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The Five Pillars of Islam or the Pillars of the Faith?

 

(Edition 1.0 20141128-20141128)

 

The Five Pillars of Islam are used to determine an upright Muslim but how do they really accord with the Scriptures and the Qur’an? What are the Pillars of the Faith?

 

 

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The Five Pillars of Islam or the Pillars of the Faith?




What are the Five Pillars of Islam and what is their purpose?

 

Their purpose was to list requirements to become a Muslim in good standing.

 

The Pillars actually ignore the laws of Allah’ or Eloah in the biblical Hebrew.

 

Do they achieve that purpose of identifying upright Muslims?  The answer seems to be no, in that they ignore the laws of God completely and denigrate the law and the prophets.

 

The so-called pillars are generally recognised as:

1. Shahadah: declaring there is no god except God, and Muhammad is God's Messenger.

2. Salat: ritual prayer five times a day.

3. Zakat: giving 2.5% of one’s savings to the poor and needy.

4. Sawm: fasting and self-control during the holy month of Ramadan.

5. Hajj: the Pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in a lifetime, if one is able.

 

Let us deal with them.  We will see that they are blatant frauds against the laws of God and the testimony of Christ and the apostles and the prophets.

 

As stated earlier the first so-called pillar ignores the vast majority of God's prophets and the words they brought from Him.

 

Shahadah: The claim is that there is no God but God and Muhammad is the prophet of God.

 

The end section of this pillar is a Tsherk or fraudulent addition against the true faith. The Qur’an (Koran) says that all prophets are equal. The name of the prophet to the Arabs was Qasim and not Muhammad. He was just the same as any other prophet sent by God and no more and no less. This is because the prophets speak for the One True God and thus this addition is an offence against God and the prophets.

 

The end result of Shahadah is that it takes precedence over the Qur’an. Surah IV 162 -171 lists the veracity of the prophets from Moses to whom God spoke and also mentions the Messiah Jesus Christ and his prophethood. Also the Qur’an says here in verse 172 that the Messiah would never disdain from being a servant of God. Thus we deduce that Christ is the Messiah within Islam also. In Surah 6:82-92 the Qur’an lists the prophets from Noah to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, Moses and Aaron, Job, Joseph, David and Solomon, Elijah, Zechariah, John, Jesus, as well as Ismail, Elisha, Jonah and Lot. They were all righteous and distinguished above all people. They were given the Scripture, Wisdom and Prophethood.  Anyone who disbelieves will have others substituted in their place. The Qur’an states that the Scriptures brought by Moses in the Torah and all Scripture was revealed by God. Surah 6, Livestock, is a confirmatory Scripture regarding all that was produced before it in the Bible. 

 

Surah 6:93 condemns those who fabricate lies and attribute them to God. Thus the Hadith that seeks to corrupt the Qur’an is condemned by God. The Imams that use the Hadith that claim that the Scriptures have been lost are refuted by the Qur’an itself and we have the evidence that they have not been lost. God is Almigthy, omnipotent and omniscient.

 

The Second Pillar, Salat, allegedly requires ritual prayer five times a day. Such a requirement is vain repetition as done by the pagans and contrary to the Scriptures including the Qur’an. One should pray at least three times a day as did Daniel and in his room. Five times is ideal but in private and not by rote as the pagans do and not in public.

 

The Third Pillar, Zakat, is a complete perversion of the tithe laws and is derived only from the Terumah Levy in Ezekiel 45. It ignores all other financial responsibility under the Torah and the NT and the Qur’an.

 

The Fourth Pillar, Sawm, corrupts Ramadan which is now a floating month that rotates through the year. They have corrupted the month of the Passover which is the fasting month and they have corrupted the faith.

 

The correct Calendar of Islam is identified in the text Hebrew and Islamic Calendar Reconciled (No. 053).

 

The Fifth Pillar, Hajj, is an invention to obviate the Feasts of God as specified in the Torah. They do this so they have no obligation to meet for the three seasons and to tithe and to bring offerings to God.

 

Each of the so-called Five Pillars of Islam is a fraud against the Qur'an and the Torah and the Gospels. Yet are the Five Pillars what determines a Muslim?  No. They are what determines exactly what is NOT a real Muslim according to the Torah and the Injeel and the Qur'an.

 

Allah' or Eloah has a different measuring stick and they will be surprised when their eyes are finally open. Those that set up modern Islam use these five requirements to define a Muslim. They follow their own rules and ignore the laws of God as set up in the laws and the prophets in all three testaments.

 

One of the texts used to justify this behaviour is this: Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the Christians, and the converts; anyone who 
(1) believes in GOD, and 
(2) believes in the Last Day, and 
(3) leads a righteous life, 
will receive their recompense from their Lord;  they have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.
[Quran 2:62, 5:69] *

 

That is what 2:62 says but 2:63 says: We (God) made a covenant with you as we raised Mount Sinai above you. You shall uphold what we have given you strongly and remember its contents.

 

Thus you have to keep the laws of the Torah to qualify. Salvation is by God's Grace but you are also required to keep the Sabbath and those who do not keep the Sabbath will not qualify and be apes. They will not enter the First Resurrection and will be consigned to the Second.

 

Surah 5:69ff also requires those that espouse the faith to be Unitarian and to obey the prophets and the Testimony. That means all of them.

 

The Rashad Khalifa translation is also used for 3:81.  He writes: Major Prophecy Fulfilled* God's Messenger of the Covenant
[3:81] GOD took a covenant from the prophets, saying, "I will give you the scripture and wisdom. Afterwards, a messenger will come to confirm all existing scriptures. You shall believe in him and support him." He said, "Do you agree with this, and pledge to fulfill this covenant?" They said, "We agree." He said, "You have thus borne witness, and I bear witness along with you."

 

The comments in this text in 3:81 from Rashad Khalifa both before, during and after are added commentary. The Messenger of the Covenant is the Holy Spirit that was sent after the sacrifice of the Messiah and the translators insist on making it out to be the prophet but it is the Holy Spirit that is placed in the Church, which is the Muhammad that is spoken about elsewhere. The addition of the words (Qur’an prophecy) to the text is incorrect. The rejection of the Holy Spirit is the unpardonable sin from the NT. You cannot read the Qur'an independently from Scripture and pretend it says something else.

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Pillars of the Faith                

 

So what are the Pillars of the faith?

 

The entire faith is expressed by Christ and Moses as the two great Commandments.  The two Great Commandments are thus the two primary pillars of the faith as symbolized at the Temple.               

 

  1. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with thy entire mind (Mat. 22:37).

The Second is like unto it:

  1. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets (Mat. 22:40).  All other pillars of the faith subtend from these two Great Commandments as does the Bible and the Qur’an.                                       

  1. The Third pillar of the Faith is to keep the Calendar of God in the Sabbaths, New Moons and Feasts of God. 

 

Thus Islam is based on the Calendar given to Moses and used in the Temple. Thus it must be determined by the Conjunctions determined in the astronomical schools and not by Imams and Karaites looking for the pagan new moon crescent.           

 

  1. The Fourth Pillar of the faith is to be baptized into the Body as an adult.

 

  1. The Fifth Pillar of the faith is to keep the Lord’s Supper and to partake of the bread and the wine which is the body and blood of Christ and to wash one another’s feet at the Lord’s Supper.

 

  1. The Sixth Pillar of the faith is to pay your tithes to God as a sign of Repentance and a return to God (Mal. 3:7-10).  These are the First and Second Tithes and the Terumah levy.

 

  1. The Seventh Pillar of the Faith is to provide for widows and orphans and the sick and disabled.  

 

If you do these things you will show thereby that you love God and are worthy of the Faith and the First Resurrection.

 

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