1st Pillar – THE SHAHADAH
ALLAH (S.W.T) SAYS IN THE QURAN:
THE SHAHADAH: ”LAA ILAAHA ILL ALLAH MOHAMMADUR RASOOL ALLAH “I TESTIFY THAT NONE HAS THE RIGHT TO BE WORSHIPED EXCEPT ALLAH, AND THAT MUHAMMAD ﷺ IS THE MESSENGER OF ALLAH.
Salah the obligatory prayers that are performed five times a day, and are a direct link between the worshipper and Allah. Muslims are commanded to pray 5 Times a day.
On the day of Judgement, the first deed we will be asked about is the Salah. There is no excuse to leave Salah, even if we are sick, travelling, in school or doing something what we think is important but the most important thing is to offer Salah.
DEFINITION OF ZAKAH:- Obligatory Sadaqah (Charity) due on wealth given under certain conditions to specific persons at a specific time.
Zakat is a certain fixed portion of the wealth and property that a Muslim is obliged to pay yearly for the benefit of the poor in the Muslim community. The payment of Zakat is obligatory, as it is one of the five pillars of Islam. Zakat is the major economic means for establishing social justice and leading the Muslim society towards prosperity and security.
Every Muslim who owns a fixed, minimum amount of wealth (called Nisab), and who satisfies certain other conditions, must pay Zakat. The Qur’an mentions Zakat in many places. For example, Allah (S.W.T) says:
خُذْ مِنْ أَمْوَالِهِمْ صَدَقَةً تُطَهِّرُهُمْ وَتُزَكِّيهِمْ بِهَا وَصَلِّ عَلَيْهِمْ ۖ إِنَّ صَلَاتَكَ سَكَنٌ لَهُمْ ۗ وَاللَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ“
Take Sadaqah (obligatory charity) from their wealth in order to purify them and sanctify them with it, and invoke Allah for them. Verily, your invocations are a source of security for them, and Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower.” (9:103)
BENEFITS OF ZAKAH:-
DEFINITION OF FASTING (Siyam): – Siyam is way of worshipping Allah by intentionally abstaining from Food, Drink Sexual Intercourse & other things that break ones fast from Dawn to Sunset.
MERITS OF FASTING:- Abu Hurayrah Reported that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, “Every good deed of the son of adam is multiplied in reward 10 to 700 times (depending on one’s intention and sincerity)
BENEFITS OF FASTING:-
1.Above all it is an act of obedience to Allah.
2.Trains believers in TAQWA (Being Mindful of Allah & Fearing Him by doing all that He ordered & avoiding all that He has forbade).
3.Teaches Patience & sincerity
THE MEANING BEHIND HAJJ:-Aisha R.A. reported that the Prophet ﷺ said: – “The tawaff of the house (kabah) & (the sa’iy) between Safa and Marwah and the throwing of the jamarat was set up for the remembrance of Allah” (COLLECTED BY AHMAD, ABU-DAWOOD & AT-TRIMIDHI)
MERITS OF HAJJ: –
Abu Hurayrah reported that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: – “He Who Makes Hajj For Allah And Avoids Obscene Language And Immoral Behavior Will Return (Without His Sins) Like The Day His Mother Gave Birth To Him” (COLLECTED BY BUKHARI AND MUSLIM)
Abu Hurayrah reported that the Messenger of Allah ﷺ said: – “One Umrah To Another Umrah Erases Sins Commited Between Them And Hajj (Accepted By Allah) Has No Reward Except Al-Jannah (Paradise)” (COLLECTED BY BUKHARI AND MUSLIM)
BENEFITS OF HAJJ: –
1.Above all it is an Act of obedience to Allah
2.Shows the universality of Islam.
3.Reminds us of The Day of Judgement.
TIPS FOR THE TESTS: –
No need to memorise the Aayahs or Hadeeths for the test although it is recommended for personal betterment InShaAllah