Five Pillars of Islam

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Five Pillars of Islam

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. The shahadah means there is no other god except Allah(one God) and Prophet Muhammad is the messenger/prophet of Allah. The shahadah can be recited when a person chooses to convert to Islam as the words in the shahadah are the key fundamental beliefs in Islam.
  2. Prayer (Salah) - Praying five times a day, kneeling towards Mecca. There are specific ritualistic movements and prayers that are said.
  3. Fasting during the month of Ramadan (Sawm) - Islamic Fasting is not eating or drinking beverages when the sun is out, only when the moon is out.
  4. Charity or alms-giving (zakah) - 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 give services to others instead.
  5. Hajj - Pilgrimage to (mecca) bamadan


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  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.