Islam

PILLARS OF FAITH
In the name of God (ALLAH) the Most Gracious ,the Most Merciful

5 PILLARS OF FAITH

THE ISLAMIC PILLARS

The Five Pillars of Islam are the five acts that every Muslim needs satisfy in order to live a good and responsible life according to Islam

The Testimony of Faith

The testimony of faith is saying with conviction, “La ilaha illa Allah, Muhammadur rasoolu Allah.” This saying means “There is no true god (deity) but God (Allah),1 and Muhammad is the Messenger (Prophet) of God.” The first part, “There is no true god but God,” means that none has the right to be worshipped but God alone, and that God has neither partner nor son. This testimony of faith is called the Shahada, a simple formula which should be said with conviction in order to convert to Islam (as explained previously on this page). The testimony of faith is the most important pillar of Islam.

PRAYER

Muslims perform five prayers a day. Each prayer does not take more than a few minutes to perform. Prayer in Islam is a direct link between the worshipper and God. There are no intermediaries between God and the worshipper. In prayer, a person feels inner happiness, peace, and comfort, and that God is pleased with him or her. The Prophet Muhammad said: {Bilal, call (the people) to prayer, let us be comforted by it.}2 Bilal was one of Muhammad’s companions who was charged to call the people to prayers. Prayers are performed at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset, and night. A Muslim may pray almost anywhere, home, such as in fields, offices, factories, or universities. However, it is highly recommended that Muslims perform salah in a mosque.

Giving Zakat (Support of the Needy)

All things belong to God, and wealth is therefore held by human beings in trust. The original meaning of the word zakat is both ‘purification’ and ‘growth.’ Giving zakat means ‘giving a specified percentage on certain properties to certain classes of needy people.’ The percentage which is due on gold, silver, and cash funds that have reached the amount of about 85 grams of gold and held in possession for one lunar year is two and a half percent. Our possessions are purified by setting aside a small portion for those in need, and, like the pruning of plants, this cutting back balances and encourages new growth. A person may also give as much as he or she pleases as voluntary alms or charity.

Fasting the Month of Ramadan: (Sawm)

Every year in the Holy month of Ramadan,4 all Muslims fast from dawn until sundown, abstaining from food, drink, and sexual relations. Ramadan, the month during which the Holy Qur'an was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad, begins with the sighting of the new moon. Those who are sick, elderly, or on a journey, and women who are menstruating, pregnant or nursing, are permitted to break the fast and make up an equal number of days later in the year if they are healthy and able. Children begin to fast (and to observe prayers) from puberty, although many start earlier Although the fast is beneficial to health, it is regarded principally as a method of spiritual self-purification. By cutting oneself off from worldly comforts, even for a short time, a fasting person gains true sympathy with those who go hungry, as well as growth in his or her spiritual life.

The Pilgrimage to Makkah

The annual pilgrimage (Hajj) to Makkah is an obligation once in a lifetime for those who are physically and financially able to perform it. About two million people go to Makkah each year from every corner of the globe. Although Makkah is always filled with visitors, the annual Hajj is performed in the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar. Male pilgrims wear special simple clothes which strip away distinctions of class and culture so that all stand equal before God. Pilgrims praying at the Haram mosque in Makkah. In this mosque is the Kaaba (the black building in the picture) which Muslims turn toward when praying. The Kaaba is the place of worship which God commanded the Prophets Abraham and his son, Ishmael, to build. The rites of the Hajj include circling the Kaaba seven times and going seven times between the hillocks of Safa and Marwa, as Hagar did during her search for water. Then the pilgrims stand together in Arafa5 and ask God for what they wish and for His forgiveness, in what is often thought of as a preview of the Day of Judgment. The end of the Hajj is marked by a festival, Eid Al-Adha, which is celebrated with prayers. This, and Eid al-Fitr, a feast-day commemorating the end of Ramadan, are the two annual festivals of the Muslim calendar.

PILLARS OF FAITH
In the name of God (ALLAH) the Most Gracious ,the Most Merciful

6 PILLARS OF FAITH

THE ISLAMIC PILLARS

The Five Pillars of Islam are the five acts that every Muslim needs satisfy in order to live a good and responsible life according to Islam

Belief in Allah

Of course the first pillar is the belief in the All-Powerful, Most Beneficent. Believing in Allah above all else is the first and most important. It' not only belief in Allah alone but in the way He is described through the Qu’ran and the Ahadith (Sayings

Belief in His Angels

The second pillar of iman is the belief in Allah’s angels. The angels are messengers of Allah. They are not his children as some may think. They were created from light and were created, before human, for the purpose of worshipping Allah. They can also ap

Belief in His Messengers

The third pillar is the belief in Allah’s Messengers. I know of twenty-five (25) Prophets mentioned in the Qur’an. These Prophets are Elishia, Job, David, Dhul-Kifl, Aron, Hud, Abraham, Enoch, Elias, Jesus, Isac, Ishmael, Lot, Moses, Noah, Salih, Shuaib, The third pillar is the belief in Allah’s Messengers. I know of twenty-five (25) Prophets mentioned in the Qur’an. These Prophets are Elishia, Job, David, Dhul-Kifl, Aron, Hud, Abraham, Enoch, Elias, Jesus, Isac, Ishmael, Lot, Moses, Noah, Salih, Shuaib, The third pillar is the belief in Allah’s Messengers. I know of twenty-five (25) Prophets mentioned in the Qur’an. These Prophets are Elishia, Job, David, Dhul-Kifl, Aron, Hud, Abraham, Enoch, Elias, Jesus, Isac, Ishmael, Lot, Moses, Noah, Salih, Shuaib, The third pillar is the belief in Allah’s Messengers. I know of twenty-five (25) Prophets mentioned in the Qur’an. These Prophets are Elishia, Job, David, Dhul-Kifl, Aron, Hud, Abraham, Enoch, Elias, Jesus, Isac, Ishmael, Lot, Moses, Noah, Salih, Shuaib, The third pillar is the belief in Allah’s Messengers. I know of twenty-five (25) Prophets mentioned in the Qur’an. These Prophets are Elishia, Job, David, Dhul-Kifl, Aron, Hud, Abraham, Enoch, Elias, Jesus, Isac, Ishmael, Lot, Moses, Noah, Salih, Shuaib,

Belief in His Books

Here it is the belief that at the time when these books were sent down they truly were a message from Allah. The only book left is the Quran in its entirety, because it is the last revelation

Belief in Al-Qadar (Pre-Ordainment)

The last pillar of iman is the belief in pre-ordainment. What this means is that everything in our lives is already written. It is our duty to know that whatever Allah wills will occur. Also, He is the creator of everything including our deeds.

Belief in the Last Day

The fifth pillar of faith in the belief in the Last Day. This is the Day of accounting for all deeds; evil or good, big or small. In our lives, we need to believe that all we do will have bearing on the Last Day. No one but Allah knows when this day will