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The last of the fundamental duties in Islam is the Hajj. Laying it down as an essential religious obligation of Muslims, the Holy Quraan says: 8( وَلِلَّهِ عَلَى النَّاسِ حِجُّ الْبَيْتِ مَنِ اسْتَطَاعَ إِلَيْهِ سَبِيلًا ۚ وَمَن كَفَرَ فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ غَنِيٌّ عَنِ الْعَالَمِينَ (97 Pilgrimage thereto is a duty, men owe to Allah, on those


Among the fundamental tenets of Islam, Zakaah occupies a place next in importance only to belief and Salaah. As one would say, it is the third pillar of Islam. Zakaah means that a Muslim who is in possession of a certain amount of wealth, or more, is required by his religion to spend one-fortieth of


After Belief, Salaah, and Zakaah, the most important duty in Islam is Saum (fasting). The Holy Quraan says: يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُون (183) Oh, Ye who believe! fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you that ye may (learn)

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The first and most important duty in Islam after one has brought faith in Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) and in Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam) and borne witness to Divine Oneness and the Apostleship of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihe Wasallam) is Salaah (Prayers). It is a most special act of Divine worship which a Muslim

Five Pillars of Islam

The five fundamental teachings of Islam, the Kalimah, Salaah, Zakaah, Saum, and Hajj, are known as the ‘Five Pillars of Islam’. A well-known Tradition of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Ataihe Wasallam) tells us that, “The foundation of Islam rests on these five things; (1) the affirmation of (2) the establishment of Salaah (3) the payment