The Antichrist in Muhammad: Praying Never to Know Jesus as Lord
How do you preach the way of the Lord Jesus to a Muslim who, a minimum of seventeen times a day, prays not to know the way of the Lord Jesus?
This obligation, one of the "Five Pillars" or Sunni Islam and one of the "Ten Pillars" of Twelver Shi'i Islam, is called salat (singular salah). It constitutes the formal worship ritual in Islam. The informal prayer of a Muslim is called dua'a, and is not similarly regimented.
Each salah consists of a highly regimentalized prayer form composed of the repetition of units called raka'at (singular, rak'ah) which are a combination of postures and actions (standing, bowing, prostrating, and sitting), and prayers in Arabic. The prayer is preceded by obligatory highly-ritualized washing or ablutions, called wudu.
The minimal obligatory (fard) number of repetitions of the rak'ah for each of the five salah periods varies from two to four depending upon the time of the particular salah, so that ordinarily a minimum of seventeen fard or required raka'at are performed during a day. Other obligatory raka'at may be added depending on certain circumstances, including the season, with varying levels of obligatoriness (fard kifayah, sunnah kifayah, wajib). More raka'at are often performed voluntarily in imitation of Muhammad (sunnah mu'akkadah) or as an act of supererogation (nafl).
Although the combination of actions of words and even the number of salat are not provided for in the Qur'an (being found in the Sunnah and based upon the practices of Muhammad), they are certainly institutionalized as part of Islam.
For the purposes of this article, the details of the prayer regime are not as important as the central characteristic of each rak'ah. As part of each rak'ah, the Muslim prays the first, short chapter of the Qur'an, the al-Fatiha. It is known as the "Mother of the Book" (Umm ul-Kitab), "Mother of the Qur'an" (Umm ul-Qur'an), and "the Foundation" (al-Asas) because of its central role in Islam:
Bi-smi-llahi -r-raḥmani -r-raḥim
Al-hamdu -li-llahi rabbi -l-'alamin
Maliki yawmi -d-din
'Iyyaka na'budu wa-'iyyaka nasta'in
Ihdina -ṣ-ṣiraṭa -l-mustaqim
Sirata -l-ladina 'an'amta 'alayhim gayri-l-magdubi 'alayhim wa-la -d-dallin.
In the name of God, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
All praise and thanks is for to God, [The] Creator, Owner, Sustainer of the Worlds.
The Entirely Merciful, The Especially Merciful.
Owner of the Day of Recompense.
You alone do we worship and You alone we seek for help.
Guide us to the Straight Path.
The path of those whom Your blessings are upon, Not of those who You have cursed nor of those who have gone astray.
To the uninitiated Christian, the al-Fatiha seems innocuous, even praiseworthy. How many Christians do not pray in the name of God, give praise to God, invoke his mercy, recognize Him as judge, and seek for help to stay on the right path and avoid evil? Does this not seem something even a Christian could join?
To think that a Christian could pray the al-Fatiha is a huge mistake, however. There are certain precise meanings given to the terms "those You have cursed" ('alayhim gayri-l-magdubi), and "those who have gone astray" ('alayhim wa-la -d-dallin) with which those unfamiliar with Islam would be completely oblivious. The former refers to the Jews, and the latter to the Christians. So, for example, do the classic Sunni Qur'anic exegetical texts Tafsir al-Jalalayn and the Tafsir al-Miqbas min Tafsir Ibn 'Abbas interpret it.
Any reasonably-informed Muslim will know that he prays, at least seventeen times a day, that he never become a Jew or a Christian. He indoctrinates himself multiple times a day that Jews are cursed or the recipients of God's anger, and that Christians have "gone astray" by belief in the Blessed Trinity and the Incarnation of God in Jesus, and are therefore not to be followed.
The upshot is that a minimum of seventeen times a day, and oftentimes more, a Muslim will be praying that he will never know the Lord Jesus, "the Way, the Truth, of the Life," who is the only way to the Father. (John 14:6). As a result of the errant guidance of his or her supposed prophet, the ...
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