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The Ways In Which Muslims Worship In The Mosque

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The Ways in Which Muslims Worship in the Mosque

Firstly it is important to comprehend exactly what worship (or Ibadah
as it is known in Islam) is. Worship is according to the dictionary

'The reverent love and devotion accorded a deity, an idol, or a sacred


Islam would totally reject the part of this definition, which
associates worship with an idol or a sacred object, as, this would
under Islamic law be Shirk or unforgivable under the eyes of God, as
Islam is a strictly monotheistic religion, and believes in the
principle of Tawhid. However, the reverent love and particularly the
devotion to the deity (Allah) would be correct, as worship to Allah
requires the sole attention of the worshipper. Although there is a
diversity of worship within Islam, the main form of prayer that takes
place in the Mosque is Salah, and the prominent focus will be on this.
Salah is the obligatory duty of all Muslims to pray five times a day,
and is one of the five pillars (sometimes called Arkan) of Islam.
Muslims perform Salah to be closer to Allah, to bring a sense of peace
and tranquillity and as a reminder of God and His greatness. By
performing Salah Muslims also avoid the three sins or failings:

* Kufr- disbelief, ingratitude (a disbeliever is a Kafir, and is
considered to be inferior)

* Shirk- association (i.e. associating anyone or anything else with

* Tughyan- arrogance, tyranny

Although this obligatory form of worship can take place in the home,
on the street or anywhere (so long as it is a clean area, a prayer mat
is used and one is facing the Quibla), it is recommended in a Hadith
of the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) that attendance to the Mosque (the Holy
building in which Muslims worship Allah) is vital. This Hadith says
that if one can attend a Mosque he/she must, unless they are ill or
the Mosque is too far away. The other forms of worship within Islam
are following the Sunnah and the aforementioned Hadith of Islam. The
Sunnah is the actions of Prophet Muhammad (SAWS), and these actions
form the ideal way of living or acting to one another. The Hadith are
seen as a subsequent source to the Holy Qur'an and are the sayings of
Prophet Muhammad (SAWS), which again are held with great reverence
within Islam. Following Shari'ah or the straight path of Islamic laws
which are set out is also a form of worship, much like following Islam
as a lifestyle by helping the poor for instance on the way to work.
The final form of worship within Islam is Du'a or a personal prayer.
This is a more spontaneous type of prayer which may take place any
time of the day and anywhere (unlike with Salah), and is usually
performed for personal supplication, private thanksgiving or pleas for


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