Spiritual Practices- Swahili’s are muslim. They became muslim through the influence of people coming from north. They recognize the five pillars of faith that are basic to Islamic practice world wide. Believe in Allah as the Supreme being and in Muhammad as the most important prohpet.2. praying 5 times a day. 3. Fasting from dawn to dusk. 4. Giving charity. 5. Making pilgrimage to the holy city. One of there ways of spiritual practice are moralistic tales based on the Prophet of Muhammad’s life. They believe in many spirts, good and evil, exist. They believe in supernatural powers of witches and sorcerers. For them, these are more than just beliefs and practices, it’s there way of life. Family Stucture/ Common Values- They exchange greetings by inquiring about health or family or the latest news. Children are to greet the elderly with respect by kissing them on the hand. Men and women are not to mix freely. Dating is basically non-existent. Women stay home, men spend time in public places. Husbands and fathers have the authority and make the decisions for the wives and daughters. But women have considerable power in the daily life of the family. Women are to behave properly to keep the families good honor. Family sizes have declined from 14 children to 3 to 4. Women who work or are educated limit there births. Education Practices- Knowing how to read the Koran, Islam’s holy book, is important. Most parents recognize that education is important but some families still vary if girls should be educated as extensively as boys.