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Are You Missing a Prayer during Salat?

This blog post is directed toward my Muslim readers, primarily. I am saying this only to get you to think and not with malicious intent.

I have wondered what exactly it is that Muslims pray during their prayers. So, I went to a few Islamic websites and I read the prayers. It was interesting. The prayers seem to be very good prayers. (To calm the fears of fellow non-Muslims, they do not pray that God will help them kill more Jews and Christians. So, there is no need for Islamophobia whenever you see them pray.) There is one prayer that is prayed quite frequently. It is the Fatihah. This is the first chapter of the Koran. It is very short — only seven verses.

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.
All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds.
The Beneficent, the Merciful.
Master of the Day of Judgment.
Thee do we serve and Thee do we beseech for help.
Keep us on the right path.
The path of those upon whom Thou hast bestowed favors. Not (the path) of those upon whom Thy wrath is brought down, nor of those who go astray. (Koran 1:1-7, Shakir)

Jesus said:

And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one. (Matthew 6:7-13, NKJV)

In the Koran, it says:

The Messenger believeth in that which hath been revealed unto him from his Lord and (so do) believers. Each one believeth in Allah and His angels and His Scriptures and His messengers — we make no distinction between any of His Messengers — and they say: We hear, and we obey. (Grant us) Thy forgiveness, our Lord. Unto Thee is the journeying. (Koran 2:285, Pickthall)

The Koran says that we should obey Jesus.

And (I come) confirming that which was before Me of the Torah, and to make lawful some of that which was forbidden unto you. I come unto you with a sign from your Lord, so keep your duty to Allah and obey Me. (Koran 3:50, Pickthall)

When Jesus came with clear proofs (of Allah’s Sovereignty), He said: I have come unto you with wisdom, and to make plain some of that concerning which ye differ. So keep your duty to Allah, and obey Me. (Koran 43:63, Pickthall)

It also says that the Gospel is “a guidance to mankind” and in it is “guidance and light.” (Koran 3:3,4; 5:46) So, shouldn’t you be praying the prayer that Jesus told us to pray when you pray as well?

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