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1 Introduction This essay will discuss the role of Islam in the politics of Pakistan It will begin with an overview of the history of Pakistan stating how the country was formed and the reasons for its formation It will then discuss ShariaIslamic law The essay will then discuss Islam as the law for Pakistan how it became Pakistans law and whether or not Pakistan follows it indefinitely Then the criminal justice system will be discussed along with the rights of women in Pakistan This will be followed by a full description of Pakistans government Finally religious conflict due to the Shia and Sunni groups as well as its effect on national and international relations shall be discussed 11 Defining Islam Islam is described in terms of the basic religious duties of all Muslims these are known as the 5 Pillars 1 Shahada this is a declaration of faith according to the formula There is no god but God Muhammad is the messenger of God 2 Salat this is where worship takes the form of ritual prostration Precise bodily movements are considered to be as essential as the accompanying mental activity Salat may be performed almost anywhere at noon on Fridays as long as the worshipper faces the direction of the Kaba in Mecca known as the qibla 3 Zakat this is also known as alms-giving or compulsory charity It is given once a year by all adult Muslims and it is a giving of 25 of capital assets over and above a minimum or nisab 4 Sawm This is the fast during Ramadan The fast takes place during the daylight hours of the ninth month of the lunar calendar 5 Hajj This is the pilgrimage to Mecca which all adult Muslims must make at least once in their lifetime Ruthven 1997147-151 2 21 The History of Pakistan According to
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