Welcome to our celebration of Ramadan 2008. Join us as we countdown this week before Ramadan which begins next Monday, September 01st.*
Yesterday we explored - what exactly is Ramadan and why it is important to Muslims worldwide? Today we’ll look at the 5 Pillars of Faith.
Islam requires that all adherents perform five central duties, which are believed to strengthen their faith in and service to Allah. These duties are the 5 Pillars of Islam – the basic tenets of the faith, which all Muslims strive to perform, regardless of where they live or what sect they belong to.
Shahada (Shahaadah) (testimony of faith)
To perform the testimony of faith, one is required to say with conviction at least once in his or her life: “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.”
Muslims pray five times daily, at dawn, noon, mid-afternoon, sunset and night.
Charitable giving, or Zakat, is a requirement of faith for all Muslims. Used to benefit the poor, Zakat represents a fixed portion of one’s wealth and assets.
Siyam (Sawm) (fasting)
Sawm literally means any ritual fasting, but is generally understood to refer to ritual fasting during the month of Ramadan.
During the last month of the Islamic calendar, Dhu al-Hijjah, some two million Muslims ascend to the holy city of Mecca for the Hajj, or pilgrimage. Every able-bodied Muslim is required to make the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.
Stop by tomorrow for our continuing countdown to Ramadan 2008. And for more information visit our holiday celebration – Ramadan on the Net.
*(according to Saudi Ummul-Qura calendar, Fiqh Council of North America, and European Council for Fatwa and Research, the first day of Ramadan is on Monday, September 1, 2008 – source: Moonsighting.com)