Shahadah, profession of faith, is the first pillar of Islam. Muslims bear witness to the oneness of God by reciting the creed "There is no God but God and Muhammad is the Messenger of God." This simple yet profound statement expresses a Muslim's complete acceptance of and total commitment to Islam.

Salah (Prayer)

Salah, prayer, is the second pillar of Islam. The Islamic faith is based on the belief that individuals have a direct relationship with God. Salah can he performed alone; it is meritorious to perform it with another or with a group. It is permissible to pray at home, at work, or even outdoors; however it is recommended that Muslims perform salah in a mosque.


Zakat is an obligatory sadaqah (charity) due on wealth; given under certain conditions to specific persons at a specific time. Zakat, almsgiving, is the third pillar of Islam. Social responsibility is considered part of one's service to God; the obligatory act of zakat enshrines this duty.

Sawm (Fasting)

Sawm/Fasting is the fourth pillar of Islam. Siyam is a way of worshiping Allah by intentionally abstaining from food, drink, sexual intercourse and other things that break ones fast; from dawn to sundown.


Hajj, the pilgrimage to Makkah, is the fifth pillar of Islam and the most significant manifestation of Islamic faith and unity in the world. For those Muslims who are physically and financially able to make the journey to Makkah, the Hajj is a once in a lifetime duty that is the peak of their religious life

Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Whoever takes a path upon which to obtain knowledge, Allah makes the path to Paradise easy for him.”

[Sahih Muslim 2699]

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