Takbir and al-Fatihah

Woe to those who pray, but are unmindful of their prayer,
or who pray only to be seen by people.
~ Qur’an 107:4-6

Prayer is one of the central elements of Islamic practice and worship. It is the second of the Five Pillars of Islam. Salat is the obligatory Muslim prayers, to be performed five times a day by adult Muslims. The observance of Salat forms the framework of each Muslim’s day, from the pre-dawn morning prayer to the night prayer that precedes sleep. The content of prayer is glorification of God, recitations of the Qur’an, and blessings on the Prophet. Salat concludes with the taslima (greeting), “Peace be upon you,” even when praying alone. Individual devotional prayers, though not obligatory, are encouraged, especially during the night.

Allahu AkbarAllahu Akbar
God is Greatist.
The Surat Al-Fatihah in ArabicBismillāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm
Al ḥamdu lillāhi rabbi l-ʿālamī
Ar raḥmāni r-raḥīm
Māliki yawmi d-dīn
Iyyāka naʿbudu wa iyyāka nastaʿīn
Ihdinā ṣ-ṣirāṭa al-mustaqīm
Ṣirāṭa al-laḏīna anʿamta ʿalayhim ġayri

In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
All praise is due to God, the Lord of the Worlds.
The Merciful, The Compassionate.
Master of the Day of Judgement.
You alone do we worship and You alone
we seek for help.
Guide us to the Straight Path.
l-maġḍūbi ʿalayhim walā ḍ-ḍāllīn
The path of those upon whom You have bestowed
Your blessings, those whose portion is not wrath,
nor of those who have gone astray.

This Week’s Affirmation:

“We are all related.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

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