Five Pillars Of Islam

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The Muslim religion consists of many practices and obligations for their people to live a responsible life while living for Allah. One of the major practices of Muslims is following The Five Pillars of Islam. Many Muslims believe that if you don’t put these practices into action, then life is practically pointless. The Five Pillars shows if Muslims put their faith or real life as their main priority. The Five Pillars of Islam plays a huge role in the religion and is essential to live a life following Islam. The Five Pillars consists of Salat, Shahadah, Hajj, Sawm, and Zakat. Salat requires Muslims to perform the ritual prayer at least five times a day. The Shahadah is the profession of the Muslim faith. The Hajji is the traditional pilgrimage …show more content…
It is the testimony of the faith of Islam and sums up the monotheistic belief of Muslims. To follow this Pillar, you must believe that there is one god Allah and the prophet Muhammad. According to Dr. Elizabeth Macaulay-Lewis, “The Profession of Faith, the Shahada, is the most fundamental expression of Islamic beliefs. It simply states that ‘There is no God but God and Muhammad is his prophet’ It underscores the monotheistic nature of Islam” (Macaulay-Lewis). In other words, she is saying that the Shahada is essential to Muslim practices and believing in only one God is vital in following Islamic faith. The Shahadah does have to be said with conviction for one to truly convert to Islam. A person can’t just say they believe in Allah without truly meaning it and expect to become a Muslim. The Shahadah is essential in following the Islamic faith and it is the most important pillar out of the …show more content…
The trip to Mecca is a requirement for Muslims financially and physically able to make the trip. The majority of the pilgrimages are during the twelfth month on the Islamic calendar. Mecca does receive a lot of visitors throughout the year, but not all of them are for the Hajj. Every male that makes the pilgrimage wears a set of basic white clothes which makes them fit in with everyone else. The purpose of the clothes is to strip away all classifications and focus on the pilgrimage itself. Everyone is meant to be equal to God so that’s what the pilgrimage achieves. The Hajj emphasizes the Kaaba, the holiest shrine in Islam, and each person walks around it seven times. According to the Quran, “We have rendered the shrine (the Kaaba) a focal point for the people, and a safe sanctuary. You may use Abraham 's shrine as a prayer house. We commissioned Abraham and Ismail: "You shall purify My house for those who visit, those who live there, and those who bow and prostrate’” (The Quran, 2:125). In other words, Mecca is the sacred land of the Muslims and the Hajj allows them to truly focus on their religion. The Hajj is a sacred tradition that all Muslims are obligated to participate

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