(Note: Sorry I didn't put spoiler tags on the images, but that screws up the resizing, which really annoys me. So just let it load out, and you should be fine. If it gets too picture heavy, just leave a comment that says so and I'll consider putting the tags to help you all out.)
Well firstly, I've been playing Minecraft for quite a while now, and I just now noticed I was subconsciously thinking this entire process out. You see, I'm a Muslim, and whenever I've played games, I've always for some reason followed the rules of Islam as best I could. This might be because I'm just wired to do so, or maybe it's because I want to see if it would somehow help me in the game, showing how good Islamic laws really are. As an example, when playing fallout 3, I never picked up pork and beans, nor did I drink alcohol or do drugs. Contrast that with my older brother, who walked around jacked up on mentats and whiskey...
So of course, a game like Minecraft gets really complex. The first thing I did when I got the game was avoid killing pigs at all costs. Here's the rules of Islam concerning them:
1. I can't eat pork (duh).
2. I can't give or sell pork to people (So I can't get rid of it that way...)
3. I can't throw away food in general (Hey! This adds another obstacle... )
4. I can eat pork if I need to in order to survive, and there is no other food.
And another thing!
5. I can't knowingly do anything that will directly harm me.
[EDIT]: Due to the fact that wolves exist, I can just feed my excess pork to those guys, and that's that.
Also: It's looked down upon in Islam to have dogs as pets (since they're unsanitary) unless they're useful (ex: you're a shepherd, they're guard dogs, they're seeing dogs, et cetera) and the wolves are basically hunting/guard dogs and help you out a LOT, so they're ok.
On to the next discussion: Prayer.
1. I have to pray 5 times a day. (Duh)
2. Prayer is based on the sun, not on time, so I have to divide the day and find the according times.
3. If I am traveling or ill, I am not obliged to pray. (Traveling = not within view of my home with render distance on far, ill = missing more than half my health, for my purposes)
4. I have to pray towards the Kaaba (I don't know where it is, if there is one in this dimension!!!)
5. I can pray on dirt, grass, sand, or anything natural, along with carpeting.
As a note to this section: I currently have both a Kaaba on my spawn and a room for telling the prayer times. Pictures of both can be found in the Gallery at the end of this post.
On to the next discussion: Jihad.
On to the next discussion: Punishment of Law.
On to the next discussion: Calendars, Holidays, and Fasting
Oh and the poll results were:
Keep in-game date with only gaming time: 49
Keep in-game date with total time: 5
Break fourth wall: 30
So keeping in-game date with only gaming time wins! And so I'll make a post when it's Ramadan or Hajj.
And I guess I'll put Hajj under this section as it's still concerning the calendar: I will also make Hajj every year when it's the time of the pilgrimage. I'll go more into detail (possibly with vids or pics) when I do it for the first time.
On to the next discussion: Witchcraft, Magic, and Brewery
In fact, the Nether and pigmen have a lot in common with the alternate dimension of Jin. (Mini lesson: in Islam, it is believed that Jin, another sentient race made of fire , were also created by Allah, and reside in a parallel universe that resides besides ours, and are also being tested by Allah. In that regard, there are both good and bad Jin, the same way there are both good and bad humans.) The Nether is in a way parallel to the real Minecraft world, when you think of the way movement between the two works. Also, it is mainly composed of lava and fire . Finally, pigmen are identical in shape to the player , and can be both passive and aggressive. So if thought of this way, going into the Nether should not be allowed. (Mini lesson: in Islam, it is believed that communicating with Jin is possible, and doing so is the sin of witchcraft.) However, the Nether is really fun in my opinion, so I might just ignore this.
The same just about goes for enchanting (magic!) and brewing (potions!). Both are very interesting additions to the game, so I'd hate to disregard them. Also, brewing can be used to make instant health potions, which is basically the same as medicine. And in Islam, it is believed that if you are sick or ill, you can't just rely on God to make you better. You have to follow the advice of doctors and take medicine, basically do everything in your power to get better. So health potions are a good thing.
So far that is all I actually considered. Any more suggestions or whatnot?
Note: Anything in this shade of blue is an opinion from me about Islam and not stated as a fact for everything.
Here's a pic of the final and current Kaaba I had.
Pics of the prayer calculation room mentioned in the thread! (Used Shafi prayer regulations)
The whole building
Entrance and area where you stand
You stand in the middle and use windows on the outside to determine the prayer times based on the position of the sun.
Ok so here's the pictures of one of the many mosques I've built. (Current mosque count: 8)
View at night from watchtower
Entrance with fountain at night
Finished inside (looks the same at day and night)
Finished outside at daytime.
Here's pictures of a church built by raptor777777.
In this picture you can see a baptistry on the left.
Here's pictures of a mosque built by MMS.
Here's a picture of St.Paul's Cathedral from the city of London built by wildstyle.
Here's a picture of a mosque built by egesagin. (It's a 1:1 scale model of Süleymaniye Mosque in Istanbul)
Thanks to all of those people for letting me use their pics.
If you've made a mosque, church, citadel, temple, synagogue, or other place of worship, OR have a picture relating to your take on any religion or lack thereof in Minecraft, just post it here and give me permission, and I'll add it to the OP with credit. Thanks in advance.