The Five Pillars of Islam

Muslims in prayer

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Muslims in prayerThe Five Pillars of Islam are the basics of the Religious tenets of all Muslims that are faithful to the religion.

The first is belief. The rest are works or actions designed to make one’s life acceptable to God, or Allah as called in Arabic.

  • 1. There is no god except Allah; Muhammad is the messenger of Allah
  • 2. Prayer is to be offered five times a day.
  • 1. between dawn and sunrise
  • 2. between midday and mid-afternoon
  • 3. between mid-afternoon and sunset
  • 4. after sunset
  • 5. between nightfall and dawn
  • 3. Donations to the poor and needy.
  • 4. Fasting during the month of Ramadan
  • 5. Pilgrimage to “The House of Allah” or the house of God found in Makkah, Saudi Arabia at least once during a lifetime.

From a western non-believers perspective, this can be aligned with Christian beliefs in the following manner.

  • 1.    Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.
  • 2.    Call upon God daily, multiple times daily in prayer.
  • 3.    It is harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle. Caring and giving to the poor is a core tenet of Christianity.
  • 4.    Fasting and prayer with the associated almsgiving is a traditional way of denying one’s most basic personal needs in favor of a greater cause.
  • 5.    Journey up to the house of the Lord and offer up your soul in the community of faith.

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