The Beliefs Of The Five Pillars Of Islam

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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,” …show more content…
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 the same God, because each person and religion has their own opinion on the matter (Armstrong 1:13:37). Christians, Jews and Muslims all believe in one God, an idea originally introduced by the Jews. This pillar proclaims the central belief of monotheism with a statement saying, “There is no god but God, and Muhammad is his prophet,” (“Five Pillars”1). This quote remains inside the monotheistic beliefs by proclaiming that Muhammad is a prophet or messenger, not a god. Muhammad’s role known for receiving lessons
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Showing consistency to pray upon awakening, at noon, midafternoon, sunset, and evening is crucial to the Islamic faith (Henkel, 1). All five daily prayers are pointed towards Mecca because it is the founding place of Islam (Kabbani 1). God demanded to Muhammad that his followers prostrate themselves in prayer several times a day to show dedication towards him. Christianity and Judaism do not make any prayer mandatory, but expect a presence of all followers at communal prayer (Armstrong 1:15:44). For instance, Christians’ day of worship is Sunday because Sunday is the first day of the week on a Christian calendar, and God rested on the seventh day of creating the Universe (Ancient Christian Worship 1). As for Jews, worship is Saturday because it is of Jewish belief that Saturday is the last day of the week and therefore should be the day of rest, to mimic God. Both religions believe that the seventh day of God’s creation, in which He rested, should be the day of rest. However, there are disagreements over which day the seventh day

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