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Withholding zakat is a grave sin but it does not mean that the person is an unbeliever. They are liable to punishment and zakat could be taken from them by force until they submit to God’s commands.
If a Muslim denies zakat and he is fully aware of Islamic rules and has access to scholars he is considered as an apostate. Only those who are new to Islam or have valid reason are not deemed to be unbelievers.
Zakat is one of the 5 pillars of Islam. It is a charity duty imposed on a certain threshold of excess money and paid to the poor. It is the most important pillar after testifying that there is no deity than God and prayer.
Islam in general urges Muslims to avoid using inappropriate language especially during the holy month. In Ramadan it is essential to tell no lies, avoid cursing, not to fight, and show the real essence of Islam.
Itikaf is a sunnah from our prophet (pbuh). It is a term for dedicating oneself to worship Allah by staying in the mosque for the last 10 days of Ramadan. Muslims stay up every night eager to attempt the Night of Power.
There are some acts that invalidate Muslims fasting and they must be aware of. These acts include; to eat, drink, having sexual intercourse, forcing oneself to vomit, cupping, or fasting during menstruation.
Fasting is more than just boycotting food and drinks. There are a lot of hidden messages behind fasting. It is beneficial form of worship that doesn't only redeem your body but also your soul and mind.
Allah the most merciful has exempted some people from fasting in Ramadan. Some cases like; sick, old people, or travelers. And they have to make up for those days later and give compensation to the poor and needy.
What is more important than fasting is forming the intention. Muslims are obliged to form the intention and it must be formed before dawn. If the fasting is voluntary it is acceptable to form it during the day.
Ramadan is a lunar month so its start and end are confirmed by the sighting of the new moon. It requires two acceptable Muslims testifying to the fact, but if no one sees it; Muslims must complete the precedent month.
Fasting is not an act that is meant to torture you. In fact, it is one of the most meaningful forms of worship that Allah has asked us to perform whenever we can. It is the easiest way to see the world differently.
Friday prayer is a duty on all male Muslims. Those who are free, sane, attained puberty, not travelling, have no excuse to miss it. It is performed at the time of Zuhr prayer and it is invalid without a sermon (speech).
In addition to the honor God has granted Muslims through prayers, he has given them the honor of Congregational prayer. Congregational prayer is a duty for Muslims that Allah and his prophet (php) have made clear.
During prayers, one has to avoid some acts that are discouraged in a prayer. Those acts such as; moving too much, reciting only the Fatha in the first tow rakaa, closing the eyes, and other gestures discussed below.
Prayers are all Muslims' duty. But prayer is invalid in some cases like; invalid purification, loud laughter, or deliberately changing or adding a rukn. Learn what to avoid in order not to invalidate the prayer.
There are some recommendations that Muslims should keep in mind when they pray. These recommendations are actions and words that the prophet (PBUH) has performed and his companions followed his footsteps.
There are eight duties a Muslim must obey to in prayers, like the glorification. And if they are deliberately omitted, the prayer is invalid. If it is forgotten, it is compensated for by two prostrations at the end.
Standing up, Allah’s glorification, reading Alfatiha, bowing, standing up after bowing, prostration, being still in every rukn, tashahud, salam, are among the 14 prayers’ essentials that cannot be omitted.