To become a faithful Muslim it is importanat to undersatand and follow these Islamic obligations:
1) "Islam" literally means "peace through the submission to
2) "Muslim" literally means "anyone or anything that submits
itself to the will of God".
3) There are five pillars of practice in Islam:
These practices must be undertaken with the best of effort in
order to be considered a true Muslim:
A) Shahadah - declaration of faith in the oneness of God and that Muhammad is
the last prophet of God. B) Formal prayer five times a day. C) Fasting during the daylight hours in the month of Ramadan.
D) Poor-due "tax" - 2.5% of one's savings given to the needy at the end of each year. E) Pilgrimage to Mecca at least once,
if physically and financially able.
4) There are six articles of faith in Islam:
These are the basic beliefs that one must have in order to be considered
a true Muslim. They are belief in:
A) the One God. B) all the prophets of God. C) the original scriptures revealed to Prophets Moses, David,
Jesus, and Muhammad. D) the angels. E) the Day of Judgment and the Hereafter. F) the divine decree (or destiny).
Prophet Muhammad's Sayings
Muhammad said, "That person will not enter Paradise who hath one atom of pride in his heart." And a man present said, "Verily,
a man is fond of having good clothes, and good shoes." Muhammad said, "God is Beauty and delighteth in the beautiful; but
pride is holding man in contempt."
Thus saith the Lord, "Verily those who are patient in adversity and forgive wrongs, are the doers of excellence."
Shall I not inform you of a better act than fasting, alms, and prayers? Making peace between one another: enmity and malice
tear up heavenly rewards by the roots.
God hath not created anything better than Reason, or anything more perfect, or more beautiful than Reason; the benefits
which God giveth are on its account; and understanding is by it, and God's wrath is caused by disregard of it.