Islam, Salaat and Ablution
Salaat is the basic pillar of Muslim faith. It is absolutely necessary for every Muslim who has embraced Islam and made a declaration of the primary article of faith "The Kalima". The Kalima is acceptance without any reservation of the belief that "There is no god but Allah and Muhammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) is his messenger". By accepting and believing in this basic principal any one can embrace Islam. Salaat is the basic pillar and therefore obligatory on all Muslims after attaining the age of 10. It is only the children before the age of ten years, the very sick, the seriously indisposed, those on a long journey who are given concession. Salaat can not be performed unless the Muslims are completely clean and have performed Ablution.
What is Islam?
Islam is the name of faith that was brought into the world by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) .
How can one become Muslim?
Two things are necessary for anyone to be a true Muslim:
1. To acquire a proper knowledge of the teachings of Islam.
2. To believe in these teachings as true and live according to them.
There is no god (No one is worthy of worship and obedience) except Allah and Muhammad is his messenger.
Kalima contains the solemn affirmation of Divine Unity, the assertion, the pledge and the declaration that we shall worship Him alone and offer our homage and obedience to no one apart from Him, and shall make Him the sole pivot of our existence.
The Holy Kalima (article of faith) is a confession. This confession is the gateway to Islam. By affirming it and reciting it with sincerity and conviction even a life-long polytheist can become a Muslim. The confession consists of two parts:
This is the first and foremost item in the teaching of all the Prophets i.e., from Adam to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace).
There is no god but Allah
The first portion contains the affirmation of the Oneness of Allah. Allah alone and no one besides Him is worthy of worship and obedience. Our conduct should also be in conformity with it, so carry out His commands dutifully live and die for His sake alone.
Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah
The second portion confirms that Muhammad (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) is the Messenger of Allah. Whatever he taught, preached or revealed like the Divinity of the origin of the Quran, the existence of the angels, the certainty of the Resurrection, Judgement, the award of heaven and hell according to ones deeds on the earth was true and authentic.
It is narrated by AnasR.A that the Holy Prophet (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said to MaadRA, "Allah has declared as forbidden the fire of the Hell for him who affirms the Kalima with a true heart".
The Pillars of Faith
To believe in: