Islamic prayer guide step by step for the beginner. English translation and Arabic English transliteration included.
All muslims take after the Prophet of Islam Prophet Mohamed (pbuh). Prophet Mohamed (pbuh) taught all muslims how to pray. Looking into things even further we see that this style of prayer is even older.
Many early Christians prayed in the Muslim style. Jesus (pbuh) was reported to have prayed in this way Going on a little farther, he fell on his face and prayed,
"Going on a little farther, he fell on his face and prayed" -Matthew 26:39 Thus it can be said that Jesus was the first Prophet recorded to pray in the muslim style.
The story of the Night Joruney was when Prophet Mohamed (pbuh) visited heaven, met the Prophets, and Allah. Allah tells Prophet Mohamed (pbuh) that each Muslim should pray 50 times a day. Prophet Mohamed (pbuh) meets Moses (pbuh) on the way back and Moses (pbuh), in his very outspoken style, tells him that the number is far too high for his followers. Prophet Mohamed (pbuh) goes back to Allah and asks for mercy. Allah tells him ten prayers. Prophet Mohamed (pbuh) told Moses (pbuh) but Moses (pbuh) said it was still to much. Prophet Mohamed (pbuh) then returned to Allah and Allah cut it to five. This was still to much for Moses (pbuh) but Prophet Mohamed (pbuh) was too embrassed to ask Allah yet again, thus we have 5 prayers a day.
Salah is performed five times a day at set times. These times change with the seasons and are different for each city in the world. Please refer to this city prayer time guide to find the right times for your city.
Also called the abolution, wadu is the ritual of cleaning ones self before prayer. Wadu must be performed before each prayer. If you sleep or pass gas you lose your wadu and must do it again, otherwise it is possible to be in a state of wadu inbetween prayers and not have to repeat it.
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