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Why Muslims Pray.

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Why Muslims Pray: According to Koran, the whole of a Muslim's life is meant for the praise, worship and submission to Allah. The framework of Muslim life and worship is what is known as the Five Pillars of Islam, Shahada or profession of faith, Salat or daily prayers, Zakat or almsgiving, Saum or Fast, and Hajj or pilgrimage to Mecca. If a devout Muslim follows Five Pillars this will lead him or her directly to the path of Heaven. How Muslims Pray: The Salat or daily prayer is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. A Muslim is supposed to pray Five times a day, at dawn, at noon, at mid afternoon, sunset and before midnight. A Muezzin or a holy man climb up to the Minaret of the Mosque and calls Muslims to pray in the Mosque at the prayer times. In a Mosque, the Muslims take off their shoes at the entrance and do Wadu (washing their hands, faces and feet). ...read more.


Each time a Muslim while praying follows a prescribed sequence of ritual movements and words known as the 'Rakath'. The number of Rakath he or she performs varies with each prayer session. At the end of the prayer or 'Namaz'as it is called, worshippers exchange words with those praying on either side of them, as words of peace be with you, that is the end of the prayer or 'Namaz'. The Muslims are seen as a worshippers community and formally attend collective prayers in a Mosque. Muslims are also expected to pray every Friday (Islamic holy day) in a Mosque. Devout Muslims also pray individually every day five times at prayer times whether they happen to be in offices, fields even on a train while travelling. Place Of Worship-Mosque The mosque is a place of worship for all Muslim community. The Mosques are richly decorated with symmetrical patterns but there no pictures of animals and humans, as they might distract the attention of people praying inside. ...read more.


Ans: It does not effect my daily routine, but I find it very hard to observe the right timings while at work. Q4) Do you read the Koran your holy book Ans: Yes I do read the Koran at weekends, especially in the month of Ramadan, when I am fasting. Q 5) What times do you pray? Ans: I try to pray at least two times a day, especially morning and at night. Q 6) Why do you pray? Ans: I pray for my satisfaction and my submission to God (Allah). This is the way of asking Allah (God) for my health, happiness and wealth and also forgiveness of my sins. Q 7) Is there is anything you have to wear or do? Ans: Sometimes I like to wear my traditional clothes to pray at home. Especially in Mosque I like to wear my traditional clothes and cover my head with a cap. Q 8) Do you like praying? Ans: Yes, I like praying, as I feel it brings me more closer to God and I feel inner peace and satisfaction, as I have obeyed all Allah's command. ...read more.

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