The Five Pillars are the frameworks of a Muslim's life. Revealed to the prophet Muhammad by Allah, the Five Pillars are the basis of Islamic religion. "On another occasion, when the prophet (Muhammad) was asked to give a definition of Islam, he named those five pillars."(www.unn.ac.uk...) The Five Pillars are: bearing witness to Allah, establishing prayers, giving alms, fasting during Ramadan, and making a pilgrimage to Mecca. The Five Pillars are the major duties in the life of a Muslim.
Shahadah is the first of the Five Pillars in Islam. More specifically, Shahadah is a
declaration of faith. Included in this manifesto, a Muslim proclaims that Allah is the
only God and Muhammad is His messenger. "He recognizes that God alone is the creator,
that He alone is the Provider and Sustainer, that He is the true Reality, the source of
all things - of all benefit and harm."(http://salam.muslimsonline.com...) Muslims
acknowledge that Allah has all authority and that Muhammad is the last prophet in a long
line of prophets sent by Allah. A declaration of faith is the first pillar of Islam.
Another pillar is the establishment of frequent prayer. Prayer in Islam is otherwise
referred to as Salah. Salah is performed five times everyday. "No other form of worship
can be compared to prayer(Salah), for it is the basis of religion, without which there is
no religion." ( http://salam.muslimsonline.com...) Salah is a direct link between Allah
and His worshipper. Rather that a priest, a learned person in the Qur'an leads group
prayers. Salah, or obligatory prayers, is a pillar of Islam.
The practice of performing charitable acts is another pillar of Islam. Zakat, a tax, is a
required expenditure for Muslims each year. The word Zakat means both...