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1. 禮拜的意義和功效

    認主、禮拜、守齋、納課、朝覲為穆斯林五項基本功修,是主命定制,穆斯林應終其一生,貫徹遵行。

安拉說:“當你們完成拜功的時候,你們當站荂B坐荂B躺茯鰫嬰w拉。當你們安寧的時候,你們當謹守拜功。拜功對於信士,確是定時的義務。”4103

安拉在尊貴的古蘭經中多處明示禮拜的意義和功效:

(一)           禮拜乃主命定制。2238 4103

(二)           藉禮拜以紀念安拉。21522014

(三)           藉禮拜求安拉相助。245153186

(四)           禮拜可遏阻罪惡及淫邪。111142945

(五)           禮拜可獲安拉賞賜。71701779

禮拜還有許多好處,例如穆斯林拋開世務去讚頌和紀念安拉,祈求安拉引領堅守正道以及祈求安拉慈恕,並作証安拉獨一無偶和作証穆罕默德是主差使,久之必能養成堅毅信仰,忠誠負責意志堅定而開朗,性情溫厚懿德。每日五次禮拜,等於舉行五次體能運動,能夠促進健康和有助于養成守時習慣。在合眾禮拜中,肩並肩齊心一致向主虔拜,並為眾穆民 - 不論生存和已故者 - 祈禱求慈恕,並向眾穆民道安致意,使眾穆民融合在一起,相囑相勉,拋棄私見;在主道上團結一致,無分國籍、種族、貧富、膚色、階級、男女老幼一律平等。換言之,禮拜可以提升和維持完美的個人及團體生活的素質。

4.       PRAYER (SALAH)

1.    Meaning and Blessings of Prayer

       The Five Pillars of Islam are:

(1)    Faith  (Iman)

(2)    Prayer (Salah)

(3)    Fasting (Swaum)

(4)    Poor-due (Zakat)

(5)    Pilgrimage (Hajj)

       These are the Five Pillars and foundation of Islam.  It is obligatory upon all Muslims to perform these obligatory acts in their lifetime.

       “When you have finished Prayer, remember Allah standing, sitting down and lying down on your sides, but when you are free from danger, perform Prayer.  Verily the Prayer is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours.” 4103

       The Holy Qur'an expressly tells us the meaning and blessings of Prayer:

1. Prayer is obligatory –2238 4103

2.      The five daily prayers remind a Muslim to remember Allah constantly –2152; 2014

3.      A Muslim should seek help from Allah through prayers –245, 153, 186

4.      Prayer can keep one away from evil and misconduct –11114; 2945

5.      Allah will reward you for prayer –7170; 1779

 

There are many advantages of performing prayers; a Muslim must put aside his work to praise and remember Allah in his prayers.  We pray to Allah to help us to become a kind and righteous person and to bear witness that there is no god but Allah; and that Prophet Muhammed is His messenger.  One who observes prayers regularly shall attain a feeling of being more dedicated to Islam and a sense of peace of mind, knowing what is right and wrong in his actions, and keep himself from going astray.

       Performing the five daily prayers with the actions and postures is similar to doing light exercise, which is also good for our health.  It also trains us to be punctual.

       Praying in a congregation line, shoulder to shoulder, will give us a sense of brotherhood and togetherness, cultivating a sense of social responsibility, community spirit and discipline in thoughts and actions.  Before Allah, all Muslims are equal regardless of one’s nationality, race, social status, sex, age, etc.  In other words, praying shall elevate and sustain the perfection of life both for the individual and group.

當你們召人來禮拜的時侯,他們以你們的拜功為笑柄,為嬉戲。這是因為他們是不了解的民眾。【558

When you proclaim your call to prayer they take it (but) as mockery and sport; that is because they are people without understanding.558