Principles of ISLAM
The Five Pillars of Islam are the framework of the Muslim life. They are the testimony of faith, prayer, giving zakat (support of the needy), fasting during the month of Ramadan, and the pilgrimage to Makkah once in a lifetime for those who are able.
T he ‘Shahaadah’ or Declaration of Faith.
To be a Muslim, one must believe in and pronounce the words that mean, “There is no deity worthy of being worshipped except Allah عزوجل and Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ واٰلہ وسلم is His Messenger.” This declaration testifies that Almighty Allah عزوجل exists, that He is dissimilar and superior to His creation and that none is worthy of worship but Him. It also testifies that He عزوجل is the Creator and Owner of all that exists and the Disposer of all affairs . . .
Salāh was practiced in some form or the other throughout history by all Prophets علیھم الصلوۃ والسلام and their followers as an essential part of Almighty Allah’s عزوجل religion.
Islam, the final message to humanity, considers prayer as crucial. A Muslim is required to pray five times daily within specified periods, as taught by the Beloved Prophet Muhammad صلی اللہ علیہ واٰلہ وسلم. These prayers are obligatory, and form a direct bond between the worshipper and his Creator. Islam does not . . .
T he word ‘Zakaah’ means purification and growth. An Important principle of Islam is that all things belong to Allah Almighty عزوجل. Muslims are enjoined to earn and spend their wealth in ways that are acceptable to Allah عزوجل, Most Exalted.
The divinely designed system of Zakaah is the right of Almighty Allah عزوجل within His Dominion. It is neither a charity nor a tax, but an obligation due from Muslims who possess wealth in excess of their basic needs. Thus, the difference between Zakaah and tax is . . .
My beloved Allah عزوجل the Most Exalted has enjoined fasting upon the Muslims as He had enjoined it upon previous nations. He, the Exalted, says:
O People who Believe! Fasting is made compulsory for you, like it was ordained for those before you, so that you may attain piety. The Islamic way of fasting involves abstinence from eating, drinking, sexual intercourse and all prohibited habits such as smoking etc. The fast is observed throughout the . . .
H ajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah, is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for those who are physically and financially able to perform it. Almighty Allah عزوجل says: (welcome to islam,page:23)
In it are clear signs - the place where Ibrahim stood (is one of them); and whoever enters it shall be safe; and performing the Hajj (pilgrimage) of this house, for the sake of Allah (عزوجل), is a duty upon mankind, for those who can reach it; and whoever disbelieves - then Allah (عزوجل) is Independent (Unwanting) . . .