Saturday, August 05, 2006


The six Pillars of Islam.
Oleh latifabdul.(18)

For those who wish to follow Islam, there are six basic pratices and many formal observances. The six pillars of Islam are: Bearing witness, Daily prayer, Fasting during the month of Ramadan, working for God to serve people, Charity, and Pilgrimage to Mecca.

1. Bearing Witness, or the Confession of Faith.
Entrance into Islam begin with the recitation of these basic tenets of Islam faith: ”I bear witness that there is no god but God alone, and bear witness that Muhammad saw is a servant and a Messenger of God.”

To witness, we must be awake, conscious. To realize the truth of the assertion “There is no god but God” is to know firsthand the unity of God. To come to this libation is, in one sense, the pinnacle of the Islamic mystical path.

2. Teaching about the daily Prayer.
Five times a day there is a call to prayer; at dawn, noon, mid after noon, dusk, and night. The prayers interrupt daily activities in order tore orient members of the community to religious awareness. Communal prayers are visible manifestations of doctrine that all are equal in the eyes of God, irrespective of class, social, and economic distinctions. All who come to mosque pray together, without regard to wealth or status.

Everything has both outer form and inner meaning. This is especially true in prayer. The beginning of the formal Islamic prayer is call the tecbir. Facing Meccah. Muslim put their hands up to their ears, palms forward, and say, “Allah hu Ekber,” “God is Greater”. God is greater than anything and everything that God has created. As they raise their hands, they try to put the world and any wordy concern behind them. It is as if the world is pushed back with the back of the hands. They then open their hearts so that they can feel that they are truly in the presence of God, with nothing separating them from God. This is the essence of prayer, a constantly held goal. It may not be possible to put aside completely all the love and care and temptation of the world, but one can try.

These is God's commandment.
1. Perform As shalat, verily As shalat prevents from Al Fahsha (great sins of everikind, unlawful sexual intercourse) and Al Munkar( disbelieve, every kind of evil wicked deed) and the remembering God is greater indeed of God in prayers And God knows what you do (QS.29;45)

3.Teaching about Fasting.
Each year all Muslim who are able to do so fast from dawn to sunset for the month of Ramadan. During the fast, they are supposed to abstain from eating, drinking, smoking, and making love. It is a difficult practice, intended to help Muslim remain aware of the conflicting forces of their lower and higher natures.

These are God's commandments.
3.1. O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that you may (learn) self-restraint,
(Fasting) for a fixed number of days; but if any of you is ill, or on a journey, the prescribed number (should be made up) from days later. For those who can do it (with hardship), is a ransom, the feeding of one that is indigent but he that will give more, of his own free will, it is better for him. And it is better for you that ye fast, if you only knew. (V.2:183)..

3..2 Permitted to you, on the night of the fasts, is the approach to your wives. They are your garments and ye are their garments. Allah knower what ye used to do secretly among yourselves; but He turned to you and forgave you; so now associate with them, and seek what Allah hath ordained for you, and eat and drink until the white thread of dawn appear to you distinct from its black thread; then complete your fast till the night appears; but do not associate with your wives while ye are in retreat in the mosques. Those are limits (set by) Allah: approach not nigh thereto. Thus doth Allah make clear His Signs to men: that they may learn self-restraint.(QS.2:187)
Moslem should fast for one month, without eating, drinking, sex during day time, from the morning to the sun set.
4. Teaching about working for ALLAH to serve people.
Every Moslem has to work for ALLAH, this is a obligation. Every Moslem has to prosper his family, his society and human being as general.

In order every Moslem able to protect ALLAH’s religious and ALLAH’s creations every Moslem has to develop and create what ALLAH has sent down Iron etc, in which is material for mighty war and as well as many benefits for mankind.

These are God’s commandments as below.

4.1 He brought you forth the earth, and settle you therein (to prosper the earth and serve people with love, gentleness, kindness, and justice).(QS.11:61)

4.2. We sent aforetime Our Messengers with Clear Signs and sent down with them the Book and the Balance (of Right and Wrong), that men may stand forth in justice; and We sent down Iron, in which is (material for) mighty war, as well as many benefits for mankind, that Allah may test who it is that will help, unseen, Him and His Messengers: for Allah is Full of Strength, Exalted in Might (and able to enforce His Will).QS.57:25

5. Teaching about charity.
Each year, at the end of the month of Ramadan, every household is asked to give one fortieth, or two and half percent of its accumulated weath to the poor. It is said that all things originate from God; having goods and money is seen as custodianship, in that one retain the right to possessions by returning some of ones’s goods to the large Muslim community from which they came.

These below are God’s Commandment.

5.1. Take alms from their wealth in to purify them and sanctify them with it, and invoke Allah for them. Verily Your invocation re a source of security for them; God is All Hearer. All Knower (QS.9:103)
5.2. The likeness of those who spend their wealth in the way of God, is as the likeness of a grain (of corn); it grows seven ears, and each ear has a hundred grains. Allah gives manifold increase to whom He wills. And God is All-Sufficient for His Creature’s need, All-Knower
Those who spend their substance in the cause of Allah, and follow not up their gifts with reminders of their generosity or with injury, for them their reward is with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
Kind words and the covering of faults are better than charity followed by injury. Allah is Free of all wants, and He is Most Forbearing.(QS.2:261-263)

6.Teaching about going to the pilgrimage to Meccah.

These is God's commandments.
1. In it are Signs manifest; (for example), the Station of Abraham; whoever enters it attains security; pilgrimage thereto is a duty men owe to ALLAH, those who can afford the journey; but if any deny faith, ALLAH stands not in need of any of His creatures. (QS.3:97)

The Kaaba, the shrine in the heart of the city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, is the most holy site in Islam. It is a stone cube said to have been built by the prophase Abraham and Ishmael. All Muslim are required to make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in their lifetime, provided they can afford to do so. There are a set of rigorous observances to be followed at the time of pilgrimage, which occurs during a specified week each year. The pilgrimage is a shadows our worldly interests. This annual ritual has kept the different Muslim people aware of their common bond.

May ALLAH bless you all after reading this article.
Sincerely yours
Wassalamua’alaikum wr.wb


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