Sufiyan learns about the 5 pillars of Islam
Zakariya was in his room when all of a sudden his little brother Sufiyan came running inside. “Bhai (big brother), what are the 5 pillars of Islam? My friend Joe asked me about them at school,” Sufiyan said to his big brother.
“Well, the 5 pillars of Islam are the 5 bases of our religion. All Muslims must do these things,” Zakariya told his younger brother.
“The first is Shahadah. This is the declaration of faith and is when a Muslim says “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the messenger of Allah. To be a Muslim, you have to believe in this. And if somebody wants to become a Muslim, this is what they have to say.”
“Next is Salah, which means prayer. This means Muslims have to pray to Allah 5 times a day in the proper way. Each prayer has their own name: Fajr, Zuhr, Asar, Maghrib and Isha.”
“The third pillar of Islam is Zakat. This is when Muslims give a certain amount (2.5%) of the money they have saved in the last year to the poor and needy. All Muslims who meet the criteria have to give Zakat to help the poor.”
“Wow, that’s very helpful,” said Sufiyan. “What’s the fourth pillar of Islam, Bhai?”
“The fourth pillar of Islam is sawm, which means fasting during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Muslims fast to become pious and to become closer to Allah.”
“The final pillar of Islam is Hajj, which is the pilgrimage to Makkah. Every Muslim who is able to must perform Hajj at least once in their lives.”
“And those are the 5 pillars of Islam,” Zakariya said with a smile on his face. He really enjoyed explaining the 5 pillars of Islam to his little brother.
“Wow, thank you Bhai! I can’t wait to go to Hajj when I am older In Shaa Allah (God willing)! Now I am going to tell Joe,” said Sufiyan as he ran out of his brother’s room with his newfound knowledge.
Moral of the story:
There are 5 pillars of Islam that all Muslims must follow. Shahadah, Salah, Zakat, Sawm and Hajj.
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