Islam, The Structure And Support System For Behavior Essay

1075 Words Oct 27th, 2014 5 Pages
In Islam, the structure and support system for behavior is the five pillars. These pillars lay out a general guideline for how to act and believe in the Islamic faith (“Five Pillars” 1). The first pillar is called Shahadah, which means faith. Under this pillar, each Muslim acknowledges the belief in God and Muhammad as a prophet. Second is Salat, which lays out the amount of prayer required for Muslims which is five times per day facing Mecca plus communal worship on Friday. Zalat, the third pillar, refers to charity expected from each Muslim. The fourth pillar, Sawm, expresses that every Muslim, if able, must fast during the month of Ramadan from sunrise to sunset to show strong will against giving into temptations such as food (“Five Pillars,” 1).The last pillar is the hajj, a journey to Mecca, the holiest Muslim city, where Muslims walk around the Ak’aba seven times. Christianity and Judaism support Islam by sharing monotheistic views, observing a weekly communal prayer day and honoring holy cities; however, they disagree with Islam’s view of Muhammad, praying five times daily, and mandating a pilgrimage.
Jews, Christians, and Muslims all believe in one God. As a young religion, the Islamic Arabs contemplated if the monotheistic religions worship same God. All three believe in similar teachings from God, how He behaves, and how He presents himself, yet interpret God’s lessons in different manners. It is unclear today whether or not the three monotheistic religions worship…

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