Ramadan Note 11

Muslims start their day by performing personal ablutions and then standing before their Lord in prayer. The prayers consist of recitations from the Qur’an in Arabic and a sequence of movements: standing, bowing, prostrating, and sitting. All recitations and movements express submission, humility, and homage to God. The various postures Muslims assume during their prayers capture the spirit of submission; the words remind them of their commitments to God. The prayer also reminds one of belief in the Day of Judgment and of the fact that one has to appear before his or her Creator and give an account of their entire life. This is how a Muslim starts their day. In the course of the day, Muslims dissociate themselves from their worldly engagements for a few moments and stand before God. This brings to mind once again the real purpose of life. As they prepare to pray, Muslims face Mecca, the holy city that houses the Kaaba (the ancient place of worship built by the Prophets Abraham and his son Ishmael (peace be upon them)).

At the end of the prayer, the testimony of faith is recited:

I bear witness that there is no God but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is his servant and Messenger

and the greeting of peace, ”

Peace be upon all of you and the mercy and blessings of God

is said to the angel on each shoulder.

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