A Muslim prepares for prayer and goes through one rak'ah. Each action is explained, including reciting intention (niyyah), washing (wudu), bowing (ruku) and prostration (sujud).

This clip is from:
Belief File, Islam: Prayer
First broadcast:
15 March 1996

Ask students to think about a time when someone important came to visit them at home or school. What did they or their famiily or school do in preparation? Explain why this preparation was needed and what it expressed about the visitor. Watch the clip. "What is it about Allah that makes Muslims go through such a careful preparation and ritual in prayer?" Using a picture of the different stages, label what each action symbolises and why it might be pleasing to Allah. "What impact might praying five times a day have on a Muslim's actions?"