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The Behavior and Social Interaction of a Believer

The Behavior and Social Interaction of a Believer

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Islam, therefore, goes well beyond articles of faith and ritual acts of worship. All of a Muslim’s behavior, manners, ethics and practices must reflect his belief that there is none worthy of worship except Allah. 

The Pilgrimage to the House of Allah in Makkah

The Pilgrimage to the House of Allah in Makkah

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In Islamic Law, it means a particular journey at a particular time to a particular place for the purpose of worshipping Allah. In other words, it is the journeying to Makkah during the months designated for the performance of Hajj as an act of worship for the sake of Allah.  

The Giving of the Zakat

The Giving of the Zakat

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Linguistically, the root of the word Zakat implies purification, blessing and growth. Allah has stated in the Quran, “Indeed whosoever purifies himself (tazakkaa) shall achieve success” (87:14). 

Establishing the Prayers

Establishing the Prayers

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A very important aspect that one should note about this pillar is that what is being referred to is not simply the “performance” of prayer. In the Quran also, Allah is not ordering simply the performance of prayer. 

The Belief in Divine Decree

The Belief in Divine Decree

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The original meaning of the word Qadar is specified measure or amount, whether of quantities or qualities. It has many other usages which branch out from this core. Thus yuqad-dir means, among other things, to measure or decide the quantity, quality, position, etc., of something before you actually make it.

Belief in the Last Day and the Hereafter

Belief in the Last Day and the Hereafter

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“The Last Day” is called such because there will be no new day after it, as the people of Paradise shall be in their abode as will the people of Hell. Among its other names are “The Day of Resurrection,” “The Reality,” “The Event,” “The Day of Judgment,” and “The Overwhelming.” 

Belief in the Messengers

Belief in the Messengers

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The next article of faith is belief in Allah’s Messengers. A messenger is any human who was chosen by Allah to receive revelation from Him and who was commanded to pass that revelation on. 

Belief in Allah’s Books

Belief in Allah’s Books

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Belief in Allah’s books is the third article of faith. It refers to the revelations that Allah sent down to His messengers as a mercy and guidance to lead mankind to success in this life and happiness in the Hereafter. 

Belief in the Angels

Belief in the Angels

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The second article of faith mentioned by the Prophet (peace be upon him) was belief in the angels. Angels are a type of creation of Allah that is, in general, unseen by man. 

The Belief in Allah

The Belief in Allah

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The Islamic belief in God revolves around a pure, unadulterated mo-notheism, commonly referred to in Arabic as tauheed.  In order to clarify matters, the scholars divided the discussion of tauheed into different branches, each branch covering or explaining one aspect of the complete and correct belief in Allah. These branches are clearly and directly indicated by the Quran and Sunnah.

The Fruits of Becoming a Muslim

The Fruits of Becoming a Muslim

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It is important to note and appreciate that all of the benefits of Islam accrue to the human. It is solely for his own benefit that Allah has provided His guidance to humankind. Allah, Himself, is not in need of humankind’s worship. He is free of all needs but in His Mercy He has shown humankind the proper mode of behavior to meet His approval.

Changing One’s Name Upon Becoming a Muslim

Changing One’s Name Upon Becoming a Muslim

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It has become common practice in some areas for converts to change their names upon becoming Muslims. Sometimes this is done so that the convert feels more attached and affiliated with the Muslim community. 

A Convert’s Wealth Earned Prior to Islam

A Convert’s Wealth Earned Prior to Islam

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The general rule is that any wealth that one has in one's possession at the time of conversion remains the property of the convert regardless of how that wealth was gained, as long as it was gained in a legal fashion according to the laws the convert was living by.