“There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is His messenger.” —the Shahada, the Muslim confession of Islamic faith
What Are the Five Pillars?
The Five Pillars of Islam are the five basic acts in Islam that believers must perform. They are the foundation of Muslim life.
The Five Pillars are the following: 1) Saying the Shahada, a declaration of Muslim faith; 2) Salat, which is prayer five times a day; 3) Zakat, which is charitable giving; 4) Hajj, which is making a pilgrimage to Mecca; and 5) Sawm, which is fasting.
Shahada is a faith declaration, wherein a person states aloud and in his heart that “there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is His messenger.” One begins life as a Muslim by making this declaration, which represents acceptance of Allah, Muhammad, and the entire ideology of Islam.
This means that you have chosen Muhammad as your role model for correct action. In Islam, Muhammad is considered to be the Uswa Hasana—or perfect example—since he was a man of lofty character, according to Allah. In Koran 68:4, Allah says to Muhammad, “And lo! thou art of sublime morals.” So wherein lies the problem?
Well, Muhammad was the creator of an apartheid state. Muhammad used violence and assassination, as well as highway robbery and warfare, to achieve wealth and conquest. Muhammad endorsed the treatment of women as sex objects, the execution of gays by stoning, and the murder of people who leave Islam for another religion. Muhammad was also an enslaver and a pedophile who married his child-bride Aisha at six lunar years of age and had sex with her at the age of nine lunar years. (A lunar year is 354 days in length.)
Muhammad lied to advance Islamic causes. And, although Muhammad regarded killing a Muslim as murder, he held that killing a non-Muslim carried no penalty at all. Muhammad also promoted slavery and the use of slave women for sexual purposes. In fact, Muhammad also believed that killing a non-Muslim in the act of jihad was the highest form of worship. According to a hadith in Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 56, Hadith 2785, the following erudition was offered: “Narrated Abu Huraira: A man came to Allah’s Messenger and said, ‘Instruct me as to such a deed as equals Jihad [in reward].’ He [Muhammad] replied, ‘I do not find such a deed.’” (Read more here.)
The entire raison d’être of Islam is its expansion, through jihad—both covert struggle and overt warfare—until the entire world is under the banner of Islam. Islam erases non-Muslim culture and history, destroying entire museums full of relics and artwork that are considered jahiliyya—that is, not guided by Islam in their creation. A commitment to the Islamic worldview is a commitment to a genocidal dogma of apartheid, murder, and war against all that is non-Islamic.
Salat is Islamic prayer and consists of five daily prayers. All of these prayers are recited while facing in the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca.
Five times every day, a doctrinaire Muslim must pray for non-Muslims—referred to as Kafirs—to suffer. The chauvinistic prayers of Muslims are recited as follows:
First Prayer: O, Allah, we ask You for help and seek Your forgiveness. And we believe in You and have trust in You. And we praise You in the best way. And we thank You and are not ungrateful to You. And we forsake and turn away from the Kafirs.
O, Allah, we worship You only and pray to You and prostrate ourselves before You. And we run towards You and serve You. And we hope to receive Your mercy. And we fear Your punishment. Surely the Kafirs will receive Your punishment.
Second Prayer: O, Allah, verily we seek Your help. We believe in You, we put our trust in You, and we praise You, and we are not ungrateful to You. Oh Allah, You alone do we worship, and to You we pray and prostrate. For Your sake, we strive. We hope for Your mercy and fear Your punishment, for Your punishment will surely reach the Kafirs.
O, Allah, punish the Kafirs of the People of the Book [proselytizing Christians] who are preventing others from following Your way.
Third Prayer: In the name of Allah the Beneficent, the Merciful, all praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the World, the Beneficent, the Merciful, Master of the Day of Judgment. You do we serve, and You do we beseech for help. Keep us on the right path—the path of those upon whom You have bestowed favors. Not the path of those upon whom Your wrath is brought down [Jews], nor those who go astray [Christians].
Islam is the only “religion” whose prayers emphatically curse all unbelievers. Actually, Islam is more properly considered an ideology, rather than a religion; for Islam promotes activities considered to be condemnable by the moral standards of most world religions: assassination, honor-killings, pedophilia, slavery, sex-trafficking, wife-beating, and so forth. So illegal are these traditional undertakings of Islam that Islam should not be allowed classification as a religion in the United States, with all the First-Amendment protections thereto appertaining. Islam should be classified as a criminal enterprise and its scofflaw adherents brought up on racketeering charges and the like, whenever possible, in order to safeguard Americans from their violent ways.
Zakat is the practice of giving money to charity. This giving is obligatory for all Muslims who can afford to give donations.
But the fact is that Muslim charities give a portion of what they collect to the jihad against Kafirs. One of the hadiths saying that Muslim charities are to use a portion of their donations for jihad is Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 51, Number 33: “Narrated Ibn Umar: When Umar got a piece of land in Khaybar, he came to the Prophet saying, ‘I have got a piece of land. . . . So what do you advise me regarding it?’ The Prophet said, ‘If you wish you can keep it as an endowment to be used for charitable purposes.’ So, Umar gave the land in charity, i.e. as an endowment on the condition that the land . . . would be used for the poor, the kinsmen, the emancipation of slaves [who have converted to Islam], jihad, and for guests and travelers. . . .” (Read more here.)
Hajj: Pilgrimage to Mecca
The Hajj is a pilgrimage to Mecca that happens during the month of Dhu al-Hijjah. Every able-bodied Muslim must make the Hajj at least once in his or her lifetime. Men and women are required to make the Hajj. The main rituals of the Hajj include walking seven times around the Kaaba, touching the Black Stone, traveling seven times between Mount Safa and Mount Marwah, and symbolically stoning the Devil in the nearby city of Mina.
The Hajj can only be made by Muslims. Mecca is perhaps the most apartheid place on earth, because Kafirs are strictly forbidden in Mecca, and the penalty for a non-Muslim who is caught in the city is immediate deportation from Saudi Arabia. Documentation will be checked upon entry into Mecca, and anyone not showing the special entrance visa required is turned away.
Ritual fasting is mandated during Ramadan. Muslims must refrain from taking food or drink from sun-up to sun-down, unless medically-prevented or pre-pubescent.
Muslims are supposed to focus, during Ramadan, on being closer to Allah—bringing themselves closer to death by fasting—and getting along better with their fellow Muslims. But there is no such mindfulness directed towards Kafirs. In fact, Allah exhorts Muslims, in Koran 9:29, as follows: “Fight those who do not believe in Allah or in the Last Day and who do not consider unlawful what Allah and His Messenger have made unlawful and who do not adopt the Religion of Truth from those who were given the Scripture—[fight] until they pay the jizya [reparation tax] willingly and are brought low.” Of course, failure for a Kafir to pay the jizya or convert to Islam results in death by beheading. Although Muslims are discouraged from fighting one another during Ramadan, the jihad against non-Muslims is not disapproved.
A thorough understanding of the Five Pillars exposes Islam as culturally opposite to the Judeo-Christian, Western tradition of the Golden-Rule: Treat your neighbor as you wish to be treated. And, as such, Islam poses a dangerous threat to all Kafirs.
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