Is Namaaz Salaat?

by jawaid ahmed,uk @, Tuesday, July 10, 2012, 08:07 (2478 days ago) @ Zara

The problem we are faced with is interpreting the Quran with the knowledge we have. When we are faced with something that we have not been taught or made to believe, we naturally reject it; it goes against what we know so it cannot be right. Words have many meanings and when we add the metaphorical/idiomatic ones to this, we can end up with the diverse views you speak of.

How to overcome this? I base my understanding of the Quran on the many verses that use particular words and concepts. To restrict it to the meaning derived from one verse only adds to the problems. For example, the word sujood, you have said it means prostration and so it is part of what is performed during the namaz, but what happens to your understanding of this word when you read the following:-

16:49Walillahi YASJUDU ma fee alssamawati wama fee al-ardi min dabbatin waalmala-ikatu wahum la yastakbiroona

16:50Yakhafoona rabbahum min fawqihim wayafAAaloona ma yu/maroona

This is rendered by Y.Ali as obedience to Allah:-

16:49. And to Allah doth obeisance all that is in the heavens and on earth, whether moving (living) creatures or the angels: for none are arrogant (before their Lord).
16:50. They all revere their Lord, high above them, and they do all that they are commanded.

Obey Allah by following His commands. There can be no other explanation of this word other than this, as the physical prostration makes a mockery of the two verses. Hence, whenever we see this word elsewhere we should have in our minds “obedience” instead of putting our heads on the ground.

Please comment on this point as I have had no response to this from anyone else and you believe in:-

“The unity and brotherhood that the Quran insists upon and the collective duties it requires of the faithful must not be overlooked.”

Collective duties are clearly explained in the Quran and they do not mean bowing down with each.

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