Was there daily prayer worship (salah) in other religions, too? Did other prophets and their ummahs (community) perform salah?
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Dear Brother / Sister,
The times and form of salah may be different during the time of other prophets. However, along with the hadiths that show salah is an ongoing worship, there are also some verses which mention about ruku and sajdah. Some verses are as follows:
Hazrat Ibrahim (AS) prays as follows:
"O our Lord! I have made some of my offspring to dwell in a valley without cultivation, by Thy Sacred House; in order, O our Lord that they may establish regular prayer: so fill the hearts of some among men with love towards them, and feed them with Fruits: so that they may give thanks."
"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. (Surah Ibrahim, 14/37 and 40)
The following is said concerning the prophets; Ibrahim, Lot, Ishaq (Isaac) and Yaqub (Jacob):
"And We made them leaders, guiding (men) by Our Command, and We sent them inspiration to do good deeds, to establish regular prayers, and to practise regular charity; and they constantly served Us (and Us only)." (Surah al-Anbiya, 21/73).
"Ismail used to enjoin on his people Prayer and Charity and he was most acceptable in the sight of his Lord." (Surah Maryam, 19/55)
Hz. Luqman (AS) advised his son as follows:
"O my son! Establish regular prayer, enjoin what is just, and forbid what is wrong." (Luqman, 31/17)
Some other verses about the subject are 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? Truly, thou art the one that forbeareth with faults and is right-minded!" (Hud, 11/87)
"We inspired Moses and his brother with this message: "Provide dwellings for your People in Egypt, make your dwellings into places of worship, and establish regular prayers: and give Glad Tidings to those who believe!" (Yunus, 10/87)
"O children of Israel!... be steadfast in prayer; give Zakat, and bow down your heads with those who bow down (in worship)." (al-Baqara, 2/40-43).
"O Mary! worship thy Lord devoutly; prostrate thyself, and bow down (in prayer) with those who bow down." (Aal-e-Imran, 3/43).
"Isa (Jesus) said: "I am indeed a servant of Allah: He hath given me revelation and made me a prophet; And He hath made me Blessed wheresoever I be, and hath enjoined on me Prayer and Charity as long as I live" (Maryam, 19/30-31).
Ahl al-Kitab (the People of the Book) were ordered to perform salah:
"Nor did the people of the Book make schisms, until after there came to them Clear Evidence. And they have been commanded no more than this: to worship Allah, offering Him sincere devotion, being True (in faith); to establish regular Prayer; and to practise regular Charity; and that is the Religion Right and Straight." (Surah, al-Bayyina, 98/4-5).
Questions on Islam
- Could you please give information about “Salah” from the time of prophets up to now? Did other prophets and their Ummahs (community) perform salah?
- How did prayers reach today from the previous prophets? Did the other prophets and their ummahs perform prayers?
- How did prayer come today through prophets? Did the other prophets and their ummahs perform prayers?
- Were the other ummahs also ordered to perform prayers, fasting and other kinds of worshipping?
- The Prayers
- It is stated that the other prophets also performed prayers. Did performing prayers exist in other religions?
- 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?
- Some people say there is no form of worshipping in our religion and that salah (prayer) is used in the meaning of dua (supplication) in the Quran. Is it true?
- What does “I am from Abraham’s nation” mean? Can you give some information about Hanif religion?