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Salam

Salam, sometimes spelled salaam, is an Arabic word that literally means "peace", but is also used as a general greeting, above all in Arabian countries and by the Muslims and farsi language countries, but also in other countries where Islam is im ...

                                               

Salat

Salāt is the practice of prayer in Islam. It is one of the five most important duties for Muslims. To perform Salat, a persons mind must be in a state of ritual purity, which comes from ritual ablution, wudūʾ.

                                               

Salmacis

In Greek mythology, Salmacis was a naiad nymph of a spring at Caria in Asia Minor. She didnt follow the other nymphs of the goddess Diana and united bodies with Hermaphroditus becoming a single being, both male and female. "There dwelt a Nymph, n ...

                                               

Salvation (Christianity)

Salvation in Christianity is found through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. This is why Good Friday, the day the Christian churches remember His death, is called good. Also Easter celebrates His resurrection and is the most important C ...

                                               

Books of Samuel

The Books of Samuel were originally one book. The first Greek translation was split in two because it is unusually long. Other languages followed. The first book of Samuel tells the history of Israel from the birth of Samuel until Sauls death. It ...

                                               

Sanctification

The word sanctification refers to the act of making holy or setting apart as special. The word is used five times in the Authorized Version of the New Testament. To sanctify means" to set apart for special use or purpose,” and" to make holy or sa ...

                                               

Sangha

In Buddhism, the word sangha means "assembly" or "community." For Buddhists, there are two sanghas that are very important: the community of noble disciples the community of Buddhist monks and nuns In Buddhism, there are three things that a Buddh ...

                                               

Second Coming

In Christianity, the Second Coming is a time when Jesus Christ will come back to earth. The Apostles Creed and the Nicene Creed state that "Christ will come again". This coming is to judge the living and the dead. Throughout history, there have b ...

                                               

Second Vatican Council

The Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, or Vatican II, was the twenty-first Ecumenical Council of the Roman Catholic Church. An Ecumenical Council is a meeting of the bishops of the Church to discuss matters of Church doctrine and practice. ...

                                               

Septuagint

The original Septuagint was a translation of the Torah, the five books of Moses from the Hebrew Bible into the Greek language. It was done between the 3rd and 1st centuries BC in Alexandria. It was the first translations of the Hebrew Bible. Afte ...

                                               

Service of worship

A service of worship is a religious meeting where people of a church come together, usually in a cathedral or church building, in order to worship God. It may also be called a church service or prayer service or just service. It is the usual term ...

                                               

Shafi`i

The Syafii or Shafii is one of the four schools of jurisprudence within Sunni Islam, third largest by population, and it was founded by Imam Syafii. It is practiced in this Asian and African parts: South Asia: Maldives, Sri Lanka and most of Sout ...

                                               

Shavuot

Shavuot is a holiday celebrated by Jewish people. They celebrate it to remember the day God gave the Torah to the entire nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai, the holiday association between the giving of the Torah and Shavuot is not explici ...

                                               

Shemini Atzeret

Shemini Atzeret is a Jewish holiday of the autumn. In Israel, the date of the holiday is 22 Tishrei on the Hebrew calendar. Outside of Israel, it is two days long, on 22-23 Tishrei. On the Gregorian calendar, Shemini Atzeret comes in late Septemb ...

                                               

Shiaphobia

Anti-Shiism or Shiaphobia is the prejudice against or hatred of Shia Muslims. Shia Muslims make up somewhere between 10 and 20 percent of Muslims worldwide. Sunni Islam and Shia Islam split because the two groups have different beliefs about the ...

                                               

Shinto

Shinto is a form of Japanese animism. It has many kami, translated as gods or nature spirits. Some "kami" are just spirits of certain places, and some are the overall "kami". The word "Shinto" comes from the Japanese words 神 ", shin - the word f ...

                                               

Sign of the cross

The sign of the cross is a physical gesture made by Catholic and Orthodox Christians, and sometimes also Protestants. It is usually done at the start and end of prayers. In the Catholic tradition, the right hand goes from the forehead, to the che ...

                                               

Sikhism in Pakistan

Sikhism is a very small minority religion in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan but has many cultural, historical and political ties to the country, and to the historical region of the Punjab. Today, Pakistan, a nation of over 170 million, is 97% M ...

                                               

Simony

Simony means that one pays for an office or a position in the hierarchy of Christian church. It is an offense against canon law. Simony became widespread in the Catholic Church in the 9th and 10th centuries. The name comes from Simon Magus, who a ...

                                               

Snake worship

Snake worship is the worshipping of snakes. The worshipping of snakes occurs in many ancient cultures. In religion and mythology, snakes were often seen as images of strength, or of renewal. In Hindu mythology, the snake or Naga represents rebirt ...

                                               

Society of Jesus

The Society of Jesus is a Roman Catholic Church religious order whose members are called Jesuits, Soldiers of Christ, and Foot soldiers of the Pope, because the founder, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, was a knight before becoming a priest. Jesuits are ...

                                               

Society of St. John the Evangelist

The Society of St. John the Evangelist is an Anglican order. The monks make a vow: They say they want to live in poverty and that they will not marry anyone. The order was founded by Father Richard Meux Benson, an Anglican priest in 1866. Because ...

                                               

Sodom and Gomorrah

Sodom and Gomorrah are two ancient cities mentioned in the Book of Genesis. Both cities were destroyed by fire from God because of their sexual wickednesses including rape, child sexual abuse, homosexuality and indecent assault. Some scholars bel ...

                                               

Sola fide

Sola fide means "Faith only". Most protestants believe that people must trust Jesus. They have to trust that Jesus brings people back into relationship with God. Christians believe that sin creates a gap between people and God, and Jesus, who was ...

                                               

Sola scriptura

Sola scriptura means "The Bible only". Protestants believe that they should only read the Bible to find out what God wants. They do this instead of listening to the Pope or the Roman Catholic Church. Sola scriptura was a principle of the Protesta ...

                                               

Spanish Inquisition

The Spanish Inquisition was a tribunal started in 1478 in Spain. It was started by Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, with the assistance of Torquemada. During the Spanish Inquisition many people were burnt in front of crowds in th ...

                                               

St Pauls Cathedral

St Pauls Cathedral is an Anglican church in the City of London. The original version was built by Mellitus in 604 AD. He was Bishop of the East Saxons. In 962 and 1087, the cathedral burnt down and was built again. Before todays version of the ca ...

                                               

St Stephens Cathedral, Vienna

St. Stephens Cathedral is found in Vienna, Austria. It has a clear Romanesque and Gothic form. The large place before it is called Stephansplatz. It lies in the center of Vienna.

                                               

St. Georges Chapel at Windsor Castle

St Georges Chapel is the church at Windsor Castle in England. The chapel is governed by the Dean and Canons of Windsor and is found in the Lower Ward of the castle. The status of the Abbey is that of a Royal Peculiar. This means it is place of wo ...

                                               

St. Lucia Day

|thumb|A Saint Lucia Day parade at a school in Denmark" St. Lucia Day is a holiday that is held on December 13 in several countries in Europe. Those countries include Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland. The holiday is in honor of Saint Lucy. On ...

                                               

St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral

St. Michael and Gudula Cathedral is the Cathedral in Brussels. It is named in honour of St. Michael and St. Gudula. In Dutch it is called Sint-Michiels- en Sint-Goedelekathedraal, usually shortened to "Sint-Goedele". In French it is called Cathed ...

                                               

Stigmata

Stigmata are marks on a persons body, that are like the wounds Jesus got from being crucified. They supposedly happen to other religious people like Saint Francis of Assisi, as well as Jesus. The marks include nail holes in the hands and feet, as ...

                                               

Sukkot

Sukkot is a Jewish festival. In this event, people celebrate the gathering of the crops, and remember the time in the past when small shelters were made by the Jews when they were in the wilderness and had no homes.

                                               

Sura

Surah, plural suwar سور) is an Arabic term that literally means "something enclosed or surrounded by a fence or wall." A surah is a "chapter" of the Quran. They are traditionally ordered in order of length and begin with the shortest. Each surah ...

                                               

Susanna (Book of Daniel)

The story of Susanna and the Elders is found in some Bibles inside chapter three of the Book of Daniel. These sections are sometimes called Additions to Daniel. Modern Jewish and Protestant Bibles do not have this story but Catholic and Orthodox ...

                                               

Svecchachara

Svecchachara is the Sanskrit equivalent of the Greek word Thelema, interpreted by Aleister Crowley as "Do What Thou Wilt." In the first volume of the TWILIGHT YOGA, Ecstasy, Equipoise, and Eternity, Shri Gurudev Mahendranath wrote, Sveccha means ...

                                               

Syro-Malabar Catholic Church

The Syro-Malabar Catholic Church is a Chaldean Rite, Major Archiepiscopal Church in the Roman Catholic Church. It is the largest group among the Saint Thomas Christians. It originates from St. Thomas the Apostle who is believed to have come to In ...

                                               

Takbir

Allahu Akbar is a Muslim saying. The exact words in Arabic mean "God is greater", but people know that saying "God is great" in the right time and place means the same as "God is Greater." "Allahu Akbar" is the first part of the Adhan, which peop ...

                                               

Taliban

The Taliban is an Islamic militant group operating in Afghanistan and western Pakistan. In the late 1990s it made a government, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. It was formed in 1994 in southern Afghanistan and was helped by Pakistan and Iran. ...

                                               

Talmud

The Talmud is a collection of texts which are important in Judaism. These texts are about discussions Rabbis had about Jewish law, ethics, customs and history. The Talmud has two parts, the Mishnah and the Gemara. The Mishnah was written down abo ...

                                               

Tao

Tao is a metaphysical concept found in Taoism, Confucianism, and more often in ancient Chinese philosophy. The Chinese character translates as "way," "path," or "route,". In Taoism, the Tao was the origin of the whole universe. Taoists believe th ...

                                               

Tara (Buddhism)

Tārā or Ārya Tārā, also known as Jetsun Dolma in Tibetan, is a female Buddha linked with Buddhist tantra practice in Tibetan Buddhism. She is called the "mother of liberation". She stands for success in work and achievements. Tārā is a tantric de ...

                                               

Targum

A targum is an Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible that was written or compiled in Palestine or in Babylonia from the Second Temple period until the early Middle Ages. Targum also means translation or interpretation. In Arabic Targem verb mea ...

                                               

Tawhīd

Tawhid is the concept of God in Islam which says that only one God exists. It says that God is unique and one and He has no equal. It also says that since the God is the only creator, there is no room for lesser Gods or deities. Any lesser gods a ...

                                               

Televangelism

Televangelism is the use of modern mass media such as television or radio to speak of the faith. Usually this is done to convince other people of ones own beliefs. It is common with Christianity but also occurs with other religions. The word is a ...

                                               

Temple in Jerusalem

The Temple in Jerusalem or Holy Temple stood on the Temple Mount in the old city of Jerusalem. According to classical Jewish belief, it was the "footstool" of Gods presence in the physical world. It was the place where Jews brought all the offeri ...

                                               

The Temple Institute

The Temple Institute is a museum, research institute and education center in Old City of Jerusalem. It was established in 1987 by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel. The Institute is dedicated to the two Temples in Jerusalem. Rabbi Ariel plans to rebuild the Se ...

                                               

Templers (religious believers)

Templers are members of the Temple Society. It is a German Protestant sect. Their roots are in the Pietist movement of the Lutheran Church. The Templers were expelled from the church in 1858. This was because of their millennial beliefs. Their ai ...

                                               

Tenrikyo

Tenrikyo is a religion that believes in one God. It was founded in Japan in the 19th century by Miki Nakayama, a Japanese woman who heard instructions from God. Believers of Tenrikyo call her "Oyasama", which means the "Great Parent", because she ...

                                               

Theocracy

In Theocracy, a form of government, the institutions and people that govern the state are very close to the leaders of the main religion. If the religious leaders do not directly run some bodies of the state, they influence them very much. The wo ...