The 6 Pillars of Faith
- Belief In Allah
The first pillar of Faith is the belief in the existence of Allah. His Names/Attributes, His Lordship and His right to be worshiped alone. In short, it concerns the concept of Towhead (Allah being One with no partners)
A person must accept everything from Allah to be able to fulfill this pillar of Faith. The knowledge about Allah comes directly from the Quran and Sunnah.
- Belief in His Angels
The second pillar of faith is the belief in Allah’s angels. The angels are messengers of Allah. They are not his children as some may think. They were created from light and were created, before human, for the purpose of worshipping Allah. They can also appear in the shape of a man if so ordered to do so. Some of the angels’ names, that we know of, are Jibra’il, Mika’il, Israfil, and Malik.
- Belief in His Messengers
The third pillar is the belief in Allah’s Messengers. As Muslims we must belive in all the prophets that have been sent by Allah. Some of these include Adam (AS), Ibrahim (AS), Musa (AS), Isa (AS), and of course Muhammad ﷺ
- Belief in His Books
The fourth pillar of faith is the belief in the books of Allah. Here it is the belief that at the time when these books were sent down they truly were a message from Allah. The only book left is the Qur’an in its entirety, because it is the last revelation Allah will send to us. There are four books known to man: The Torah (Torah) sent with the Prophet Musa (Moses), the Psalms (Zaboor) sent with the Prophet Dawud (David), the Gospel (Injeel)sent with Prophet Isa (Jesus) and the Qur’an sent with Prophet Muhammad. It is obligated for Muslims to believe in all of these books and not just the Qur’an, but while knowing that the Torah, Psalms, and Gospel have been corrupted over time and that the Quran is the only 100% accurate book.
- Belief in the Last Day
The fifth pillar of faith in the belief in the Last Day. This is the Day of accounting for all deeds; evil or good, big or small. In our lives we need to believe that all we do will have bearing on the Last Day. No one but Allah knows when this day will come, so it is up to us to live each day as if it was our last.
- Belief in Al-Qadr (Pre-Ordainment)
The last pillar of faith is the belief in pre-ordainment. What this means is that everything in our lives is already written. It is our duty to know that whatever Allah wills will occur. Also He is the creator of everything including our deeds. Allah knows our past, present, and future. Our lives are set, but that does not mean that we strive any less toward perfection.