Is Namaaz Salaat?

by Zara, London (UK), Saturday, June 16, 2012, 18:15 (2556 days ago) @ Quasim Hamdani


"The Quran also emphasizes to remember Allah much - sitting, standing, lying down - regardless of a particular form."

This verse you mention(4.103) is linked to the previous verses (4.101 /102) where the prophet was told how to lead prayers when he and his followers were in danger. They were told not to put down their arms in this situation and that it was not a sin on them to shorten the prayer if they were in danger.
It then proceeds to say:

'Then when you have finished the prayer, remember Allah standing and sitting and reclining; but when you are secure (from danger) keep up prayer; surely prayer is a timed ordinance for the believers.'

So after the danger passes, they are required to perform prayers in the normal way.

"Muslims have elevated the rituals of praying and fasting, primarily to gain personal salvation with Allah, at the expense of neglecting the primary injunctions of serving humanity."

Of course this is clearly wrong because the Quran states that we must serve God and humanity to gain salvation. They both go hand in hand and in my opinion have equal importance.

"We, on this forum, believe that the primary function of Salaat is to come together as community or a nation to serve humanity. It is incumbent on the individuals and the Salaat gathering to remember Allah much. How this is done is left up to each community to decide."

The main difference I have is that in my opinion I would say that 'the primary function of Salaat is to come together as community or a nation to serve/worship God.'

I believe that it is a duty on us to serve humanity but that this is mentioned elsewhere but not under the remit of 'salaat'

"Allah will listen to our prayers irrespective of the forms we affect.

I agree with this but do find from within the Quran that there is a congregational aspect to prayer with a need to fulfill some basic requirements.

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