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The First Pillar of Islam: The Muslim Profession of Faith

The First Pillar of Islam: The Muslim Profession of FaithAll practicing Muslims accept belief in the ‘Six Articles of Faith’ and are obliged to follow the ‘Five Pillars.’  They are:1.    Muslim profession of faith or shahada.2.    Ritual Prayer or salah.3.    Obligatory Charity or zakah.4.    Fasting or sawm.5.    Pilgrimage or hajj.The First PillarMuslim Profession… Read more

The Second Pillar of Islam: The Prayer

The Second Pillar of Islam: The PrayerSalah is the daily ritual prayer enjoined upon all Muslims as one of the five Pillars of Islam.  It is performed five times a day by all Muslims.  Salah is a precise worship, different from praying on the inspiration of the moment.  Muslims pray or, perhaps more correctly, worship five times throughout the day:·        Between first light and sunrise.·       … Read more

The Third Pillar of Islam: Compulsory Charity

The Third Pillar of Islam: Compulsory CharityCharity is not just recommended by Islam, it is required of every financially stable Muslim.  Giving charity to those who deserve it is part of Muslim character and one of the Five Pillars of Islamic practice.  Zakat is viewed as “compulsory charity”; it is an obligation for those who have received their wealth from God to respond to those members of the community in need.  Devoid of… Read more

The Fourth Pillar of Islam: The Fast of Ramadan

The Fourth Pillar of Islam: The Fast of RamadanFasting is not unique to the Muslims.  It has been practiced for centuries in connection with religious ceremonies by Christians, Jews, Confucianists, Hindus, Taoists, and Jains.  God mentions this fact in the Quran:“O you who believe, fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may develop God-consciousness.” (Quran 2:183)Some Native American societies… Read more

The Fifth Pillar of Islam: The Pilgrimage (Hajj)

The Fifth Pillar of Islam: The Pilgrimage (Hajj)The Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) is the fifth of the fundamental Muslim practices and institutions known as the five pillars of Islam.  Pilgrimage is not undertaken in Islam to the shrines of saints, to monasteries for help from holy men, or to sights where miracles are supposed to have occurred, even though we may see many Muslims do this.  Pilgrimage is made to the Kaaba, found in the sacred… Read more

Hajj - The Journey of a Lifetime (part 1 of 2): The Day of Arafah and its Preparation

Hajj - The Journey of a Lifetime (part 1 of 2): The Day of Arafah and its PreparationThe hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, a central duty of Islam whose origins date back to the Prophet Abraham, brings together Muslims of all races and tongues for one of life’s most moving spiritual experiences.For 14 centuries, countless millions of Muslims, men and women from the four corners of the earth, have made the pilgrimage to Mecca, the birthplace of Islam. … Read more

Worship in Islam

Worship in Islam (part 1 of 3): The Meaning of WorshipThe concept and purpose of worship in Islam is unparallel to any other religion in existence.  It combines the mundane with the spiritual, the individual with the society, and the internal soul with the external body.  Worship has a unique role in Islam, and through worship, a person is regarded as a true Muslim who accords his entire life to the Will of God.The importance of worship… Read more

A Day and a Night in Ramadan

A Day and a Night in Ramadan (part 1 of 2): The Fast of the DayRamadan is a very special month for the Muslims, as in it Muslims around the world perform various types of worship, the most important of them being fasting.  This fasting of Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam, mandatory upon all adolescents and adults who have the ability.  Ramadan is also the month in which the first revelation came to the Prophet Muhammad, and thus… Read more

Malcolm X’s Letter from Mecca

Malcolm X’s Letter from MeccaMany Muslims who have been blessed to make Hajj often speak of how the journey is a life-changing experience.  This is more the case for some than others.Malcolm X, or Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, is one Muslim who saw the light of true Islam through his Hajj in April 1964.  As a former member and speaker for the Nation of Islam, a black spiritual and nationalist movement, he believed that the white man was the… Read more

The Malice of Lying

The Malice of LyingLying is a common part of human relationships.  People lie for a variety of reasons.  They may lie as part of self-presentation, in order to present a more favorable image to others.  People may also lie in order to minimize conflict, because lying may make disagreements less obvious.  Although lying may serve useful functions in these respects, it can also be damaging to relationships.  An exposed lie… Read more

Modesty

Modesty (part 1 of 3): An OverviewModesty and shyness play a special part between the affairs of the Creator and the created.  All prophets and Messengers encouraged modesty, as the Prophet, may God praise him, said:“Indeed from the teachings of the first prophets which has reached you is, ‘If you do not have shyness, then do as you please.” (Al-Bukhari)Modesty as a sense of shame or shyness in human beings is a shrinking of the soul from… Read more

Ramadan and Fasting

Ramadan and Fasting (part 1 of 2): Fasting   Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, can be 29 or 30 days long.  An Islamic month begins with the sighting of the new crescent in the western horizon, immediately after sunset.  Muslims look toward the western horizon for the new moon on the 29th day of Sha’ban, the eighth month.  If the new moon is sighted, Ramadan has begun with the sunset but fasting begins… Read more

Humane Treatment of Animals

Humane Treatment of AnimalsGod, the Creator of human beings and animals, has made animals subservient to us.  We depend on animals for the food we eat and the milk we drink.  We bring animals into our homes for love and companionship.  We survive critical illness and live longer because of biomedical research on animals.  We visit to zoos and aquariums to gain an appreciation for the spectacular diversity of life on earth. … Read more

Justice in Islam

Justice in IslamThe Meaning of JusticeIn the Islamic worldview, justice denotes placing something in its rightful place.  It also means giving others equal treatment.  In Islam, justice is also a moral virtue and an attribute of human personality, as it is in the Western tradition.  Justice is close to equality in the sense that it creates a state of equilibrium in the distribution of rights and duties, but they are not identical. … Read more

The Virtue of Truthfulness

The Virtue of Truthfulness (part 1 of 2):The Status and Reward of Truthfulness“O you who believe!  Have fear of God, and be among the truthful.” (Quran 9:119)Ask the average person to define truthfulness and the answer will most likely be restricted to something about truthful speech.  Islam, however, teaches that truthfulness is far more than having an honest tongue.  In Islam, truthfulness is the conformity of the outer with… Read more

Visiting the Sick

Visiting the Sick (part 1 of 2)      Islam invites to all that is good and warns from all that is bad.  From those good and virtuous deeds is the visiting of the ill and afflicted.  When people visit each other in good health, bonds of brotherhood and friendship are strengthened.  How then when people visit each other in times of sickness and poor or failing health?  Illustrating the empathy that Muslims… Read more

How Do Muslims Treat the Elderly?

How Do Muslims Treat the Elderly?In the Islamic world, one rarely finds “old people’s homes.”  The strain of caring for one’s parents in this most difficult time of their lives is considered an honor and a blessing and an opportunity for great spiritual growth.  In Islam, it is not enough that we only pray for our parents, but we should act with limitless compassion, remembering that when we were helpless children, they preferred… Read more

Altruism

Altruism   Altruism, selfless acts done for another’s benefit in spite of oneself, is a humanitarian endeavor praised by all societies.  Practically every nation on earth has stories of great kings, brave warriors and noble men and women who sacrificed their material possessions, status or even themselves for some or other common good.  Yet, it is without any reservation or hesitation whatsoever that we can point to the religion… Read more

Human Rights and Justice in Islam

Human Rights and Justice in IslamIslam provides many human rights for the individual.  The following are some of these human rights that Islam protects.The life and property of all citizens in an Islamic state are considered sacred, whether a person is Muslim or not.  Islam also protects honor.  So, in Islam, insulting others or making fun of them is not allowed.  The Prophet Muhammad, may God praise him, said: “Truly your blood,… Read more

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