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The Koran is the greatest and most influential piece of Arabic writing ever On top of that it was written by only one person Islamic people follow it and obey its many wise words Of all these words the ones that have the most effect and influence on the people of the Islamic world are the five pillars of Islam It contains the five duties that each Muslim follows to get closer to their salvation In addition to the Koran stating to follow the five pillars it states not to drink liquor worship idols eat pork or gamble These are important but the five pillars get the most attention The first pillar is the profession of faith In other words that pillar means that in your lifetime you must state publicly by the tongue and with full assent from the heart that there is no god but Allah and Muhhammad is his prophet This is also called Shahadah The second duty is to pray five times each day The first prayer happens before sunrise the second is in very early afternoon the third in late afternoon the fourth immediately after sunset and the fifth and final prayer is offered before you sleep before midnight In all prayers you must face the Kaaba in the mosque at Mecca All of the prayers are to be offered in a mosque but if they cant they can pray as an individual outside of the mosque Muslims are encouraged to offer them after midnight and that is called tahajjud Before each of the prayers a formal public call is made by the muezzir Sometimes special prayers are offered on Fridays in Mosques These
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