If you are looking to affirm and live up to your Muslim identity, you can do so by focusing on your faith expression. Show pride in your identity, and seek a greater understanding of your faith. Fulfill the five pillars, and do so mindfully, devoting attention to planning your actions and completing them with attention. Convene with other Muslims, and share in efforts of fard al-kifaya at your mosque and with other groups within your community.
1.Fulfill the five pillars of Islam. Islam’s Five Pillars are required for all Muslims. You must comply with them to practice Islam. To be a strong Muslim, do not waver from your observance of the pillars. Fulfill your daily obligations mindfully, and plan your occasional obligations with care. The Five Pillars are:
- Testimony of Faith (Shahada). When you become a Muslim, you make a testimony of faith. Say aloud: “There is no God but Allah, and Muhammad is his messenger.”
- Performance of the five daily prayers (Salah). Pray five times daily in the direction of the holy city of Mecca.
- Fasting during the month of Ramadan (Sawm). Ramadan is a holy month. Observe it by praying, fasting, and performing acts of charity.
- Almsgiving. Donate 2.5% of your savings to the poor (Zakat).
- Making a pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj). If you are able, you must travel to Mecca at least once in your lifetime.
2.Read the Qur’an as often as you can. Seek an understanding of Islam directly from the authentic source. You will strengthen your personal faith if you know the language your faith is based on. Make a practice of reading for at least a few minutes daily, as well as moments when you feel your faith waver or your focus on Allah falter.
- Every time you read, recite at least one verse aloud and try to perfect its pronunciation.
- Study an explanation of its meaning and contemplate how it applies to your own life.
- Try to be mindful of Allah throughout your day as you go about your business or chores. Keeping your lips moist with dhikr helps develop an awareness of Allah’s might and majesty.
Pray above and beyond the mandatory requirements. While you must pray five times a day, a strong Muslim may also pray at additional times when moved to do so. You may pray alone, but to strengthen your faith, head to your mosque at prayer times. Collective worship has special merit.
- While the obligatory prayers typically last only a few minutes each, you may extend your time in prayer by including additional voluntary prayers in your schedule as the Prophet Mohammed (SAW) encourages us to do.
- Tahajjud is a very rewarding Sunnah prayer offered during the dead of night, a peaceful time when Allah descends to the lowest heaven.
- Add your own personal prayers (dua) after the formal prayers or at any time during the day – ask Allah for help, guidance and protection, thank Him for his bounties and praise Him for His wisdom and generosity.
- Repentance is an important part of every Muslims’ daily worship. Acknowledge your sins, however small, promise not to repeat them and ask Allah for His forgiveness. Allah is always inclined to forgive us, but only when we ask and only when we repent with deep sincerity.
- Crying during prayer is desirable as it signifies fear of Allah’s punishment and helps lead to submission to His will.
- Vary your routine so that you concentrate and feel close to Allah during the act of praying, and are not merely going through the motions. If your mind wanders you make mistakes, your prayer becomes invalidated and is not accepted.