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What is prayer?

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September 07, 2011 12:00PM

The act of making a reverent petition to God, a god, or another

object of worship. ______ Prayer is talking to God. If you believe

in God. It is just like talking to your Father. God wants you to go

to him with all concerns. There is no special way that you have to

pray; just say what you will. ______ The second pillar: salaah

(prayer) The Muslim believes that Allaah has enjoined upon every

sane adult Muslim five prayers each day and night, which he does in

a state of purity, standing before his Lord, every day in a state

of purity and humility, thanking his Lord for His blessings, asking

Him of His bounty, seeking His forgiveness for his sins, asking Him

for Paradise and seeking refuge in Him from Hell. The five

obligatory prayers which are required day and night are Fajr (early

morning, before dawn), Zuhr (mid-day, just after noon), 'Asr (mid

afternoon), Maghrib (just after sunset) and 'Ishaa' (at night,

after dark has fallen). There are also Sunnah prayers such as

Qiyaam al-Layl (prayer at night), Taraweeh prayers, two rak'ahs of

Duha prayer, etc. Prayer, whether it is fard or naafil, represents

a sincere turning towards Allaah alone in all one's affairs. Allaah

has commanded all the believers to guard strictly the observance of

the prayers, as He says (interpretation of the meaning): "Guard

strictly (five obligatory) As‑Salawaat (the prayers) especially the

middle Salaah (i.e. the best prayer ‑ 'Asr). And stand before

Allaah with obedience [and do not speak to others during the Salaah

(prayers)]"[al-Baqarah 2:238] _____ What is prayer? God can only

exist if people believe in him, in a form that, to them, is

tangible, understandable, trusted, and most important approachable.

"Your" God may have many visual forms both physically and in your

imagination. (The crucifixion cross, through to perhaps the Easter

Island effigies). He may appear to "answer your prayer" by doing

nothing thereby relying on you to solve the "issue in hand" using

and developing your given human assets. On the other hand, he may

impart, in your mind's eye and recalled memories, a path to take,

by placing into your mind knowledge you have, but are not using in

this instance to solve the reason for your prayer to ease your

problem. Don't be selfish in asking for help from your mind's

beliefs, just be willing to share them to help others. BUT, if you

were God, wouldn't you get a little disillusioned always being

asked for help? ...This appears to be the principle component of

most "prayers."


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