i am interested, however with the demands of my occupation, time is hard to come by as of yet. perhaps later. N' shallah.
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Investigate before posting/propagating nonsense and thank those like Ayman who help bring you out of ignorance.
correct me if i am wrong but it seems that you are taking the '5 pillars of islam' invented by men and you are trying to rationalize them within the context/framework of the Quran asking what is wrong with having 5 pillars as they don't contradict the quran and isn't it a way of applying core quranic principles?
by the way, you could make head cover/burka as a pillar of islam as certainly wearing a head cover doesn't contradict the quran and if anything is a way of applying quranic principles of morality/modesty and such. might as well make it 6 pillars of islam for a woman. if a woman wants to convert to islam, in addition to 5 pillars she will be told it is obligatory upon her to wear a 'hijab'.
you can take anything from growing a beard to splitting hair and state that you are not doing anything contradictory or wrong. but just because something is not wrong, does it make it right and these practices that are not wrong, do they define Islam? or a muslim? are they pillars or fundamentals of Islam?
there's nothing wrong with the shahada. it is a statement of fact. there's nothing wrong with praying 5 times a day, fasting, charity, hajj, growing a beard, hijab, etc. but if i don't say the shahada, say salat, fast, give zaka, or do hajj - what does that make me? not a muslim? or a 'practicing' muslim?
here's where i have problems with:
1) stating that islam is built on these pillars.
2) that the 5 pillars are obligatory on every muslim adult - the way that they have been established by people.
i don't see anything wrong in stating the fact that muhammad is a messenger, nothing wrong in asking God to have mercy and blessing prophet muhammad and his family although doesn't make much sense to me but again nothing wrong. you are not contradicting the quran but is it right to state that the salat as established and practiced is one of the fundamentals of islam and is obligatory on every muslim adult?
by the way, you can say salat 10 times a day and it won't contradict the quran and saying it 10 times a day will really teach you discipline and consistency alright! would it not? so why don't you? what's wrong with that? get my point, know where i am going with this.
does the quran lay down these pillars as fundamentals of islam? no, the koran does not. but people have and many a books have been written about salat, fasting, zakat extolling the virtues, benefits and such. people have taken somethings from the Koran and ran with it making it out to be something else. this is where i have issues with.
you did not read the link I gave previously in this thread, it seems you want to rationalize the religion manufactured upon the Deen of Islam, you cannot justify the religion with the Qur'an, the more you truly examine the Qur'an the more this would be the case, if you want to follow the religion of Islam the best opinion you have is to ignore the Qur'an beyond reading it out as a sound bites, and enjoy your religious activities.
Worship the stone building in the desert as the religious do, follow all the pillows of Islam selected to remove action and direction from Muslims, why struggle to rationalize what you already believe, the purpose of study and investigation is not the rationalization of dogma, it is to seek the truth, no matter if that truth transforms your beliefs into something new.
There is no such things as "5 pillars of Islam" according to The Quran, but I will comment on the list provided, from my own studies:
NB: AQ = al quran
There is no need to declare anything to anyone. One could so if they wish of course. The core teaching if AQ is oneness: one God. In mindset and in action.
I have never read any article or book that gave a credible argument for salat meaning prayer according to AQ. Nor any credible argument for 3 or 5 times. I have read many desperate attempts however.
"salat" means "bond" http://mypercept.co.uk/articles/slw.htm
Not just fasting.
Not just charity.
The hajj of AQ is vastly different to the hajj of traditional Islam. "al hajj" is an event, most likely "symposium/conference/feast".
I did not negate the declaration of faith in God and I did not say there is anything wrong with it, I just have an issue with the traditional Sunni shahada that adds Muhammad.
So do you think it would be ok to just state the first part of the "shahada"? Or to use the phrase that is being used in the Qur'an whenever someone "converts" to Islam – Aslamtu lil rabb il alameen / I submit to the lord of the worlds?
I don't "magnify" any bad. I simply don't think hajj, particularly the way it is done today, is necessary and beneficial. Even if you chose to not perform all or some of the rituals, it is still a very expensive endeavour and I think the money could be better spent. Plus, your freedom of choice is somehow limited, for example, you can't escape the masses and the dangers of being in a HUGE group of people.
I know people who went and found it a great spiritual experience, and that is perfectly fine imho. Just stating my personal opinion. Anyway, there are many, many discussions about hajj on here already, so I don't think it makes much sense to go through all this in detail.
I'm German, and while I'm far from being patriotic, I do sometimes get a bit defensive of my country.