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Five Pillars of Islam.

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The Five Pillars of Islam. Every action performed in obedience to God is considered an act of worship in Islam. Most devout Muslims take care in their daily lives to respect their parents and elders, to be kind to animals and human beings, and to do their daily tasks to the best of their ability. The formal acts of worship called the Five Pillars of Islam provide the framework for all aspects of a Muslim's life. Muslims often think of the practice of their faith as a kind of temple for God held up by five pillars. The pillars consist of Shahadah, Salah, Zakaah, Sawm and Hajj. Shahadah- Shahadah is the first pillar and is considered the basis of all other pillars of the faith. Shahada is an Arabic word that means an act of bearing witness. It consists of two statements: "I bear witness that there is no God but Allah," and "I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah." The first statement declares that there is only one God and that God alone is worthy of worship. The second statement says that Muhammad is God's messenger. ...read more.

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This simple attire is worn by rich and poor alike, and symbolizes the equality of all believers before God. One cloth is wrapped round the waist and the other over the left shoulder. Salah may effect a muslims person life. This could happen when muslims have to leave work early and go and attend Jummah prayers. The Friday prayer is the obligatory congregational prayer and all muslims men must attend this prayer. Before the Friday prayer, the imam delivers a reading from the Quran, and a sermon. It will be hard for the Muslims to leave their work but if they do it will bring them closer to God. They will also gain peace and tranquillity, it will also draw the mind away from personal worries and problems towards God who could at any moment change the entire course of a persons destiny. People who are disabled and cant go to the mosque for the Jummah prayers, can pray at home. It is better when Muslims pray together, they stand before God in real sense of brotherhood, shoulder to shoulder in al line, facing the Kabah sanctuary in Makkah. ...read more.

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Some people agree to this and say it is an advantage for the religion because without one of the pillars Islam would fall apart. The five pillars bring unity, brotherhood,equality, self sacrifice and single mindedness example for this is Hajj when all muslims are united in a particular sacred area, or when all muslim go to pray together in the mosque, and when all the Muslims are fasting. The five pillar make the fist of Islam and it will be hard to destroy it. The five pillars brings Muslims closer to Allah and it reduces the likelihood of disobeying God by committing sins. Others disagree with the strict rules because if one pillar is weak, the islam falls apart like if the first pillar was weak then the rest are meaningless. The other argument is that it would be hard to keep these strict rules because they can not do it or they do not have facillities. Like it will be hard for Muslims to keep their rules in a non islamic countries where there is no facillities to perform their rituals like mosques or no halal shops. I personally think that having these strict rules makes a Muslim not go astray. It also brings more faith and closer to Allah. With these pillars the Ummah(world wide Muslim community) looks stronger and shows brotherhood. ...read more.

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