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The Pillars of Iman (Faith)

Updated on December 7, 2011

In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

The 6 Pillars of Iman, also known as the articles of faith, are a portion of the foundation in which a Muslim's beliefs stand on. These pillars are very important and hold heavy weight on the Day of Judgement.

Belief in Allah

The first pillar is the belief in the All-Powerful, Most Beneficent. Believing in Allah, above all else is the first and most important pillar. Its not only belief in Allah alone but in the way He is described through the Qu'ran and the sayings of Prophet Muhammad (ahadith). This includes all 99 names that describe Allah.

Belief in Al-Malaa'ika (The Angels)

The second pillar of iman is the belief in Allah's angels. The angels are messengers of Allah. They are not his children as some may think. They were created from light and were created, before humans, for the purpose of worshipping Allah. They can also appear in the shape of a man if so ordered to do so. Some of the angels' names, that we know of, are Jibra'il (Gabriel), Mika'il (Michael), Israfil, and Malik. They have many jobs such as guardians, gatekeepers, and Trumpeters.

Belief in Ar Rasul (The Messengers)

The third pillar is the belief in Allah's Messengers. There are twenty-five (25) Prophets mentioned in the Qur'an. These Prophets are: Elishia, Job, David, Dhul-Kifl, Aron, Hud, Abraham, Enoch, Elias, Jesus, Isac, Ishmael, Lot, Moses, Noah, Salih, Shuaib, Solomon, Ezra, Jacob, John, Jonah, Joseph, Zachariya, Muhammad. It is said that there are numerous others leading up to 313. Muhammad is the last and final Prophet and there will be none after he. It is our duty as Muslims to send salaams(the Peace and Blessings of Allah) when mentioning the names of any of the Prophets.

Belief in Al Kutub (The Divine Scriptures)

The fourth pillar of iman is the belief in the books of Allah. Here it is the belief that at the time when these books were sent down they truly were a message from Allah. The only book left is the Qur'an in its entirety, because it is the last revelation Allah will send to us. There are four books known to man: The Torah sent with the Prophet Musa (Moses), the Psalms sent with the Prophet Dawud (David), the Gospel sent with Prophet Isa (Jesus) and the Qur'an sent with Prophet Muhammad. We as Muslims are to believe in all of these books and not just the Qur'an.

Belief in Yawmil Qiyaamah (Day Of Rising/The Last Day)

The fifth pillar of faith in the belief in the Last Day. This is the Day of accounting for all deeds; evil or good, big or small. In our lives we need to believe that all we do will have bearing on the Last Day. No one but Allah knows when this day will come, so it is up to us to live each day as if it was our last.

Belief in Al-Qadar (Pre-Ordainment)

The last pillar of iman is the belief in pre-ordainment. What this means is that everything in our lives is already written. It is our duty to know that whatever Allah wills will occur. Also He is the creator of everything including our deeds. Allah knows our past, present, and future. Our lives are set, but that does not mean that we strive any less toward perfection.

These pillars are important to all Muslims and should be held in high regard.


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      Jessie 10 months ago

      I love this even though I am not muslim

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      kourtney sidankar 6 years ago

      Mashallah!! well done but I thought there were seven (lilatul qadar)?????

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      miiraj 6 years ago

      as salaam alaikum, sorry can you help me what have been know the sign of eeman

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      Trina Lynne 6 years ago from Philadelphia, Pa

      Zehra, I'm glad I could help with your assignment. Keep reading.

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      zehra123 7 years ago

      Thank you for helping me with my assighment i really learnt a lot thank you very much.

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      Lord Aganus 7 years ago

      First Judgement, Gods killed all dinosaurs with H5N1.

      Second Judgement, Gods destroyed the Atlantis with Tsunami and Earth quake, because they can heal themselves.

      Third Judgement, Gods will not punish human with Tsunami and Earth quake, unless we accept the punishment with viral infection.

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      Arjumand01 7 years ago from United Arab Emirates

      A wonderful effort toward daawah,keep up the Good work!MAy you be rewarded by Allah graciously..

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      Trina Lynne 7 years ago from Philadelphia, Pa

      As Salaamu Alaikum uhkti. I apologize for my lateness in my response. Alhamdulillah you have come to Islam. Always seek knowledge. Please keep in touch.


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      sns2000 7 years ago from Benidorm

      I have found this very interesting and will seek more knowledge about islam as iam a convert to islam and i need all the information i can find thanks zezalallah for this and will be reading more many thanks natasha

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      Trina Lynne 7 years ago from Philadelphia, Pa


      Regardless of the terminology used, these are the basics and I hope that the article has helped you and was found interesting.

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      Trina Lynne 7 years ago from Philadelphia, Pa

      Shukron. I appreciate your comments. May Allah bless you and keep you. Ameen.

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      Lightuponlight 7 years ago

      Great Post! My Allah(swt) Bless you Endlessly! Ameen!!!

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      Trina Lynne 8 years ago from Philadelphia, Pa

      I'm glad the article could help with your studies. Thanks for reading.

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      navedkhan 8 years ago

      we need to read QURAN properly........

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      tttlyn 8 years ago

      thank you for helping mr in my home-work

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      Trina Lynne 8 years ago from Philadelphia, Pa

      I appreciate your comment. Regardless of how you worship, these are the traditional beliefs of muslims. As a fellow muslim I will not dispute the fact with you, but I will compose a new article based on Al-Qadar in the near future.

      As Salaamu Alaikum.

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      Amir 8 years ago

      what you have written about Iman in Islam is really really simple, traditional, and trivial specially the last one: Belief in Al-Qadar (Pre-Ordainment).

      Because there is absolute freedom about our activities in Islam and there is no determinism.

      I don't know may be your references are not true but please try to write correct information.

      There are no such things you have mentioned and I as a muslim don't believe and pay attention to that issues.