Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I PRAY BECAUSE......


Many questions have arisen since I converted to Islam. I've been asked many times, "Why do you pray 5 times a day?" , "Why do you pray so much?" , and " What does it do for you?"

Well firstly, not just me but Muslims pray 5 times a day (which is the bare minimum!)
It is MANDATORY and is part of the 5 pillars of Islam.
If you want to be Muslim, get ready to pray my friends!

Now here is something different about my blog, I will include two points of views.
Though I am not a non-Muslim anymore, I used to be one. Therefore, I had my stereotypes and curiosities just like everyone else. I will try to include, for the most part, the curiosities of a NON-Muslim and a Muslim point of view. That way we can all get a better understanding and have no room for misunderstandings :) InshAllah (God Willing).

Ok so lets get started shall we?

THE STEREOTYPE OF WHY MUSLIMS PRAY (this is what I USED to think)
- To be honest with you, I didn't think much of Islam and I had NO IDEA that women wearing hijabs were Muslim! Shame on me! I didn't even know they prayed 5 times a day and I had no clue what they prayed to or who they prayed to. At least some non-Muslims know they "kiss the ground 5 times a day", I didn't even know this! The word "Allah" I thought was one of the many gods like the Hindus have (ASTGHFURALLAH - Forgive me Allah). I also had no idea what the Qur'an was and what was inside.
As you can see, I was absolutely clueless and had no knowledge whatsoever of Islam.
sisters taking time from shopping to pray!

Now here is what I have learnt as a Muslim!

I, a MUSLIM PRAY BECAUSE:


I PRAY BECAUSE....
I worship one God and one God only, no other dieties and I also bare witness that Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) is the last messenger.

I PRAY BECAUSE...
When I need questions answered, I know I can always seek Allah for help.

I PRAY BECAUSE...
I was put on this earth by one Creator and ONE Creator only, that is Allah (God in Arabic), I submit to my Creator and Worship him and remembering Him 5 times a day, that if it were not for Him, I would not be alive on this earth today.

I PRAY BECAUSE....
I am thankful for my sight, my hearing, my tongue, my health, and my beauty. Who gave me all these things? Allah The Almighty. By showing my appreciation and being given the opportunity to thank Him, I pray to him and submit.

I PRAY BECAUSE...
I know the only One who knows how I truly feel, what I truly think, and what is truly in my heart, is Allah. The times I pray to Him, is my time to be closer to Him.

I PRAY BECAUSE....
 I seek refuge and forgiveness in Him. No church or priest or minister can wipe away my sins. No confession booth will make me a better person. I pray directly to Allah and Allah only, He is All Knowing, All Hearing, Most Merciful.

I PRAY BECAUSE....
It brings me peace and tranquility knowing that MY Creator and the Creator of the heavens and the earth is always with me and I put my trust in Him to keep me away from the bad and bring me closer to the good.

I PRAY BECAUSE...
Prostrating before Allah is the most beautiful form of submission. It is an act full of humility and humbleness. Remembering Allah in all the movements we are taught to worship Him with, make you feel peaceful and spiritually satisfied bringing you closer to your Creator.

I PRAY BECAUSE..
It is food for my heart, soul, and mind.


I PRAY BECAUSE...
It helps me stay grounded and focused when I come home from a day out in this temporary, distracted, corrupt world we live in. It reminds me that I am a slave to Allah, and not a slave to shaitan (the devil) and his ways (i.e. media, music, sinful acts)

I PRAY BECAUSE....

I know at the exact prescribed time, somewhere, everywhere, another Muslim is praying to Allah and remembering Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and how he tried so hard to unite the Ummah (community) to be ONE NATION.

JazakAllah Kheyr (May Allah reward you for your good deeds)
Khadijah'




4 comments:

  1. JazakAllah Khayr for this! :D

    Loved your list of why you pray-so true!
    And the pre-reversion POV was enlightening. It is surprising how Non-Muslims barely know anything about Islam-except what is sadly being portrayed these days on the media

    May Allah guide us all inshaAllah!

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  2. Thank you sister!
    the perception the West has of Muslims is a very ignorant one. If they only knew the beauty of Islam there would definitely be more Muslims in the world. That's why it is our job to learn our deen, practise Prophet's (saw)teachings and spread Islam!!!

    Please continue reading! Thank you :)

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  3. And, doing the shalat makes you healthy :). It has health benefits too!

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  4. mash'allah sister another very very interesting Piece!

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Assalamualaikum, please be mindful about what you are about to write. Think about it before writing and make sure it is something positive and beneficial, otherwise it will be deleted and ignored. JazakiAllah kheyr ! Sisters ONLY! xo