Islam consists of five important pillars. Without these pillars one
can not be a Muslim. These acts are obligatory on every Muslim adult. The pillars are listed in the order of priority:
The Shahadah is the first and most
basic pillar. All one has to do is publicly state "I bear witness that there is no God other than Allah,
and Muhummad is His Messenger."
The second pillar is Salat or prayer.
Prayer is when every muscle and joint in a person's body joins the soul and mind in worship of Allah. Offering prayer
is obligatory on every Muslim who is sane and mature. Prayer is performed 5 times a day at certain different timings.
There are requirements for this prayer and things that must be done prior to starting such as performing wudu (cleansing oneself).
is another obligatory act of worship. It is something that every Muslim who is financially able must do.
Zakah is given to the poor and needy. This charity is supposed to purify the contributor's heart from greed and selfishness.
is refraining completely from eating and drinking. Muslims who are fit and able are required to fast during the
month of Ramadan from dawn to dusk.
is a pilgrimage that is made to Mecca. It is required to make this pilgrimage at least once in a lifetime. Muslims
from all over the world assemble in front of the Ka'bah to worship God. All social and financial differences are forgotten
as everyone is equal in God's eyes.