THE FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM
"I bear witness
that there is none worthy of worship save Allah and I bear witness that
Muhammad is His final and true Messenger."
The Declaration of The Kalima
Recognizing and acknowledging
the monotheistic nature of Allah stands at the core of Islam. This consists
of a public affirmation that "there is no god but Allah (God), and Muhammad
is His Messenger." One cannot be a Muslim until he states this fact in
the presence of Muslim whitnesses.
Al-Fajr (Dawn prayer),
Zhur (Noon prayer), `Asr (Afternoon prayer),
Maghrib (Sunset prayer),
`Isha (Nightfall prayer).
A muslim must perform
five daily prayers. These must be performed at specific times, corresponding
roughly with dawn, noon, afternoon, sunset, and nightfall.
The prayers can be made
in any clean place, but it is perferable to pray them with others in a
Mosque, for this communal undertaking acts as a reminder that all muslims
are equal. When many people are praying together, it becomes clear that
color, economic status, social position, and all other artificial distinctions
have no importance to Allah, for all Muslims are commanded to stand together,
shoulder to shoulder and prostrate themselves before Him. There are no
exceptions. Prayers also elevate the individual to a higher level of morality,
purifies his heart, and helps him to resist his desire to engage in forbidden
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Every year during the Muslim
month of Ramadan, Muslims abstain from food, drink and sexual activity
from dawn to sunset. While this gives the body a much needed rest and improves
ones health by getting rid of excess weight, it also increases ones commitment
to Allah, developes his social conscience, and reminds im of how the less
fortunate live every day in addition, it strengthens one's patience, self-restraint,
will power, and sincerity.
Fasting The Month of Ramadan:
on The Blessed Month of Ramadan
Every Muslim whose net annual
savings are above a certain specified minimum
must pay an annual amount
of 2.5% to the poor and needy. This action purifies one's accrued wealth,
fosters of quality of sacrifice, and rids him of selfishness and greed.
It also helps to reduce resentment and envy between a society's poor and
Hajj (Pilgramage to Makkah):
Hajj is an act of worship
that is to be performed at least once in a lifetime, provided that one
is physically and financially able to do so. During this time, Muslims
meet from all corners of the world in an international congregation for
the sole purpose of responding to the call of Allah. It also reminds the
participants that all Muslims are equal, irrespective of their geographical,
cultural, or racial origin
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