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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. Muneef

    Al-Noor sura 24:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. The similitude of His light is as a niche wherein is a lamp. The lamp is in a glass. The glass is as it were a shining star. (This lamp is) kindled from a blessed tree, an olive neither of the East nor of the West, whose oil would almost glow forth (of itself) though no fire touched it. Light upon light. Allah guideth unto His light whom He will. And Allah setteth forth for mankind similitudes, for Allah is Knower of all things. (35) (This lamp is found) in houses which Allah hath allowed to be exalted and that His name shall be remembered therein. Therein do offer praise to Him at morn and evening. (36) Men whom neither merchandise nor sale beguileth from remembrance of Allah and constancy in prayer and paying to the poor their due; who fear a day when hearts and eyeballs will be overturned; (37) That Allah may reward them with the best of what they did, and increase reward for them of His bounty. Allah giveth blessings without stint to whom He will. (38) As for those who disbelieve, their deeds are as a mirage in a desert. The thirsty one supposeth it to be water till he cometh unto it and findeth it naught, and findeth, in the place thereof, Allah Who payeth him his due; and Allah is swift at reckoning. (39) Or as darkness on a vast, abysmal sea. There covereth him a wave, above which is a wave, above which is a cloud. Layer upon layer of darkness. When he holdeth out his hand he scarce can see it. And he for whom Allah hath not appointed light, for him there is no light. (40).

    March 24, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  2. Nadia

    I manage to catch a few prayers a day (not all 5) but i do what i can. It makes me happy and connected to God. no matter what your religion, prayers or worship should be a part of daily routine, not just when things go horribly wrong and you NEED Gods help.

    March 24, 2011 at 11:01 am |
  3. Getalife

    For all morons who believe god doesn't exist and don't care. Stop wasting your meaningless lives by Puking up filth on news stories about some thing you supposedly don't beleive in. Shut up. And get ready for your punishment ahead.

    March 23, 2011 at 10:49 pm |
  4. Getalife

    Who said all Muslims are from the middle east? When was the last time you watched something other than fox news. No one calls Christians nazis just because hitler was a Christian. I think you guys are bored of picking cotton or something so you have to find something to be afraid of. Get a life and stop acting like 2 year olds. Treat people like people. This happens to every minority in the country. Remember segregation of blacks? It will come to an end wether u like it or not. Shutup and go pick cotton. 

    March 23, 2011 at 10:41 pm |
  5. Muneef

    Al-Ikhlas (Faith) sura 112:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Say: He is Allah, the One! (1) Allah, the eternally Besought of all! (2) He begetteth not nor was begotten. (3) And there is none comparable unto Him. (4).

    Al-Baqara (The Cow) sura 02:
    Allah! There is no God save Him, the Alive, the Eternal. Neither slumber nor sleep overtaketh Him. Unto Him belongeth whatsoever is in the heavens and whatsoever is in the earth. Who is he that intercedeth with Him save by His leave? He knoweth that which is in front of them and that which is behind them, while they encompass nothing of His knowledge save what He will. His throne includeth the heavens and the earth, and He is never weary of preserving them. He is the Sublime, the Tremendous. (255) There is no compulsion in religion. The right direction is henceforth distinct from error. And he who rejecteth false deities and believeth in Allah hath grasped a firm handhold which will never break. Allah is Hearer, Knower. (256) Allah is the Protecting Guardian of those who believe. He bringeth them out of darkness into light. As for those who disbelieve, their patrons are false deities. They bring them out of light into darkness. Such are rightful owners of the Fire. They will abide therein. (257).

    Al-Baqara sura 02:
    "Alif. Lam. Mim. (1) This is the Scripture whereof there is no doubt, a guidance unto those who ward off (evil). (2) Who believe in the Unseen, and establish worship, and spend of that We have bestowed upon them; (3) And who believe in that which is revealed unto thee (Muhammad) and that which was revealed before thee, and are certain of the Hereafter. (4) These depend on guidance from their Lord. These are the successful. (5)". 

    Al-Baqara sura 02:
    "The messenger believeth in that which hath been revealed unto him from his Lord and (so do) believers. Each one believeth in Allah and His angels and His scriptures and His messengers – We make no distinction between any of His messengers – and they say: We hear, and we obey. (Grant us) Thy forgiveness, our Lord. Unto Thee is the journeying. (285) Allah tasketh not a soul beyond its scope. For it (is only) that which it hath earned, and against it (only) that which it hath deserved. Our Lord! Condemn us not if we forget, or miss the mark! Our Lord! Lay not on us such a burden as thou didst lay on those before us! Our Lord! Impose not on us that which we have not the strength to bear! Pardon us, absolve us and have mercy on us, Thou, our Protector, and give us victory over the disbelieving folk. (286)".

       

    March 23, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
  6. muslima

    MashaAllah very nice article... 🙂 loved it

    March 23, 2011 at 6:42 pm |
  7. muslima

    i can't imagine how dumb these comments are...just read the article and appreciate it okay??? atleast u read somethin worth reading (like this article)

    March 23, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
    • Robin

      The comments represent 'Freedon of Speech and Expression'. If you just moved to America [Since you seem so oblivious] then get used to it. No ones saying the article is bad anyways.

      March 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
  8. Leaux

    As upset as I get when people spreading hatred toward Islam quote one translation of the Quran out of context, I'm sure Christians get equally upset when the same is done for the Bible. God revealed His message in the Quran to Muhammad(pbuh), God revealed His message in the Bible to Jesus(pbuh), and God revealed His message in the Torah to Moses(pbuh). The wisdom of of God is apparent in all those texts if someone just takes 5 minutes to educate him/herself instead of spouting off like an idiot.

    March 23, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  9. Seriously

    According to Al-azhar University(the oldest Islamic uni in the world) and 5th grade geography -the direction of prayer for Muslims in the US is southeast -not northeast 🙂

    March 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
  10. Seriously

    According to Al-Azhar University & 5th grade geography -the direction of prayer for Muslims in the United States is southeast not northeast. We are supposed to face the Kaaba which is in Saudi Arabia(southeast)

    March 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
    • 3DMap

      Hi Seriously,
      On a 2D map (or if the world was flat), it may indeed appear as south-east.
      But on the 3D globe, the shortest distance between most parts of North America and the Middle East is actually North-East.

      This is called the "great circle route", and aircraft often follow these paths to save fuel and time. (Part of the reason why flying from like LA to Europe often goes over Canada and the North Atlantic instead of going 'straight' over Virginia and across open sea.)

      You can wikipedia it for more info. Hope this helps!

      March 22, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • 3DMap

      Ah, responding to the 2nd point – there are two schools of thought in terms of which direction to pray. The majority of masjids in NA tend to follow the 'shortest path' to the Kaba, which would be NE. Then there are some – I guess Al Azhar must be one? – that follow the 'apparent' direction.

      In any case, this is a minor technicality – muslims have leeway – just face what seems to be east, and do so with the right intentions, and one should be fine. (Islam tries to make things easier/reasonable, but people can be sticklers for technicalities at times. Oh well!)

      March 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
  11. trixen

    Like the late, great George Carlin, I pray to Joe Pesci because he looks like a guy who can get things done. 😉

    March 22, 2011 at 9:28 am |
  12. trixen

    Religion sucks.

    March 22, 2011 at 9:19 am |
    • imran

      Agreed. Now belief in God and doing good... We might be onto something there!

      March 27, 2011 at 7:33 pm |
    • Robin

      @ Imran,

      'Doing good' for non-muslims = help each other, Charity, Kindness, Love and Appreciation, etc ..

      'Doing good' for Muslims = [same as above] , BUT only for fellow Muslims.

      hmmm am I on to somethign here?

      March 27, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
  13. Casual Observer

    Have to agree that the 5X prayer thing is a bit surprising given that the garden variety everyday Muslim that I come across here in MN does not appear to be an individual that has "god" as a constant in their lives. To the contrary – they appear to be a group searching for something – and that something is a world with only Muslims and Sharia law for all.
    Granted all religions have had some degree of violence at some point – but the Muslims here are very open and direct that their game plan is to replace everything we know as a people and a nation with what they want. And they are willing to kill everyone who does not become Muslim. I now look at Islam as a cult – certainly not a religion. Future generations will ask why nothing was done to stop the spread of Islam.

    March 22, 2011 at 8:57 am |
    • ?

      Yikes! You sound crazy. So you came up with that conclusion based on "casually observing" a select group of individuals? Sound like a failed research study. You know nothing about the religion of Islam, so before you come to a conclusion I suggest you educate yourself.

      March 22, 2011 at 10:55 am |
    • fellow mn resident.

      yikes, that is pretty sad for MN Muslims as a whole that you perceive them that way, especially that you think they're a cult. as a mn resident myself, i think more people have been killed in minneapolis by gangs than muslims. i can't remember anyone in the recent present that has been killed by a muslim specifically, although some somailans have been brainwashed & recruited to kill abroad, which i agree is super scary, but i view them as terrorists and not muslims. just like how timothy mcveigh was a terrorist and used christianity to commit violence on innocent people. so i'm not sure where you get this perception. and we're not even that diverse/violent compared to other cities like chicago, where people seem more accepting. but, then again, mn is good @ faking the nice, lol. the biggest (its almost funny) mn muslim "contraversy" after 9/11 was some target employees weren't comfortable ringing up pork products, so another employee just rang them up.

      Personally, I feel that MN muslims are willing to teach you about their religion if you ask them. but like anyone else, they don't appreciate feeling "looked down upon." like, "why do you wear that thing on your head" or "why do you starve yourself [during ramadan]." seriously, your not 6 years old. get with it grandpa.

      March 22, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • fellow mn resident.

      and, when i mean your not a six year old, i mean open a book about islam. and when i mean, get with it grandpa, maybe you should use like wikipedia or something to learn more about the religion. your choice 😀

      and, i dont think they're ALL here to turn america into a sharia state (although some may feel that way)–why do you think they left they're muslim countries? most are just like your ancestors: a better life/job for themselves and they're kids. this is evident in the revolutions happening currently in the middle east.

      lastly, islam has been spreading since 700 AD so if anyone is asking themselves that question, they're a little late. its already the 2nd largest religion in the world and the fastest growing. again, where have you been?

      March 22, 2011 at 11:36 am |
    • CalgarySandy

      If they are not observing strict religious practices they are not looking to implement Sharia. How can you be so dim as to miss the contradiction in your comment.

      March 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • Judy

      Yeah, CO, I am sure you spead a lot of time chllin' with your muslim homies while they tell you of their plans for world domination! Watch Fox News much?

      March 24, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
    • imran

      I don't believe anything you just said. I am muslim, where does that leave your cult?

      March 27, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
  14. Phil

    They pray five times a day because the first four prayers went unanswered - because god doesn't exist.

    March 22, 2011 at 8:29 am |
    • Monty

      Phil the idea of a Muslim's prayer is not that it gets answered (this is not necessary). Prayer in Islam is glorification of God, the Most High, and a humbling experience for the person praying.

      March 22, 2011 at 10:09 am |
    • CJP

      yeah good luck on that theory. I hope you're right Phil.

      March 22, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  15. The_Mick

    The concept of reminding yourself 5x per day to be a good person is a great idea. The ritual of prayer may not be absolutely necessary to achieve that effect, but it does have a humbling, shaking off false pride, effect. Thomas Jefferson hoped that all Americans would eventually reject Christianity, Judaism, etc. and take up a form of Unitarianism where the best ideas of all religions are embraced. He'd surely find this one of those ideas.

    March 22, 2011 at 8:12 am |
    • CalgarySandy

      The Bible says to pray without ceasing. Prayer is a mindfulness practice that calms the mind and lets you remember your decision to live a good life with compassion to others. It is not necessarily a demand for anything. Prayer is for you not for God. Even if there were a God, I am with the one in Monty Python. "Stop sniveling."

      I consider the very idea of the God in the the Monotheisms to be blasphemous. If there is a god, I am pretty sure it is not a vengeful sky god hurling punishment at sinners. Any thing that is claimed to have created this incredible universe and holds it together is way above the pettiness taught in churches.

      March 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • hillbilleter

      I agree that Christians are taught to "pray without ceasing," (yet, sadly, not every one does).

      However, your very limited idea of what other people believe God to be is disturbing to me, and indicates a bad early experience with some religious person(s). I hope you get to meet more convivial Christians.

      March 23, 2011 at 1:04 am |
    • hillbilleter

      I'm sorry, @The_Mick, I was aiming the previous comment to @CalgarySandy.

      March 23, 2011 at 1:06 am |
  16. It's all good

    Leave people to pray without critique. This is a right which our forefathers and our current democracy hold as an inalienable right and has "paid" for with the lives of many good soldiers. One must be impressed with the unity and commune of all praying the same direction.

    March 22, 2011 at 8:11 am |
  17. Reality

    Saving Muslims, Christians and Jews a lot of time in useless praying:

    Saving 1.5 billion lost Muslim souls:
    There never was and never will be any angels i.e. no Gabriel, no Islam

    Saving 2 billion lost Christian souls:
    There was and never will be any bodily resurrections i.e. No Easter, no Christianity

    Saving 15.5 million Orthodox followers of Judaism:
    Abraham and Moses never existed.

    Added details upon request.----------------

    March 22, 2011 at 7:53 am |
    • ?

      Someone sounds bitter to me. You know that there is no such thing as Gabriel or Islam? How so? Bitter, bitter, bitter.

      March 22, 2011 at 10:50 am |
    • johnny

      you could save a lot of time by turning off your television. You do what you enjoy and I'll do what I enjoy – as long as we're not hurting each other, what's the problem?

      March 22, 2011 at 11:43 am |
    • CalgarySandy

      Why did you write this? There are no proofs of what you are saying. It is just a list of stupid insults to go nowhere. You could at least of provided some stupid "proofs".

      March 22, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  18. Can'tImagine

    Godless

    Can't Imagine: Kinda smug of you, isn't it? Does saying you'll pray for me make you feel better? Does it make you feel superior? Let's see if your prayers magically change me into a believer.

    @Godless No more then kinda smug of you. Do you have all the answers, to that which you don't believe in? No, you do not. You haven't died yet, and you haven't come back to tell us. So, what you percieve as a non existence God, you cannot actually say, because you have not did whats necessary to find out.
    Yes, I haven't as well, but its by faith I believe. But I am not here calling you weird for your belief. Does doing so to me, make you feel better, or superior?

    My prayers for you, are at least a good gesture on my behalf, what did you offer, other then ridicule? Or were you jusy exercising your good morals.....

    March 22, 2011 at 6:58 am |
    • Can'tImagine

      JUST*

      March 22, 2011 at 7:00 am |
  19. Amina

    Its a free world I am told. Everyone has rights within the law. This is not so obvious from some posts.

    March 22, 2011 at 3:44 am |
    • CalgarySandy

      The children of fundamentalists have no rights. They are brainwashed and abused if they try to think for themselves or learn about other paths to spiritual well being. By abuse I mean corporeal punishment, emotional abuse though being told they are evil or damned for doing something the parent or Church does not agree with, cognitive abuse in being lied to about the nature of reality as understood through science and logic and in attempting to understand. Understand is irrelevant just believe it, or else. Emotionally, having a parent say they would not kill to save your life because killing is wrong, being compared to the good little missionaries kids and losing, and being threatened with abandonment for disagreeing.

      All of this is illegal except for Christians. It should be for them too.

      March 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
  20. Farhad

    Zoroastrianism had the concept of Praying 5 times a day 1000 years before the advent of Islam. Islam borrowed heavily from Zoroastrianism, the concept of Judgment day, believing in one god, Paradise, praying 5 times a day were all basic Zoroastrian tenants.

    March 22, 2011 at 3:00 am |
    • Ali

      Yes... Without Zoroastrianism, there would be no Cristianity, Judaism or Islam.

      March 22, 2011 at 6:20 am |
    • Jeff Carver

      What???

      Are u guys serious or is it just some kind of Joke?

      I have never heard of Zoroastrianism

      March 22, 2011 at 6:22 am |
    • Farhad

      Jeff, wiki 'Zoroastrianism'....and u will get all your answers....

      there are around 200,000 Zoroastrians left in the world, most of them stay in Bombay, India.

      Corus, British Steel, Jaguar, Land Rover, Tata Nano are all owned by Zoroastrians.

      Freddie Mercury was a Zoroastrian.

      March 22, 2011 at 6:26 am |
    • chef dugan

      Hey, if it works for the Muslims I don't see any harm. It seems more like honoring God then the Christian habit of using prayer to ask God for a favor. Of course it never registers with Him because He's not in the habit of furthering human aims. Just a monumental waste of time.

      March 22, 2011 at 8:11 am |
    • BomBhai

      One of the best religious groups are Zoroastrians (or Parsis as they are known affectionately)....very peaceful religion and the followers are always very friendly.

      March 22, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • John

      Zoroastrianism believes in 2 Gods. One good one bad. Ahura Mazada and Durj.

      March 23, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • Muneef

      Guys come on what is this Zoro stuff you want to connect Islam with? The Zoro things were worshipping Fire that was never let go of flame from generation to generation. Those had great fights and wars with Muslims trying to put it off but failed continuously until the War the Roman empire army had a great wars against the Zoro's although were defeated once but had latter been victorious against it for which all Abraham's had been relieved and happy for the Zoro's been defeated by the Romans by God's will. The verse hereunder was about this issue although referred to by the nearer land meaning Near East.  

      Al-Room (The Romans) sura 30:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      Alif. Lam. Mim. (1) The Romans have been defeated (2) In the nearer land, and they, after their defeat will be victorious (3) In a few (less then ten) – Allah's is the command in the former case and in the latter – and in that day believers will rejoice (4) In Allah's help to victory. He helpeth to victory whom He will. He is the Mighty, the Merciful. (5) It is a promise of Allah. Allah faileth not His promise, but most of mankind know not. (6) They know only some appearance of the life of the world, and are heedless of the Hereafter. (7) Have they not pondered upon themselves? Allah created not the heavens and the earth, and that which is between them, save with truth and for a destined end. But truly many of mankind are disbelievers in the meeting with their Lord. (8).

      Al-Room sura 30:
      Verily We have coined for mankind in this Qur'an all kinds of similitudes; and indeed if thou camest unto them with a miracle, those who disbelieve would verily exclaim: Ye are but tricksters! (58) Thus doth Allah seal the hearts of those who know not. (59) So have patience (O Muhammad)! Allah's promise is the very truth, and let not those who have no certainty make thee impatient. (60).

      http://www.quran4u.com/Tafsiraya/App%20VIII.htm

      March 23, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • Farhad

      @ John

      No. Druj is not god, it means 'bad' or 'evil'....it like calling the devil in Christianity as 'God'

      Ahura Mazda is omniscient, according to Zoroastrianism he is "the uncreated god'...having no beginning and no end...

      Zoroastrianism is referred by many scholars as the FIRST MONOTHEISTIC RELIGION

      March 24, 2011 at 3:01 am |
    • Jaffer

      Had the Persians held the Arab hordes at Al-Qādisiyyah, not only would have Persia remained Zoroastrian, but the history of South-Asia would have changed.

      March 24, 2011 at 9:06 am |
    • arfat-ul-bari

      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 24, 2011 at 9:11 am |
    • 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 24, 2011 at 9:12 am |
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