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Religious Studies

Islam: revelation

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In religion revelation is central to understanding God and sprituality. It's a way of revealing the 'truth' of that religion.

General and special revelation

There are two types of revelation:

  • General revelation is indirect, and available to everyone. Some truths about God can be revealed through reason, conscience, the natural world, or moral sense.
  • Special revelation is direct revelation to an individual or a group. This sort of revelation includes dreams, visions, experience and prophecy.

Muslims often use the phrase, ‘Peace be upon him’ (pbuh) after saying the name of a prophet of Islam as a sign of respect eg,' Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).' In Arabic these salutations are called salawat. The phrase is abbreviated to SAW (Arabic) or PBUH (English).

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