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Shahadah (Faith)
Salah (Prayers)
Sawm (Fasting)
Zakah (Charity)
Hajj (Pilgrimage to the Ka'bah)
Questions you asked
Shahadah (Faith)
What are the five pillars of Islam? 
Shahadah (Faith), Salah (Prayers), Sawm (Fasting), Zakah (Poor Due Charity) Hajj (Pilgrimage to the Kabah)

2. Is there any specific way of declaring ones faith as a Muslim?
  Yes, by saying and firmly believing in the Shahadatayn (The two Declarations)
3. What is the fundamental belief of Muslims?
  Besides Allah (God), there is no one worthy of worship and Muhammad S is His last Rasul (Messenger)
4. What are the Shahadatayn (The two Declarations)?

La Ilaha Illal-lah Muhammadur-Rasul-(A)lla

5. What do the Shahadatayn (The two Declarations), La Ilaha Il-lal-lah Muham-madur-Rasul-(A)llah, mean?
  There is no one worthy of worship but Allah (God) and Muhammad S is His Rasul (Messenger)

6. What if someone has faith in certain things but cannot say it publicly because of various compulsions?

It means that the person does not completely understand or fully believe in it

7. Is Islam the true religion of Allah (God)?

True, Allah had sent His Message to mankind many times but each time people changed it for their own benefits. Islam is His Final Message which would not changed

8. Can anyone be forced to follow Islam?

No, forcing any one into Islam is forbidden in Islam

There is no compulsion in religion. Verily, the Right Path has become distinct from the wrong path. Whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah, then he has grasped the most trustworthy handhold that will never break. And Allah is All-Hearer, All-Knower.
Surah (Chapter) Al Baqarah (The Cow) Qur-an 2:256
9. Did Islam spread by sword?

No, this is a serious lie against Islam to defame it

10. How can we prove that Islam did not spread by force?

Muhammad S did not force any of the early Muslims to accept Islam; on the contrary, they were tortured for accepting Islam

11. How did the people of Yathrib (Madinah), the first city under Islamic rule, accept Islam?

They accepted Islam through the power and truth of Islamic belief

12. Did Muslims conquer Makkah by using force?

No, Muhammad S and his Sahabah (Companions) did not use any force even against their worst enemies during or after the conquest of Makkah

13. Does Shahadah (Faith) mean, believing only in the Shahadatayn (The two Declarations)?
  No, there are six components to it the basic Shahadah (Faith)

14. What are the six components one has to firmly believe in as a part of Shahadah (Faith)?

1. In All Sifat (Attributes) of Allah (God)
2. Books of Allah (God)
3. All of Allahs Rusul (Messengers) with a belief that Muhammad S was His last Rasul (Messenger)
4. Qadr (Destiny)
5. Mala"ikah (Angels)
6. Akhirah (Life after Death)