Pray 5 times a Day While Thinking About……

I realize I’ve neglected to post this, but have made reference to it. So, for your edification…..

I read a letter to Atlas written by an ex-muslim – it was eight pages long! A lot of valuable information contained therein. I was very interested in what the writer had to say about the daily prayers:

Everybody probably knows that muslims have 5 obligatory prayers each day. Each prayer has a set number of rak’at

ie: standing up, bowing down [mod: that would be with face on floor, i.e., “downward-grovelling-dog”], sitting [back on one’s haunches], bowing [again, “grovelling-dog”] and then standing up again —

so that in total there are 17 rak’at (2+4+4+3+4) minimum in a muslim’s day — yet, with extra supererogatory prayers, the number of rak’at goes easily up to a 100 per day.

[Bold, italic opinions, minor spelling errors corrected, and paragraphing, by mod – for clarity]

So, let’s see…. doing mild calisthenics while meditating on prayers… sounds like a pretty good description of Yoga. It’s why Christians frequently protest the teaching of yoga in schools, because there’s a very fine line between meditation and prayer, and not all teachers are able to keep it secular.

So, we have muslims doing islamic yoga, thinking about…..?

In each rak’ah, during the prayer, the muslims recite Surat al-Fatihah, the opening chapter of the Qur’an. The text of this surah embodies the mindset of the muslim and it is a self-reminder of the meaning of life and the conduct he/she should follow in this life.

So, let’s have a look at the text of surah al-Fatihah:

(1) Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds,
(2) The Beneficent, the Merciful,
(3) Master of the day of Requital.
(4) Thee do we serve and Thee do we beseech for help.
(5) Guide us on the right path,
(6) The path of those upon whom Thou hast bestowed favours,
(7) Not those upon whom wrath is brought down, nor those who go astray.

Now, the letter-writer goes into detail about the meaning of those 7 phrases. I will spare you the prose (you can read it in the letter yourself if you so choose), and simply boil it down to a comparison here:

.             What They Say:                                                                     What they Think About:

(1) Praise be to Allah, the Lord of the worlds,

*                                                                       [  … Allah god-greatness… not Heaven, btw…!]

(2) The Beneficent, the Merciful,

*   [… good to all (Beneficient), even more good to (muslim!) believers (Merciful)]

(3) Master of the day of Requital.

*    […. Day of Judgment, which, as you will see, revolves around Hell, not Heaven]

(4) Thee do we serve and Thee do we beseech for help.

*                                                                                                                        [     … We servants ask]

(5) Guide us on the right path,

*                       [… on Judgement Day, take us across the muslim bridge across Hell]

(6) The path of those upon whom Thou hast bestowed favours,

*                                                         [… the bridge that’s only for muslims, across Hell]

(7) Not those upon whom wrath is brought down, nor those who go astray.

*      [… NOT the way destined for Jews, and Christians, who will go in to Hell]

Now, I ask you…. who is the Master of Hell? That’s who they’re praying to…. they call it Allah.

Now – go clean your brain out of every image this post has brought to your mind, and go have a good day, instead!  : )

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