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SIMPLE TRUTH ISLAM

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50 QUESTIONS ABOUT SALAT


By Akhtar Shirazi

QUESTION 34 TO 40

34. The verse 2:115 pinpoints the fact, there is no need to face a particular direction or towards Kabah to please Allah, because he is anywhere and everywhere simultaneously. The code of Allah is neither restricted to a particular direction nor confined to a specific place. You will find His laws working simultaneously both in the east and the west, and these originate with the One, Who transcends the limitations of time and space. Therefore, you the companions of Mohammad, who are striving hard for the establishment of a peaceful society, whenever or wherever you will start your struggle, you shall find all paths ultimately lead to Him. Certainly, this statement comes from Allah, who is vastness personified, coupled with infinite knowledge, and wisdom. Since facing the Kabah during the five sessions of Zoroastrian supplications [a ritual lacking Qurans endorsement] is not mandatory; why the Muslims keep on worshipring with their faces turned towars the Kabah?

35. The phony literature comprising of Ahadith and Sunnah states, the only way of remembering God is to do five sessions of prayers everyday. In addition, every new supplication deletes the sins committed during the time lapse of last and the current prayer. Whereas, the Quran declares, properly enforcing laws of Allah gives you a break from all sorts of rituals and keeps you away from the commission of sins. [7:205] Always enforce laws of Allah; obey those with humility, of your own free will, and with all your heart.

36. Shah Walli Ullah writes in his book entitled, Hujja-tullahAlbalagha, in the beginning there were only three praying sessions per day, but latter on these were extended up to five. Who was responsible for this increment, when, where, and why?

37. The literature comprising of Ahadith and Sunnah emphatically claims, If one does the supplication only once at the time of Hajj or during the month of fasting, one shall get blessings or reward equivalent to millions of prayers. The Quran, however, presents an entirely different viewpoint, which is as under: [99:7-8] If one works equivqlent to a speck of dust for the freedom, prosperity, and wellbeing of humanity, one shall observe the effect of ones efforts.

The Quran again challenges that kind of mythological faith in the verse 99:8
If one acts in an evil, unjust and wicked manner against the society, equivalent to a speck of dust, one shall face physical and mental distress, as a result of ones corrupt ways. According to the literature comprising of Ahadith and Sunnah, doing five sessions of praying per day, bestows reward equal to millions of time upon the practitioner, without making any other effort. This kind of utopian philosophy inculcates indolence among nations, drastically conflicting with the tentes of the Quran, which declares time and again; every one would be rewarded according to the efforts one puts in. [53:39] In that society, one works to the best of ones ability [giving ones best shot, as per American slang] and is rewarded in accordance with the efforts made.

38. Where does the Quran insist upon the need of an Imam [male or female] leading collective supplications? 39. During each collective prayer, for whom does an Imam recite verses of the Quran? If it is for the listening pleasure of the bunch he leads, it is all right, but in fact, he is making a worthless effort, as there is a 99.99% chance that the people standing behind him do not understand even a single word of the text, he utters at the top of his voice. However, if the recital is meant for Allah, then again it tantamount to a futile effort, because Allah revealed the constitution of the Quran [Surah Al-Fatiha] for the humans to implement in the form of a government, and not read out loud during the ritual created by the wicked Iranian Aimmah. All democratic nations of the world form governments based on their written or even precedential [English] constitutions. However, Muslims constitute the only obtuse nation of the world, which recites its charter quadrillions [or may be more] of times, the world over, every day, during a synthetic ritual, not even authorized by the Quran. Is it not the height of irrationality?

40. The Quran issues clear directives to humans, Every Sallat program should always be commenced on the appointed time, and wound up within the period allotted for that activity. [4:103]