Lauren and Maggie host Throwback Thursday every week.
Religion is the most important aspect of my life. From very early on in my life, we were given a sound foundation about our religion, Islam.
I am a Muslim, Islam is my religion. Since most people aren’t aware of our practices, I want to briefly explain what we do.
Islam starts with faith in one God.
We believe in supremacy of Almighty Allah in each and every aspect of our lives.
There are five pillars of Islam;
- Tawheed; There’s no God but Allah and Muhammad (PBUH) is his last prophet
- 5 obligatory prayers ( namaz) every day
- Fasting in the month of Ramadan
- Giving Zakat ( alms); 2.5% of all the savings per year to deserving people
- Performing hajj; the ritualistic visit to Makkah in the month of Zilhaj.
Both my paternal grandparents who often lived with us were very staunch and practicing Muslims. My grandfather taught us all to read the Holy Quran in Arabic. My father would ask all four of his children to pray with him, 5 times a day.
This gave all of us a good foundation to build our faith on. But we all, siblings weren’t the same. Some were more ‘ religious’ than others. We practice our faith by ourselves, educate ourselves by reading Quran with translation, and meditate. People go to mosques to pray but not everyone does that and women rarely do it.
Not all of us siblings stuck to the teachings of Islam.My brothers chose their path and it’s fine with the rest of the family. Lucky for me that I was able to stay on the path my father showed me. I guess I always had it in me and my faith strengthened with time and age.
I have found solace and strength in my faith in all difficult situations of my life.
Written for Throwback Thursday, hosted by Maggie and Lauren