Updated 2019 04 18
The number of the Pillars of Islam depends on which faction of Islam the Pillars relate to.
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Those are very real differences in the number of Pillars of Islam. The differences cause the ongoing tensions and strife between various factions of Islam. The most important difference is perhaps whether a given faction of Islam considers the obligation to include or exclude the Pillar of Islam that pertains to the importance of the Jihad. Here is a Wikipedia article that attempts to explain those differences: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Pillars_of_Islam
It is very important to consider the gravity of including or excluding the Islamic Jihad in the numbers of Pillars of Islam.
Jihad (English: /dʒɪˈhɑːd/; Arabic: جهاد jihād [dʒɪˈhaːd]) is an Arabic word which literally means striving or struggling, especially with a praiseworthy aim. In an Islamic context, it can refer to almost any effort to make personal and social life conform with God‘s guidance, such as struggle against one’s evil inclinations, religious proselytizing, or efforts toward the moral betterment of the ummah, though it is most frequently associated with war. In classical Islamic law, the term refers to armed struggle against unbelievers, while modernist Islamic scholars generally equate military jihad with defensive warfare.
Unfortunately, not all Muslims or Islamic factions are as enlightened as the editors at Wikipedia. The reality that stares the Wikipedia editors in the face and that they refuse to acknowledge is that, for very many Muslims, “classical Islamic law” is all the Islamic law there is.
Consider, if a faction of Islam subscribes to the Islamic Jihad and kills other Muslims because they ostensibly need to be killed according to the premises of the Islamic Jihad (some do that, obviously, just look at Muslims killing Muslims in the Middle East), then there is nothing for the members of a faction of Islam that subscribes to killing other Muslims (there is more than one faction that does) that will prevent them from wanting to kill anyone who is a Christian, a Jew, or who belongs to any other religion or holds no religion at all.
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