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Zoroastrian Influence on Salaat
« on: January 20, 2013, 08:13:12 PM »
Dear Joseph,

I am aware that Islam and Hinduism has many similarities and that their Yoga does have certain movements like ours and evolved over time as exercise.

Also the 'namaz' of Zoroastrians and muslims are very similiar-  and we know that Zoroastrian religion is followed in Persia and the Hadith authors were also from the same origin- what are your views on that?

Thanks

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Re: Zoroastrian Influence on Salaat
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2013, 08:15:32 PM »
May peace be with you,

With regards Zoroastrian influence and the assertion of 'invented namaaz', as intimated in your emails, please see my following article:

WAS RITUAL PRAYER A PRACTICE INVENTED LATER?
http://quransmessage.com/articles/invented%20prayer%20FM3.htm

It is important to remember that the Quran does not intend to prescribe a particular form and content for prayer. Therefore there is no surprise that many religions would have a form of worship and many of them will be similar containing overlapping aspects such as prostration, bowing etc. The Quran's main directive is to 'establish prayer'. It provides guidance to certain aspects of prayer [1] and as long as they are met, the overarching requirement to establish prayer is complete.

I hope that helps, God willing.

Regards,
Joseph.


REFERENCES:

[1]  ASPECTS OF PRAYER

•   The details of ablution (4:43; 5:6)
•   A need for a direction - Qiblah, specific for the ‘believers’ (Mu'mins) (2.143-44)
•   Garments (7:31)
•   Allusion of times: (4:103; 11:114; 17:78; 24:58; 30:18; 2:238: 20:58)
•   That prayers must be observed on time (4:103)
•   Followers of the previous scripture to observe their Qiblah and the Believers (Mu’mins) their own Qiblah (2:145)
•   Prayer involves prostration (Sujood - 4:102; 48:29)
•   There is more than one prayer (Prayer in plural used - Salawat) (2:238)
•   There is a general form to prayer (2:238-39).
•   Standing position (3:39; 4:102)
•   Bowing down and prostrating (4:102; 22:26; 38:24; 48:29)
•   Form is not required during times of emergencies, fear, and unusual circumstances (2:239)
•   A mention of a call to prayer and congregation prayer (62:9)
•   A warning not to abandon prayer as was done by people before (19:58-59) but to establish prayer (Numerous references)
•   The purpose of prayer - To remember God alone (6:162; 20:14)
•   Prayer involves utterance (4:43)
•   The purpose to protect from sins (29:45)
•   What to do in danger and the shortening of prayer (4:101)
•   Garments and mention of a Masjid, or a place of prayer (7:31)
•   The tone of prayer (17:110)
•   There is a leader of prayer (4:102)
 
See also:

A JEWISH PRAYER IN COMPLETE RESONANCE WITH QURANIC VERSES ON THE REQUIREMENTS OF PRAYER
http://quransmessage.com/articles/jewish%20prayer%20FM3.htm
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