The five “Pillars” of Islam make up the framework of a Muslim’s life, they are:

♦ The ‘Shahaadah’ or Declaration of Faith

To be a Muslim, one must believe in and pronounce the words that mean, “There is no deity worthy of being worshipped except Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and Muhammad صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم is His Messenger.” This declaration testifies that Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ exists, that He is dissimilar and superior to His creation and that none is worthy of worship but Him. It also testifies that He عَزَّوَجَلَّ is the Creator and Owner of all that exists and the Disposer of all affairs.

♦ The ‘Ṣalāh’, or the formal 5 times daily Obligatory Worship

Ṣalāh was practiced in some form or the other throughout history by all Prophets عَـلَيْـهِمُ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام and their followers as an essential part of Almighty Allah’s عَزَّوَجَلَّ religion. Islam, the final message to humanity, considers prayer as crucial. A Muslim is required to pray five times daily within specified periods, as taught by the Beloved Prophet Muhammad صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم.

♦ ‘Zakaah,’ the obligatory annual poor due

The word ‘Zakaah’ means purification and growth. An Important principle of Islam is that all things belong to Allah Almighty عَزَّوَجَلَّ.  Muslims are enjoined to earn and spend their wealth in ways that are acceptable to Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ, Most Exalted. The divinely designed system of Zakaah is the right of Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ within His Dominion.

♦ ‘Ṣiyaam’ or Fasting

Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ the Most Exalted has enjoined fasting upon the Muslims as He had enjoined it upon previous nations.

♦ ‘Hajj’ or Pilgrimage

Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah, is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for those who are physically and financially able to perform it.. Read More
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