Source: The Muslim Sunrise; the longest running Islamic magazine since 1921: Muslim Sunrise Fall 2018
Editorial by Mubasher Ahmad; Editor-in-Chief
Prayer is universal and it never ceases to bear its significance in our daily lives. All major world religions, including faith traditions that may be silent about God, do engage in earnest prayer in its numerous forms. On individual level, saints as well as sinners pray in diverse ways for differing reasons: Communication with the Divine, begging for the
fulfillment of desperate needs, removal of difficulties, asking forgiveness of sins, and seeking a living relationship with the Loving Creator – all these are attempted to be realized through prayer.
Historically speaking, Islam teaches that God Himself taught Adam and Eve how to pray and what to pray. Then, all the Prophets and Messengers of God incessantly prayed for themselves and their people: Prayers of Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Joseph, Moses, Job, Luqman, David, Solomon, Saleh, Yahya (John the Baptist) and Jesus (peace be on all of them) are well documented in the Holy Scriptures. Many prayers made by pious and spiritual women also recorded. The Holy Quran commands Prophet Muhammad (sa) to prayer constantly; and he did pray day and night. According to the Holy Quran, even angels do pray, and seek blessings of God for the betterment of individuals.
In this issue of the Muslim Sunrise, we have tried to cover various aspects on the theme of prayer. Why to pray? What are the etiquette of praying? How does prayer help healing? What is the relation between prayer and action? How closely are prayer and meditation related? What is the significance of prayer in many world religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism and Christianity? How Islam elevates the stature of prayer by placing a most comprehensive prayer – Al-Fateha – at the very beginning of the Holy Quran, and making it obligatory to pray each and every day? Many prayers of the Holy Quran and of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (as) are brought together in an extremely significant sermon of Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih V, Mirza Masroor Ahmad (aba).
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