April 14, 2014
The Power of Islam
The Islamic religion was crucial in the development of later Muslim based societies because of the 5 pillars of Islam, the main beliefs. The five pillars of Islam are Shahada: Faith, Salat: Prayer, Sawm: Fasting, Zakat: almsgiving, and Hajj: pilgrimage to Mecca which outline the duties necessary to be worthy in the eyes of Allah. In Shahada, Muslims believe in a total declaration of their faith to the only god Allah. To worship Allah, Muslims pray 5 times a day at dawn, noon, afternoon, evening, and night facing the Kaaba of Mecca which is a crucial aspect of their prayer. Muslims also fast to worship Allah during the month of Ramadan which is an obligatory action once hitting adulthood, puberty. Followers of the Islamic religion are obliged to the 4th pillar of zakat or alms giving if they are able to do so. Zakat as seen as a way to purify yourself and allow for growth in your spiritual life. Finally the final pillar of Islam is Hajj or the pilgrimage to Mecca. The pilgrimage is one of the most iconic of the five pi...