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  The 5 basic pillars of Islam
Five Pillars of Islam
Declaration of Faith:  

recognizing that there is no god but Allah and Mohammad is the Messenger of GOD

 
Establishment of Regular Prayer:  

Obligatory prayers are performed five times a day and are a direct link between the worshiper and God. There is no hierarchical authority or priesthood in Islam, so group prayers are led by a person learned in the Qur'an. These prayers, whether performed in congregation or individually, contain verses from the Qur'an and are said in Arabic, the language of the revelation itself. Personal supplication can be offered in one's own language. Prayers are performed at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset, and nightfall and thus determine the rhythm of the entire day. Although it is preferable for men to pray together in a mosque, a Muslim may pray almost anywhere, such as in the field, office, factory or university. In fact, visitors to the Muslim world are struck by the centrality of prayers in daily life.

 
Required Expenditure: 

One of the most important principles of Islam is that all things belong to God and that wealth is therefore held by human beings in trust. The word zakah means both purification and growth. Each Muslim calculates his or her own zakah individually. For most purposes this involves the payment each year of two and a half percent of the capital in excess of one's basic needs. One may also give as much as he or she pleases in voluntary charity (sadaqah), seeking additional reward. This is preferably done in secret. Although the word "sadaqah" can be translated as charity, it has a wider meaning

 
Fasting: 

Fasting involves abstinence from eating, drinking, smoking and marital intercourse, is observed throughout the daylight hours of the 29 or 30 days of the lunar month of Ramadan in obedience to God's command. This teaches the believers patience and self-control, as well as reminding them of their responsibility for the millions of human beings in the world who lack provisions or are victims of their unjust distribution. The month of fasting is accompanied by increased efforts toward good manners and righteous deeds, along with additional worship at night. It is not a retreat from life, but rather, a supplement to one's ordinary activities

 
Pilgrimage to Mecca:  

The annual pilgrimage to Mecca is an obligation only for those who are physically and financially able to perform it. Nevertheless, about two million people go to Mecca each year from every corner of the globe, providing a unique opportunity for those of different nations to meet one another. Pilgrims wear special clothing simple garments which strip away distinctions of class and culture so that all stand equal before God.

 
 
"There are more Muslims in North America then Jews Now."  -Dan Rathers, CBS NEWS
 
"If a man like Muhammed were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness."  -George Bernard Shaw
 
"Islam is the fastest-growing religion in America, a guide and pillar of stability for many of our people..."  -Hillary Rodham Clinton, Los Angeles Times, May 31, 1996
 
"Islam is the world's second-largest religion -- second only to Christianity" - Barbra Rogers CBS
 
"Muhammed is the most successful of all Prophets and religious personalities."   -Encyclopedia Britannica
 
"My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world's most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular level." 
 -Michael H. Hart, 1978
 
I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet the scrupulous regard for pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers, his intrepidity, his
fearlessness, his absolute trust in God and in his own mission. -Mahatma Gandhi 1924
 
 
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