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Making time to pray five times daily
March 21st, 2011
01:00 AM ET

Why do Muslims pray five times daily?

Editor's Note: CNN’s Soledad O’Brien chronicles the fight over a mosque’s construction in the heart of the Bible Belt. “Unwelcome: The Muslims Next Door” airs at 8 p.m. ET March 27 on CNN.

Text by Soraya Salam, for CNN, photos by Angie Lovelace, CNN

ATLANTA, Georgia - It’s 6:00 a.m. The sun isn’t up yet, but Wahaaj Mohammed is.

He’s performing a ritual washing in preparation for his first prayer of the day. He’ll go on to pray four more times before the day is through, a practice called “salat” that many of the estimated 1.5 billion Muslims worldwide perform daily.

It’s a practice that Mohammed, a 21-year old recent graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology, can’t imagine life without.

“It reminds you about God throughout your day,” he says. “At fixed intervals, no matter how busy you are, all of a sudden you have to take out a few minutes and you’re remembering, OK, why am I really here?”

“And while I was doing whatever I was doing, was I doing it in a manner pleasing to God?”

Praying five times a day is considered the second most important of Islam’s five pillars, after professing that there is no god worthy of worship but God and that the Prophet Mohammed is God’s messenger.

Each prayer includes a series of movements, supplications, and recitations from the Quran, Islam’s holy book, in its original Arabic.

Muslims consider prayer to be a spiritual and physical act, with various standing, bending, and prostrating postures symbolizing devotion to God.

“When you’re at your lowest point, your head is on the ground, you’re saying ‘Oh, praise to my God, the most high,’” says Mohammed, who was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. “It’s very humbling.”

Imam Zaid Shakir, co-founder of Zaytuna College - which is aiming to be the first accredited Muslim college in the United States - says salat symbolizes what Islam considers the purpose of creation: to worship God.

“As a human being, I have a physical body, I have an intellect, and I have a spirit, and the ritual prayer involves all three of those aspects,” says Shakir, who is also a professor of Islamic theology at Zaytuna.

“My entire being is involved in my prayer, and that symbolizes the dedication of my entire being to the service of my creator,” he says.

The first prayer, called “Fajr” is performed before sunrise; the second prayer, “Thuhr” comes just after noon; the third prayer, “Asr,” arrives during mid-afternoon; the fourth prayer, “Maghrib,” is just after sunset; and the last prayer, “Isha,” is performed at night.

These prayers are considered an obligation for every Muslim by the time he or she reaches puberty. Mohammed says he has rarely missed a prayer.

Preparation

Before each prayer, Mohammed performs a ritual ablution, called “wudu.” The process involves washing the hands, face, arms and feet. Wudu symbolizes a state of physical and spiritual purity required to stand before God.

“There’s a saying (in Islam) that our external form impacts our internal state, just as our internal state has an impact on our external form,” says Shakir.

When Mohammed is away from home for a prayer, he washes up in a public restroom.

“You do feel kind of awkward,” he says. “And it usually happens, for whatever reason, that someone always walks in and your feet are in the sink and they’re thinking, ‘What’s this person doing?’”

Afterward, Mohammed finds a quiet, clean place to perform his prayer, during which he will face northeast towards the holiest site in Islam, the Kaaba. The cube-shaped building is located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia and, according to Islamic tradition, was built by the prophet Abraham and his son Ishmael.

“(Muslims) all pray in the same uniform way, wherever they are, whether they’re in India or Indonesia or Saudi Arabia or America or Japan,” Mohammed says. “They all pray in the same manner, facing the same direction.”

Mohammed raises his hands to shoulder level while reciting, “Allahu Akbar,” or “God is the greatest,” signaling the start of the prayer.

Making time

Mohammed often gets questioned about how he finds the time to pray so many times a day.

“I think it’s just where you put your priorities,” he says. “If you put (prayer) at a high level, then it’s not hard.”

As a college student, Mohammed would schedule his classes and social events around the prayers. He says they mostly take five to ten minutes to complete and that technology has made it easy for him to remember when to pray.

“When the prayer time starts, (my phone) sends me a text message,” he says. “I know a lot of people that have the iPhone app that gives a little alarm or a text or something. And some people even have the iPhone app that shows them the direction of the prayer.”

Zaytuna’s Shakir says the intervals between prayer demarcate transitions within the day that necessitate the remembrance of God.

“In the morning we’re getting up from our sleep, so we’re beginning that day by praying to our Lord and our creator,” he says. “And then at noon… just as we take our lunch break to replenish our physical body, we take time to reaffirm our commitment to our creator and thereby replenish our spirit.”

“At night, before we turn in and go to sleep to regroup, we don’t know if we’re going to see the new day,” he says. “Once again, (we) take time to acknowledge our creator and the rights he has over us.”

When Mohammed is at his mosque in Atlanta, Georgia, he has the “adhan” to alert him that a particular prayer time has begun. The adhan is the Islamic call to prayer that consists of a series of phrases recited melodiously, including, “God is the greatest,” “Come to prayer,” and “Come to success.”

In Muslim-majority countries, the adhan is called from an outdoor loudspeaker. For Muslims in America, it is recited in the mosque or in the privacy of one’s home. Mohammed compares it to the ringing of a church bell to signify the start of a service.

Mohammed says that in addition to adding structure to his day, salat helps keep him accountable for his daily actions and lets him have a personal relationship with God.

Striving for spiritual success

In the glow of a recent coming dawn, Mohammed and his family complete their first prayer of the day with a phrase in Arabic that means, “May the peace and mercy of God be upon you.”

He notes that the call to prayer before sunrise has an extra phrase added in: “Prayer is greater than sleep.”

“So, no matter what you’re doing in your life, it’s always, ‘God is greater than that’ - whether it’s sleep, whether it’s work, whatever it is, God is the greatest,” Mohammed says, pausing to rub his eyes.

“Behind any type of success,” he says, “there’s always a sacrifice.”

- CNN Belief Blog

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  1. arfat-ul-bari

    TO MUNEEF

    Zoroastrian only believe fire as medium to reach one and only one god, Ahura Mazda.

    Zoroastrian praying toward Fire = Muslim praying toward Kaaba..

    Zoroastrian religion was very advanced for its time. Cyrus II ( the great ), Darius I ( the great ) and Xerxes I were great rulers.

    Darius was first man to link Nile river to Red Sea.( from the Chelouf Steele )

    March 25, 2011 at 3:22 am |
    • Muneef

      arfat.

      God has wanted worshipers to worship him directly with out mediums,the polytheists said they same thing when they were asked why they worshiped idols.

      Az-Zumar sura 39:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      The revelation of the Scripture is from Allah, the Mighty, the Wise. (1) Lo! We have revealed the Scripture unto thee (Muhammad) with truth; so worship Allah, making religion pure for Him (only). (2) Surely pure religion is for Allah only. And those who choose protecting friends beside Him (say): We worship them only that they may bring us near unto Allah. Lo! Allah will judge between them concerning that wherein they differ. Lo! Allah guideth not him who is a liar, an ingrate. (3).

      Another thing am not aware about Nile River (Fresh Water) to Red Sea (Salt Water) there is no point there from that? But expect you meant connecting Red Sea to Mediterranean Sea?       

      March 25, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • Jamila Malluf

      The Zoroastrian worshiped only one God
      then a small shoot off of the Zoroastrian called the Majeeans worshiped the fire

      However, the closeness of the Zorastors and the Majeeans those who worshiped the Fire, is about the same closeness as the Christians who worship a Jewish man they call God to the Jewish people who are of the same religion that Jesus was who worship the same God that Jesus did I hope you can understand what I am saying. If not let me know I will make it more clear.

      March 27, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
  2. S.S.Nagaraj

    Even Prophet Mohammed does not claim that he has actually seen God but has only experienced Divinity.But yet the Abrahamic religions refer to God as 'He',but not as 'She'.When none has seen God it's true form is an unknown matter.It is only Hindus who have the utmost catholicity to say that God can be imagined in any form,that is from 'no form' to 'any form'.Hindu religion emphasises that there is only one God but the learned see God in various forms.Infact there were atheists within Hindu fold like Charvaka who were much respected and never despised.

    March 25, 2011 at 1:53 am |
  3. Julawta

    And the contents of those prayers are what keeps them from assimilating with the population.. Do not trust the unbeliever, or the infidel..

    March 24, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
  4. JTH

    1st John 4:1-6 "The truth shall set you free."

    March 24, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
  5. MadMo

    Because Quran says if they don't do it they wont receive '72 virgin houries (big bre@sted women) and 28 boys (what can you do with these boys is for your imagination)'. I asked several Muslims that what does a women gets in Heaven? Nobody ever answered that question. Does any body here knows the answer?

    March 24, 2011 at 6:55 pm |
    • Muneef

      MadMonk.

      The men get the girls and the women get the boys.....stupid question....

      March 24, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
    • Robin

      @ muneef

      sorry i ddint understand your response. what do women get again? Unlike my previous responses to you im not here debating you on this one, but just curious.

      -thanks

      March 25, 2011 at 12:21 am |
    • Muneef

      Robin.

      It is told that all humans will raisen from death on date of resurrection at the age of 33 years....out of those will go to Hell and rest to paradise, where those young men will be awarded with young females that beauty of which not seen on earth and would be pure untouched before (virgins)... While those young women will be awarded by young males that beauty of which not seen on earth and would be pure untouched before (virgins).
      This is the limit of my knowledge, but do disagree with those want to make to project a notion that God has promised males as a reward young boys,reflecting as if God would be permitting gay-ship in paradise....!!!

      March 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  6. Agedsage

    "I employ 166 professional people and we work in a highly technical field/environment. In order to respect the wishes of a Muslim employee, am I expected to stop whatever we are doing,allow him/her take a bird bath, roll out the prayer rugs, and take a 7-10 -12 minute "prayer break"? This was brought up at a recent gathering of Ammerican Muslims...NO ANSWER.
    There are too many conflicting statements and issues regarding what Islam teaches, preaches and practices. When you pose a direct question to a respected Muslim like Rauf, he sees where this is going and he diverts the issue and question immediately. How can anyone feel comfortable when you either get NO straight answers, or you are told that they (Muslims) are instructed to lie as long as this benefits their intentions of Religious dominance ? Islam is an archaic religion with archaic beliefs and practices. Just Like Judaism and Christianity, changes are made to accommodate the times while not weakening the basic religious tenets. Time for Islam to do the same. Only THEN can there be peace, harmony and trust.

    March 24, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • Muneef

      Agedsage.

      Some Muslims pray but with limited knowledge of Islamic details...therefore couldn't answer....another thing you gave example of Imam, well imam's as well cannot give you a grant answer since Muslims are divided among them selves as to many branches of Islam each has his own belief and stories...just as christian catholic cannot speak for all branches of Christianity! .some say God is trinity and some say son of God...can one one speak for all?

      In my Arabic Sunni Islam a lie is a lie whether for Good or Bad...our prophet has taught us to say the truth even if we were to be headed....so I really do not know of which Islam you are talking about? The Quran is Arabic tell me which verse says or states that we may lie or use lie to save our skins...
      The only thing that may sound similar is the Hadith that "Wars are Tricks" meaning that in wars you may trick or be tricked...guess in such a case the lie is one of the tricks that might be used in wars...!!?

      March 24, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
  7. jf518

    Very informative article! I just wish that people would actually change their minds when faced with factual information. Instead, people (at least in the comments) will twist the words so that it still fits their preconceived worldview.

    March 24, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  8. S.N.Arifeen

    Why do not we pray at least 5 times a day when we take thousands of breath from God's air, take hundreds of drops of water to save the life, dozens grain drop in the stomach and living because He gave us a chance to live, whenever He call to come back towards Him, we have to do so. If any body in this world can say "NO" to death. So we must pray at least 5 times a day to remember that we are a very little creature of God.

    March 24, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • Muneef

      Worship,Prayers,Justice,good deeds,poor dues and charities for the sake of God in general of Muslims or non Muslims is what keeps the universe spinning and that stops,reduces calamities effects and damages to our world of being...and only when we ignore that and go chasing sins and doing what we are told not to do, is what bring those calamities in a harder way after many similar warnings to them or of similar nations surrounding them....!?

      March 25, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  9. bdmac

    It is unfortunate most Americans do not know what a muslim or his 'faith' truly is. A muslim is a follower of Mohamand and a member of the Islamic political scheme. ALL muslims are terrorized at early age to subscribe to the faith chosen for them by members of their faimily. The religion of Islam was founded by none other than a man who called himself a prophet of god. In fact, this man, was an uneducated zealot who had been denied admission to the Jewish faith as a Rabbi. Upon his rejection he formed his 'own' religion and used the tenants of the Jewish faith, hence one will find so many similiarites between teh two 'religions'. (You say Abraham, I say Ishmael.) Mohammad ws able to cultivate a few followers and then used those few to subjugate others by sheer force and brutatility to demand they subscribe to his dictates. Mohammad frequently could not answer a question posed by a disciple and said he would 'pray upon it'. His resultant prayers were delivered later and usually followed philosophies of Judism or Christianity. Mohamad gained much power and wealth in his time as his cult continued to expand due to perseverance of his thugs. People were afraid to NOT be a member of the dicates of Mohammad. As time went by entire towns, cities, states, and nations were conquored by enforcement of the prescription of Mohammad. Laws were developed and used to control the people judicially but with covert symbolism of the 'now' dictates of Islam.

    Islam came about four hundred years after Christ and the principals of Christ were preached by Mohammad for those teachings were sound and intended to instruct man as to how to have a peacfeful and fruitful life.

    In fact, the Allah who the Islamists venerate is the same God of Christianity, the same God of the middle American tribes, Vericocho, and the same God as ANU sect who does subscribe to a power higher and greater than themselves.

    The most terrible aspect of Islam is its intogerance of other faiths and Mohammad himself, dictated that all infiedels were to be destroyed and removed from the face of the earth. Islam is not a religion but more a system of politics and government control. The Iman (m's depending on where you are) and the Mullahs) are very secularist individuals who choose to regard their positions as one of power and control, and indeed, it is so.

    As to the basic acts of 'washing prior to prayer, just think about it, if one lived in a hot,k desert, dirty country, such as is the place Islam is derived of, would you like to be forced to kneel behind someone who feet reeked of camel dung, and whose body odor was overwhelming due to the heat. The ritual of praying five times daily was a 'forced measure' to insure the contrition of the membership. Even today, if you do not make your daily abolutions it will be noticed by some who will report it to 'the higher powers' and you will be receiving a visit from a vengeful Iman. I have personally seen this as I have lived in the middle east and in India for sometime. A public flogging for 'missed prayers' is so very common.

    Given all of the above, if one was born into this Islamic society, then one would naturally be a muslim for it is dictaed you be so. To attempt rejection can result in death.

    I invite the intolerant and uneducated Kanons remarks for he is super critical of others but his own superficiality is obvious.

    March 24, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • Sam Singh

      Excellent !! but I believe Muslims understand these but they are scared to express

      March 24, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • Muneef

      badmac.

      Was that your extent knowledge of Islam and what it calls for? Your speach noted to be speaking of hardness against people rather than the religion it self? The Holy Book by Muhammed "The Quran" has no liking at all to Jewish and Christian Books,where did you get that stupid idea from?
      Prophet and Messenger Muhammed was to deliver a message from God (Allah) to save humanity from being astray..
      You must be lost in reading anti Muhammed/Quran/Islam sites or lost in the a strayed branches of Islam?? Or just an ignorant or a bitter livered just like the one who sheered you for your post...!!!

      March 24, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
    • Robin

      @ Muneef

      are you saying that Islam doesnt branchout from the origins of Christianity and Judaism? IF so then I understand you must be frustrated at 'bdmac's' comment and had to quickly publically dismiss it. but you are wrong and Please try to understand your own religion better.

      if you come back with 'thats not what im saying' then id like to pre-comment that he obviously didnt mean islam and judaism and christianity were similar word-by-word. either try to understand what someone's tryign to say or dont. but dont come back with an irrational reply.

      They are different branches of the same tree and you know it.

      March 25, 2011 at 12:04 am |
    • Robin

      To add to bdmac's comments about Mohammed making islam up.

      Islam Allows a man to marry 4 women. why? one of the reasons is Simply because there is 4 times more women than men in the world. No, im not making this up.
      That makes sense at the medieval times when countries/regions were constantly at war. and Since mostly mes fought wars, many men died. leaving the population comprising of women at home and surviving men. But Since, Muhammed wanted to grow his 'Cult', he didnt want the spare women to go Unused, and hence Inked it in that a man can marry 4 women, so all women are reproducing and not goign to waste, hence expandign the religion and population.

      In today's times, according to h**p://www.geohive.com/earth/pop_gender.aspx the worldwide male to female ratio is 102% [102 men per 100 women]. So lets pick one one of the high male ratio arab countries. Ah, Kuwait @ 147% and Bahrain @ 135%, So in those Islamic countries when they reach lets say 200% male/female ratio, would the females be allowed to have 2 husbands?? or even now in Kuwait @ 147%, can every other woman marry 2 men?

      Im pretty sure NO! Because its nothign but something the Prophet wanted to do/have and since he was being the Boss, he Included them in the 'rule book' Along with marrying cousins, a pre-teen/teen to wed a 25-30+ years old man, beating the woman to show her male is superior than female, etcc etccc etcccccccc

      March 25, 2011 at 1:19 am |
    • Muneef

      Robin.

      The three religions derived from Abrahamic teachings.... But my point was that Quran was a work of a copycat from elder scriptures which were as per Quran had faced distortion by many generations one after another...for many reasons...

      About other questions you might need you may be able to find out more about from the following link;
      http://www.whyislam.org/index.php/faq-2/#Q14

      March 25, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
    • Muneef

      Robin.
      Correction;

      The three religions derived from Abrahamic teachings.... But my point was that Quran was (NOT) a work of a copycat from elder scriptures which were as per Quran had faced distortion by many generations one after another...for many reasons...

      About other questions you might need you may be able to find out more about from the following link;
      http://www.whyislam.org/index.php/faq-2/#Q14

      March 25, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
    • Muslim bomber timeline

      I can see what followers of islam do.

      1983
      Apr 18, 1983 – Americans confronted the horror of suicide attacks on April 18, 1983, when a Shiite Muslim truck bomber attacked the US Embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people. Six months later, another truck bomber killed 241 marines on a peacekeeping mission in Lebanon. Show more
      From Terror's deadly calling cards – Related web pages
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      2001
      Sep 11, 2001 – But it's worth noting that suicide bombers attacked this nation on Sept. 11, 2001, long before Iraq or Afghanistan. And terrorists who decry the mistreatment of Muslims in one part of the world say nothing while Muslim insurgents slaughter Muslim civilians day ... Show more
      From National opinion 8-7 – Related web pages
      http://www.tahoebonanza.com/article/20050807/News ...
      2002
      Feb 2002 – Santos admitted during police interrogation to have trained potential suicide bombers from the ranks of RSM hard core jihadists.93 Santos confessed that he started the training of suicide bombers as early as February 2002. Trainees were indoctrinated on the ... Show more
      From A handbook of terrorism and insurgency in Southeast Asia – Related web pages
      books.google.com/books?id=ZzMmpCinBYoC&pg ...
      2003
      2003 – He also praised the bombers as the ìchildrenî of Abdullah al-Faisal, a firebrand Muslim cleric, who was convicted of inciting murder and racial hatred in 2003. Ali revealed that the leader of the London suicide bombers had attended sermons in Yorkshire by al ... Show more
      From small dead animals: Reader Tips – Related web pages
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      2004
      May 2004 – In May 2004, a year before young British Muslim suicide bombers killed scores of commuters in London, Sir Michael wrote to Downing Street, giving warning that Britain's involvement in Iraq could lead to the growth of militant Islam among British Muslims. Show more
      From Diplomatic Service elite see off rivals for top job – Related web pages
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      2005
      Jul 7, 2005 – Keith read out the names of all those who died July 7, 2005, when the four British Muslim bombers detonated devices aboard three subway trains and a double -decker bus, killing 52 and injuring more than 700. He said the bombs struck down British nationals as ... Show more
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      2006
      Feb 1, 2006 – A row of Arab Muslim terrorists, dressed as Arab Muslim terrorist suicide bombers, attend the February 1, 2006 funeral of a fellow Arab Muslim terrorist – The funeral took place on the same day as the Hilltop Youth's heroic struggle to save to the Jewish ... Show more
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      2007
      Jun 2007 – Instead, in late June 2007, he stood before his supervisors and about 25 other mental health staff members and lectured on Islam, suicide bombers and threats the military could encounter from Muslims conflicted about fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, both ... Show more
      From Advice Goddess Blog – Related web pages
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      2009
      Sep 13, 2009 – On 13 September 2009 the EDL attended an annual multi-faith, pro-Palestinian rally held in London organised by the Islamic Human Rights Commission. There were several brief confrontations as EDL activists chanted "We hate Muslims" and "Muslim bombers off our streets".
      From Campaign against the far right "fascist / racist" English Defence League ! | … – Related web pages
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      2010
      Jul 1, 2010 – A man mourns the death of his family member after suicide bombers attacked a popular Muslim shrine in the Pakistan city of Lahore late Thursday night July 1, 2010, killing more than 30 people and wounding 175 others, the city's top official said. (AP Photo ... Show more
      From 35 people killed in bomb blasts at Pakistan shrine – Related web pages

      March 27, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
  10. muffler

    hi,everyone
    I live in Turkey and as you know that we have secular system(there is no country which is secular and muslims) and %98 of population is muslims.by the way I'm not.Muslims who can be seen at the photo in my opion he is bigot, and so like him ;their population is rising in my country and I am really worried about this situation.I don't care his belief or religion.
    and last why don't the muslim country develop ?

    March 24, 2011 at 3:40 pm |
    • Sam Singh

      Because they still have middle age thinking that majority is everything and there is no need of contribution

      March 24, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • Muneef

      muffler..

      How strange I thought you said Muslims are 98% of the Turkish country !! Then you wish them bad then you say it is your country? How could it be your country when you do not take the majority of the peoplation as your country as one?
      You seem to me to be less than 02% and want to control the majority of population as you wish....sorry to say so stupid selling your own people for few sheering voices that are non of your skin or faith....!!?
      You know why Muslims were under developed, well it is because of the foreign secular system they are forced to live by it...others failed because of being disloyal to their nations and faith....while if you see the only serious Islamic country at the moment is Iran and those are not as underdeveloped as Arabian and other Islamic countries among them Turkey is not as advanced as Iran although it was freed much earlier than Iran...by the way am Sunni but admire the seriousness of Shiaa's...

      March 24, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
    • Muneef

      muffler..

      Was wondering which picture you were referring too since i am seeing no picture up there?

      March 24, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
  11. Shakir Mumtaz

    read my article available on any search engine
    "what is there in a Muslim Prayer by shakir mumtaz"

    comments/Questions could be sent to ruqaya@bellsouth.net

    March 24, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  12. jim

    The idea that there is only one God and that God's name is Allah and that his only prophet Mohammed sends a hate message to the rest of the world. Enough with this sort of fundamentalistic nonsense. It will gut America of its liberty for all motto as Islam gains ground and insists on Allah for all or no liberty at all.

    March 24, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • genagirl

      Not just America. I know not all muslims are terrorists but they don't seem to mind if the terrorists kill us all. It's kind of like the extremists of their religion are doing them a favor by taking out all "non-believers" so they don't condemn the ones killing Americans.

      March 24, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
    • Deary Pie

      That's your fear and lack of awareness talking. I, a Muslim, who finds violence deplorable and grieved the loss of many friends, that were hurt or died in terrorist act such as the ones that happened on 9/11. You know what the sad part is? Many people like you and genagirl here don't believe that I have the right to feel badly about being a target. I, like many, fear terrorist attacks against friends, family, and countrymen (U.S.), and I am a target of that same fear from others that are non-Muslim. I'm attacked on both fronts. The only thing that gives me a peace of mind is speaking out against violence in whatever form it takes, while helping familiarize and educated people like you about those like me.

      March 24, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • jf518

      Hey Jim, "Allah" means "God" in that language. The God of Abraham is the same as the God of Muhammad. It's not a different God that Muslims pray to, it's the same one. Secondly, how is it worse to think of Muhammad as the most righteous prophet than to think of Jesus as the most righteous prophet?

      March 24, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
    • Muneef

      Prophet Muhammed saw was sent ad the last and final of prophets to complete the religion of Abraham saw and to complete the elder scriptures ;

      Quran: The Consummation of All the Scriptures
      [35:31] What we revealed to you in this scripture is the truth, consummating all previous scriptures. GOD is fully Cognizant of His servants, Seer.
      [35:32] We passed the scripture from generation to generation, and we allowed whomever we chose from among our servants to receive it. Subsequently, some of them wronged their souls, others upheld it only part of the time, while others were eager to work righteousness in accordance with GOD's will; this is the greatest triumph.
      http://www.submission.org/suras/sura35.html

      March 24, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
    • Robin

      @ genagirl .

      Exactly! When terrorists strike, they dont say anything. when the victims respond to condemn their religion, they defend it Citing themselves as Example, assuming that because they dont cause trouble people will believe and sympathise with them. But the silence itself is an act of terror. Especially when the world know how strongly they can protest if they wanted to. but they choose not to, Proving their support of these actions.

      If EVERY they protest against terror caused by Jehadis, Its not because they condemn them, but because they have found a reson to blame others to drive them to Jihad. take Somalia fro example: They Say they turn pirates because they are Poor and point at what is US doing to help them (this train of thought caused by hatred towards US preached by Imams worldwide), But they fail to REALISE that what are the ARAB KINGS doing to save their Somali bretheren???? Dont THEY CARE? Or is it that They are focussed on spending money on less fortunate non-muslims in need to woo them to Islam out of sheer desperate necessity?? Instead of Realizing what mess they are Already into, they want to blame others for the cause so they can clear their conscience of the truths they face.

      NO OTHER RELIGION EVER DOES THAT, [christianity did/does a bit] but better christians or anyone else instead of Hate spreadign Islam. Islamists who believe it is a religion of Peace is because its a 'religion of peace' FOR YOU. NOT OTHERS!!.

      March 24, 2011 at 11:43 pm |
    • Muneef

      Robin.

      Try asking all Jews in the West to condemn the crimes made by Israel to Palestinians in the East?!
      Some or very few will be courageous and do it even if had their properties,businesses,interests distroyed or lives taken...!
      Some or more will fear violence or be amputated by the organized religion parties,lobbies,societies,com-munities?!
      Actually heard that Jew families and business men are some how pressurized to pay certain dues to Israel under many excuses religiously or politicly...!

      Muslims in East or West now maybe facing the same thing and do not want to get in to trouble with such thugs or orginized extremism ? By bringing any family or a member of the family up to stage to condemn a certain group acts is like killing that member and his family members large or small...! Aren't such acts similar when needing a witness or informer living among gangs dealing with arms and drugs to come up stage and say some thing about how bad they are !?

      Just put your self in their place and imagine the fear you would live with when you get down the stage !? You will have no peace from your fears and doubts imaginary or not...! !?

      March 25, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
    • Robin

      @ muneef,

      Why are you bringing up Gaza? What did Americans ever Directly do in Gaza? Only Islamic countries have DIRECT issue with Israel. out of which ONLY GAZA/Palestine are the only ones with direct conflict, rest are just there for Blind Support for the 'Brethern'. Eg:- When Bangladesh was formed in 1971, the first thing the new Primeminister/president said after declarign the country Independent from Pakistan was someting liek 'We Support our palestinian people and support war against Israel'. I mean, what the hell? if a country so far away with NO Direct conflict can Do that then surely Americans being Allies to Help Israel Defend its country is justified.

      If you have a problem with Israel, GROW SOME BALLS and talk to them rather than attack its allies. Just shows pure cowardice.

      March 27, 2011 at 7:32 pm |
    • Muneef

      Robin.

      Turned to be a crow rather than a robin...
      Who has mentioned America at all in my post? It was mealy an examples I was giving and nothing to do with America...go a read it again unless you meant to manipulate my words as your ancestors might have done with the holy scriptures?

      March 27, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
    • Robin

      @ Muneef.

      well i didnt bring up Gaza either. I said why wont american muslims protest agains terrorists and you responded with 'why wont jews protest against jewish crime in gaza' . what kind of response do you expect from a powerful country [Israel] when some people across the border keep shelling rockets every now and then? If a lion is relaxing, and you throw stones at him, dont complain when it rips ur hand. As simple as that.

      anyways, was proving a point. not turning into any sort of crow. So AS the Muslim Americans [not sayign IF] say they 'love' america and are 'Americans' , They should Defend America rather than shut up. But they wont shut up when US doubts them. So you either Shut up when US is under terrorist threat AND when finger is lifted on you, OR protest for both reasons. You simply cant support one and condemn the other, you just show that ur backstabbing the nation even if you dont mean it, and American have all the reasons to doubt you.

      March 29, 2011 at 2:29 am |
  13. Noboddame

    Atheist here. Love each other, respect everyone's beliefs, live a healthy life.

    March 24, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • Frankly Speaking..

      That makes you one fourth a muslim, now get up pray and thank god for all he has blessed you with in this life..Thats how the muslims roll 🙂

      March 24, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Muneef

      Atheists and agnostics are people who are on transit not yet made their mind what to believe ! Some find and choose a Paths to God that are either right straight or a straying off the straight path. Some remain astray as Godless/Pathless in life.
      God will guide whom wants to be guided and make efforts in quest for knowledge and wisdom since only through which man can see the unseen of God;

      [35:28] Also, the people, the animals, and the livestock come in various colors. This is why the people who truly reverence GOD are those who are knowledgeable. GOD is Almighty, Forgiving.
      http://www.submission.org/suras/sura35.html

      March 24, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  14. The Truth About Islam

    Please don't be ignorant and base you information on Islam from Fox News or "24".. If you are not educated about Islam then please learn more. Islam is not a threat but a religion of peace.. Please check out the link below about common questions and misconceptions about Islam –

    http://www.whyislam.org/index.php/faq-2/#Q14

    March 24, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • MadMo

      Yes. Please find it from 'FaithFreedom' or 'JihadWatch' or 'TheReligionOfPeace' web sites

      March 24, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • Robin

      What if Im not a fan of Islam, and i Dont watch 24 or follow Fox news? what explains my lack of fondness for your religion?

      Maybe because they Openly say they want the whole world to convert to Islam. maybe because they are ready to KILL anyone they believe is not living as per Islam without any remorse. maybe because they are so aggresive in nature to dump religion in your face.

      I have grown up with Muslims, they can be Excellent friends. but i have noticed many just turn their back at their friends to support a fellow muslim friend even when he/she was right [eg:- games, discussions etc] .

      Sorry no matter how Good you guys potray yourself, I can NEVER trust you guys because the FACT is you want everyoen to be a Muslim. and you WILL NEVER stand up against a Muslim who commits an act of Terror/Crime towards Non-Muslims. Even if you condemn it, you will NEVER stand up for support as you would if someone were to even bad-mouth your community.

      -au revoir

      March 24, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  15. Iqbal Khan

    Hello folks,
    Jews worship on Sabath saturdays
    Christians worship on sundays
    Hindus consider tuesday very important
    and so on.... the other religeons have their days and ways
    Muslims worship (prays) at least five times in 24 hours, moreover every act of a true practicing muslim is an act of worship and in praise of the Creator called Allah or The Almighty God in english, and muslims worship the same God that of Abraham,Noah,Moses,Jesus Muhammad and all the others (peace be on all) worshiped, and if one research Torah,Injeel (Bible) and Quran he will find many similarities although except for Quran which is in its orignal form Torah and Bible are temperd.
    Now watch the following lecture that start with a call for prayer in arabic and increase your knowledge.

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnW2u3z1bz8&w=640&h=360]

    March 24, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  16. Amina

    Wow, the level of hate in this country is skyrocketing. For all of you who have posted hateful comments, I request you to know a Muslim, their beliefs and stop listening to the propaganda being hurled at you. Don't be ignorant and learn first. Don't judge Islam as a whole on some ill actions of individuals. Prayer is an integral part in the lives of Muslims but there are many other values and principles that we follow from helping the less fortunate, standing out for the truth right down to being patient in the face of uninformed people and responding the best of manner. Do yourselves a favor and educate yourself about Islam and the Muslims. Trust me, the hate will go if you allow it to.

    March 24, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  17. Truthseeker

    "Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth."
    -CAIR founder Omar Ahmad

    March 24, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  18. Tare

    There are aspects of this practice which appear to be good, on the surface! Few would argue that frequent prayer could be bad. But do NOT be fooled. The Pavlovian nature of this practice as well as the obvious supplication of the individual is clearly designed to control a persons' will (e.g. enslave him). Thus, a 'high priest, or' 'Iman' or exalted one...can dictate doctrine easily. This is exactly how religious leaders obtain power and what leads to racism, slavery and terrorist acts... which are the normal state of affair in all Muslim countries, except for SOME of the Indonesian islands where some religious tolerance is found.

    March 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
    • Sammy

      Another bigoted retard whose racism and deep-seated hatred make him come up with wacky theories about a religion he's obviously utterly ignorant about. Try to wrap your puny brain around this fact, if all the 1.5 Muslims living in the world were indoctrinated by Islam to be terrorists, of course with the exception of those few islands in Indonesia as per the laughable drivel you wrote, then the world would indeed be in deep sh**. Blind hatred won't get you any where; tolerance and understanding and, most importantly, USING YOUR HAT RACK once in a while, will be much better for your sanity.

      March 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
    • Deary Pie

      I don't know where you get your information from. The only two countries I am aware of that have very extremist views and practices of Islam is Iran and Saudi Arabia. Many of the terrorist suspected/proved to be responsible for 9/11 for example came from Saudi Arabia. Neither of the two countries mentioned are spoken very highly among many majority Muslim countries and in fact have no desire to follow suit. Please check your facts before speaking about a subject you clearly don't know much about. You are more than welcome to check to see if my statements above are accurate. That could be your first step in learning more about the subject at hand.

      March 24, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  19. heebiejeebie

    I live in muslim minority country (not majority), but muslim put a many loudspeaker in a neighbourhood all around for a long way. then a prayer call recital early in a morning near 4:30 am. als not just a prayer call 5 times, but constant sermon all a time. all a time noisy. no wonder a radical islam brainwashed from a constant peer pressure to conform

    March 24, 2011 at 12:36 pm |
    • Muneef

      Agree with you it shouldn't be more than the official praying time but not as load or noisy since there are children or sick elderly who might suffer from the constant load call of prayers or sermons...whether it is a minority or majority country for Muslims...

      March 24, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  20. Dream15

    I am a devout Christian and I may not understand the ways, values and belief system of the Muslims, but I have always found upmost respect for the commitment to God and prayer each and everyday. Prayer should not be a convenience, but a dedication and respect for God every day.

    March 24, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • heebiejeebie

      i think you post meant to be the kind tolerant response, but you not live in this country where every telephone pole have a loudspeaker to wake 4:30 for the morning brain wash. i a christian like you, but i not need a brain wash to remind for pray. when i hear a loudspeaker brain wash, i pray cancel a brain wash effect for muslim escape a sad brain wash

      March 24, 2011 at 12:46 pm |
    • kanon

      heebiejeebie, how long are you going to troll on these boards? With your terrible grammar and inability to complete a sentence, your trolling isn't even funny.

      March 24, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
    • Deary Pie

      Valerie, heebiejeebie was looking for brain washers. Maybe the two of you can get together sometime.

      March 24, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
    • Judy

      Hi Dream15
      Your parents should be proud of you. Serious, you are mature, righteous and a critical thinker. And you know your religion, and the teachings of Jesus (pbuh), and respect others for their beliefs. God bless you!

      Valerie, turn off the TV and read a book. Dictionary wouldn't hurt. Might want to read the Koran and see what it says about Jesus (pbuh) and Mary. We can help you with the big words. Go on, shoo!

      March 24, 2011 at 7:49 pm |
    • Jose M. Pulido

      Dream15

      You are a Muslim posing as a condescending Christian.

      March 27, 2011 at 8:41 pm |
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