles. And if you are in a state of major ritual impurity (anabas), purify yourselves (by taking a bath). And if you are sick or on a journey or one of you come from the answering of call of nature, or you have had contact with women, and you find no water, then go to clean earth and wipe your faces and hands with some of it. Allah does not want to place you in difficulty, but He wants to purify you and to perfect His grace upon you that you may give thanks.) Source ( Surah Al-Maidah :6) Holy Quran
Islam states that one must wash his hands prior and subsequent to meals and an example of this is given by the Prophet Muhammad who said: "Food is blessed when one washes his hands before and after it." (Tirmidhi) It also states that one should keep his mouth and teeth.
Islam also encourages that one should clean the places that may become a breeding ground for germs and filth. Another example of this is given by this Quote:"There are five acts which are from the innate nature with which Allah created humans: circumcision, removing the pubic hair, plucking the hair of the armpits, shortening the moustache, and clipping the nails." (Bukhari)
We have seen The Religious Definitions of purity in both, examples we have touched upon in the first discussion shows us that both Islam and Judaism externally agree in some points of purification beliefs. They also I would say believe in internal purification a way towards God as it were. Both Religions agree that it’s...

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