It is narrated that prophets other than the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) used to perform salah. Was there the worship of Salah in other religions, too?
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Dear Brother / Sister,
From Hz. Adam to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), the fundamentals of Belief that all prophets conveyed are the same. This quality is a common characteristic of all true religions that prophets conveyed. No prophet changed the fundamentals of belief; did they not make an addition to them, either. The last prophet, Hz. Muhammad (PBUH), called his community to believe the same fundamentals as Hz. Adam called his people to believe.
There is no difference between the fundamentals of belief of divine religions; similarly, there is no difference about basic worshipping among the religions.
Salah, which is considered as the pillar of religion, is a kind of worship that was made obligatory for all prophets and their communities. However, the difference is only in their time and the number of rakats. For Muslims, it has been ordered to perform five times a day, which is equal to fifty times a day in terms of thawab. (reward given by Allah)
It is clearly narrated in the Qur’an that salah was ordered to previous communities. For example, in a verse, it has been reported that Hz. Ibrahim used to perform prayers regularly and he wanted it to be practiced by his generation as follows:
O my Lord! make me one who establishes regular Prayer, and also (raise such) among my offspring O our Lord! and accept Thou my Prayer. (Ibrahim, 40)
Hz. Musa was also ordered to perform salah. In the 12th verse of the Surah of Al-Maeda, it is narrated that there was a certain promise by Israelites about performing salah.
Hz. Shuayb used to pray a lot. Even because of this, his community wanted to insult him. This is narrated in the Qur’an as follows:
They said: "Oh Shuayb! does thy (religion of) prayer command thee that we leave off the worship which our fathers practised or that we leave off doing what we like with our property? (Surah Hud, 87)
Again, it is narrated in the Qur’an that Hz. Ishaq and Jacob, Hz. Zakariya and Jesus prayed.
On the other hand, worships like fasting and zakat do not only belong to the community of our prophet (BPUH). As a matter of fact, it has been narrated that these worships are ordered as fard for other communities, too. For example, in the 183th verse of Surah of Al-Baqara, the following is stated:
O ye who believe! fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you that ye may (learn) self-restraint.―
Yes, salah, fasting, zakat and many other kinds of worship do exist in the shariah of other prophets. However, in the course of time, Jews and Christians gave up performing these worships or changed them.
So, it is much better to say; Almighty Allah (SWT) ordered Jews and other communities to perform salah instead of saying, ”Muslims copied salah from Jews.”
Questions on Islam
- The Prayers
- When was salah (daily prayer) rendered fard for the first time?
- Were the other ummahs also ordered to perform prayers, fasting and other kinds of worshipping?
- Could you please give information about Daily Prayer (Salah)?
- When was prayer rendered fard?
- Is it permissible not to perform the sunnah prayers? We are sometimes very tired. They say the Prophet (pbuh) sometimes abandoned the sunnahs of the afternoon and night prayers. Is it true? How often did he abandon them?
- Why do we read salli-barik prayers in the first sitting of the first sunnah of the afternoon and night salahs? In case of forgetting to read them, do we have to make sajda as-sahw?
- Will you give information about listening to the adhan, repeating the words of the adhan and showing respect to the adhan?
- Jama’ah Salah (Prayer in Congregation)