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The Five Pillars of Islam

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By definition, Islam is the worship of the One and the Only true god Allah. It is not solely the religion preached by all of the prophets that Allah has blessed mankind with. Starting from Adam and including Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, Elias, Jonah, John the Baptist and Jesus, through to the final Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon them all). All of the Prophets I have mentioned are referred to in the Qu’ran and other Islamic literature by their Arabic names. Islam is the Arabic for submission; it implies complete obedience of God.   The message written to all Muslims are: There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is His messenger.   In Islam there are the Five Pillars which hold the Muslim faith together. They are: Shahadah, Salat, Zakah, Sawm and Hajj. Shahdah means Faith, Salat means Prayer, Zakah means Charity, Sawm means Fasting and Hajj means Pilgrimage.

Ashadu, Allah, Illa, Ha, Illah, Lah, Wa Ashadu Ana Muhammad Rasululah- There are no Gods besides Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.

The declaration of faith is called the Shahadah.

Ash-hadu anla ilaha illal-Lahu Wahdahu la Sharika Lahu wa-ash-hadu anna Muhammadan abduhu WA rasuluhu. This is the English version to the Arabic writing.

I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, the One, without any partner. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and His Messenger.

Salat. Salat (prayer) is one of the five pillars of Islam, it is a most important constituent of the faith. It is prayer of a very high level. The Holy Quran repeatedly enjoins the offering of salat and indeed declares it to be a fundamental trait of a believer. The benefits of salat are countless. The Holy Quran says:

\"And enjoin Prayer on thy people, and be constant therein. We ask thee not for provision; it is we that provide for thee. And the end is for the righteous\"

Salat is a Muslim Prayer...


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