Prayer Time

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1. Allah, the One and Only God 


A Muslim believes in ONE GOD, Supreme and Eternal, Infinite and Mighty, Merciful and Compassionate, Creator and Provider.  The Arabic word for God is Allah.  God has neither father nor mother, neither sons nor daughters.  None is equal to Him.  He is the Lord of all humankind, not of a special tribe or race.


God creates in humans the mind to understand, the soul and conscience to be good and righteous, the feelings and sentiments to be kind and humane. If we try to count His favors upon us we will not be able because they are innumerable.  In return for all His great favors and mercy, God does not need anything from us, because He is Needless and Independent.  God asks us to know Him, to love Him, and to worship none but Him for our benefit and our own good.



2. The Angels


Angels are purely spiritual and splendid beings created by God.  They require no food or drink or sleep.  They have neither physical desires nor material needs. Angels spend their time in the service of God.  Each is charged with a certain duty. Angels cannot be seen by the naked eyes.  Knowledge and the truth are not entirely confined to sensory knowledge or sensory perception alone.



3. Scriptures and Revelations


A Muslim believes in all of God's scriptures and revelations, as they were complete and in their original versions. God, the Creator, has not left humans without guidance for the conduct of their life.  Revelations were sent down to selected people, God's prophets and messengers, who conveyed the revealed message to their people, thus guiding humanity to the right path.


The message of all the prophet and messengers is the same: they all asked the people of their time to obey and worship God and none other.  Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus, and Muhammad (peace be upon them all) who were revealed their own book of God, were sent at different times to bring back straying human beings from deviation to the right course.


The Qur'an is the sacred book of the Muslims.  It is the last book of guidance from God, sent down to Muhammad, (peace be upon him), through the angel Gabriel.  It was revealed in stages over a period of 23 years in the Arabic language. It contains 114 Chapters and over 6000 verses.


The Qur'an deals with man and his ultimate goal in life.  Its teachings cover all areas of this life and the life after death.  It contains principles, doctrines, and directions for every sphere of human life.  The theme of the Qur'an broadly consists of three fundamental ideas: the Oneness of God, Prophethood, and life after death.  The success of human beings on this earth and in the life hereafter depends on obedience to the teachings of the Qur'an.


The Qur'an is unrivalled in its recording and preservation.  The astonishing fact about this book of God is that it has remained unchanged over the past fourteen hundred years.  No reputable scholar has questioned the fact that the Qur'an is today what it was at the time of revelation.  Muslims until today memorize the Qur'an word by word as a whole or in part.  Today, the Qur'an is the only authentic and complete book of God.  God is protecting it from being lost, corrupted, or concealed.



4. Messengers and Prophets of God



A Muslim believes in all the Messengers and Prophets of God without any discrimination.  All messengers were mortals, human beings, endowed with Divine revelations and appointed by God to teach humankind.  The Qur'an mentions the names of 25 messengers and prophets and states that there are others.  These include Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad (peace be upon them all).  Their message was one and the same as it came from One and the Same Source: their Lord.  That message was to submit to God (i.e. to become a Muslim).  



5. The Day of Judgment 


A Muslim believes in the Day of the Judgment.  This world as we know it will come to an end, and the dead will rise to stand for their final and fair trial.  On that day, all men and women from Adam to the last person will be resurrected from the state of death for judgment.  Everything we do, say, and intend is accurately recorded by Angels and we will be held accountable for those things on the Day of Judgment.  People with good records will be generously rewarded and warmly welcomed to Heaven.  People with bad records will be fairly punished and cast into Hell.  The real nature of Heaven and Hell are known to God only, but they are described by God in man's familiar terms in the Qur'an.


If some good deeds seem not to get full appreciation and credit in this life, they will receive full compensation on the Day of Judgment.  If sin, immorality, and negligence of God seem to go unaccounted for in this life, they will be punished according to God's absolute justice on the Day of Judgment.  The time of the Day of Judgment is known to God and God alone.



6. Fate and Predestination


A Muslim believes in Qadaa and Qadar (Fate and Predestination), which relate to the Ultimate Power of God.  Qadaa and Qadar refer to the Timeless Knowledge of God and His Power to plan and execute His Plans.  God is not indifferent to this world nor is He neutral to it.  The Islamic concept of Qadaa and Qadar implies that everything on this earth originates from the One and Only Creator who is also the Sustainer and the Sole Source of guidance.


God is Wise, Just, and Loving.  Everything He does has a good motive, although we may, at times, fail to fully understand it.  We should have strong faith in God and accept whatever He does because our knowledge is limited and our thinking is based on individual consideration, whereas His Knowledge is limitless and He plans on a universal basis.  Man should think, plan and make sound choices, but if things do not happen the way he wants, he should not lose faith and surrender himself to mental strains or shattering worries.






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