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Prayer – Salat

Salat is obligatory upon every Muslim who is sane, mature and in the case of women who are free from menstruation and confinement related to child birth. In prayer, Salat, every muscle and bone of the body joins the soul and the mind in the worship of Allâh. The prayers are performed at dawn, mid-day, late-afternoon, sunset, and nightfall; reminding one of his duty to Allâh throughout the day. Salat should be offered in its due time, unless there is a reasonable excuse. Other obligatory prayers include the Friday congregational prayer, Eidprayers and the funeral prayer. Regular prayer helps prevent one from committing sins and gives one the opportunity to seek Allâh’s pardon for any misgivings that occur in the course of one’s daily activities.

"Recite what is sent of the Book by inspiration to thee, and establish regular Prayer: for Prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds; and remembrance of God is the greatest (thing in life) without doubt. And God knows the (deeds)that ye do. " [The Qurân Ch: 29 Al-Ankaboot, V: 45]

We're Forgiven

On A Day In The Knowledge from Above

I was just reading the Bible. As I read several passages, I ran into this one: "If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times" (Genesis 4:24). From the times I've read the Bible, this verse never really jumped out at me until today. In Matthew 18:21-22, Peter asks Jesus, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus' response was, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times". I never put these two verses together. It's quite intriguing how the first time it is mentioned, it talks about vengeance but the second time, it talks about forgiveness. But that's the Bible. The first time something comes up, it might be good, depending on the verse you're talking about, but the second time it is mentioned, it's even better. Think about God's solution for our sins (JESUS), for example. It's also interesting that it talks about forgiveness the second time since that's what Jesus came to do--take our sins so that if we repent ALL our sins are FORGIVEN.

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