Origin of Islam Essay
Origin of Islam
Based on history, Islam began in Arabia in the Middle East. Now known as Saudi Arabia, this is where the prophet Muhammad was born, raised, lived, and died. Islam is the second largest religion in the world, despite the huge following around the world; Islam is foreign to many Americans. Due to the many misconceptions about the Muslim religion, many people judge the religion without making an effort to learn more about their traditions, faith and history. Islam is a monotheistic religion, which basically means that they believe in one God. Prophet Muhammad proclaimed the religion in the 7th century A.D. The word "Islam" means, "To surrender to God" and is described as a "Deen" in Arabic, meaning "way of …show more content…
“Five Pillars of Islam”
The “Five Pillars of Islam” are formal acts of worship that strengthen a Muslim’s faith and obedience. The first pillar is the declaration of faith, Shahaadah. “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” To become a Muslim the Shahaadah must be repeated three times before witnesses.
Prayers are the second pillar of Islam. Salah are the obligatory prayers performed five times a day. The prayers are said at dawn, mid-day, late afternoon, sunset and nightfall. Muslims worship in a mosque and can pray almost anywhere. Financial obligation is next. Muslims believe that everything belongs to God and that wealth is held by human beings in trust. Zakah means purification and growth. Muslims believe that their possessions are purified by setting aside a proportion for those in need and society in general. Fasting is the fourth pillar and is done every year during Ramada-n. Muslims fast from dawn until sundown. They must abstain from eating, drinking and sexual relations with their spouses. Fasting allows the person to