Pir Dastgir Sahib, Srinagar
Pir Dastgir Sahib, Srinagar

When Muslims pray, they offer praise, thanks or repentance for sins to Allah. From the minute a child is born and the words of the Adhan are whispered into its ear, Muslim children are encouraged to pray.

Salah is performed five times a day at set times: dawn, just after noon, in the afternoon, at sunset and in the evening.

One rak'ah of Salah involves certain actions, including:

  • standing facing Makkah (Mecca)
  • raising the hands to one's ears
  • folding the arms across the chest
  • bending over with the hands on the knees
  • standing again, before kneeling prostrate on the floor
  • sitting back on one's heels
  • turning the head to the left and the right

While performing these actions, Muslims recite verses from the Qur'an.

Du'a is when a Muslim asks Allah for particular guidance or help, or thanks Allah for his blessings. Muslims may also recite the 99 names of Allah using a string of 33 or 99 beads to help them pray.

Praying five times a day is seen as an opportunity to stand before Allah, to praise and thank him and ask for guidance. It is a way of keeping Allah continually in mind throughout the day. It deepens a Muslim's faith and dependence on Allah for all their needs, and helps them love and trust their creator.

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