Declaration of faith (shahada) is one of the five pillars of Islam and is recited a minimum of nine times daily as part of each unit (raka'ah) of the five daily prayers: a minimum of seventeen raka'at are performed daily, with the shahadah recited after every two.
The act of seeking forgiveness from God for sins is called Istighfar. As in Judaism, confession of sins is made directly to God and not through man (except in asking for forgiveness from the victim of the sin). It is taught that sins are to be kept to oneself to seek individual forgiveness from God. God forgives those who seek his forgiveness and commit to themselves not to repeat the sin, although some sins in which another person is victimized are not forgiven unless that person forgives you, so they should also be asked for forgiveness.
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... Main article Criticism of Islam Criticism of Islam has existed since Islam's formative stages ... from Christians, prior to the ninth century, many of whom viewed Islam as a radical Christian heresy ... Objects of criticism include the morality of the life of Muhammad, the last prophet of Islam, both in his public and personal life ...
... the first ruler of Melaka, Parameswara, to Islam was unclear so far with no evidence as to whether he had actually converted ... and that only the latter converted to Islam at the age 72 ... third ruler Muhammad Shah, that the ruling class and the subjects began accepting Islam ...
... The autobiography Ghazali wrote towards the end of his life, The Deliverance From Error (Al-munqidh min al-ḍalāl several English translations) is considered a work of major importance ... In it, Ghazali recounts how, once a crisis of epistemological skepticism was resolved by "a light which God Most High cast into my breast...the key to most knowledge," he studied and mastered the arguments of Kalam, Islamic philosophy and Ismailism ...
... Previously, the government had appointed Muzharul Islam as the center's architect, but Islam deferred, instead recommending Alvar Aalto or Le Corbusier ... When those architects were unavailable, Islam enlisted his former teacher Louis Kahn as the architect ... Throughout the project's design and construction, Islam assisted Kahn ...
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“The exact objectives of Islam Inc. are obscure. Needless to say everyone involved has a different angle, and they all intend to cross each other up somewhere along the line.”
—William Burroughs (b. 1914)
“During the first formative centuries of its existence, Christianity was separated from and indeed antagonistic to the state, with which it only later became involved. From the lifetime of its founder, Islam was the state, and the identity of religion and government is indelibly stamped on the memories and awareness of the faithful from their own sacred writings, history, and experience.”
—Bernard Lewis, U.S. Middle Eastern specialist. Islam and the West, ch. 8, Oxford University Press (1993)
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—Basil Bunting (19001985)