Previously published on Ihsaan Home Academy.
My name is Umar. I am 6 years old, and I am a Muslim; Alhamdulillah (all praise and thanks be to Allah). It means my religion is Islam. I would like to share with you some of the things I’ve learned about Islam. I learn a lot from my mother because I spend lots of quality time with her and ask her lots of questions. She doesn’t mind me asking because she loves when we talk about Islam. And as I learn, I love sharing as well.
Islam is a beautiful way of life, and the people who follow Islam (Muslims) worship only Allah. Allah is ONE, without a mother, father, sister, brother, uncle, son, daughter, and no one is related to Him. Allah is not like anything we have ever seen or imagined; and He is neither a man, nor a woman. He is above all His creation. Worshipping Allah means obeying Him in everything that He tells us to do, staying away from what He tells us not to do, and asking only Him for help and trusting in Him.
Allah has many beautiful names that describe Him. These names help us know Him better because no one has ever seen Allah. Allah created me, you, our parents, the animals, plants, oceans, and everything we know and do not know. He also takes care of us and provides for us. Allah controls everything and knows everything. He even knows when leaves fall off a tree, and sees us even if we hide in the darkest and smallest hole.
Islam has five pillars. This means there are five different things that make up Islam or explain what Islam is.
-The first is called Shahadah. Shahadah means agreeing that there is no one that should be worshipped except Allah, and that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His messenger (the last one).
-The second is called Salah. Salah is praying. It is when we pray five time a day at different assigned times.
-The third is Zakah. Zakah is the type of charity that
Muslims who have some wealth must give a little of it every year to other Muslims who are poor. Giving Zakah purifies the wealth and doesn’t make one poor.
-The fourth pillar is Sawm. Sawm means fasting. Here, it is when we fast during the month of Ramadhan from sunrise to sunset for 29 or 30 days. Children don’t have to fast if they are too young.
-The fifth pillar of Islam is called Hajj. It means pilgrimage.
It is when Muslims go to Makkah to do certain acts of worship that the Prophet (peace be upon him) also did. Every Muslim must perform Hajj at least one time before dying and going back to Allah; except for those who are physically unable to (i.e. sick) or do not have enough money to go. Allah is Merciful and Kind; He understands everyone’s situation.
As Muslims, after believing in Allah, we must also believe in the angels who were created from light, believe all the books that Allah sent to His messengers, believe in all the messengers of Allah, believe in the Day of Judgement (which is the day when Allah will question us for what we did and did not do), and believe in Allah’s Decree. Decree means Allah knows everything before it happens, and nothing happens except by His permission.
All these beliefs are called the six pillars of Emaan.
I hope you’ve enjoyed and have learned a bit from me sharing the little I know about Islam. If so, don’t forget to also share what you’ve learned with others in-shaa Allah. Allah loves when we share what we know about Islam.
Do you know what else Allah loves? He also loves when we’re kind to one another, respectful, patient, and always speak the truth. Let’s work hard to please Allah and go to Jannah! Jannah is the best place to be. It is the place good Muslims will go after death. It is peaceful, has rivers of milk and honey, the best fruits and vegetables, and everything is better than anything we know or don’t know.
We don’t want to go to Jahannam because it is the worse place ever.
Ok, I have to go now. Take care, in-shaa Allah. Assalaam alaikum!
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