1. To testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allaah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah,
2. Establishing salaah [five daily prayers],
3. Giving the Zakkah [obligatory Charity],
4. Fasting in the month of Ramadhan
5. And performing Hajj.
This is known to everyone who says that he is a Muslim. The level of compliance is what varies from one person to another. Again, the most important of all these pillars is the Shahadatain [To testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allaah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah]. It is the pillar upon which every other-pillar is built. Without the firm understanding and observance of this pillar every other one will not be accepted from anyone even if they are observed in the best manner possible. Unfortunately today the pillar is the most ignored among Muslims. It is frequently mentioned on the tongue but rarely acted upon with the limbs. People sit down to chant thousands of la iIIaha ilia Llahu and do a lot of Assalatu on the Prophet but hardly act upon the meaning of their chants or actually act contrary to it.
First pillar obviously contains two parts if we carefully look at it: ‘There is no deity worthy of worship except Allaah' and 'Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah'. Of this two, the first part seems to be more known to the people while little or no importance is paid to the second. It is this second part that we are looking at because it is even more ignored than the first part.
MUHAMMAD IS THE MESSENGER OF ALLAH
When we say that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah, it has its own meanings and implications. People have limited this statement to just saying Sallallahu alayhi wa sallam [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] and celebrating his birthday in the month of Rabiu' al-Awwal and beyond. Some of them have even gone as far as saying that followinq his way of life [Sunnah] is a matter of choice and we don't necessarily have to do so. Some of them say that the instruction that is contained in the Qur'an is enough for them and following the ways of the Prophet [peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him] is a form of extremism. Are these correct?
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited