Namaz - Objections and Counterobjections

by jawaid ahmed,uk @, Friday, August 03, 2012, 08:51 (2508 days ago) @ Syed Ijlal Hussain

[we, Humans, do need to be reminded again and again. Quran itself is repetitive in most cases, and so are many self-help books I have read.]

You make a valid point and I agree that proper “programming” [for want of a better word] can produce decent, compassionate human beings. That is why it is important to read the Quran regularly in a language we understand so that it makes a positive contribution to developing our characters[even five times a day, but not the same verses!].

[Is it possible that some form of prayer or worship to keep open a direct connection with God was ordained but was later changed according to the whims and fancies of men (the Satanic forces within?)]

I have always disliked this so-called “connection” to God that the religious priests have said we can have by doing certain prayers, acts of worship, sacrifices etc. I also have no doubt that you are correct that man has always sought to change what Allah has prescribed for the benefit of mankind because it goes against the interests of the greedy, the power hungry, the “satanic” mindsets. As regards any form of worship ordained by Allah which was later changed, that is why we must use the Quran to judge what we and everyone else are doing with its light/guidance. The Quran does not give us any prayer rituals to perform so they are not required. Unfortunately it is so ingrained in the Muslim psyche that it is almost impossible to get them to accept this clear fact.

Righteousness is defined as an attribute that implies that a person's actions are justified, and can have the connotation that the person has been "judged" or "reckoned" as leading a life that is pleasing to God. It is mentioned in:-

28:83 That Home of the Hereafter We shall give to those who do not seek to exalt themselves on earth, nor do they seek corruption and disorder. And the Future belongs to those who seek to live upright [righteous lives].

I have not come across a verse that states that physical prayer rituals etc, namaz, will lead to righteousness. But I have found, as mentioned elsewhere, that the Quran defines this in the following:-

2:177 (One consequence of this schism is their pre-occupation with rituals, with each sect leaving the revelation aside and taking delight in its own set of dogmas they call religion. 30:32.)
RIGHTEOUSNESS and exponential development of the „self‟ depends not on whether you turn your faces to East or West. But RIGHTEOUSNESS is that:
One has conviction in God, And the Last Day, And the Angels, And the Book,
And the Prophets. And that he gives of his cherished wealth to: Family and relatives, Orphans, Widows, Those left helpless in the society, And those whose hard-earned income fails to meet their basic needs, Those whose running businesses have stalled, The ones who have lost their jobs, Whose life has stalled for any reason, The disabled, The needy wayfarer, son of the street, the homeless, the one who travels to you for assistance, Those who ask for help, and Those whose necks are burdened with any kind of bondage, oppression, crushing debts and extreme hardship of labor. (And righteous are) those who strive to establish the institution of Salaat, (2:3. 2:53) And help set up the Economic System of Zakaat. They are true to their pledge whenever they make one. And they remain steadfast in physical or emotional distress and in times of peril.
It is those who have proven themselves to be true, and it is those who are living upright.
[2:4, 3:91-92. Yateem, Miskeen, Ibn-is-Sabeel, Fir-Riqaab, carry all the meanings rendered above. Please also note that the Qur‟an has named above the well-known five “Articles of faith.” But belief in Taqdeer = Predetermined destiny, has been interjected in the fabricated Ajami accounts as the sixth article of faith by „Imams‟, making Muslims fatalistic in their thought and behavior. The Qur‟an nowhere mentions Taqdeer or the predestined fates of individuals. Qadar or Taqdeer always denote the law, the due measure of all things appointed by God. And man determines his own destiny by following or defying those laws]

In this list the establishment of Salat [always plural] is mentioned but this is not shown elsewhere in the Quran as being the namaz ritual. It means to use the Quran in every aspect of our lives, to judge according to its teachings, set up councils, governments, etc that are ruling according to His Book, which has to be closely followed. Obedience to Allah comes from obeying the Quran. When this is done, then humanity benefits, not just the selfish individual who wants to “save” them self by doing a form of personal worship.

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