How can Salat be finished - 62:10??

by Laurie Hamdani @, Chicago, Monday, June 04, 2012, 13:02 (2484 days ago) @ Ilyas Niazi

Dear Brother Ilyas,

Clearly Quasim has not decided anything for anyone else or “shut off the debate” as evidenced by the fact that posts on this thread continue. He has posted his own view.

2:139 Say (to the People of the Book), “Do you argue with us concerning God? But He is our Lord as well as your Lord. We are responsible for our deeds and you are responsible for your deeds. And to Him alone we are devoted.”

You have repeatedly stated that you “are not being rude to anyone”. Perhaps you feel others here have been rude to you? I feel everyone has been commenting in a respectful way. However, in some of your posts you have chastised others for providing lengthy answers to your questions. Please respectfully consider that when one has taken the time to prepare detailed responses it could perhaps be construed as rude or flippant when such responses are quickly dismissed as searching for needles in haystacks or as inappropriately long answers to “simple questions”. Note that I am not speaking on behalf of anyone here as each is capable of defending themselves.

As for your question “Where does the Quran say that salaat = Following in the steps of Allah so as to achieve as good a character as possible????”, the entirety of Quran is imploring mankind to use our free will to choose to follow closely God’s guidance as it has been laid out in the Quran. At a personal level this requires us to use our intellectual capacities to our best ability and to nurture aspects of our character which allow us to emulate the many attributes of God as best we can in within our human limitations.

2:153 O You who have chosen to be graced with belief! Seek help by patiently following the Divine Commands. Certainly, God is with the steadfast.
[Salaat = Following God’s commands closely 2:3. Wa in the middle of this verse merges with Salaat as indicated by ‘God being with the steadfast’, without mentioning Salaat in the end]

I ask you what your current understanding of Salat is. You seem to be searching for answers, and I encourage you to continue to do so. After all, we are all students along the path. However, one must keep an open mind when presented with information which is different or perhaps at odds with one’s current understanding.

Thank you.

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Salaam and thank you.


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