The Importance Of The Five Pillars Of Islam

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In order to fully understand a religion, one must first grasp the very core the religion is built upon. To understand Islam, one must understand the 5 Pillars of Islam before they can truly appreciate the religion in its entirety. This begs the question, what are the 5 Pillars of Islam and what do they mean? The 5 Pillars of Islam in order are Shahadah, Salah, Zakat, Sawm, and Hajj. (Islam Explained Video) Shahadah, the First Pillar of Islam, is an article of faith and is explained by renown Historian Keith Hughes in his video “Islam Explained: Religions in Global History” as a confession where one must say, “there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” (Islam Explained Video) The Second Pillar of Islam is Salah, which refers to prayer. (Islam PowerPoint) To complete the Second Pillar one must pray 5 times a day facing Mecca. (Islam PowerPoint) Starting before Sunrise the five daily prayers are Fajr, Zuhr, Asr, Maghrib, and ending with ‘Isha. (Islam PowerPoint). Similar to Christianity, Moslems go to church, or the mosque, except their day of worship is Friday. (Islam PowerPoint) After completing Salah, the next pillar is Zakat, the pillar of charity. This pillar means exactly what one might think, giving money to people in need of it. In countries with governments based from Islam, a tax is mandated by the government telling each person how much they need to give to the poor. (Islam PowerPoint) The Fourth Pillar of Islam, Sawm, translates to

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