Five Pillars Of Islam And Islam

1119 WordsNov 30, 20145 Pages
Five Pillars of Islam All great things are built on a solid and strong foundation. The religion of Islam is no different. The foundation on which Islam was built is known as The Five Pillars of Islam. These are the essential duties that are required of all Muslims. The pillars are the shahadah (declaration of faith), salah (establishment of the five ritual prayers), zakah (almsgiving), sawm (fasting the month of Ramadan), and hajj (pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca). These five pillars are in the central religious text of Islam, the Qur’an, and are presented as “the framework for worship and a sign of commitment to faith” (Esposito, “Pillars of Islam”). The pillars are often compared to a creed such as those seen in Christianity. While the two are similar in regards to the first pillar, they differ in that the five pillars of Islam are acts or practices that Muslims must perform while a creed, as defined by Merriam-Webster dictionary, is a brief authoritative formula of religious belief. Shahadah, salah, zakah, sawm, and hajj are the five obligations all Muslims have to satisfy to live a respectable life according to Islam. They are the framework and foundation of a Muslim’s life. The first pillar, shahadah, is the declaration of faith. “La ilaha illa Allah wa-Muhammad rasul Allah”. This translates to “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the prophet of Allah.” This is the shahadah. All faithful Muslims recite this and one must recite this sincerely, with
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