A sallam aleikum my muslim friends. I have a few questions for you. I especially hope that Olabowale will be able contribute to this.
I have only recently started a study of the Koran and islam in general. I have come up with a bone of contention. The 5 pillars. Why the emphasis on these ostensible actions? I thought a pillar was a construct designed to hold up an edifice. What can these 5 pillars hold up? Surely not Islam (ie. submission).
First the Shahadah. I declare that there is no God but Allah and muhammad is his prophet. Anybody can make this declaration without it amounting to nada. Indeed al-baqarah verse 8 states that "and of the people are some who say, 'we believe in Allah and the last day,' but they are not believers".
And the Salah? Who can not go through the motions of that?
Zakah? Many atheists are philanthropists.
Sawm. Many People are already doing this not even by choice.
Hajj: If Hajj was a pillar that could hold up anything then all those alhaji and alhajas in nigeria would be exemplary citizens.
Shouldn't Islam be based on One Pillar and One pillar only. Namely Al-fitra. Is this not the perfect prayer, worship and obedience to God there could ever be? Is this not the essence of Islam?
“See you not that it is God Whose praises are celebrated by all beings in the heavens and on earth, and by the birds with extended wings? Each one knows its prayer and glorification; And God is aware of what they do.” An-Nur vs.41
Is it not true that we are born in this state? That the animals are in this state ( the flying birds as the koran says are already there). As long as birds fly and don't try to bark like dogs they are in the state of Islam. It is my belief that every human being has a blueprint, or a script of his life as it were that is the law that God has laid down for him to live by. It is the purpose of religion to discover, or rather rediscover that Essence and adhere to it like your life depended on it and indeed your life does depend on it. I do not know of any religion anywhere in the world that doesn't teach this. There are many that de-emphasise it but if you research deeply enough you will find that that is at the core and essence of the religion. The Return to Essential nature is the core of Religion.
“So direct your face towards the religion, inclining to Truth. Adhere to the Fitra of Allah upon which he has created all people. NO CHANGE should there by in the creation of Allah. [b] That is the CORRECT RELIGIO[/b]N but most of the people do not know.” Ar-Rum vs.30
Nobody can fake the Adherence to Fitra. That is between man and God and if a person is not aligned to his true nature the consequences are immediate and obvious. I am of the understanding that the 5 pillars are not even in the quran. I need someone to explain to me what exactly the Al-hadith is and on what is it's authority based?
Will the 5 pillars really bring you closer to Al-fitra, which the koran calls the 'Correct religion'? Can they not indeed even serve as a substitute for al-fitra/truth whereby a person thinks that he is doing all that is required merely by following the motions of the 5 pillars? Please share your thoughts with me.