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So now for the second part. Ok I’ve already covered the ‘don’ts’ but what about the ‘dos’? There is a great deal of good that can be learnt online; however there is a certain etiquette of going about this. Firstly, there are certain very important principles or pillars of belief that we must learn about before anything else; our religion is deficient or our belief may even be incorrect without these pillars. These pillars are not the be-all and end-all; and Islam is a balance of belief, speech [i.e. utterances on the tongue, such as what we say in the salah, and remembering Allaah] and action [ie the physical movements of the salah; and any other good deeds that involve a physical action]; but like everything you need to start with a foundation. Having this foundation will be of invaluable benefit to you in this life [ad-dunya] and the hereafter [al-akhirah].

The following famous and hadith [report of something The prophet Salalahu Alaihi Was Sallam; or his very close family or companions; did, said or approved of] speaks of the pillars of Imaan [belief] in the most basic terms.

“One day while we were sitting with the messenger of Allah there appeared before us a man whose clothes were exceedingly white and whose hair was exceedingly black; no signs of journeying were to be seen on him and none of us knew him. He walked up and sat down by the prophet. Resting his knees against his and placing the palms of his hands on his thighs, he said:”O Muhammad, tell me about Islam”. The messenger of Allah said: “Islam is to testify that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the messenger of Allah, to perform the prayers, to pay the zakat, to fast in Ramadan, and to make the pilgrimage to the House if you are able to do so.” He said: “You have spoken rightly”, and we were amazed at him asking him and saying that he had spoken rightly. He said: “Then tell me about Iman.”He said:”It is to believe in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, and the Last Day, and to believe in divine destiny, both the good and the evil thereof.” He said: “You have spoken rightly”. He said: ” Then tell me about Ihsan.” He said: “It is to worship Allah as though you are seeing Him, and while you see Him not yet truly He sees you”. He said: “Then tell me about the Hour”. He said: “The one questioned about it knows no better than the questioner.” He said: “Then tell me about its signs.” He said: “That the slave-girl will give birth to her mistress and that you will see the barefooted, naked, destitute herdsman competing in constructing lofty buildings.” Then he took himself off and I stayed for a time. Then he said: “O Umar, do you know who the questioner was?” I said: “Allah and His messenger know best”. He said: “He was Jibreel [Gabriel], who came to you to teach you your religion.” (Narrated by Muslim)

This hadith is one of the most famous on the topic of Islam and imaan; and is sahih [sound without a shadow of a doubt]. So from this we can deduce the following are obligatory for the Muslim to learn about. Firstly; to testify that there is no true God worthy of worship except Allaah. Belief in this pillar of Islam, entails that a person equip themselves with a basic knowledge of Allaah’s names and attributes; and the different categories of tawheed; which will be explored in the next part.

    For more information about the Names and Attributes of Allaah; please visit The basics-at salafi publications
    The next part of this pillar is that Muhammad, Salallahu Alaihi Was Sallam is The Final Messenger of Allaah. However this pillar also entails believing in ALL the Messengers that Allaah sent throughout history, as well as all of The Prophets. There is a difference in Islam between a Messenger [Rasul] and a Prophet [Nabi], The Messengers are those who had revealed to them; and came to their people with a new textual revelation, i.e. Muhammed, and Isa [Jesus]. The Prophets; are those who did not come with any new revelation from Allaah that was to be written down; but they were there to reinforce a previous message. All Messengers were Prophets; but not all Prophets were Messengers. There are many Prophets named in the Qur’an and Hadith; some of whom are also mentioned in the Bible, but also some mentioned by number that are not named. The previous Prophets; before Muhammed Salalahu Alaihi Was Sallam were sent to their nation only; but Muhammed Salalahu Alaihi Was Sallam was sent to all of Mankind, as well as the Jinn [unseen beings made from smokeless fire]. For more information please look at

    Why Allaah Sent Prophets and Messengers-from Islaam.ca

    and

    Muhammad The Final Messenger-from Islaam.ca

    The next pillar of Islam is the Salah, or prayer; which is obligatory five times a day for the Muslim. I will not go into much detail on the specifics of the prayer, and its ritual purification beforehand, as I could go on all day however you may find the following article useful

    The Conditions, Pillars and Requirements of The Prayer- from Al-Ibaanah

    The next pillar of Islam after that; is to pay the zakat; and after this is fasting in the Lunar month of Ramadan. During Ramadan there are special night prayers called Taraweeh which you may have seen being performed in Makkah; these are not obligatory but to know about them and to perform them if you are able; is of great benefit. InshaAllaah this article; again from the excellent site Al-Ibaanah provides an excellent and concise explanation on all three issues. ‘Lessons on Fasting, Zakat and Taraweeh’

    The final pillar of Islam; is the Hajj or pilgrimage to Makkah; once in a lifetime; if one is able and has the financial means to do so. There is also a shorter; optional pilgrimage called Umrah. The following collection of articles has a lot of information about the Hajj. ‘Hajj section at Salafipublications’

    InshaAllaah the next section of this article will deal with the pillars of Imaan; or faith…..

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