In the name of Allah, The Most Gracious, The Most Merciful.
It’s Sunday! And that means another round of watching a video on Islam.
I wouldn’t particularly recommend the following video to people who would like to be introduced to Islam because I still feel it’s a little complex. I wish it could have been clearer on the six pillars of faith in Islam. However, the big positive of the video is that it clarifies what a belief system is about and that it consequentially leads to externalising the belief through deeds and actions.
1) Belief in Arabic is ‘Iman’. The six pillars of faith is also called the six pillars of Iman.
2) The six pillars of faith are derived from the Quran and succinctly packaged by scholars into a creed. This is where it can be tricky if one decides to look into the various scholars and schools of thought in Islam.
3) Deeds are expressions of faith.
4) Can faith increase or decrease? There are two views on this:
i) You are either entirely have faith or not.
ii) Faith can increase with the increase in deeds that brings one closer to God, improved relationship with God, and vice versa.
5) What was not expressedly shared in the video is what exactly are the six pillars of faith:
i) Belief in Allah
ii) Belief in His Angels
iii) Belief in His Revelations, namely the Torah (revealed through Prophet Moses), the Psalm (revealed through Prophet David), the Gospel (revealed through Prophet Jesus) and the Quran (revealed through Prophet Muhammad).
iv) Belief in His messengers/prophets, namely the 25 prophets from Prophet Adam to Prophet Muhammad.
v) Belief in the Day of Judgment
vi) Belief in predestination
I think this video is prompting me to learn more about the 25 prophets and their stories. Maybe I’ll do that in the next post since it requires a bit of research.
And Allah is Al-Malik, The King. – MM