What is Islam? What are the Main Teachings of Islam

Islam is the first and the oldest religion. Allah SWT sent 1 lac 40 thousand Prophets to teach Islam to the people of the world. Muhammad SAW is the last Prophet of Allah who brought the light of Islam to us. Islam is the religion of Allah SWT revealed on His beloved Prophet Muhammad SAW. Islam is the most peaceful religion of all religions in the world. The main teachings of Islam is to worship Allah. The teaching of Islam says to believe in Allah and His Prophets. Islam started with the teachings of Prophet Muhammad SAW. Our beloved Prophet is the main pillar of Islam who worked very hard to spread the name of Allah. He is the one who brought light of Allah into our lives. Before Islam the world was sinking in the darkness of ignorance. People did not know what is right and what is wrong. Before Islam people used to worship Idols. It was our Prophet who brought the religion Islam.

Islam is an Arabic word which means Peace. The main teachings of Islam is ‘to surrender’ to surrender in front of Allah. Islam teaches us to love. When we love someone we sacrifices our needs and ourselves in front of Him. Islam teaches us to sacrifice our lives for the love of Allah SWT and His Prophet Muhammad SAW. Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. One can turn into a Muslim if he starts believing that there is no God except Allah and Muhammad SAW is the Last Prophet of Allah.

The Main Teachings of Islam:

Every building needs strong pillars to stand on. Islam is standing on five main and basic pillars. Without believing on these pillars Islam is incomplete.

  1. Shahaddat (Faith)
  2. Saalah (Prayer)
  3. Sawm (Fasting)
  4. Zakat (Almsgiving)
  5. Hajj (Pilgrimage)
  6. Shahada (Faith):

1. Shahada:

Shahada is the main teaching of Islam. Shahadaat means faith. It means to keep faith on Allah and His Messenger. The main faith is to believe Allah without seeing them. It teaches us that “There is no deity but Allah and Muhammad SAW is the last messenger of Allah”. The fundamental spiritual benefit of faith is the freedom from fear and incentive based on earthly Master. Shahadat is to bring strong faith on Allah, keep faith on His Angels His Prophets and Messengers, to keep faith on the books revealed by Him, to keep your faith on Death, life after death and to keep faith on the last Day of Judgement.

2. Salaah (Prayer):

Prayer is the second strong main pillar of Islam. It is the most beautiful means to worship Allah. Allah has blessed us with five times of Prayers, which we need to perform daily on its given time. It means we can connect ourselves with Allah by means of offering Salah. Allah shower his countless blessings upon one who used to perform all five times Prayers. Salah is the most favorite Ibaddah of Allah. The five prayers are Fajr, Zahur, Asr, Maghrib and Isha.

3. Sawm (Fasting):

The third strong pillar of Islam is Sawm which mean to fast. Muslims keep fast in the blissful month of Ramadan. They stop eating before Fajr prayer and break their fast at the time of Maghrib Prayer. Fasting is obligatory for all the Muslims. Allah SWT loves the person who keep fast for Allah. The main motto of fasting is gain the love of Allah. It helps Muslims to develop self-control, gain a better understanding of God’s gifts and greater compassion towards the deprived. 

4.  Zakat (Almsgiving):

Zakat is the 4th pillar of Islam. It is very important Pillar of Islam and is obligatory for every Muslim to a set proportion of one’s wealth to charity.

5. Hajj (Pilgrimage):

Hajj is the last Pillar of Islam. It is an annual Pilgrimage in which Muslims visit to the holiest city Macca to visit Kaabah (the house of Allah). It is the obligatory duty of every Muslim to perform Hajj once at least in his lifetime. Hajj occurs in the month of Dhu al-Hijja, the last month of the Islamic calendar.

A good Muslim is the one who always tries to learn more about Islam. There are many Islamic organizations which helps every Muslim to gain Islamic knowledge . One of the best Islamic organization is the platform made by Dawat-e-Islami which helps every Muslim to learn more about Islam.