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Friday, January 30, 2009

Weekly Wisdom - 1/30

Prayer in Al-Islam is never to be neglected under any circum­stances. It sometimes seems hard to be consistent in prayer when one is faced with exceptional hardships or challenges. However, it is exactly during these times that the spiritual insight and reas­surance which come from prayer are most beneficial. During the lifetime of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), and up until this day, the followers of Al-Islam have been instructed to continue their obser­vance of prayer without any exception, even when facing their enemies in battle.

In the Holy Qur'an Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is told:

"When you travel through the earth, there is no blame on you if you shorten your prayer if you fear the unbeliev­ers may attack you, for the unbelievers are unto you open enemies. When you [O Prophet] are with them and stand to lead them in prayer, let one party of them stand up [in prayer] with you, taking their arms with them. When they finish their prostrations, let them take their position in the rear and let the other party come up which has not yet prayed. And let them pray with you taking all precau­tions, bearing arms. ..but when you are free from danger, establish regular prayers, for such prayers are enjoined on believers at stated

From Prayer in Al-Islam - Imam W. D. Mohammed


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