The Pillars of Submission

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In the name of The God, The Most Gracious The Most Merciful.

Note: “Islam” means “Submission” as in to submit completely to The God; “Allah” means “The God”.

In Submission it is commonly said that there are five pillars of Submission:

1) Shahaadah: this word means, “to bear witness.” Shahaadah means to bear witness that there is no god but The God, and to bear witness that The God is alone and without partners.

2) Salat: this word means, “prayer” or “supplication.” This is the consistent, daily observation and practice of prayers by which Submitters make contact with The God, and by which we worship only The God and devote and submit our selves completely and only to The God. The singular form of the word “Salat” is “Salah.”

3) Zakat: this word means, “charity.” Although many so – called Submitters believe that Submission requires them to give as charity 2.5% of their income when they get paid, according to The Qur’an the truth is that by the sacred laws of The God, Submission requires Submitters to give the excess to charity on the “day of harvest,” i.e. when they are paid. The 2.5% is not mentioned in The Qur’an, The Recitation. So this means that whenever you receive your regular income payment, you shall give to charity whatever you have left over; you pay all your bills, take care of all your needs and your family’s needs, and spend whatever you absolutely need to spend, and then whatever money you have left over on that payday you give to charity on that very day. The Qur’an says to give money first to your own relatives, and then to others: you are to give to charity whatever money is left over after you have taken care of your own family and relatives.

Qur’an verses on charity, (check these out at, journal of submission – this site has a literal translation of The Qur’an by Doctor ‘Ali Fazeli):

4) Seyaum: this word means, “fasting.” The God has prescribed certain times every year in The Qur’an and the previous scriptures for the people to fast. Fasting means to refrain from eating food and from drinking any beverages and any water, for certain time – lengths at certain times of the year, detailed in the scriptures. The Qur’anic fasting means to fast during those prescribed times of year, daily for a time – period lasting from sunrise until sunset; for example, every year in the Holy Month of Ramadan, Submitters fast every day from sunrise until sunset, and eat every night. One of the many purposes of fasting is to discipline the self, the mind.

Qur’an verses on fasting, (see, journal of submission):

2:184-187; 2:196; 5:89,95; 19:26; 58:4

5) Haj: this word means “pilgrimage.” According to The Qur’an, every Submitter is required by The God to make this pilgrimage, the pilgrimage to The Kabbah in Mecca, at least once in a lifetime if they are able.

Qur’an verses on Haj, (, Journal of Submission):

2:158,196-200,203; 3:97; 5:1,95-96; 9:3,19; 22:26-29; 28:27; 48:25-27

The Qur’an does not actually say that there is any specific number of pillars of Submission. But it does go over the qualities of true Submitters, and it does detail all the laws of Submission for those who believe. So it is not really necessary to go only by this list; there are really far more pillars of Submission – but don’t be afraid and think that there are too many to uphold! Submission is meant to be a lifelong commitment, and The Qur’an says that humanity was created to always strive toward righteousness, to strive in the cause of The God, and to work hard for redemption, and that humanity was created weak,  ( “We created the human being to work hard,” – 90:4; “The God wishes to lighten your load, since the human being was created weak,” – 4:28). This is one of the reasons why The Qur’an reminds the readers and listeners not to despair of The God’s mercy, (“Say to My servants who have exceeded the limits, not to despair from God’s mercy. Surely, God forgives all sins. Indeed, He is The All Forgiver, The All Merciful,” – 39:53).

Note: For the verses I’ve so far quoted in this post, I have used the translations of either Rashad Khalifa, Ph.D. which can be found at , or of ‘Ali Fazeli from

Quick reference to ‘Ali Fazeli’s Qur’an translation:

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