Analysis Of The Five Pillars Of Islam

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Islam is the world’s youngest major religion and it is considered one of the most powerful forces in human history. The birth of the profit Muhammad was the unifying force that bridged Europe and East Asia after the fall of Rome. Prior to the birth of Muhammad, Arabs were polytheistic and disunited, however the profit Muhammad would make drastic changes to this belief. At the age of twenty five, Muhammad worked in a trade caravan where he spent extended periods of time in the dessert. During his time in the dessert he was visited by the Angel Gabriel who declared him the final messenger of Allah. Once in a position of power, the profit Muhammad preached a message that emphasized the importance of community and the bond with Allah. Islam…show more content…
Rather than the followers having to go through priests, clergy, or saints to have a relationship with god, Muslim’s believe that Allah is to be worshiped directly by each individual follower. The followers of Allah have five simple duties that they must individually follow that comprise the Five Pillars of Islam. These duties consist of belief, worship, fasting, almsgiving, and pilgrimage. Although I do not consider myself a religious person I am going to define each of the Five Pillars of Islam and illustrate how each pillar correlates to my life. The first pillar of Islam is Belief. Followers of Allah are called to profess in Arabic the profession of faith, or shahada which states “There is no god but God and that Muhammad is His messenger.” This profession of faith is proclaimed in the daily life of followers as they are called to prayer. It is a daily reminder of the oneness of God (Allah) as well as the central role of the prophet…show more content…
Here the followers of Allah are to abstain from eating, drinking, smoking, and sex during the time between sunrise and sunset. This takes place during the ninth month of the Muslim calendar which is called Ramadan. During this month Muslims all over the world join together to acknowledge God’s provisions in their lives. Abstaining from everyday pleasures brings the followers closer to God, as well as each other, and instills a since of gratitude for the blessings of life that God has provided them. It also serves as a way for those who fast to gain sympathy for those who are in
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