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O. T H E " P I L L A R S OF I S LPosition AM " of word in list The next question (that of the second tradition) 1 is : What is Islam? The way to escape from Hell is no longer the centre of interest, but the question is : What are the characteristics of Islam and who are the true Muslims ? The course of history had made it clear that there were Muslims of many varieties, and that the observance of religious rites was not necessarily the sign of faith or conviction. The next tradition, therefore, seeks to state that there is a difference between faith and acceptance of the official religion ; that faith, though expressing itself in the performance of rites and duties, lies deeper than these, just as the roots of the tree are beneath the surface.
III. On the E "PILLARS Position of word TinHlist OF ISLAM" the Apostle who was the intermediary between Allah and the world. This state of things was still felt by a 'Iyac;l in his commentary on the tradition of the holy war : " The fact that the saving of life and person is based upon the confession of the unity of Allah, means that it is connected here with embracing the faith, and shows that the tradi tion has in view the Arabs who denied it, who were pagans and rejected the belief in the one God.
5 3· so F A I T H, WO R K S A N D WILL Muhammad was also a preacher and as such he had to deal with man and to influence him.