Five Pillars of Islam

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The Five Pillars of Islam are five basic rules in Islam that all Muslims should follow.[1][2][3]

The Five Pillars are:[4][5]

  1. The Shahadah (Declaration of faith) - Trusting and understanding the words of the Shahadah. "There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad (SAW) is the final messenger."
  2. Prayer (Salah) - Praying five times a day, kneeling towards Mecca. There are specific ritualistic movements and prayers that are said.
  3. Charity or alms-giving (Zakat) - Each year a Muslim should give money to charity (Usually 2.5% of their savings). If a person does not have much money, they can do other things instead.
  4. Fasting during the month of Ramadan (Sawm)
  5. A pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj) - Muslims should go to Mecca on a pilgrimage. They should do this at least once in their lives. A person does not have to make this pilgrimage if they cannot afford to, or they are physically unable to (Though they can get someone else to go for them).

References[change | change source]

  1. "Pillars of Islam". Encyclopaedia Britannica Online. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  2. "Five Pillars". United Kingdom: Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  3. "The Five Pillars of Islam". Canada: University of Calgary. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  4. Hooker, Richard (July 14, 1999). "arkan ad-din the five pillars of religion". United States: Washington State University. Retrieved 2011-03-09. 
  5. "Religions". The World Factbook. United States: Central Intelligence Agency. 2010. Retrieved 2011-03-09.