Tradition is very important in Islam. Being traditional means using old methods and values to live your life. In Islam, tradition can be looked at in three distinct ways.
The Belief System
When it comes to the belief system there is no tradition or modernity applicable to it. Belief systems do not change. For example, God is One. He was One a thousand years ago. He is still One today. He is going to be One for eternity. Another example is that Prophet Muhammad (sawa) is the last Prophet. He was the last Prophet. He is always going to be the last Prophet.
The Practical Dimension
Our practices have a mixture of both tradition and modernity. Some aspects of our practices will always be constant, but others may change. For example, prayer was mandatory in the past, and it will always be mandatory until the world ends. However, our clothing style during prayer has changed. In the past, the clothing was very long and traditional. Now it can be different in appearance or style, and it does not have to be exactly the olden traditional robes, as long as the people observe modesty in accordance with Islamic Law.
Islam is not a religion just for the Arabs or the Middle East; it is a religion for all human beings all around the world.
There are core values in Islam that we must follow. These values will remain constant like what is prohibited (haram) and allowed (halal). However, there are other values that may change because of the time or environment.