How can Salat be finished - 62:10??

by Quasim Hamdani, Chicago, Friday, June 01, 2012, 19:32 (2488 days ago) @ Ilyas Niazi

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You asked two questions:

Q1: "So I still have the same question which I am not finding any answer from you. In the way you understand 'salat', why is God asking us to finish it in 62:10?"

I am going to list verses 62:9 - 62:11 below.

62:9 O You who have chosen to be graced with belief! When the call for Salaat(carrying out Divine commands) is announced on the Day of the Congregation, hasten to the remembrance of God (through the Qur’an) and leave your commerce. That is for your own good if you use your knowledge to understand.

62:10 And when the commands have been understood, disperse freely in the land and seek to implement God’s bounty (His commands). And remember God (His laws) often so that you may prosper.

62:11 Yet when they see some bargain or entertainment, they rush to it, and leave you standing. Say, “What is with God is better than all entertainment and all bargain. God is the Best of providers.”

In these verses Allah is asking us to drop everything and attend the gathering of Salaat when it is scheduled or announced. We are told to stay for the duration of the proceedings of Salaat. The Salaat program will include education, information, and guidance for all to take with at the conclusion of the Salaat program. And as people disperse at the end of the Salaat gathering, they are encouraged to implement Allah's commands at every opportunity and to remember Allah often. It is strongly discouraged to leave the Salaat gathering to pursue bargain hunting and entertainment. In 62:10 people are asked to disperse at the end of the Salaat gathering, however a momin never stops learning and helping the humanity.


Q2: "If you understand this as a congregation to discuss the Quran, then messengers before Muhammad (SA) did NOT have the Quran and did NOT come to congregate and discuss the Quran. So how to you resolve the problem with your definition?"

Every messenger came with a message - that is why they are called messengers. We also know that the message given to each messenger is the same, barring specific variations for the time period in question. Practices of Salaat, Zakaat, Saum, and Hajj had existed prior to the prophet. The language and the forms were different, but they served the same purpose as they did during the time of the prophet. Torat and Injeel are the two books mentioned in the Quran - these are predecessors of the Quran.


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