So, pick one religion that is not your own, and find a website that is put together and maintained by followers of that faith system. Use the information you find on that website to answer the following in a total of 200 words (using proper grammar and spelling, and citing the website following APA standards).
1) Describe one belief that surprised you because it was completely different from what you initially thought. 2) Explain why you found the belief to be surprising or different.
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First I initially thought that indeed Muslims practiced idol worship during their pilgrimage to Mecca. Muslims are required at least to make a journey to Mecca once or more times in their lifetime where they all worship around a black stone known as the Kaaba. For quite a long time I thought that this was like worshiping a stone making it sound to be some form of idol worship. In fact, if you look at several pilgrimage journeys you will see many muslims bowing down to the stone and even kissing it with passion while chanting strong prayers towards it. However, from research in the attached link, i have come to think otherwise, Muslims indeed belief in the prescence of One God, whom they refer to as Allah. This belief therefore prevents anyone from worshiping an idol which is contrary to the Islamic faith. In reality, I found the belief to be surprising because indeed, the kaaba is just a structural object at the center of the worshiping temple where they converge. indeed, the prayers according to the website are just directed towards God, but since they all face the Kaaba, a black stone, many tend to believe that they are worshiping it.