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Running Head: FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM
Five Pillars of Islam

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Five Pillars of Islam
The central beliefs of Islam are comprised of the principles that Muslims are
monotheistic in that they believe there is only one God, Allah. Additionally, Muhammad
is the messenger of God. Muslims believe that the God’s oneness is the fundamental
belief of all religions and that Muhammad was merely a messenger of this ideal. This is
certainly related to the first pillar, both believing and professing the unity of God and the
messengership of Muhammad: there is no God but God himself; Muhammad is the
messenger of God. Islam encompasses all religions and honors all prophets as
messengers from one God.
Muslims consider the Quran to be fully genuine, as it is thought to be God’s
words and no one else’s. Accordingly, there are two primary [human] misdeeds; they are
shirk and kufr. They are associated with incredulity and a lack of appreciation of God.
They also promote remembering God, and as such, they incorporate the second pillar
which involves the performance of a continual round of prayers. Muslims also believe
that covetousness is a bad trait, and as such, they incorporate the third pillar, which
involves spiritual tithing, almsgiving, and/or Zakat.
The fourth pillar, which involves fasting (refraining from food and drink), is
supposed to take a person away from the physical world and bring them closer to the
spiritual world. The fifth pillar, hajj, is essentially a pilgrimage to Mecca. This is
supposed to bring a person close to God’s domain.
I believe that the easiest of the five pillars is the third one – engaging in spiritual
tithing, almsgiving, and/or Zakat. This essentially involves providing a nominal amount
of one’s money to fellow Muslims who require it. I have been in the habit of giving

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charity for many years and in greater amounts than what the pillar prescribes. I am not a
wealthy person, and I often give charity for selfish reasons; it makes me feel good about
myself when I help others. I also maintain that it’s not my money to begin with – it is
God’s – I am merely holding it for Him.
I believe the most challenging pillar to fulfill would certainly be the performance
of a continual round of prayers. Muslims pray five times per day at prescribed times,
regardless of what is occurring at the time. Additionally, it involves a great amount of
concentration, devotion, and even physical movements. I would find it particularly
difficult to do this since I am extremely occupied with work and school; I do not think I
would be able to stop what I am doing at the prescribed times. Also, even if I was able to
incorporate this pillar into my life, I would be embarrassed if I were to be seen
performing such a ritual. I realize this concern pertains more to my own esteem, but it is
certainly a factor.

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