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Five Pillars of Islam Essay 4. a) Describe the five pillars of Islam. (8 marks) The five pillars of Islam are five obligatory duties that a Muslim must perform. The pillars are acts of worship and show submission to Allah. The five pillars are Shahadah, Salah, Zakah, Sawm and Hajj. Shahadah is the declaration of faith and is the fundamental belief of Islam. 'There is no God but Allah and Muhammed is the messenger of Allah'. This belief shows awareness of God as one. Salah is the ritual prayer. Muslims practice two types of prayer and they are Dua'a and Salah. Dua'a is the prayer of petition (asking) and invocation (pleading). This prayer can be said anywhere and at anytime. Salah is the prayer performed five times a day - dawn, noon, afternoon, sunset and night. ...read more.


No one should refuse to Zakah or feel ashamed in receiving it because, as mentioned before, it is a gift from God. Sawm is fasting during the holy month of Ramadhan. Muslims must not eat or drink during the hours of daylight. Sawm is a religious duty and a joyful act that helps develop self discipline and is a way of identifying the needs of those that are poor. Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mecca. Muslims are expected to go on hajj at least once in their lifetime, providing that they are in good health and can afford it. The pilgrimage is very symbolic and is full of rituals. Some of the pillars are observed everyday by a Muslim and some are observed annually. b) Explain how keeping one of the five pillars might affect the life and beliefs of a Muslim. ...read more.


(5 marks) Some Muslims would agree with this statement because all of the five pillars of Islam are obligatory duties, acts of worship and show submission to Allah and that is why they are all equally important. Muslims perform each one either annually, for example hajj, and daily, for example, Salah. Some Muslims would disagree with the statement and say that the Shahadah is the most important pillar of Islam because it is the fundamental belief and without a Muslim believing in the Shahadah then they don't believe in the rest of the pillars. Also, Salah maybe be viewed as the most important pillar of Islam as it is performed five times a day, everyday. However, I think that all five pillars have equal importance because as I have written above, they are all acts of worship and they uphold the faith. They are all obligatory duties and each and every single one of them shows the submission to Allah. Zainab Abed ...read more.

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