Introduction into Islam
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The Five Pillars of Islam
Worshipping Allah is the foundation of a Muslim’s life. It is centred around five pillars.
1. The Shahadah (The Declaration of Faith). The declaration of faith is bearing witness there is no God worthy of worship but Allah, and Muhammad is His Messenger.
2. The Salah – 5 Daily Prayers. Prayer established a personal and spiritual connection between the Muslim and their Creator, and is a constant and practical reminder of a person’s duty to obey Allah.
3. The Zakat (The Annual Charity). The annual charity is an obligation on every Muslim who meets certain criteria (e.g. has wealth above a certain threshold)
4. The Sawm (The Annual Fasting). Every year during the month of Ramadan, the 9th month of the Islamic Calendar, Muslims fast from dawn until sunset, abstaining from food and drink and sexual relations.
5. The Hajj (The Pilgrimage). Pilgrimage to the holy city of Makkah, in Saudi Arabia, must be performed once in a person’s life, if they are physically and financially able.
Islam’s concept of worship is not restricted to only the five pillars. Worship is any action that is pleasing to Allah. Even everyday activities like smiling, being honest and removing rubbish from the road can become acts of worship by purifying one’s intention and ensuring one’s actions are in line with Allah’s guidelines.
The pillars of Islam make up the essence of Islam. When practised, Islam fulfills the spiritual, physical, psychological and social needs of all people, and is a practical and rational way of life.
The Six Articles of Faith
The Arabic word “Islam” literally means “submission: to the One True God alone. One who surrenders is called a Muslim, who can be from any racial or ethnic background.
The 6 Aspects of Belief
1. Belief in Allah: Allah is the unique name of The One True God. Allah has no rivals, partners, equals, children or parents. He is not like His creation, as nothing shares His divine essence and perfect attributes. Some of His attributes include: The Creator, The Most Merciful, The Most High, The All-Powerful, The Most Just, The All-Wise, The Sustainer and the All-Knowing.
2. Belief in the Angels: Angels are created from light, have allocated tasks and never disobey their creator. Details about a few have been revealed, such as Gabriel, who delivers God’s message to the Prophet’s and the Angel of Death, who takes the souls of the people.
3. Belief in the revealed books. Allah sent divine revelation to His Messengers as a guidance and mercy to mankind. These include the Torah and Gospel as originally revealed to Moses and Jesus respectively, and the Quran as revealed to Muhammad (peace be upon them all)
4. Belief in the Prophets. Muslims believe that Allah sent at least one Prophet to every nation. These Prophets include Adam, Noah, Abraham, David, Joseph, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them all). Their mission was to return people to the worship of the One True God and to serve as practical examples of how to obey God.
5. Belief in The Day of Judgement. The day of judgement is the inevitable event when each one of us will stand before our Creator and be questioned about out good and bad deeds. Every one of our actions will be accounted for, regardless of size.
6. Belief in Divine Destiny. Allah has power over all things – nothing occurs without His knowledge and permission. Every person has been given the free will to choose between right and wrong, and will be held to account accordingly. Free will does not contradict the fact that events can only happen with Allah’s knowledge and permission. Nor does it mean that God’s power over everything prevents or restricts people’s free will. God’s knowledge of people’s decisions does not mean that they are being forced to make such decisions, and God is not necessarily pleased with everything that He allows to occur.