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Islamic Articles of Faith and Pillars


An overview of the subject of this page can be found in Introduction to the Articles and the Pillars and in Basic Lessons. Additional details are given below.

"...Umar ibn al-Khattab, told me: One day we were sitting in the company of Allah's Apostle (saas) when there appeared before us a man dressed in pure white clothes, his hair extraordinarily black. There were no signs of travel on him. None amongst us recognized him.

At last he sat with the Apostle (saas). He knelt before him, placed his palms on his thighs, and said: Muhammad, inform me about al-Islam. The Messenger of Allah (saas) said: Al-Islam implies that you testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, and you establish prayer, pay Zakat, observe the fast of Ramadan, and perform pilgrimage to the (House) if you are solvent enough (to bear the expense of) the journey. He (the inquirer) said: You have told the truth..."

Ash-Shahaadah...
...the testimony that there is no deity but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.
  • The Prerequisites of the Declaration of Faith by Jamaal al-Din Zarabozo
  • As-Salaat...
    ...the ordained prayers based on the Qur'an and the Sunnah.
    Az-Zakaat...
    ...the obligatory purification tax on the wealthy. Zakaat
    As-Sawm...
    ...the abstinence from evil deeds and talk, all food and drink, and all sexual relations during the month of Ramadhan.
  • Establishing Ramadhan and Other Islamic Dates
  • Al-Hajj...
    ...the pilgrimmage during the month of Dhul-Hijjah to the first place of worship on earth, the Ka'bah.

    "...He (Umar ibn al-Khattab) said: It amazed us that he would put the question and then he would himself verify the truth. He (the inquirer) said: Inform me about Iman (faith). He (the Holy Prophet) replied: That you affirm your faith in Allah, in His angels, in His Books, in His Apostles, in the Day of Judgment, and you affirm your faith in the Divine Decree about good and evil. He (the inquirer) said: You have told the truth..."

    Allaah...
    ...the only one who is deserving of worship, the Living, the Eternal Sustainer.
  • About Allah, a page with more information on the Creator and Ruler
  • Al-Malaa'ikah...
    ...the angels, created by Allah and fully subservient to Him.
  • Belief in the Angels
  • Al-Kutub...
    ...the messages and reminders which Allah has revealed to mankind throughout history, culminating in the Qur'an.
    Ar-Rusul...
    ...the human messengers and prophets through which Allah communicated His messages to mankind.
  • Sinless ness of Prophets in Light of the Qur'an
  • Al-Yawm il-Aakhir...
    ...the Last Day, when Allah will judge each human being for his beliefs and actions, and He will admit him either to Paradise or to Hell.
  • Signs of the Last Hour
  • Al-Qadar...
    ...the control and power of Allah over all things and events, regardless of whether we in our limited knowledge consider them good or bad.

    "...He (the inquirer) again said: Inform me about al-Ihsan (performance of good deeds). He (the Holy Prophet) said: That you worship Allah as if you are seeing Him, for though you don't see Him, He, verily, sees you. He (the enquirer) again said: Inform me about the hour (of the Doom). He (the Holy Prophet) remarked: One who is asked knows no more than the one who is inquiring (about it). He (the inquirer) said: Tell me some of its indications. He (the Holy Prophet) said: That the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress and master, that you will find barefooted, destitute goat-herds vying with one another in the construction of magnificent buildings.

    He (the narrator, Umar ibn al-Khattab) said: Then he (the inquirer) went on his way but I stayed with him (the Holy Prophet) for a long while. He then, said to me: Umar, do you know who this inquirer was? I replied: Allah and His Apostle knows best. He (the Holy Prophet) remarked: He was Gabriel (the angel). He came to you in order to instruct you in matters of religion."


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