Five Pillars of Islam Essay

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The Five Pillars of Islam

After watching The Five Pillars of Islam it has made me rather interested in the history and origin of the Islamic religion. So often today we see the Islam as a religion of terrorism, and war. We see it as a religion of people that have nothing in their heart but bad. The truth is that Islam was started on principles very different from what we see in the news or hear on the radio. Islam rather has a long rich history that is full of some of the same principles and morals of Christianity that are seen in the western world as the foundation of good. Islam has what it calls The Five Pillars that are in purpose much like the Christian Ten Commandments. They are a set of rules that are the foundation of the
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They must be prayed on a mat and people must wash before prayer all in an attempt to show the servant status of the human being in relation to Allah. This is again very similar to the beliefs of the Christian church. Although the people in the Christian church can pray what they want when they want they very often times pray prayers that are set for them at designated times. Even Jesus told his people that when they come together to pray what there Father had taught them, this set prayer has become known as the Lord’s Prayer. Both in the Islamic faith and in the Christian church these prayers are prayed in an attempt to please god. It is a way that mortal humans can show there respect for their god. It is interesting to me how two religions viewed as such total opposites can have such similar beliefs and rituals.

Zakah is the third pillar that is the belief that Muslims are to set aside a portion of their income to help the poor. It is believed by the Muslim people that by helping the poor their own wealth will be made pure. It is a way for them to show Allah that they are thankful for what they have been given. In much the same way the Christian church teaches the same thing. The Christian’s offering is their tithe. Both religions give in much the same manner, they give because they feel that it is a way for them to show both their respect and reverence to their god. This act of Islamic people
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