- All Muslims must
accept 5 duties. These duties are known as the 5 Pillars of Islam.
- The First Pillar
is Shahada. It is the declaration of faith for Muslims. "There is no God but God and Muhammad is his Prophet." This Pillar
also means Muslims must not put anything before God, No Matter what it is. (Power, Money, etc..)
- The Second Pillar
is Salat. It is Daily prayer for Muslims. It states that a Muslim must pray five times a day. They also have to say five different
prayers. While they pray, they must face Mecca. Mecca is the city that Muhammad was born in. They Must pray at dawn, noon,
mid afternoon, sunset, and nightfall.
- The Third Pillar
is Zakat. Zakat is giving charity to the poor and less fortunate. Giving charity is NOT only giving money. It may be giving
someone a meal, or clothes if they need it. Upper class muslims must give 2.5% to the poor. This is Considered a Tithe. A
Tithe is a church tax.
- The Fourth Pillar
is Sawn, Sawn is Fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. It is the ninth month on the muslim calendar. Muslims must fast
from sun up to sun down. All pleasures are Sacrificed for a month. A muslim giving up something for a month is like a
Christian or Catholic giving up something for Lent. The month of Ramadan is a period of spiritual purification, and medation
for a Muslim. During this holy month, Muslims feast at night. But they have to resume their normal daily lives during the
- The Fifth Pillar is the Hajj. The Hajj is a
religous journey (or pilgrimage) to Mecca. The pilgrimage re-traces the steps of Muhammad from the holy city of Medina to
Mecca. The Hajj must be performed once in a Muslims life-time. It occurs in the 12th month of the Islamic calendar. Once they
get to Mecca, Muslims circle the sacred Kabba 7 times just like Muhammad did on his way to Mecca.
is the Islamic word for Cube.