Practical Principles

After finding faith in the Islamic axioms, the next step in declaration of this belief is to accomplish and obey certain commands which will lead us to a life of eternal satisfaction and bliss. Following such commandments is equally as important as having faith in the Islamic axioms. This second step, which actually shows one’s absolute submission to the will of God, includes some practical principles: Prayer (Salat), Fasting (Sawm), Holy Pilgrimage (Hajj), Khums, Alms-tax (Zakat), Holy Struggle (Jihad), Enjoining the right and forbidding the wrong (Amr bil Ma'ruf wa Nahy an al Munkar), Expressing love towards good and disassociation from evil (Tawalla and Tabarra).

Enjoining the right (Amr bi-l-maʿruf) and forbidding the wrong (Nahy ʿani-l-munkar) are among the practical principles of Islam which are literally defined as “encouraging and inviting people to virtuous acts and good deeds” and “preventing or...

One of the ten practical principles of Islam, Jihad, is literally defined as “hardship, endeavor, exaggeration in work, reaching the height of something and capability”, while in the Sharia of Islam Jihad is sacrificing one’s life and property...

Faith in the religion of Islam is based on rational thinking. Quranic teachings always encourage people to achieve faith through reasoning and do not consider mere devotional cognition as adequate. Hence one should accept the Islamic axioms (...

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