Monday, January 18, 2010

Investigating Islam

This is the first (hopefully not last) of a series of posts I want to do on investigating Islam, especially Islam in Europe.

I tried to remember the 5 pillars and only could remember 3. So, I admit my ignorance.

I plan to read the Quran and have actual participants of the religion tell me what they believe and practice.

Why am I doing this?

A fact finding mission. I want simply to know what Islam looks like in Europe.

1 comment:

drlobojo said...

From Islam 101:

Islam means Submission.

Five Pillars

1. Faith or belief in the Oneness of God and the finality of the prophethood of Muhammad;

2. Establishment of the daily prayers;

3. Concern for and almsgiving to the needy;

4.Self-purification through fasting; and

5.The pilgrimage to Makkah for those who are able.

Of course in Islam there are several interpretations of what these "mean".

Pillar number one negates by definition(?) Islam from being "ecuminical" in any sense what-so-ever.