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Religious Duties 1



Contact Prayer
Salaa



The word Salaat comes from the verb (Wasala, WSL) which means to contact. It is written with an end "T" that is silent except when being added to a following word like (Salaat alzuhr, the noon prayer), the As are pronounced as in "calm".



[2:45]
You shall seek help through steadfastness and the Contact Prayers (Salat). This is difficult indeed, but not so for the reverent,


The Contact prayer is the second pillar of Submission, the first is bearing witness that there is no god except God (Called "Alshahaada"), all the 4 other pillars (contact prayer, fasting, obligatory charity, pilgrimage) are tools granted to help us keep practicing and upholding the first pillar on daily basis.

In order to live your life according to the first pillar you should try your best to remember God always, in adversity and prosperity.

But since life is adorned for the human being to test him, it's easy to get distracted by work, spouse, children...etc and in the middle of this distraction Satan can dupe you into transgression.
Thus God in His infinite mercy granted us this invaluable gift, a tool by which we can establish contact with Him 5 times a day. However, God is always near, He listens  and responds to our imploring Him at all times, the contact prayers though are meant as check points or gasoline stations that we stop by in order to recharge our spiritual batteries after being caught temporarily in the visible illusion of life.


[4:103]
Once you complete your Contact Prayer (Salat),
you shall remember GOD while standing, sitting, or lying down. Once the war is over, you shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat); the Contact Prayers (Salat) are decreed for the believers at specific times.


The ultimate goal of a submitter is to stay on track, on the straight path, to keep him or herself balanced at all times, because only on this balanced path you can remember God and thus get rid of all obsessions, fears and worries and start enjoying the real meaning of life.
The 5 contact prayers are distributed over the whole day (Avg.: every 5 hours) to shift your center back to God whenever it derails to something or someone other than God.

Therefore without the contact prayer, it's almost impossible to keep remembering God most of the time because of the thousands of distractions used by Satan to make us forget God and act upon our sinfull lusts blindly. That's why Abraham implored God to make him one who observes the contact prayer [14:40], because it's the only way he can stay tuned to God's guidance and protection, God says He is with those who keep their contact prayers,


[5:12] GOD had taken a covenant from the Children of Israel, and we raised among them twelve patriarchs. And GOD said, "I am with you, so long as you observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), give the obligatory charity (Zakat), and believe in My messengers and respect them, and continue to lend GOD a loan of righteousness. I will then remit your sins, and admit you into gardens with flowing streams. Anyone who disbelieves after this, has indeed strayed off the right path."


However the generations after Abraham (who was given the contact prayer) either lost or distorted the contact prayer, the Jewish and the Christians completely abandoned it while the Muslims added other names besides God to it (Muhammad, Abraham and their families), this is by definition "Idolworship" or "Shirk" in Arabic which means associating other partners with God. By mentioning and commemorating others besides God in the prayer they are nullifying it completely.

The main function of the contact prayer is to remind us of God when we lose sight of Him during our daily bussiness, and by reminding us of God, the contact prayer plays a definite role in preventing us from falling in sins and transgressions. Without it we are defensless and can easily fall in self indulgences and addictions.


[20:14] "I am GOD; there is no other god beside Me. You shall worship Me alone, and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) to remember Me.


The cure for self-indulgence is the contact prayer:


[20:45] You shall recite what is revealed to you of the scripture, and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), for the Contact Prayers prohibit evil and vice. But the remembrance of GOD (through Salat) is the most important objective. GOD knows everything you do.



The contat prayer is a gift, God doesn't need it, we are the ones who need it, for without developing our souls enough, we will not be able to survive the physical presence of God on the day of Judgment as the messenger of the covenant Rashad Khalifa taught us in appendix 15 (Authorized english translation of Quran). Those who will believe in Quran will keep their contact prayers, otherwise they will run out of fuel before reaching Heaven!.

[6:92] This too is a blessed scripture that we have revealed, confirming the previous scriptures, that you may warn the most important community and all those around it. Those who believe in the Hereafter will believe in this (scripture), and will observe the Contact Prayers (Salat).


[14:31] Exhort My servants who believed to observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), and to give (to charity) from our provisions to them, secretly and publicly, before a day comes where there is neither trade, nor nepotism.


[24:36] (God's guidance is found) in houses exalted by GOD, for His name is commemorated therein. Glorifying Him therein, day and night -
[24:37] People who are not distracted by business or trade from commemorating GOD; they observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), and give the obligatory charity (Zakat), and they are conscious of the day when the minds and the eyes will be horrified.


The perfect religion:

[98:5]
All that was asked of them was to worship GOD, devoting the religion absolutely to Him alone, observe the contact prayers (Salat), and give the obligatory charity (Zakat). Such is the perfect religion.



0- Al-Azaan, how to call for the prayer?

1- How to perfom the Contact Prayer

2- Proof of the Contact Prayer word by word