The foundation of Islam is built on tolerance, peace, and harmony. Islam teaches us how to live our life’s the right way. How to act with other peoples and how to serve Allah Almighty the right way.
Although there are many teachings of Islam one must first understand the foundation of Islam. The foundation of Islam is built around 5 pillars. These are the core beliefs of Islam that every Muslim should practice and obey in their lifecycle.
Shahada (To have Faith in God)
The first pillar of Islam is very simple, have faith in the oneness of Allah Almighty. “There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God”.
These Arabic phrases are often used on a daily basis. If you believe in these words, you can enter the pillar of Islam.
The second pillar of Islam is based on prayers. Muslims perform 5 prayers a day facing Mecca. All of these prayers have different timings, according to the Sun. Each prayer includes a recitation of Quranic Ayat, along with different Ruko. Muslims can perform their prayers in any clean place. By clean it means that the place should be physically and partially clean.
Before salat, you’re required to clean yourself too. You can do this by doing Wazo. A wazo is a combination of different activities that you can use to clean yourself. After salat, Muslims read some passage from the Quran, followed by a grand-prayer along with other Muslims. You can salat on your home or Mosque.
“Prayer is a pillar of the religion (Islam). Whoever establishes it, establishes religion; and whoever destroys it (e.g. neglects it), destroys religion.” The Prophet of Islam (Peace Be Upon Him)
The third pillar of Islamic law, states us to donate a fixed portion of our income to the needy community. You can donate this to anyone that you think might need it.
Not only this, but you can also donate this to hospitals, schools, mosques, or any other institute that helps the welfare of people. This is the reason that Muslim countries are one of the most charitable nations in the world.
“Allah has made zakah obligatory simply to purify your remaining wealth.” The Prophet of Islam (Peace Be Upon Him)
Muslims fast during the daylight hours in the holy month of Ramadan. During these hours, you’re not required to drink or eat anything. This is a perfect example to showcase how humble this community is.
Muslims open their fast at sunset time and eat in the name of Allah Almighty. This is one of the biggest celebrations in the history of Islam. During this month, Muslims also donate food and supplies to the people in need.
“Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may attain piety.” (Quran 2:183)
Every Muslim should visit the holy city of Mecca if they have the resources and health to travel. It is the ritual to build the bond of brotherhood and promote Islamic teaching to the rest of the world. Also, it is one of the best ways to understand the importance of self-sacrifice. You donate your most precious thing in the name of Allah Almighty.
This is the fifth and final pillar of Islam, which is important if you have the resources.
“Whoever performs Hajj and does not utter obscenities or commit sin, will come back just like the day when his mother bore him (i.e. pure of sins).” The Prophet of Islam (Peace Be Upon Him)
Islam, one of the most peaceful communities in the world has been criticized many times. But by learning the basics of Islam, one must say that it is a peaceful community. The foundation of Islam is built around many factors, but these are the basics. If you understand these 5 Islamic pillars, then you are demonstrating that you have faith in Islam.