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How I Celebrate My Faith

Nabiha Khan - November 21, 2016

There are many ways in which I celebrate my faith. The most basic and fundamental ways in which I practice my religion are through the Five Pillars of Islam: prayer, fasting, charity, pilgrimage, and belief. I pray five times a day, every day, at specific times. These prayers serve as a constant reminder that God is watching over me and that I must do right by Him. Though I am able to fast on any given day, Muslims must fast during the holy month of Ramadan. Charity is something that I give with my family, and it must be given at least every year and it must be a certain percentage of my savings. The pilgrimage, or Hajj, is not mandatory for those who cannot afford it or do not have the health to perform it, but I have been blessed enough to make the pilgrimage once.

            The final, and perhaps, the most important pillar, is belief. It is something that transcends the rules and rituals of my faith, yet simultaneously powers it. My principle beliefs in God, His Angels, and His Last Messenger help me move through my life. My religion is not something that I practice only on a single day of the week or on holidays, but rather a way of life. I am a Muslim in everything that I do: in the way that I dress, the manner in which I speak to people, even how I eat or watch a sunrise. My belief in God allows me to see His magnificence in all that He has created, and I am blessed by Him daily.

            I’m supposed to talk about how I celebrate my faith. The best answer I could possibly come up with is living for God and that is done best when I am treating others with kindness, love, and respect, when I put all of my being into my dreams and aspirations to make them a reality, when I refuse to stand by in the face of injustice and hatred. I know what is said about my faith, but I ask those who believe in the numerous misconceptions to ask me—or any Muslim—what it means to be Muslim. I can assure you that there is much to celebrate.