The Five Pillars Of Islam (Part 1)

The five Pillars of Islam are the basis and the fundamental creeds of the Islamic Faith, which extends to include not only the acts of worship but also the whole way of life.

True Muslims should observe all these activities that relate to rituals and traditions. They should also follow and practice the religious duties, which form the five Pillars of Islam. A Muslim should know how to declare and perform these five Pillars of Islam as well as why they have to be practiced.

Bearing this in mind, Muslims accept that they are accountable to God for all their deeds.

“No bearer of burdens shall be made to bear the burden of another.” (Qur’an 6-164)

Islam puts emphasis on intention and action. As Prophet Mohamed said:

“Faith is that which resides firmly in the heart and which is proved by deeds.”

Believing in God makes Muslims obliged to obey and follow the teaching of their religion. It is God’s power and wisdom, which dictate and explain one’s duty towards both God, the creator, and human beings. This duty is concerned not only with the concepts of faith but also all aspects of life: socially, economically, politically, spiritually and also with the relations with other fellow human beings.

To believe in Allah is to believe in God who has no equal, who is everlasting and ever existing and nothing can resemble Him. He is not determined by size or any dimensions. He is not contained within bounds nor surrounded by any boundaries nor sitting anywhere between heavens or earth but as He describe Himself in Qur’an:

“God, Most Gracious is firmly established on the throne (0f authority)” (20: 5)

“His throne does extend over the heavens and the earth…” (2: 255)

Indeed, He is above everything but not far from things. He is near all things in the universe and near human beings as well.

“I am indeed close (to everyone), I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calls on Me.” (2: 186)

“It was We who created man, and We know what dark suggestions his soul makes to him: for We are nearer to him than (his) jugular vein.” (50: 16)

God is known to exist by the means of understanding. His signs are everywhere i.e. the creation of heavens and earth and of all that is between them. Qur’an states:

“Behold! In the creation of the heavens and the earth; In the alternation of the night and the day; In the sailing of the ships through the ocean for the profit of mankind; In the rain which God sends down from the skies, and the life which He gives therewith to an earth that is dead; In the beasts of all kinds that He scatters through the earth; In the change of winds, and the clouds which they trail like their slaves between the sky and the earth; – (here) indeed are signs for a people that are wise.” (2:164)

“And among His signs is this, that He created for you mates from among yourselves, that you may dwell in tranquility with them, and He has put love and mercy between your (hearts): Verily in that are signs for those who reflect.” (30: 21)

“And among His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the variations in your languages and your colours: Verily in that are signs for those who know. And among His signs is the sleep that you take by night and by day…”(30:22-23)

So, Islam requires from true Muslims firstly to believe and secondly to act. They should believe with their hearts and confess with their tongues and act according to God’s instructions written in the Qur’an and follow the sayings and the doings of Prophet Mohamed in every aspect of their lives.

The first of the five Pillars of Islam is Iman, which is the faith that resides firmly in the heart and that is proved by deeds. True Muslims should believe with their hearts and declare with their tongues the Shahadah, the Declaration of Faith:

“I testify that there is no deity except God and I testify that Mohamed is the Messenger of God.” This Declaration of Faith is the first step of Iman.
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