The Requirements of Islam
The five “pillars” of Islam make up the framework of a Muslim’s life, they are:
2. The ‘Salah’, or Formal Obligatory Prayer
Prayer was practiced in some form throughout history by all prophets and their followers as an indispensable part of Allah’s religion. Islam, the final message to humanity, considers prayer essential. A Muslim is required to pray five times daily within specified intervals, as taught by the Prophet ().
These prayers are obligatory, and form a direct bond between the worshipper and his Creator. Islam does not call upon Muslims to merely perform this act of worship; rather; it wants of them to purify their souls. Allah () says, regarding Prayer: Indeed the prayer prevents [you] from licentiousness and [other] sins. [29:45]