The five pillars of Islam are the foundation of Muslim life, considered mandatory by believers, and Muslims are required to observe them with utmost dedication.
The five pillars – the declaration of faith (shahada), prayer (salah), alms-giving (zakat), fasting (sawm), and pilgrimage (hajj) – constitute the basic norms of Islamic practice. They are accepted by Muslims globally irrespective of ethnic, regional, or sectarian differences. One of the five pillars which every Muslim must do is the Hajj. During the Hajj every Muslim must complete the five stages following a pattern set by Muhammad This video analyses these five stages and discusses where this practice originates and what they signify. Excellent discussion. It reveals how Islam was constructed from other sources.
As Christians, as we watch these videos we are reminded of what the Bible state about the commandments of God on such matters of idolatry :
Exodus 20 -The Ten CommandmentsAnd God spoke all these words, saying,
1. “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before[a] me.
2. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
3. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands[b] of those who love me and keep my commandments.
4. “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
Leviticus 26:1 “You shall not make idols for yourselves or erect an image or pillar, and you shall not set up a figured stone in your land to bow down to it, for I am the Lord your God ".