The Five Pillars
What do Muslims Believe?
Just as we have fundamental beliefs in Al-Islam, we also have five fundamental practices which we must observe. By increasing our knowledge of these fundamentals we increase our understanding of Al-Islam. These fundamental practices are the pillars upon which a Muslim’s entire Islamic life, which is based on the Holy Qur’an and the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad , is structured. They are listed in their progression:
To bear witness that there is no deity except Allah, and that Muhammad is His Servant and Messenger; to observe prayers five times a day; to pay Zakat (charity as an obligation); to fast during the month of Ramadan; and to perform Pilgrimage (Hajj) to Makkah at lease once in a lifetime, if one is financially and physically able.
Articles of Faith PDF | Print | E-mail
What are the Fundamental Beliefs?
The fundamental principles of Al-Islam are the most important things in a Muslim’s life. We are not to look for ways to modify the principles of Al-Islam to justify unlawful and unnatural practices. We are to alter our attitudes and practices to conform to Islamic principles. As Muslims, we have six fundamental beliefs, referred to as the Articles of Faith.
They are: Belief in the Oneness of Allah; Belief in His Prophets; Belief in His Books; Belief in His Angels; Belief in the Day of Resurrection (the Judgment Day); Belief in the Divine Ordinance: that the power to do anything proceeds from Allah for all good purposes, and that we are responsible for our actions. (Hence, there are good and bad consequences for everything, but Allah intends only good for His Servants.)
What is The Qur’an PDF | Print | E-mail
The Holy Qur’an contains the wisdom of Sacred Books that were revealed before it. Those Books had been corrupted by man; therefore Allah revealed the Holy Qur’an to remove teachings that had corrupted the religions of the people. He also used it to give us the knowledge that was needed to complete His Message. No Muslim can uphold the Holy Qur’an and feel that he is upholding something which is against Jesus.
Prophet Muhammad PDF | Print | E-mail
Prophet Muhammad [Peace & Blessings of Allah be upon him] lived during a time when there was no law or science in Arabia, and the Gentile world was so dominated by superstitions and ignorance that historians refer to the period as the “Dark Ages.”