The Five Pillars of Islam

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Nicole Nangle Composition 1 Project Part 5 November 25, 2012 Project Part 5: Refinement A Muslims Moral Compass: The Five Pillars of Islam As with many other religions, the Muslim faith has experienced many changes and newly developed branches. Like Christianity, the original faith is still practiced by some, but others have now started their own new branches with their own unique interpretation of what it means to be Muslim. Despite these differences within the Muslim religion, one set of rules for moral guidance is central for all. These rules are known as The Five Pillars of Islam. The Five Pillars of Islam act as a moral compass for Muslims and are universally accepted as they are mentioned specifically in the Qur’an, the sacred Muslim book of God’s words as they were recited to the prophet Muhammad. Followers of the Islamic religion must fulfill all five primary obligations or pillars of faith in their lifetime. The following “Five Pillars” are the foundation of Muslim life worldwide. The first Pillar of Islam is called Shahadah, or the profession of faith. “Muslims devote themselves and bear witness to one God by reciting a special creed: “There is no God but God and Muhammad is the Messenger of God”” (Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia). “Although the words to this creed are simple in their meaning, this statement expresses complete acceptance of and total commitment to Islam for its followers” (Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia). “The significance of this declaration is the belief that the only purpose of life is to serve and obey God, and this is achieved through the teachings and practices of the last prophet Muhammad” (Poster Exhibit of Discover Islam). Reciting this statement is obligatory in daily prayer as well as on other occasions; it is also a key part in a person’s conversion to Islam. “When Muslims profess there is “no god except God”, they are

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