Islamic Ancient Traditions: The Six Pillars

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Medell’s Islamic Ancient Traditions: The Six Pillars Islamic Ancient Traditions: The Six Pillars From the Writings of Crystal Medell Humanities Ms. Melissa Jayne Shelton University of Central Oklahoma Abstract The purpose of this paper is to describe ancient Islamic traditions. This paper focuses on the religious traditions that are mainly still practiced today according to the Qur’an. The six pillars are described which consist of Shahadah, Salat, Zakat, Sawm, Hajj, and Jihad. Islamic Ancient Traditions: The Six Pillars from the Writings of Crystal Medell The religious Islamic traditions of ancient times are still practiced in there entirety except for the sixth pillar which is known as Jihad or…show more content…
On the first day of the month after the new moon they have a celebration called ‘Id al-fitr. During this celebration food is given to the poor and every one dresses nice and clean. There are two additional celebration days. There are also other specified times during the year which one is not obligated to participate, but separates them as different people of the book. (Islam tomorrow, 2011) The fifth pillar is called Hajj. This is the pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca (Baka). Every Muslim that is able and can afford it must travel to Mecca in their lifetime. This is traced back to the days of Abraham. It is referred to in the Qur’an as an ancient institution. There are many religious traditions that are held on and around Mecca. Even before Islam this ground was considered sacred. The most known is the worship at Bait-ul-Aleeq, the most ancient house. There is also a fountain that is believed to be blessed and was formed to help Hagar’s child. To represent Hagar’s search for help, Muslims would run between Safa and Marwah. They will also wear unsewn clothing to represent the time that men were not woven clothing but just beginning to cover their bodies. Men will shave their head and women will symbolically cut theirs as well. (Ahmad, 1995-2011) The last pillar is no longer practiced but would be back in ancient times. This is called the Jihad which means a holy war. It basically was the tradition of a holy
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