In Islam, a person must fulfil his duties for this world and perform better deeds for life after. One should acknowledge their duties in the most divine way and obligation towards faith. The Five Pillars of Islam are the basic framework of how you should spend your life.
They are testimony of your faith and worship towards the creator that you’ve done your duties the right way. You need to cover these topics as they are the backbone of a Muslim Life. This includes your daily prayers, fasting during the month of Ramadan, faith, pilgrimage to Makkah once in your life. In this post, we’ve covered these five pillars of Islam in a detailed guide and explained how you can educate yourself and other Muslims for this.
The first is the most basic of them all, having faith in Allah SWT that he is the creator of mankind. A testament to yourself that there’s no other God and Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) is His Last Messenger.
“There is none worthy of worship except Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah”. (Quran)
It plays a significant role in five pillars of Islam as this is your first step towards Islam. It is a belief that every Muslim should carry in their hearts for the rest of their lifetime. The declaration should be recited for three-time with the purity of the heart.
Salah is the Second Pillar Of Islam, Salah means offering daily prayers five times a day. A Muslim’s day consists of five obligatory (Namaz) per day. There are also special event prayers like Eid Prayer or Friday prayers that are compulsory as well. The name of the 5 set prayers is Fajr, Zuhr, Asr, Maghrib, and Isha. The time of each prayer varies according to the Sunrise and sunset of the moon.
Before offering obligatory, Muslims should perform ablution (Wudhu) which is a process of cleaning your body from top to bottom. The adhan (call to prayers) on Masajid announces the time of prayers and is usually recited for males in Mosques and women in their house.
Zakat is the Third Pillar of Islam The word Zakat means charity in Islam. Charity is considered as one of the most honorable systems worldwide. And Muslims are required to pay a chunk of their yearly earnings to poor people. Islam plays a very important role in the distribution of Zakat and orders us to contribute 2.5% of our yearly fortune. This includes gold, cash, and silver.
Every year, Millions of Muslims contribute to the Zakat system and help the other person in need.
Sawm is the 4th Pillar of Islam, Sawm means fasting in the Month of Ramadan. Fasting during Ramadan teaches us a lot of activities and distinguish us from the evil of this world. It teaches us how our life is fragile and we can survive on fewer items rather than splurging on different things.
Things like backbiting, medication, smoking, harming a person, impure thoughts, sexual activities, and others are forbidden in the Holy Month of Ramadan.
The duration of fast depends on your geographical location and the timing of sunrise and sunset. The morning meal is called suhoor, usually consumed before sunrise. After the sunset, you should break your fast and consume the Iftar meal. Depending on the Moon sitting, Ramadan usually lasts for 29-30 Days.
Hajj is the Last Pillar of Islam, The annual pilgrimage (Hajj) is an obligation one should at least once in their lifetime if their health and finances permit. The annual month is performed in the 12th month of Islamic called in the Holy City of Makkah. Thousands of Muslims around the world circle the Holy Kaaba and perform congregation in the name of Allah SWT.
There are other essentials like the Hajj should be carried out in White clothes. It is one of the best places to teach us that every Muslim is equal in Islam. Whether you’re rich or poor, everyone wears the same clothes and do the same things as others.
It is followed by the Second Eid in Islamic Calendar, Eid-ul-Adha. This eid is a time of Qurbani (Sacrifice) to remind us of the time of Prophet Ibrahim. This eid is also sighted as per by Moon and is considered as the biggest social event in a Muslim Life.