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My first steps in Islam

My first steps in Islam

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In order to become a Muslim, there are no specific religious rituals or customs that you need to perform, neither in specific areas nor in front of people. 

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Muslims believe that the original, unchanged message given to Muhammad, Jesus, Moses and all other prophets came from the One same God. This common origin explains their similarities in many beliefs and values. 

Belief in God’s Revealed Books

Belief in God’s Revealed Books

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Muslims believe that God revealed books to His messengers as proof for mankind and as guidance for them. Among these books is the Quran, which God revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

Belief in God

Belief in God

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Muslims believe in one, unique, incomparable God, Who has no son nor partner, and that none has the right to be worshipped but Him alone.

The Pilgrimage to Makkah

The Pilgrimage to Makkah

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The annual pilgrimage (Hajj) to Makkah is an obligation once in a lifetime for those who are physically and financially able to perform it.

Fasting the Month of Ramadan

Fasting the Month of Ramadan

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Every year in the month of Ramadan, all Muslims fast from dawn until sundown, abstaining from food, drink, and sexual relations.

Giving Zakat (Support of the Needy)

Giving Zakat (Support of the Needy)

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The original meaning of the word zakat is both ‘purification’ and ‘growth.’ Giving zakat means ‘giving a specified percentage on certain properties to certain classes of needy people.’ 

Prayer

Prayer

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Muslims perform five prayers a day.  Each prayer does not take more than a few minutes to perform.  Prayer in Islam is a direct link between the worshipper and God. 

The Testimony of Faith

The Testimony of Faith

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The testimony of faith is saying with conviction, “La ilaha illa Allah, Muhammadur rasoolu Allah.” 

What Are the Five Pillars of Islam?

What Are the Five Pillars of Islam?

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The Five Pillars of Islam are the framework of the Muslim life.  They are the testimony of faith, prayer, giving zakat, fasting during the month of Ramadan, and the pilgrimage to Makkah once in a lifetime for those who are able.

How Do Muslims Treat the Elderly?

How Do Muslims Treat the Elderly?

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The strain of caring for one’s parents in this most difficult time of their lives is considered an honor and a blessing and an opportunity for great spiritual growth.

What Is the Status of Women in Islam?

What Is the Status of Women in Islam?

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Islam sees a woman, single or married, with the right to own and dispose of her property and earnings. She has the right to buy and sell and may spend her money as she pleases.