Shafaqna – what are the Branches of Religion?
Once a Muslim has accepted the roots of religion, he/she must follow and practice the branches of religion—the Furoo-e-Deen.
Daily Prayers (Salaat) – it is obligatory on all Muslims to offer five daily prayers facing the Kaba, situated in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Fasting (Sawm) -in the Islamic lunar month of Ramadhan, all Muslims must fast from sunrise to sunset.
Pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj) – it is obligatory on all Muslims to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, once in their life, provided they can afford to. The annual pilgrimage occurs from the 8th to 12th day of Dhu al-Hijah, the last month of the Islamic lunar calendar. The goal is to follow in the footsteps of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his immaculate household by performing a series of rituals.
Charity (Zakaat) – charity offered to those who are needy and less fortunate
Islamic Tax (Khums) – all Muslims must pay 20% annually from their net savings.
Struggle (Jihaad) – struggling to please God. The greater, internal Jihad is the struggle against the evil within one’s soul in every aspect of life, called jihaad akbar-the big jihaad. The lesser, or external, jihad is the struggle against the evil of one’s environment in every aspect of life, called jihad
Guiding others to good deeds (Amr bil Ma’roof) – encouraging good actions in all humans
Preventing others from evil deeds (Nahy ‘anil Munkar) – encouraging humans away from evil actions.
Loving the Ahlulbayt and their followers (Tawalla) – to love and follow the teaching of the Ahlulbayt and their followers. Prophet Muhammad (SWT) has said: “Whoever pleases my family has pleased me, and whoever annoys then has annoyed me.”
Disassociating from enemies of the Ahlulbayt (Tabarra) – all Muslims must disassociate and separate themselves from the enemies of the Ahlulbayt.