Assalamualaikum my dear brothers and sister, yes you heard me right I greeted you in an Islamic way. It’s an honor to prevail Islam on my site ReadaZon, I couldn’t be happier. I would like to describe Islam briefly, and I hope you will find all of your questions answered after reading this powerful article. Islam is the most beautiful and truthful religion. Before start, let me tell you that I am a proud Muslim working as an author to spread knowledge of about anything here on ReadaZon. The reason I am telling you that Islam is one true religion is not that I am Muslim but I am sure at the end of this article you will say the same Insha’Allah.
Islam is an Arabic word meaning ‘Peace and Submission’, is an Abrahamic, monotheistic, universal religion teaching that there is only one God (Allah) and that Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the messenger of Allah. It means that the attainment of peace through the surrender one’s will to the Will of Allah (SWT), and the one who submits and follows the path of Islam is called a Muslim.
Islam is the second largest religion with over 1.8 billion followers which is 24% of the world’s population. Islam is a transnational religion meaning that there are Muslims living in every country in the world, they make up a majority of the population in more than 50 countries.
Islam explains that Allah (SWT) is the most merciful, all-powerful, and unique, and has guided humankind through prophets, revealed scriptures (Quran) and natural signs. The primary scripture of Islam is the Quran, meaning that the Quran is the exact words of Allah, revealed to the last Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) through the angel Gabriel.
The two most important aspects in the life of a Muslim to complete his faith are Haqooq ul Allah and Haqooq ul Ibaad. Haqooq ul Allah, it consists of two words ‘Haqooq (rights)’ and ‘Allah’ means ‘rights of Allah’. The duties we owe to Allah, such as 5 pillars of Islam.
The other is Haqooq ul Ibaad ‘rights of Mankind’ or ‘duties towards mankind’. These two aspects are interlinked with one another, however, the one who fulfills ‘Haqooq ul Allah’ will also fulfill the ‘Haqooq ul Ibaad’. I would like to define Haqooq ul Allah first so that you may understand the complete essence of Islam.
Islam provides a complete code of law and guidance, there are the 5 pillars of Islam that represents acts of worship of only one God, Allah. These 5 pillars were made by the Arabs armies as soon as they conquered new lands, they began to construct mosques, palaces and other work of art to show their love for their religion through their faith and culture. These 5 pillars of Islam are also known as Arkan, to which members of the Islamic community (Umma) should fulfill. These are the 5 Arkan/pillars of Islam;
1- Shahadah (The profession of faith): Earnestly, reciting the Muslim profession of faith that is (لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ الله) meaning ‘There is no God, but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.
2- Salat (Daily Prayers): The gift of Allah, that was given to our beloved prophet Muhammad on the night of Shahb e Mairaj, is performing 5 prayers each day. Muslims can perform their daily prayer anywhere, but they are meant to pray towards Mecca. There is a proper way of performing salat, our prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) has thought us. On Friday, many Muslims attend a mosque near midday to pray and to listen to a sermon known as Kutba.
3- Zakat (Alms-Giving): The third pillar of Islam teaches us to give charity (tax) to benefit the poor or needy. The word zakāt can be defined as purification and growth because it allows an individual to achieve balance and encourages new growth. To give 2.5% of our wealth in the name of Allah to the poor so that there would be no more misfortunate people in a society.
4- Sawm (Fasting during the month of Ramadan): The fourth and most important pillar, fasting. To ask Allah’s forgiveness by fasting in the month of Ramadan. Ramadan is the Holy month for Muslims, we fast from dawn to sunset. The holy month, to remind ourselves that all individuals are similarly needy upon the assistance of Allah.
5- Hajj (Pilgrimage to Mecca): The fifth and last pillar of Islam is to perform Hajj at least once in life, pilgrimage focuses on visiting the Kaaba and walk around it seven times. The performance of Hajj takes place in the 12th month of the Islamic Calendar known as Zul-Hajj.
Think of these pillars as the base of your house, let’s say there are 4 or 3 pillars giving your house a proper structure to stand. If I were to remove any one of that base/pillar what worst could be happening? right? I don’t really mean it but your house will collapse into dust as soon as just one basic pillar is removed. These 5 pillars of Islam works the same.
Allah has gifted us ‘The Quran’ in which every, I repeat every, solution of your problem is described, once you recite and understand it. Islam teaches us to live our life according to the Holy Quran, and the life of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is ideal for all humankind.