Ramadan 2022: What are the five pillars of Islam?


The Five Pillars Of Islam are a cornerstone of the religion (Picture: Getty Images)

Ramadan is among the most important times of year in the Muslim calendar – a month which is a time of spiritual reflection and self-improvement for Muslims.

The coming weeks will see members of the community refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours in order to focus more on their faith and avoid being distracted by worldly activities.

It is also regarded as one of the Five Pillars Of Islam, underlining the importance of the month within the faith.

But just what are the Five Pillars Of Islam – and why are they important?

What are the Five Pillars of Islam?

The Five Pillars Of Islam are as follows:

  • Shahadah – The Declaration Of Faith, the belief that ‘There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God’
  • Salah – Prayer. Muslims are required to pray five times a day
  • Zakah – charitable giving. This should amount to 2.5% of your total wealth accumulated over the year
  • Sawm – Fasting, as in the month of Ramadan
  • Hajj – Pilgrimage. Every Muslim is required to make the pilgrimage to Mecca at some point in their lives. This should take place during the 12th month of the lunar calendar.

What is the purpose of the Five Pillars Of Islam?


Mandatory Credit: Photo by Zikri Maulana/ZUMA Wire/REX (11854916b) Indonesian Muslims women perform the first tarawih prayer on the holy month of Ramadan without applying social distancing amid concerns of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at Islamic Center Mosque in Lhokseumawe, Aceh province. During the fasting month of Ramadan, Muslims around the world do not eat, drink, smoke, and have sex from the sunrise to sunset. Ramadan 2021: Indonesia, Lhokseumawe, Aceh - 12 Apr 2021

Prayer is among the PIllars (Picture: Rex Shutterstock)

The Five Pillars of Islam are considered to be the core beliefs of the religion, and have a big impact on the framework of daily life.

No matter what sort of life a person might lead, Islam believes that it is pointless to life without putting aspects of that faith into practice.

If a Muslim carries out the Five Pillars, it is a sign that they are putting their faith first – as opposed to just trying to fit it into their day-to-day lives.

However each of the pillars also accounts for those who might be unable to fulfil any of them – for example, those who may be unable to give Zakat due to financial issues, or those unable to fast due to pregnancy.

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