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THREE Main PILLARS OF ISLAM

Three main pillars of islam

The Five Pillars of Islam are compulsory acts in Islam that are considered to be the foundation of every Muslim life. These acts are seen as being very important to all those who practice Islam, which is the reason why we think it is essential that they are understood correctly.

Shahadah

    Shahadah is very significant, as it is the declaration of belief and trust that there is only one God Allah Almighty, It is also the declaration that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is the messenger of ALLAH Almighty.

This is done by saying a set statement in Arabic language, which translates as

I bear witness that none is worthy of worship but

ALLAH Almighty, the One alone, without partner and I bear witness that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is His Messenger.

It is necessary that each Muslim utter this statement in order to establish their Islamic belief, and it is also vital for those people who wish to convert to Islam.

 Salat or Prayer

Salat or Namaz is the Islamic prayer, which consists of five times daily prayers. These may be performed everywhere in neat and clean clothing and place, whether you are at home or at job, but to perform Namaz mosque is the preferred place. There are a series of positions that should be followed whilst reciting the Namaz, which include bowing, standing and prostrating.

The names of each of the Namaz are assigned due to the time of day when they are performed. These are:

  • Fajr – This means dawn, and is carried out before the sunrise.
  • Zuhr – Noon, and is carried out at midday after Zawaal.
  • Asr – This stands for afternoon, and must be carried out in late afternoon before the sunset.
  • Maghrib – Evening prayer, which is performed after the sun has set.
  • Esha – This is the last prayer of the day and means ‘night’.

All of these must be carried out whilst facing the Holy Kaaba in Makkah, and only after the Muslim has purified. This act is called Wuzu, and should be carried out before every Namaz.

 Sawm or Fasting

It is ritual fasting that is done in the Holy month of Ramadan by all Muslims. Ritual fasting (Roza) is obligatory to all Muslims who have reached puberty during the Holy Ramadan (except the pregnant, elderly, or those who have a health issues). This is where they refrain from food and drink from dawn until sunset, meaning that they are only capable to eat in the hours before dawn.

Numerous reasons are given for why it is significant for Muslims to fast (Roza), which include:

  • Seeking nearness to ALLAH Almighty
  • Looking for forgiveness from ALLAH Almighty
  • Expressing their thanks
  • Atoning for any past committed sins

Anyone who has to miss fasting due to extenuating situation should make up for it soon afterwards.

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PERFORMING NAMAZ WITH CONGREGATION

Namaz wit Congregations

The most important duty in religion Islam after a person has brought complete faith in ALLAH Almighty and in Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and borne witness to Divine Oneness of ALLAH Almighty. Worshipping ALLAH Almighty has great importance in Islam and it is the most special act of worship, which all Muslims have to perform five times every day. There are so many verses of the Holy Quran and the Traditions of the Prophet (PBUH) enjoining the Namaz on Muslims. Namaz has been described as the basic pillar and the foundation of the faith in religion Islam.

Namaz is performed with a sincere heart, honest intention and proper devotion and complete mental concentration, is particularly linked with the property of cleansing the soul and heart and reforming a person’s life and ridding it of impurities and sins. It helps in generating love for piety and truth and it promotes fear of ALLAH Almighty in Muslims. Thus it is that religion Islam has laid greater emphasis on Namaz than on all other religious obligations. If a Muslim will give up the performance of Namaz he will get associated with unfaithfulness and infidelity; his conduct and all acts and thoughts will become the conduct of an infidel.

We should realize it thoroughly and well that without the performance Namaz the claim to religion Islam is altogether meaningless. Namaz is the Islamic obligatory act that joins us with ALLAH Almighty and makes us deserving of His kindness and grace. It appears from the Traditions of Prophet (PBUH) that Namaz should be offered in masjid with congregation if a person wants to derive and earn full benefit from it. Apart from the reward in the life hereafter, there are so many other advantages and benefits in performing the Namaz in congregation.

For instance, a person acquires the habit of punctuality by going to the masjid regularly on time to perform his Namaz in congregation, it enables Muslim brethren of the different locality to gather at one place five times in a day and this can be turned to so many benefit, the practice of performing the Namaz regularly in the masjid congregationally makes a Muslim thoroughly regular in his Namaz for it has been observed that those people who perform their Namaz individually at homes are often inclined to be neglectful.

Yet another clear and notable advantage in performing the Namaz in congregation is that the Namaz of each Muslim becomes a part of the Namaz performs with whole congregation in which, along with other people. Their Namaz finds acceptance with ALLAH Almighty and the expectation from His Benevolent Grace is that when ALLAH will grant acceptance to the Namaz of some people of the congregation He will, along with those, accept the Namaz of the rest of the congregation too.

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Why Non-Muslims Are Restricted To Enter In Makkah?

Makkah not for nonmuslims

There is a restriction on the entrance of Nom Muslims in the limits of Makkah, restricting access to Madina and Makkah is intended to provide a private place of refuge and peace only for Muslim and in order to preserve the sanctity of the two most holy cities. At this present time, millions of Muslims from many different corners of the world visit the holy cities every year in order to perform Hajj and Umrah. Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter in Makkah because of it is a holy sanctuary.

A person has to be Muslim if he or she wants to enter there and after that a person has to qualify certain requirements to Makkah. You can take this example to understand this that civilians or common man are allowed in high security areas and cantonment areas. You need to take permit to be in there. Similar is with city Makkah, to enter there the permit is that a person should be a Muslim. Makkah and Madina are two holiest cities with great importance in the tradition of Islam, as in Makkah there is House of ALLAH Almighty.

The Holy Kaabah, the center of Namaz and pilgrimage Hajj and Umrah, the most sacred places where Muslims are completely free from the all kind of distractions of daily life. In religion Islam it is said that Muslims are prohibited to enter the Masjid if he is not clean. It is recommended that every Muslim should follow hygiene and cleanliness guidelines as per Islam teachings which tell us a specific and complete way to take bath and perform Wuzu or ablution to even touch the religious book Holy Quran or to perform Namaz same is the case with performing Hajj and Umrah.

It is an obviously thing that people from other religions or Non-Muslims being unaware of these rules are do not take ritual bath or do Wuzu to purify themselves so in that sense they are prohibited and strictly denied entry in Makkah. The major reason behind this is the policy of Saudi Arabia. There are two major events of Muslim comes annually Hajj and Ramadan, that draw huge amount of Muslim crowd from all around the world influx into the city of Makkah.

It is also evident that the throng of Muslims grows each and every year and Saudi Arab administration make policies to tackle the entire situation and has to pull majority of the country resources manage the two biggest religious. Makkah city has the holiest center for Muslims Masjid-ul-Haram or the grand masjid, Muslims from all around the globe turn their faces towards in a direction of Holy Kaabah or Qibla five times every day for performing Namaz.

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BENEFITS OF RECITING HOLY QURAN

Reciting Holy Quran

Holy Quran is Heavenly and Divine knowledge that was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) through Hazrat Angel (AS) and since then Holy Quran has been the Beacon of Light towards which all Muslims turn for assistance and guidance in each and every aspect of their lives. Muslims gives great respect to Holy Quran and conduct the solution of their matters under the light of instructions that are mentioned in Holy Quran, however, because of the busy routine in the present time, very few Muslims get time of the recitation of the Holy Quran on daily bases.

Besides all the religious benefits that are bestowed on us in the form of rewards, there are many other blessings and benefits of Holy Quran, which a Muslim misses by not reciting it on daily basis. The first and the most important blessing that a person misses by a not reciting Holy Quran is the forgetfulness of the actual and real purpose of revelation of Quran. At the time of requirement and in case of any problem Muslims turn towards the Holy Quran for getting the solution of their problems and guidance to all matters, however, when recitation of Holy Quran is done regularly, a Muslim knows about the actual and real purpose behind revelation of Holy Quran .

As Quran says, that the purpose of Holy Quran is to bring blessings to a person and it creates the spirit of monitoring in the readers. Therefore, if a person does not recite Holy Quran regularly, he is then missing a chance of getting guidance and inspiration to think over all the things that ALLAH Almighty has created and all the aspects and matters of life. There is not any kind of denying about the importance of Holy Quran in a Muslim life’s.

Therefore, if a Muslim does not recite Holy Quran, he is missing out a chance of providing the correct and right framework to mind. When a person does not get any proper framework to follow, the ultimate result can be the mind starts forgetting about his actual purpose of life and its true guidelines of becoming a better Muslim and the person falling strays from the righteous path. Hence, when Holy Quran is recited on daily bases, the framework refreshes the mind and sticking to the path of righteousness becomes much easy.

When a Muslim keeps on reciting the Holy Quran, the rewards and blessings keep on adding into his account. Holy Quran is a Heavenly Book and is not merely words; rather Holy Quran has a direct influence on the heart of every listener and a person who is reciting. When a Muslim recites Holy Quran, it directly effects the soul and heart and purifies it by cleaning the heart from all kind of impurities that stick on it.

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MIRACLES OF PROPHET (PBUH)

Miracles of Prphet Muhammad PBUH

In religion Islam, there are numerous miracles that are linked with the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Although there so many miracles associated with Prophet (PBUH), among those we are going to share you three miracles, which are cherished among Muslims and also acknowledged by modern day researchers.

* Holy Quran – The Greatest Miracle of Religion Islam

The Holy Quran is the greatest miracle of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). From its revelation, its quality of prose, the message and lesson it conveys, the ideologies it gives to Muslims, the instructions and information it provides and the code of conduct regarding each and every matter of life. The Holy Quran was revealed to Prophet (PBUH) and its knowledge is Divine.

Holy Quran forecasted of the situation and things that had happened and also that would happen in the world, and also that is happening. Holy Quran gives political, social, ethical, religious, economic systems and every matter of life which not any other book provides. Holy Quran told about the complete phenomena of the world and explained them many ago, which science has proven in the past year and continues experimenting. Thus, in its each and every aspect, Holy Quran is a miracle itself that was revealed on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

* Night Of Mairaj:

The second miracle of this article is associated also with Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) that is the Night of Mairaj in the blessed Islamic month of Rajab. It is the blessed night when Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) ascended to the skies. From His house Prophet (PBUH) was taken by Hazrat Jibraeel (AS) to Jerusalem from where He rode a Burraq that took Prophet (PBUH) to the skies and heaven where He met many Prophets of religion Islam.

From there onwards, He reached to the highest point where He experienced the Divine presence, Prophet (PBUH) received many commands and in this night obligatory Namaz was decreased to 5 times everyday. All of these happened in one night; therefore, all this happening of Mairaj is not believed by the non-Muslims, where as the Muslims believed in it with their full heart and regarded it as a miracle. The night of Mairaj (27 rajab) is among the blessed nights of the years for Muslims in which Muslims offer special Namaz in this night to commemorate the Mairaj.

* Splitting of Moon:

One of the greatest miracles of Prophet (PBUH) is the splitting of moon. This is the most renowned miracles of Prophet (PBUH) which testifies to the truth of Prophethood of Prophet (PBUH). The non-Muslim thought that He was magician, therefore, they asked Prophet (PBUH) to prove His Prophethood by showing some kind of miracle in the skies, as according to Non-Believers the magic didn’t work in the sky.

Thus, in order to prove them wrong and show them that He was not a magician but a true Prophet of ALLAH Almighty, He split the moon into two halves just by pointing towards it with finger. The non-Muslim did not believe Him and continue regarded Him as a great magician. But, for Muslims it was a great miracle and still now the splitting mark is on moon, this miracle serves as a faith booster for Muslims.

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Fasting in Islam

FastingFasting is one of the pillars of Islamic faith. There is no need to proof to establish its being compulsory and one who is denying it goes out of Islam because it is as obvious as salat. It was declared an obligatory duty in the second year of the Hijrah upon each and every mukallaf (sane adult) and breaking (iftaar) it is not allowed except in the following conditions.

  • Fasting is not valid for the women during their menstruation cycle.
  • Fasting is not valid if it would cause illness or intensify the pain, or delay recovery, because illness involves harm.
  • The person who is travelling home does not have the intention of staying at that destination for more than three days. In this case, the person may be permitted to not fast.
  • There is unanimity that it is permissible for people who are elderly not to fast. There is no specific definition for old age. It refers to what people know and agree to be an age that is very advanced and damage.

If a fasting person eats or drinks inadvertently or outwardly or is forced to do so his fasting does not spoil.

Allah the Almighty says in The Holy Quran (chapter 2:286)

 Fracas, Our lord! Castigate us not if we forget or fall         into error.” Benefits of Fasting:

Fasting in Ramadan allay the digestive system during the daytime. Diseases associated with stow the stomach with food will be alleviate due to contraction of the amount of food eaten in Ramadan. The patience experienced in forbidding bodily demands trains the fasting person to confrontation the calamity of life. It bolsters firmness and courage. Ramadan is in fact a major element in bringing all Muslims together. At the end of the month of Shaban, the month before Ramadan, all Muslims observe the heavens to sight the presence of the new moon of Ramadan.

Why do Muslims Fast?

“O believers! Fasting has been prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you in order that you may become more conscious of God.” (Qur`an 2:183)

In Islam, we fast because of the direct edict to do so, as detailed in the verse of the Qur`an above. Although clearly anyone who fasts will get all of the benefits of fasting, Muslims do not fast the month of Ramadan or the spontaneous fasts hoping to see the benefits, they do so hoping to draw closer to Allah.

He also quoted God in saying:
“Every act of Adam’s scion is for themselves, except fasting. It is meant for me alone, and I will give the    reward for it…”

  • After the last day of the month of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate Eid ul Fitr to memorialize the completion of the fast. They get together for prayer, food, and prudent gift exchange (particularly for children). However, it is a day of mixed feelings, because the most adored month of Ramadan with all of its convenience for absolution and reward are gone for another year.

 “I take refuge with Thy kindest disposition, O Lord, lest the dawn of this night breaks forth, or the month of Ramadan comes to an end, and I still stand as an accused (unforgiven) sinner, liable to be punished, on the Day I am presented before Thee.”

[From a prayer of the last night of the month of Ramadan, taught by Imam Jafar Sadiq, peace be upon him]

Fasting is a special act of worship which is only between humans and ALLAH since no one else knows for sure if this person is actually fasting. Thus ALLAH says in hadith qudsi that “Fasting is for Me and I only will reward it”. In another hadith, the Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) has said “If one does not give up falsehoods in words and actions, God has no need of him giving up food and drink”.

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EARN BLESSINGS WITH HAJJ

Blessing with Hajj

Travelling to sacred city Makkah for performing the annual pilgrimage Hajj requires both material and spiritual preparation. In order to go there logistical and religious requirements should have to be met before a person can leave for the sacred trip. This is the most blessed and sacred journey and for that spiritual preparation is key and very essential element; a person should be ready to worship ALLAH Almighty with complete faith and humility.

One should read guidance books relevant to performing Hajj, and for any kind of confusion or difficulty one should consult with religious scholars and leaders, and ask ALLAH Almighty for guidance for performing Hajj with correct rituals and earn best to benefit from the Hajj experience. The Hajj is an obligatory pilgrimage to sacred city Makkah and it is obligatory to perform by all physically and financially able bodies. It is a dream of every Muslim to perform this once in a lifetime, during this sacred pilgrimage a person is reminded of death and the life after death, and returns back as a renewed person.

The Hajj is only required to perform by those people who have suitable amount of money and can financially afford to make the sacred journey, and those who are healthy enough to perform all the ritual of Hajj and completely physically capable of performing all the rites of annual pilgrimage. There are so many people in this world who save up money throughout their entire lives in order to make the sacred journey possible just once in their life but for many other people the financial impact is quite minimal.

Since the Hajj pilgrimage demand a lot physical effort, it is beneficial for a person to engage in some kind of physical activities and exercise in prior travelling to Makkah. Once you are physically and financially prepared for travelling to Makkah, can just need to book a flight or a Hajj package and go but unfortunately, it is not that easy as much it sounds. In recent years, the pilgrimage Hajj has drawn a crowd of about 3 million people and because of this huge influx of people in Makkah, many problems arise there like of providing hotel, transportation, traffic sanitation, food, etc.

For such a large numbers of people there comes a need to deal with coordination and to tackle this problem the government of Saudi Arabia has instituted procedures, plans and policies and that all pilgrims should have to follow in order to ensure a safe and secure pilgrimage experience. All Muslim who are intending to perform Hajj must apply for their Hajj visa through a registered, authentic, certified and qualified travel agent in their home country like Eiman Travel.

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