Islam begins with testifying that there is only one God, Allah, and that Muhammad is a messenger of God. This declaration brings our soul into harmony with the rest of God’s universe, leading to lasting peace.
Prayer is offered for a few minutes, five times a day. These prayers reconnect us with our Lord, maintaining our inner peace and energizing us to do good and to avoid evil. The Islamic term for prayer is salah (pronounced sa-lah).
Fasting from food, drink, and marital relations for one month during daylight hours purifies the heart and reduces base desires, in turn, elevating the soul. The Islamic month of fasting is called Ramadan (pronounced ra-ma-dan).
A small amount from our excess wealth is shared with the poor and the needy. This purifies our wealth and shows thanks for our abundance.
A journey to the house of worship built by Abraham in Mecca reconnects the soul with the Prophets before us and re-energizes us to worship our Lord. This pilgrimage is undertaken once during a lifetime for those who are healthy and who can afford the costs of the journey. The Islamic term for this journey is Hajj.