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Islamic Formal Prayer (Salah) Explained

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Islamic Formal Prayer (Salah) Explained

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"And establish prayers for My remembrance [i.e. to remember God]."

[Qur’an, 20:14]



What is Islamic Formal Prayer?


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Formal Islamic Prayer is called Salah in Arabic, and it differs from casual supplication. Salah is a structured act of worship with rites in regard to time of performance, physical positions, and verbal utterances. Salah is an essential obligation for every Muslim adult, man or woman. Children are encouraged to start praying Salah as early as seven years old, and are mandated to pray at age ten.



What is the Significance of Islamic Formal Prayer?




Salah is an integral and cherished activity in Muslim life. In fact, Salah is the second pillar of the religion of Islam, a religion whose followers recently reached the status of the world’s second largest religious population. Since there is no counterpart to the Islamic Pillars in Christianity or Judaism, it is sometimes difficult for mainstream Westerners to grasp the significance of the Salah. To understand the importance of the Salah and other “Pillars of Islam” in the religion, imagine a post-and-lintel structure. The overstretching lintel is heavy, so heavy that it requires five posts or pillars. The lintel is Islam, and the posts are the Five Pillars of Islam (which include Testimony, Prayer, Fasting, Charity, and Pilgrimage). Without Prayer, or Salah, a person’s Muslim identity is doubtful. A Muslim is not enacting the faith he or she proclaims unless Salah is a part of his/her daily life.



How is Islamic Formal Prayer Performed?



The Islamic prayer, or Salah, is a constellation of praise, glorification, submission, and supplication to One Almighty God. There is no intercessor, no middleman or idol. Prayer is a direct connection to God that transcends worldly circumstances and therefore serves as an emotional release from the everyday labors of life. Muslims pray wherever and whenever the Prayer comes (at fixed times, five times a day). We pray regardless of the day of the week, month of the year, or stage of our lives. Prayer is therefore a constant, throughout the Muslim’s adult life.



It’s not necessary to pray on a personal carpet like those so often shown in movies portraying Muslim characters, but the place of Prayer should be clean. Ablution (washing hands, arms, face and feet) beforehand ensures bodily cleanliness. As we choose our Prayer spot and wash up, we anticipate the meeting we are about to have, a meeting with our Creator. We have to be calm, present-minded, and humble. Then we face Makkah (not necessarily East), and perform the Salah.



Salah contains verbal and physical components, all of which engage our hearts, directing our attention and devotion to God above. We ask for forgiveness, glorify God, thank Him, acknowledge our weaknesses and His strength and perfection, and reaffirm our identity as His worshippers. Then we proclaim peace to the right and peace to the left of us (where unseen angels stand and pray adjacent to us), and the Prayer is over. We go on with our day until the next Prayer is due.



The entire process of ablution and Formal Prayer generally requires around ten minutes to complete. Yet in that brief period, our hearts are uplifted, our souls are cleansed, and our real life—the life of the hereafter—is promised.



Where Did Islamic Formal Prayer Originate?



Muslims today—the followers of the fifth century prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon him)—are not the first to perform Salah. Rather, Salah is a ritual inherited from earlier generations of believers. Like most of the tenets and practices of Islam, the tradition of Salah was practiced by Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael, Moses, Jesus and other major prophets of God. For example, although modern Judeo-Christian groups do not pray Salah as Muslims do, Jesus is described in the Bible as prostrating during Prayer (just as Muslims do) in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mathew 26:39).



Salah was obligated upon the Muslims during the Makkan phase of the revelation of the religion (approximately 620 CE), closely following the death of the Prophet Muhammad’s most beloved wife Khadijah and his uncle Abu Talib, who raised him during his middle and late childhood. Scholarly commentators on the event, relate how this timing shows how God supports and comforts His worshippers through Salah in times of loss and sorrow.



The commandment of Salah was revealed in a special way compared to other commandments in Islam. Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was transported by Archangel Gabriel to the highest place in heaven, where God Himself ordered the Formal prayer, Salah, with no intercessory angel-messenger. This exceptionally intimate and lofty way of commanding the injunction of Salah demonstrates the importance of Prayer as an intimate and spiritually uplifting connection to God. In fact, the event of its revelation is called “The Ascension”.



How Does Islamic Formal Prayer Benefit the Believer?



Muslims who adhere to Salah derive many spiritual and practical benefits from it. Firstly, Salah is the basis of our connection to God because the purpose of human life is to worship God. As mentioned above, it also serves as a release from worries and stress encountered in everyday life. By connecting the worshipper with his/her Lord, Salah ers a sort of transcendence above worldly affairs, an emotional support, and a source of spiritual pleasure.



Salah is also a purification of the soul. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) likened Salah to a river in which the person bathes five times daily so that no dirt remains (Hadith recorded in Bukhari and Muslim).



Besides cleansing one’s soul from past sins and mistakes, shielding from punishment and so forth, Salah also prevents future sins. Remembering God at fixed times every day means that sinful activities or activities that lead to sinfulness are frequently interrupted by the positive spiritual recharge of Salah. Performing the Formal Prayer as it is prescribed also helps develop the person’s self-discipline, which is perhaps the most essential ingredient to upright behavior after moral judgment.



By praying the Salah as prescribed, the believer pleases his/her Lord and becomes successful in the struggle to enter paradise. The Qur’an says, “Successful indeed are the believers: Those who er their prayers with humility and attentiveness” (Qur’an, 23:1-2).
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إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا
ومن يتق الله يجعل له مخرجاً، ويرزقه من حيث لا يحتسب
(رَبَّنَا آتِنَا فِي الدُّنْيَا حَسَنَةً وَفِي الآخِرَةِ حَسَنَةً وَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ)
قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم :" أكثروا من الصلاة علي يوم الجمعة وليلة الجمعة فإن صلاتكم معروضة علي"
ألَمْ تَـرَ أنَّ الحــقَّ أبــلَـجُ لاَئـحُ
وأنّ لحاجاتِ النّفوسِ جَـوايِـحُ
إذَا المرْء لَمْ يَكْفُفْ عَنِ النَّاسِ شَرَّهُ
فلَيسَ لهُ,ما عاشَ، منهم مُصالحُ !!
إذَا كفَّ عَـبْدُ اللهِ عمَّا يضرُّهُ
وأكثرَ ذِكْرَ الله، فالعَبْـدُ صالحُ
إذا المرءُ لمْ يمدَحْهُ حُسْنُ فِعَالِهِ
فلَيسَ لهُ، والحَمدُ لله، مادِحُ !!!

 

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قديم 27-04-2010, 04:20 PM   #2
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Thank you very much
your topic is very Important

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