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Unformatted text preview: 1 Five Pillars of Islam HUM/130 Anthony Sherrow Tuesday, April 12, 2011 2 Five Pillars of Islam The central beliefs of Islam are said to be peace, purity, acceptance, and commitment. To understand the practice of the faith one should know about the "Five Pillars" of faith. The first pillar is the Shahadah, which means that one must not only believe but also profess the Unity of God. A Muslim must also believe in Muhammad, and that he is the messenger of God. Muslims are required to tell others that Muhammad is the messenger of God and that they must have respect for the prophets. The second pillar of faith is the Daily Prayers. Prayers are said five times a day at specific times. Muslims stop what they are doing, and face Mecca, and recite their prayers. They must also wash first with water, and if none is available, they should use dirt or sand. The third pillar of faith is Zakat. Zakat is also known as tithing, or almsgiving. Muslims are required to give at least 2.5% of their income to the needy. The purpose of Zakat is supposed to help prevent greed to give at least 2....
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