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Twenty-Five (Out Of One Hundred) Things We All Should Know About Islam
by Hugh Fitzgerald (December 2009)
1. Islam is an ideology. In the Western world, it was not called a "religion" until the twentieth century. Rather, it was a "faith" or, to many Western travellers, a "fanatical faith." It does contain rituals of worship – the so-called Five Pillars of Islam, which are the main duties owed by a Believer to Allah. These five are: Shahada (Profession of Faith), Salat (five daily prayers), Zakat (charity, but for fellow Muslims only), Hajj (at least once in a lifetime), Ramadan (daytime fasting for a month every year). These duties are to be performed. They do not require, nor do they promote, moral development. more>>>