Meaning In English: Faith
Meaning In Arabic: Iman
Meaning In Urdu: Iman
It is a declaration of Faith in One God (Allah) and His Messenger (Prophet Muhammed peace and blessing be upon him). It is the most sacred statement in Islam, and must be recited with full understanding and mindfulness of it’s meaning. It is also known as the Kalima.
How to Read Shahada & its Meaning?
Meaning In English: Prayer
Meaning In Arabic: Salaat
Meaning In Urdu: Namaaz
Salaat is the main form of prayers that Muslims throughout their lifetime across the world perform 5 times a day starting with the Fajr Prayer (Dawn), Zuhr Prayer (Midday), Asr Prayer (Afternoon), Maghrib Prayer (After-sunset) and Isha Prayer (Night). When praying you must face the Qibla also known as the Kaba in Mecca. Make sure to confirm your direction of Qibla/Kibla and one must also be in a state of ablution or must perform ablution prior to performing prayer. Ablution is a form of purification also known as “WUDU”, which includes washing your hands, mouth, nose, arms, face, hair, back of neck, and legs.
How to Prayer the 5 Daily Prayer:
Click the link to learn about how to pray the 5-daily prayer: Video Demonstration Tutorial
Where are the prayers prayed?
Are there any special prayers?
Yes. The Friday midday prayers are considered to be special prayers and one must attend the prayer in congregation at a mosque. The name of this special prayer in Arabic is “JUM’A”
Meaning In English: Alms Giving or Zakaat
Meaning In Arabic: Zakaat
Meaning In Urdu: Zakaat
Zakat is the third pillar of Islam and it simply refers to the obligatory sharing or donating a portion of your wealth with those that are LESS fortunate (i.e., it is a duty owed to the poor and deserving) throughout their lifetime.
How often must zakat be paid?
Once every year
Meaning In English: Fasting
Meaning In Arabic: Ramadan
Meaning In Urdu: Ramadan or Ramzan
Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic calendar during which Muslims fast for 30 days. Ramadan starts after the sighting of the new crescent moon (i.e., 9th month of the Islamic calendar). The fasting starts from the Sunrise to Sunset (i.e., during the daylight). All Muslims (except few exceptions due to health conditions) must refrain (i.e., stop oneself from doing something) from drinking and eating, including smoking (i.e., refraining from all forms of ingestions of eating and drinking).
What is the Significance of Ramadan?
The Holy Quran was revealed in the Month of Ramadan.
The end of the month of Ramadan is marked by an Islamic Festival (Feast), known as the Id al-Fitr.
How to Fast in the Month of Ramadan?
• Eating Anything
• Drinking Anything
• Smoking Anything (if you smoke)
• Sexual Activity
• Pray 5 Daily Prayers on Time
• Recite or Listen to the Quran
• Try Understanding the Meaning of the Holy Quran
• Do Good Deeds
• Self-Reflect upon yourself.
Fasting in the month of Ramadan instils self control, self purification, truthfulness and self-education with a sincere aim that this training in the month of Ramadan of self control, self purification, truthfulness and self education will last beyond the end of Ramadan.
Meaning In English: Pilgrimage
Meaning In Arabic: Hajj
Meaning In Urdu: Hajj
The sacred pilgrimage to Mecca required of every Muslim at least once in their lifetime if it is within their means (i.e., physically and financially). The Hajj starts from the Islamic month of Dhu’l-Hijja, 12th month of the Islamic Calendar. Hajj is a pilgrim that follows the order of ritual that the Prophet Muhammed ﷺ (peace be upon him) performed during his last pilgrimage.
What to recite while in the Journey of Hajj?