FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM – A PRACTICAL ASPECT OF FAITH (IMAN)
The man is a born subject created by Allah almighty; therefore the right to be worshiped is only for Allah almighty. When a man submits and turns to Allah almighty showing humility and devotion, it is called an act of Ibadah (worship). In Islam, every good deed which is performed for seeking the pleasure of Allah almighty is an act of Ibadah(worship).
In Islam, the obligatory rituals of Ibadah(worship) are:
1. To offer obligatory prayers (Salah) five times a day as per their time-schedule, that means Fajr, Zuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Isha.
2, To pay Zakat (poor due – charity) according to the Nisab.
3. To fast during the month of Ramadhan with all its imperative as mentioned in Quran in various verses.
4. To perform Hajj in the Islamic month of Zilhajj. If one is capable it is obligatory to perform Hajj atleast once in the lifetime.
5. To struggle in the cause of Allah as indicated in Quran in several verses.
All the above alongwith Iman(testifying that there is no true God but Allah and Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His last Messenger) are called the pillars of Islam.
Islam is an integral whole and it covers all aspects of man’s life. These pillars unite all human activities, spiritual and material, individual and collective.
The obligatory rituals of Ibadah (worship) make the faith (Iman) to play a practical and effective role in the human life. Ibadah is therefore something positive by which the faithfuls can serve Allah as well as the fellow men.