Muslims who keep the obligatory five prayers a day bow their foreheads to the floor 34 times each day. They repeat phrases like, “Praise be to Allah,” and “Allah is the greatest.”
The second pillar of Islam is prayer (Salat). Prayer, for Muslims, is experienced with the whole body and practised in the same prescribed manner all over the world.
In the Qu’ran, Muslims are encouraged to be steadfast in prayer (chapter 2, verse 43); to seek Allah’s help through prayer (2:45); to prepare properly (5:6); to be diligent in the obligatory prayers; and to have a devout attitude when approaching Allah (2:238). In 5:91, Muslims are warned that Satan will always want to distract them from prayer.
There are specific steps, instructions, and actions. It is another aspect of Muslim life that unifies hundreds of millions of people from thousands of different backgrounds. The pillar includes the ritual daily prayers (salat) as well as personal prayer (du’a).
Muslims perform salat five times a day: just before dawn, mid-day, just before the sun sets, after the sun sets, and at night. Other special prayers are associated with the two main annual Muslim holidays (Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha), rites of passage (birth, weddings, death), and when travelling, to name a few.
- As Muslims around the world continue to prostrate themselves each day, pray that they would encounter the one, true God – who alone hears and answers our prayers.
- Pray for the revelation that Jesus alone gives us confident access to God in prayer.
- Pray for Muslims as they pray.