PRAYER SERVICE: Prayer In Islam
By Messenger Elijah Muhammad
Message To The Blackman in America, pages 135, 136); 1965
“Surely prayer keeps [one] away from indecency and evil; and certainly
the remembrance of Allah is the greatest [force] and Allah knows what you
do” (Holy Qur’an 29-45)
Surely the best way to strive to be upright in a sinful world is to pray
continuously to the One True God, whose proper name is Allah, for
As we are generally sinful and easily yield to temptations, it is
only fitting to keep up prayer.
Allah, the One True God, has blessed us with the universe. A sun to
shine and brighten up the heavens, giving light for us to see; warmth
enabling us to live, and causing vegetation to grow and all life to
exist. We reside on the planet through His will, so why should we not
pray and continuously thank Him for this privilege?
He it is who created the atmosphere for us to breathe. He it is who
created all good vegetation for us to eat, plus the fowl and other
animals which we partake of daily. He it is who created the beautiful
atmosphere in which we live, and which we, with our own hands, mutilate
and destroy for lack of proper guidance.
We cannot improve upon the nature in which Allah (God) has created
all beautiful things, yet we try. So let us realize the power of Allah,
that without Him we cannot exist, and make obeisance to Allah through our
prayers to Him.
Prayer is obligatory in Islam (the true religion). “And remember
Allah’s favor upon you and the covenant which He made you, when you said,
“We hear and we obey,” and fear Allah. Surely Allah knows well what is in
“O ye who believe! Be steadfast in the cause of Allah, bearing
witness in equity; and let not a people’s enmity incite you to act
otherwise than with justice,” says the Holy Qur-an. Be always just; that
is nearer righteousness. And fear Allah. Surely Allah is aware of what
Allah has promised those who believe and do good deeds that they shall
have forgiveness and a great reward (Holy Qur-an 8:10).
We owe our very lives to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds. Why should
we not thank Him? Our every good thought we owe to Allah, the beneficent,
the merciful and grants us pardon and oftentimes we drift back again to
some other flaw. For this we must turn to Him again, asking to be
forgiven. Surely Allah knows what is in our hearts, and what is more, He
He it is who is the All Perfect One, who knows our imperfection and
pardons most through His Messenger. Remember: And the best way for
remembrance of Allah (God) is through prayer.
The five prayers of the day are spiritual refreshments and he who
cleanses himself in and out leaves no filthiness. It would be an insult
to invite His Lord’s holy spirit into a house the outside of which is
Why should we pray five times a day to our Maker since we feed our
bodies three times a day? What is so important that would keep us away
from prayer to the Originator of the heavens and the earth?
Let us give praises to our God and submit ourselves to the Lord of the
worlds and learn how to pray the right prayers in the right manner. Let
us serve the One True God, whose proper name is Allah, in the right state.
“My Lord, make me to keep up prayer, and my offspring too. Our Lord,
accept the prayer. Our Lord, grant Thy protection to me and my parents
and to the faithful of the day when the reckoning will be taken. (The
prayer of the Muslims will get you an answer!)