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Prayer in Islam

Prayer in Islam

Muslims often pray five times a day at specific times while facing the direction of Mecca. Muslim prayer is rather formal and ritualistic, like early Christian or Jewish prayer. Despite the formal nature of prayer, these times of prayer can often be very personal and meaningful. Muslim prayer is characterized by rules of respect and attitudes of politeness toward Allah*.

*Note: All Arab speakers use the word Allah for God – whether Christian or Muslim, despite differing beliefs.

“Praying correctly and at the appropriate time is one of the greatest indications of (Muslim) faith and a great sign of true religion”. Prayer is to be done with heart and body cleanliness, with cleanness of clothing and in a ceremonially clean place. The washing of the hands, nose, face, forearms, ears, and feet in preparation for Muslim prayer is important.

The Language of Prayer

Muslims place very strong emphasis on the exact postures and the words of their prayers (which are always in Arabic). Almost all Muslim prayer is concerned with reciting specific phrases from memory. In the course of the five regular prayer times a Muslim will prostrate himself before Allah a total of 34 times and he will repeat the following phrases:

“Allah is greater”
“Praised be my mighty Lord”
“Allah hears the one who praises him”

He will also recite the “Al-Fatiha” or another text from the Qur’an 17 times, the “Shadada” (Islamic creed), and the greeting of peace to all Muslims.

Answered Prayers

Muslims can make requests to God privately after they finish their ritual prayers. However, this is not done as often as Christians typically make requests. Muslims do not believe that God binds himself to his people through covenants. This is a key concept for understanding their attitudes toward answers to prayer and their lack assurance of God’s steadfast love towards them. In addition, because of the fatalism of Islam, Muslims generally have little faith that their requests will alter their circumstances. They generally believe that Allah’s desires (for good or ill) will always be done despite their activities or requests. Trusting in God for specific responses to prayer in the Christian sense is not practised among Muslims. This is a huge difference between Muslim and Christian religious experience.

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When Christians speak of prayer they mean direct two-way communication with God. Muslims never expect God to speak back to them directly at any moment and certainly not during prayer. The vast majority of Muslims will say that God only speaks through the Qur’an. Even Mohammed is said only to have heard from God indirectly through an angel. Christian prayer, on the other hand, is a combination of requests, thanksgiving and praise. The Bible says that we should “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and bless (praise) his name” (Psalm 100:4).

Prayer Ideas

  • Muslims need to come to know the Christ of Christian prayer. Pray that Muslims would come to believe that God Himself wants to communicate directly with them. Pray this specifically for any Muslims that you may know personally. Pray for the Muslims in your city, region and nation.
  • Pray for newly-converted Muslims, that they may develop real confidence in God as one who keeps His covenants, makes promises and who hears and answers prayer.
  • Christians need to share their prayer experience with Muslims in humility. Pray that God will give us wisdom when describing our Christian prayer experience so that God would be glorified and Muslims could understand Him better.

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  1. Um…what are you talking about? We DO make specific prayers to God, asking for forgiveness and help in our lives. We simply do it after we are done with the mandatory prayers to God. By postrating we completely humble ourselves before God, much like how Jesus, alayhi’ salaam, and the Old Testament prophets did.

  2. The reason that men and women are separated is because when we prostrate on the floor, it raises one’s buttocks. If this happened to a woman during prayer, she could be harmed if a man were watching her. So to prevent women from being harmed and men from being sexually stimulated, we make sure men and women pray in separate rooms.

  3. Salaam Alaykum.

    Thank you for asking this question. Women have the same obligations as men which are different in a few cases in order to lighten their burdens. For example, during prayer, men keep their hands close to their navels. Women are to make sure their breasts cannot be seen. There are clothing requirements for both men and women. Women, according to the Qur’an must cover their hair and must wear loose fitting clothing to make sure their private parts cannot be seen. While there are no Qur’anic verses or ahadith calling for complete covering (such as burqa or niqab) some women do it anyway. Men are to keep beards, keep their hair covered, make sure their private parts cannot be seen, and wear pants that begin and the navel and end at the ankles. Fasting during Ramadan is not required from pregnant women -they can fast after having given birth to their children. According to the ahadith, a Muslim is to be devoted first to his mother, then to his father. In fact, Muhammad, peace be upon him, once said that “paradise is at the mother’s feet”. You can learn more about the Islamic view of women and how Muslim women are to practice their religion in Surah al Nisa (Chapter 4 of the Qur’an, which you can find on many Islamic websites, simply by googling). I hoped this helped.

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