The Five Doctrinal Tenets of Islam

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1540 words

The Five Doctrinal Tenets of Islam

Islam is, debatably, the fastest growing religion in the world today. At a level of 1.2 billion, they represent approximately 22% of the world's population. Moslems make up the second largest religion in the world, surpassed only to Christianity at 33%. This is according to the 1999 World Almanac and Book of Facts (724). What is Islam? Who is a Moslem? What do they believe? How does one become a Moslem?

In 1964, Philip K. Hitti addressed the rapid emergence of Islam throughout the world in his writing History of the Arabs. In his book, he stated that "every eighth person in our world today is a follower of Muhammad." He continues to say "The Moslem call to prayer rings out through most of the twenty-four hours of the day, encircling the large portion of the globe in its warm belt" (Hitti 3). Today, some thirty-six years later, Islam has become the place of comfort, peace, and faith for over one billion people. To have this type of growth there must be an underlying foundation to the movement.

As any builder can attest, in order for a structure to maintain its integrity the support for that structure must be stabilized and strengthened. Within the holy writings of Islam the support and structure of the faithful is proclaimed. The concept of "no deity except God" is always alive within the heart of a Moslem. They recognize that he alone is the Creator, the Provider and Sustainer, and the true Reality; the source of all things -- of all benefits and harm. This belief requires that He be worshipped and obeyed.

In the Holy Koran, God has made obedience to the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad incumbent upon the all believers. The teachings of Prophet Muhammad are availabl...

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This is an updated summary of the faith of Islam. Elmasry iterates the importance of what would be called in the Christian church a "layman." He emphasizes the importance of the common man.

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This book is a historical and statistical account of the Arab peoples. The 1964 edition was the sixth edition published with the only changes made updating numbers and correcting minor errors and misprints.

Hoffman, Editor. The World Almanac and Book of Facts 1998. Pharos Books. New York. 1998.

The World Almanac is a comprehensive general fact book. It is revised every year in order to maintain its accuracy with changes in the world community.

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that the five pillars are the frameworks of a muslim's life.
  • Explains that the five pillars are direct commands from allah for his children, as distinct as the ten commandments are to christians and judaics.
  • Explains that the shahadah is the bearing of witness to allah. it is a declaration of faith.
  • Explains that zakah is an act of worship and spiritual investment. it is intended for one's moslem brothers in need.
  • Explains that in islam, the needs of the body are considered to complicate closeness to allah. to become the vessel needed to accept all allah has to give, moslem faithful practice another purging of soul.
  • Explains that islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, surpassed only to christianity at 33%.
  • Explains that the shahadah is to be performed five times a day, and that it is the basis of religion.
  • Explains that personal fasting and prayer may be done at the discretion of the individual, but are not viewed as an obligation.
  • Explains that the hajj is an obligation to those within the faith that are physically and financially able. it commemorates the divine rituals observed by prophet abraham and his son ishmael.
  • Evaluates islam's history and purpose and offers answers to the most simple and complex questions.
  • Explains that sheikh muhammed salih al-munajjid's book is a summary of the rulings, etiquette and sunnah of fasting.
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