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What is Islam?

In the previous post we covered “Faith in Islam”. So, what is Islam?

It is the religion which was sent with the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). When someone is upon the religion of Islam, we call them Muslims. The term Muslim means One who submits to One God. Just like faith and its pillars, Islam has its own pillars. When the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was asked the question by Angel Jibril (Gabriel): “What is Islam?”, his reply was;

  1. To worship Allah alone and no one else.
  2. To perform Salat (prayer, 5 times a day).
  3. To give Zakat (charity)
  4. To fast in the month of Ramadan.
  5. To perform Hajj (pilgrimage to mecca, if one has the means)

These are the 5 pillars of Islam in which every Muslim (male and female) must follow!