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The word 'Ibádah comes from the Arabic "Abd", which means slave or servant. Man is a born subject and servant. When he turns to Alláh with humility and devotion, he preforms an act of 'Ibádah. 'Ibádah is a means for purifying man's physical and spirtual life. In Islám, every good deed performed to seek the pleasure of Alláh is an act of worship.

The obligatory rituals of 'Ibádah are prayers(Saláh), fasting (Saum), Zakáh, pilgrimage(Hajj), and struggling in the ways of Alláh(Jehad). These along with Imán are often called the pillars of Islám. Islám is an integral whole. It covers all aspects of man's life. The pillars unite all humans activites, spirtual and material, individual and collective.

The obligatory rituals of 'Ibádah make the "faith" (Ímán) to play a practical and effective role in the human life. 'Ibádah is therefore something positive. It is the means by which the faithfuls can serve Alláh as well as their fellow men.

The Saláh, which is the subject of this booklet, is an essential part of 'Ibádah'. The Prophet(S.A.W.) is reported to have said: "Saláh is the pillar of Islám and whosoever abandons it, demolishes the very pillar of religion".

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