Five Pillars Of Islam

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Muslims believe that Allah (Islamic name for God in the Arabic language) created everything on the Earth and sustains the universe. Allah is both the giver and taker of life. The most important Islamic belief is “Tawhid” - Allah is the one and only god and Muslims must obey only Him. Allah sees everything and is everywhere. In Islam one lives their belief and a true believer must be seen to put that belief into action. A Muslim may worship in public or private. Regardless, there are five ways in which a Muslim must worship Allah. The Five Pillars of Islam support the faith of a Muslim and are essential to spiritual development. These Five Pillars are actions which a Muslim has to perform and are given via the Hadith (a major source of Islamic Law): Shahadah (declaration of faith) Salah (compulsory prayers five times a day) Zakah (annual welfare contributions) Sawm (fasting during Ramadan) Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca). The term Islam itself means submission to the will of Allah. Practicing The Five Pillars everyday demonstrates that a Muslim both willingly obeys Allah's divine guidance and is devoted to Him. The Five Pillars are considered basic practices that Muslims are expected to perform to demonstrate their commitment to serve and worship Allah. The Shahadah is the first of the Five Pillars and is practiced most. It is the Muslim declaration of faith by not only saying the words, but believing them in their hearts and putting them into action in their daily lives. A Muslim has to believe in the Oneness of Allah and in the Prophet Muhammad, a man, not a divine person, the final prophet. A Muslim repeats the words of the Shahadah many times each day by prayer ritual and they are announced five times a day from the minaret of a mosque during the Adhan (call to prayer). It is the first and most important of the Five Pillars

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