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All Muslim men must gather each Sabbath at the mosque for noon prayer. ” Every Muslim is to give a certain portion of their income to the poor each year. This giving typically happens in the month of Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the year in the Islamic calendar. “Sawm” is the fourth pillar. It requires Muslims to fast, or not eat, during the month of Ramadan. During this time, Muslims are not allowed to eat or drink between dawn and dusk. The evening meal, called the “iftar,” is eaten after dusk.
38 A F G H A N I S TA N ’ S STRUGGLES WORLD IN CONFLICT: THE MIDDLE EAST 1988 The Soviet Union begins to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. 1989 All Soviet troops leave Afghanistan. 1996 Taliban gains power across Afghanistan. 1998 Taliban controls more than 85 percent of Afghanistan. Mullah Muhammad Omar rules from Kandahar. President Rabbani, though still recognized as the legitimate leader of the country, lives outside of Afghanistan. The country becomes a center of international terrorism and heroin production.
The Koran is the Muslim holy book. This book includes the five pillars, or laws, of Islam. The first pillar is called the “Shahadat” and declares Allah as the one and only God. It identifies Muhammad as God’s messenger. All Muslims promise that they will swear to this belief on Judgment Day. An Islamic Nation 31 WORLD IN CONFLICT: THE MIDDLE EAST The “Salat” is the second pillar. Muslims must pray five times throughout each day, alone or with a congregation in a mosque. A mosque is the Islamic place of worship.