The Five Pillars Of Islam
The Five Pillars of Islam are the essence in the Muslims life: The testimony of faith, prayer, giving zakat (support the needy), fasting during the month of Ramadan and the pilgrimage to Mecca once in a lifetime for those who have the possibilities to do so.
Shahadah - Testimony of Faith:
The testimony of faith is to declare with faith and conviction"La ilaha illa Allah, Muhammad Rasul Allah" means:"There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah." The first part of the testimony means that nobody has the right to be worshiped but Allah and that He has neither partner nor children. This testimony of faith is called the "Shahadah", a simple formula which should be said with conviction to convert to Islam.
Al Salat - Prayer:
Muslims must pray five prayers each day, each one lasts only a few minutes. Prayer in Islam is a direct connection between Allah and the believer because there are no intermediaries.The prophet s.a.w.s. said, "Oh, Bilal! Be comforted by prayer.Bilal was one of the companions of the Prophet s.a.w.s. who was responsible for calling people to prayer.Prayers are performed at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset and night.
Al Zakat - Help for the needy:
All things belong to Allah, and wealth has therefore been placed in the hands of humans only in trust. The original meaning of the word Zakat is "purification" and "growth." Paying Zakat means "to give a specific percentage. Our possessions are purified by setting aside a small portion of our income to the needy, and like the pruning of plants, this cutting balances and encourages new growth.
Sawm - Fasting the month of Ramadan:
Every year during the (lunar) month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, refraining from eating, drinking and sex. Besides the fact that fasting it is beneficial for health, it is considered (by Muslims) as a method of spiritual self-purification refraining themselves from the comforts of earthly life, even for a short time.Fasting creates empathy for those who suffer hunger while we grow in the spiritual life.
Hajj - Pilgrimage to Makkah:
The annual pilgrimage to Makkah is an obligation to meet at least once in life, for those who have the physical and economic means to do so. More than two million people go to Makkah each year from every corner of the planet. Although Makkah is always filled with visitors, the annual Hajj begins in the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar. Male pilgrims wear special simple (two pieces of fabric) garments which strip away any kind of cultural or class distinction for all to come before Allah without differences.
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