Posts Tagged ‘Mecca’

This picture is amazing to me. It’s a picture of the fifth pillar of Islam – the pilgrimage to Mecca (or Hajj). These Muslims have traveled far to the birthplace of Muhammad to worship Allah. In the middle is the Ka’aba – a holy shine that houses the Holy Black Stone. Tradition says that Adam built the shrine and that Abraham and Ishmael repaired it after the flood. There are many ceremonies and rituals that take place during this time.

I am learning that there are many parallels in both Christian disciplines and Islam. This course has really helped me with my perspective on Muslims and that Islam was birth mainly out of distortions of scripture and the absence of Christians reaching out to Muslims during that time. Here are some verses that show what the Bible says about each pillars.

1. Shahada (Confession) – Deut. 6:4 (There is only one God)

2. Salat (Prayer) – 1 Thess. 5:17 (We must pray continually)

3. Zalat (Giving) – 2 Cor. 8:7 (We must excel in the grace of giving)

4. Saum – (Fasting) – Matt. 6:16-18 (Fast only to our Father, not for boasting)

5. Hajj – (Pilgrimage) – Heb. 12:1, 1 Peter 2:11-12 (having honorable conduct free from fleshly lusts)

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