I Praise You Seven Times a Day

Sunrise [1], Morning [2], Noon [3], Afternoon [4],
Sunset [5], Night [6], Midnight [7]

Indeed, prayer has been decreed upon the believers a decree of specified times, for it prohibits immorality, and the remembrance of God is greater

2:153, Qur'an
O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer.  Indeed, God is with the patient -

2:45, Qur'an
Indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to God].

29:45, Qur'an
[So] recite what has been revealed to you of the Book and establish prayer.  Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing, and the remembrance of God is greater.  And God knows that which you do.

7:205 - 206, Qur'an
[So] remember your Lord within yourself in humility and in fear without being apparent in speech - in the mornings [2] and the afternoons [4].  And do not be among the heedless.  Indeed, those who are near your Lord are not prevented by arrogance from His worship, and they exalt Him, and to Him they prostrate.

30:18, Qur'an
And to Him is [due all] praise throughout the heavens and the earth.  And [Exalted is He] at noon [3] and when you are at night [6].

50:39, Qur'an
[And] exalt [God] with praise of your Lord before the rising of the sun [1] and before its setting [5], and be patient over what they say.

17:79, Qur'an
And from [part of] the night, arise from sleep [7] for prayer as additional [worship] for you; it is expected that your Lord will raise you [7] to a praiseworthy station.

Psalms 119:164, Torah
[And thus] I praise You seven times a day because of Your righteous judgements -

4:103, Qur'an
[For] indeed, prayer has been decreed upon the believers a decree of specified times.

19:59, Qur'an
But there came after them successors who neglected prayer and pursued desires; so they are going to meet evil -

23:9 - 11, Qur'an
[But] they who carefully maintain their prayers - those are the inheritors who will inherit Paradise.  They will abide therein eternally.


Sections of Prayer


All Things Exalt God, but you do Not Understand their Way of Exalting

The Seven Heavens and the Earth and whatever is in them Exalt Him and there is Not a Thing Except that it Exalts God

64:1, Qur'an
Whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth is exalting God.  To Him belongs dominion, and to Him belongs [all] praise, and He is over all things Competent.

15:98, Qur'an
So exalt [God] with praise of your Lord and be of those who prostrate [to Him].

16:49, Qur'an
[For] to God prostrates whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth of creatures, and the angels [as well], and they are not arrogant.

24:41, Qur'an
[Or] do you not see that God is exalted by whomever is within the heavens and the earth and the birds with wings spread?  Each has known his prayer and exalting, and God is Knowing of what they do -

38:18 - 19, Qur'an
[For] indeed, We subjected the mountains to praise with David, exalting God in the afternoon and sunrise.  And the birds were assembled, all with him repeating [praises] -

Psalms 148:7 - 10, Torah
[For We said,] "Praise the Lord from the earth, you dragons, and all deeps.  Fire, and hail; snow, and vapor; stormy wind fulfilling His word.  Mountains, and all hills; fruitful trees, and all cedars.  Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl.

Psalms 96:12, Torah
Let the field be joyful, and all that [is] therein, then will all the trees of the wood rejoice.

Psalms 98:7 - 8, Torah
Let the sea roar, and the fullness thereof; the world, and those who dwell therein.  Let the floods clap [their] hands, let the hills be joyful together.

Psalms 69:34, Torah
Let the heaven and earth praise Him, the seas, and everything that moves therein.

Psalms 148:5, Torah
Let them praise the name of the Lord, for He commanded, and they were created.

Psalms 148:2 - 4, Torah
[So] praise Him, all His angels, praise Him, all His hosts.  Praise Him, sun and moon, praise Him, all you stars of light.  Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, and you waters that [are] above the heavens.

Psalms 148:13, Torah
Let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is excellent; His glory [is] above the earth and heaven."

22:18, Qur'an
[So] do you not see that to God prostrates whoever is in the heavens and whoever is on the earth, and the sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains, the trees, the moving creatures and many of the people?

17:44, Qur'an
[For] the seven heavens and the earth and whatever is in them exalt Him.  And
 there is not a thing except that it exalts [God] by His praise, but you do not understand their [way of] exalting.  Indeed, He is ever Forbearing and Forgiving.


  

Bow with those who Bow

To God Prostrates whatever is in the Heavens and on the Earth - their Shadows Incline to the Right and to the Left

16:48, Qur'an
Have they not considered what things God has created?  Their shadows incline to the right and to the left, prostrating to God, while they are humble.

Nehemiah 9:6, Torah
[For] You [O God], [even] You, [are] Lord alone; You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all [things] that [are] therein, the seas, and all that [is] therein, and You preserve them all; and the host of heaven prostrates to You.

16:49, Qur'an
And [thus] to God prostrates whatever is in the heavens and whatever is on the earth of creatures, and the angels [as well], and they are not arrogant.

22:77, Qur'an
[So] O you who have believed, bow and prostrate and worship your Lord and do good - that you may succeed.

7:205 - 206, Qur'an
And remember your Lord within yourself in humility and in fear without being apparent in speech - in the mornings and the evenings.  And do not be among the heedless.  Indeed, those who are near your Lord are not prevented by arrogance from His worship, and they exalt Him, and to Him they prostrate.

13:15, Qur'an
And [thus] to God prostrates whoever is within the heavens and the earth, willingly or by compulsion, and their shadows [as well] in the mornings and the afternoons.

2:43, Qur'an
[So] establish prayer and give alms and bow with those who bow [in worship and obedience].


I Praise You Seven Times a Day

Sunrise [1], Morning [2], Noon [3], Afternoon [4],
Sunset [5], Night [6], Midnight [7]

70:34 - 35, Qur'an
Those who [carefully] maintain their prayer: they will be in gardens, honored.

2:238, Qur'an
[So] maintain the prayers with care and the middle prayer and stand before God, devoutly obedient.

4:101, Qur'an
[But] when you travel throughout the land, there is no blame upon you for shortening the prayer, [especially] if you fear that those who disbelieve may disrupt you.

2:239, Qur'an
[So] if you fear, [then pray] on foot or riding.

4:103, Qur'an
And when you have completed the prayer, remember God standing, sitting, or on your sides.  But when you become secure, re-establish prayer.  Indeed, prayer has been decreed upon the believers a decree of specified times.

Psalms 119:164 - 165, Torah
[And thus] I praise You seven times a day because of Your righteous judgements.  Those who love Your law have great peace, and nothing will offend them.

 

Before Sunrise/Dawn [1] and Before Sunset [5]

Psalms 113:3, Torah
[So] from the rising of the sun [1] to the going down [5] of the same the Lord's name [is] to be praised.

50:39, Qur'an
So exalt [God] with praise of your Lord before the rising of the sun [1] and before its setting [5], and be patient over what they say.

17:78, Qur'an
[And] establish prayer at the decline of the sun until the darkness of the night [5] and [also] the Qur'an of dawn [1].  Indeed, the recitation of dawn [1] is ever witnessed.

 

Morning [2] and Afternoon [4], at the Ends of the Day

20:130, Qur'an
And exalt [God] with praise of your Lord at the ends of the day [2 and 4] and before the rising of the sun [1] and before its setting [5]; and during periods of the night [6], that you may be satisfied -

48:9, Qur'an
[And so] that you may believe in God and His messenger and honor him and respect the prophet and exalt God morning [2] and afternoon [4].

Psalms 5:3, Torah
[Thus] You will hear my voice in the morning, O Lord; in the morning [2] I will direct [my prayer] to You, and will look up.

 

Noon [3] and Midnight [7]

30:18, Qur'an
And to Him is [due all] praise throughout the heavens and the earth.  And [Exalted is He] at noon [3] and when you are at night [6].

Psalms 55:17, Torah
[Thus] at noon [3], I will pray, [and at] evening [6], and morning [2], and cry aloud, and He will hear my voice.

17:79 - 81, Qur'an
And from [part of] the night, arise from sleep [7] for prayer as additional [worship] for you; it is expected that your Lord will raise you [7] to a praiseworthy station.  And say, "My Lord, cause me to enter a sound entrance and to exit a sound exit and grant me from Yourself a supporting authority."  And say, "Truth has come, and falsehood has departed.  Indeed falsehood, [by nature], is ever bound to depart."

Psalms 119:62, Torah
[And so] at midnight I will rise [7] to give thanks to You because of Your righteous judgements.

32:16, Qur'an
[And thus] they arise from [their] beds [7]; they supplicate their Lord in fear and aspiration, and from what We have provided them, they spend.

 

Night [6]

Psalms 92:1 - 2, Torah
[It is] good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Your name, O Most High.  To show forth Your faithfulness every night [6], and Your lovingkindness in the morning [2].

73:6 - 8, Qur'an
[For] indeed, the hours of the night [6] are more effective for concurrence and more suitable for words.  Indeed, for you by day is prolonged occupation.  And remember the name of your Lord and devote yourself to Him with complete devotion.

Psalms 119:55 - 56, Torah
[And thus] I have remembered Your name, O Lord, in the night [6], and have kept Your law.  This I had, because I kept Your precepts.

39:9, Qur'an
[Then] is one who is devoutly obedient during periods of the night [6], prostrating and standing [in prayer], fearing the Hereafter and hoping for the mercy of his Lord, [like one who does not]?  Say, "Are those who know equal to those who do not know?"  Only they will remember [who are] people of understanding -

51:17, Qur'an
[Those who] used to sleep but little of the night -

Luke 6:12, Gospel
[Like Jesus, for] it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night [6] in prayer to God.

73:20, Qur'an
[And likewise,] indeed, your Lord knows that you [O Muhammad] stand almost two thirds of the night or half of it or a third of it, and a group of those with you.  And God determines the night and the day.  He has known that you will not be able to do it and has turned to you in forgiveness, so recite what is easy of the Qur'an.  He has known that there will be among you those who are ill and others traveling throughout the land seeking of the bounty of God and others fighting for the cause of God.  So recite what is easy from it and establish prayer and give alms and loan God a goodly loan.  And whatever good you put forward for yourselves - you will find it with God.  It is better and greater in reward.  And seek forgiveness of God.  Indeed, God is Forgiving and Merciful.

 

When the Call is Made for the Prayer on the Day of Friday, then Proceed to the Remembrance of God

62:9 - 10, Qur'an
O you who have believed, when the call is made for the prayer on the day of Jumu'ah [Friday], then proceed to the remembrance of God and leave trade.  That is better for you, if you only knew.  And when the prayer has been concluded, disperse within the land and seek from the bounty of God, and remember God often that you may succeed.


God Intends to Purify you

Wash your Faces and your Forearms

Psalms 51:1 - 2, Torah
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your loving kindness, according to the multitude of Your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

Psalms 51:6 - 7, Torah
Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts, and You will make me know wisdom in the hidden [part].  Purge me with hyssop, and I will be clean, wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

87:14 - 15, Qur'an
[Thus] he has certainly succeeded who purifies himself and mentions the name of his Lord and prays.

Exodus 30:17 - 19, Torah
[So remember that] the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, "You will also make a laver [of] brass, and his foot [also of] brass, to wash [in addition], and you will put it between the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, and you will put water therein for Aaron and his sons will wash their hands and their feet there.

Exodus 30:21, Torah
So they will wash their hands and their feet, that they do not die, and it will be a statute forever to them, [even] to him and to his seed throughout their generations."

5:6, Qur'an
[So] O you who have believed, when you rise to [perform] prayer, wash your faces and your forearms to the elbows and wipe over your heads and wash your feet to the ankles.  And if you are impure, then purify yourselves.  But if you are ill or on a journey or one of you comes from the place of relieving himself or you have contacted women and do not find water, then seek clean earth and wipe over your faces and hands with it.  God does not intend to make difficulty for you, but He intends to purify you and complete His favor upon you that you may be grateful.


Face the First House of Abraham: the Sacred Mosque in Bakkah

Follow the Religion of Abraham, Inclining Toward Truth

2:148, Qur'an
For each [religious following] is a direction toward which it faces.  So race to [all that is] good.  Wherever you may be, God will bring you forth [for judgement] all together.  Indeed, God is over all things Competent.

1 Kings 6:11 - 14, Torah
[So remember when] the word of the Lord came to Solomon, saying, "[Concerning] this House which you are in building, if you will walk in My statutes, and execute My judgements, and keep all My commandments to walk in them; then I will perform My word with you, which I spoke to David your father.  And I will dwell among the Children of Israel, and will not forsake My people Israel."  So Solomon built the House, and finished it.

2 Chronicles 6:17 - 21, Torah
[And Solomon said,] "Now then, O Lord God of Israel, let Your word be verified, which You have spoken to Your servant David.  But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth?  Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain You; how much less this House which I have built!  Have respect therefore to the prayer of Your servant, and to his supplication, O Lord my God, to hear the cry and the prayer which Your servant prays before You.  That Your eyes may be open upon this House day and night, upon the place whereof You have said that You would put Your name there; to hear the prayer which Your servant prays toward this place.  Listen therefore to the supplications of Your servant, and of Your people Israel, which they will make toward this place, hear from Your dwelling place, [even] from heaven; and when You hear, forgive.

1 Kings 8:48 - 49, Torah
[So if they] return to You with all their heart, and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies, who led them away captive, and pray to You toward their land, which You gave to their fathers, the city which You have chosen, and the House which I have built for Your name.  Then hear their prayer and their supplication in heaven, Your dwelling place, and maintain their cause."

2:144, Qur'an
[And so] We have certainly seen the turning of your face, toward the heaven, and We will surely turn you to a direction of prayer with which you will be pleased.  So turn your face toward the Sacred Mosque [in Bakkah].  And wherever you [believers] are, turn your faces toward it [in prayer].  Indeed, those who have been given the Scripture well know that it is the truth from their Lord.  And God is not unaware of what they do.

2:146, Qur'an
[For] those to whom We gave the Scripture know [Abraham] as they know their own sons.  But indeed, a party of them conceal the truth while they know [it] -

3:96, Qur'an
[For] indeed, the first House [of worship] established for mankind was that at Bakkah - blessed and a guidance for the worlds.

22:26 - 27, Qur'an
And when We designated for Abraham the site of the House, [We said], "Do not associate anything with Me and purify My House for those who circumambulate and those who stand [in prayer] and those who bow and prostrate."  And proclaim to the people the Pilgrimage; they will come to you on foot and on every lean camel; they will come from every distant pass -

3:97, Qur'an
In it are clear signs [such as] the standing place of Abraham.  And whoever enters it shall be safe.  And [due] to God from the people is a pilgrimage to the House - for whoever is able to find thereto a way.  But whoever disbelieves - then indeed, God is free from need of the worlds.

3:95, Qur'an
[So] say, "God has told the truth.  So follow the religion of Abraham, inclining toward truth; and he was not of the polytheists."  

14:35 - 37, Qur'an
[For] Abraham said, "My Lord, make this city secure and keep me and my sons away from worshiping idols.  My Lord, indeed they have led astray many among the people.  So whoever follows me - then he is of me; and whoever disobeys me - indeed, You are [yet] Forgiving and Merciful.  Our Lord, I have settled some of my descendants in an uncultivated valley near Your sacred House, our Lord, that they may establish prayer.  So make hearts among the people incline toward them and provide for them from the fruits that they might be grateful."

2:145, Qur'an
[But] if you brought to those who were given the Scripture every sign, they would not follow your direction of prayer.  Nor will you be a follower of their direction of prayer.  Nor would they be followers of one another's direction of prayer.  So if you were to follow their desires after what has come to you of knowledge, indeed, you would then be among the wrongdoers.

2:149 - 150, Qur'an
So from wherever you go out [for prayer, O Muhammad] turn your face toward the Sacred Mosque, and indeed, it is the truth from your Lord.  And God is not unaware of what you do.  And from wherever you go out [for prayer], turn your face toward the Sacred Mosque.  And wherever you [believers] may be, turn your faces toward it in order that the people will not have any argument against you, except for those of them who commit wrong; so fear them not but fear Me.  And [it is] so I may complete My favor upon you and that you may be guided.


Call upon your Lord in Humility and Privately

The Lord is Near All those who Call upon Him in Truth

2:186, Qur'an
And when My servants ask you, concerning Me - indeed I am near.  I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me.  So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.

Psalms 145:18, Torah
[For] the Lord [is] near all those who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.

42:26, Qur'an
And He answers [the supplication of] those who have believed and done righteous deeds and increases [for] them from His bounty.

14:39, Qur'an
[For remember Abraham, when he said,] "Praise to God, who has granted to me in old age Ishmael and Isaac.  Indeed, my Lord is the Hearer of supplication."

21:76, Qur'an
And Noah, when he called [to God] before, so We responded to him and saved him and his family from the great flood.

21:83 - 84, Qur'an
And Job, when he called to his Lord, "Indeed, adversity has touched me, and You are the Most Merciful of the merciful."  So We responded to him and removed what afflicted him of adversity.  And We gave him [back] his family and the like thereof with them as mercy from Us and a reminder for the worshipers [of God].

26:12 - 13, Qur'an
[And Moses, when] he said, "My Lord, indeed I fear that they will deny me and that my breast will tighten and my tongue will not be fluent, so send for Aaron."

20:36, Qur'an
[So God] said, "You have been granted your request, O Moses."

21:89 - 90, Qur'an
And Zacharias, when he called to his Lord, "My Lord, do not leave me alone [with no heir], while You are the best of inheritors."  So We responded to him, and We gave to him John, and amended for him his wife.  Indeed, they used to hasten to good deeds and supplicate Us in hope and fear, and they were to Us humbly submissive.

21:87 - 88, Qur'an
And the man of the fish [Jonah], when he went off in anger and thought that We would not decree [anything] upon him.  And he called out within the darknesses, "There is no deity except You; exalted are You.  Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers."  So We responded to him and saved him from the distress.  And thus do We save the believers.

Hebrews 5:7, Gospel
[And likewise Jesus,] who, in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears to Him who was able to save him from death, and was heard in that which he feared.

7:55, Qur'an
[So] call upon your Lord in humility and privately; indeed, He does not like transgressors.

Matthew 6:5 - 6, Gospel
"And [thus,] when you pray, do not be as the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men.  Verily I say to you, 'They have their reward.'  But you, when you pray, enter into your closet, and when you have shut your door, pray to your [Creator], who is in the hidden; and your [Creator], who sees in the hidden, will reward you openly."

20:7, Qur'an
[But] if you speak aloud - then indeed, He knows the secret and what is [even] more hidden.

17:110, Qur'an
[So] say, "Call upon God or call upon the Most Merciful.  Whichever [name] you call - to Him belong the best names."  And do not recite [too] loudly in your prayer or [too] quietly but seek between that an [intermediate] way.


Seek Help through Patience and Prayer

Pray that He will Direct your Way in Truth and He will Guide you to Himself on a Straight Path

2:153, Qur'an
O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer.  Indeed, God is with the patient.

Psalms 37:5 - 9, Torah
[So] commit your way to the Lord; trust also in Him; and He will bring [it] to pass.  And He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your judgement as the noonday.  Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him, do not fret yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.  Cease from anger, and forsake wrath, do not fret yourself in any wise to do evil.  For evildoers will be cut off, but those who wait upon the Lord, they will inherit the earth.

[Sirach 37:15], Torah
[But] above all this, pray to the Most High, that He will direct your way in truth.

17:80 - 81, Qur'an
[So] say, "My Lord, cause me to enter a sound entrance and to exit a sound exit and grant me from Yourself a supporting authority."  And say, "Truth has come, and falsehood has departed.  Indeed is falsehood, [by nature], ever bound to depart."

92:12, Qur'an
[Then] indeed, [incumbent] upon Us is guidance.

47:17, Qur'an
[Whereby] those who are guided - He increases them in guidance and gives them their righteousness.

3:8, Qur'an
[So say,] "Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy.  Indeed, You are the Bestower."

Matthew 6:10 - 11, Gospel
[And say,] "Let Your kingdom come.  Let Your will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven.  [And] give us this day, our daily bread."

Psalms 143:10, Torah
[And say,] "Teach me to do Your will; for You [are] my God, Your Spirit [is] good; lead me into the land of uprightness."

26:217, Qur'an
[So] rely upon the Almighty, the Most Merciful -

4:175, Qur'an
[For] those who believe in God and hold fast to Him - He will admit them to mercy from Himself and bounty and guide them to Himself on a straight path.

2:45, Qur'an
[So] seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to God].


Glorify Him with Great Glorification, for to Him is All Praise in the First Life and the Hereafter

Thus I will Praise You with All my Heart

Psalms 22:23, Torah
You who fear the Lord, praise Him; all the seed of Jacob, glorify Him; and fear Him, all the seed of Israel.

28:70, Qur'an
[For] He is God; there is no deity except Him.  To Him is [due all] praise in the first [life] and the Hereafter.  And His is the [final] decision, and to Him you will be returned.

15:98, Qur'an
So exalt [God] with praise of your Lord and be of those who prostrate [to Him] -

Revelation 4:11, Gospel
[So say,] "You are worthy, O Lord [God], to receive glory and honor and power, for You have created all things, and for Your pleasure they are and were created.

Psalms 86:8 - 12, Torah
Among the gods [there are] none like You, O Lord; neither [are there any works] like Your works.  All nations that You have made will come and worship before You, O Lord; and will glorify Your name.  For You [are] great, and do wondrous things, You [are] God alone.  Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth, unite my heart to fear Your name.  I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify Your name forevermore."

Psalms 29:2, Torah
[Thus] give to the Lord the glory due to His name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

55:78, Qur'an
[For] blessed is the name of your Lord, Owner of Majesty and Honor.

17:111, Qur'an
[So] say, "Praise to God, who has not taken a son and has had no partner in [His] dominion and has no [need of a] protector out of weakness; and glorify Him with [great] glorification."


Our Lord, Forgive us our Sins

Indeed, whoever Seeks Forgiveness of God will Find God Forgiving and Merciful

3:133, Qur'an
Hasten to forgiveness from your Lord and a garden as wide as the heavens and earth, prepared for the righteous -

3:16 - 17, Qur'an
Those who say, "Our Lord, indeed we have believed, so forgive us our sins and protect us from the punishment of the Fire," the patient, the true, the obedient, those who spend [in the way of God], and those who seek forgiveness before dawn.

Matthew 6:12 - 13, Gospel
[So say,] "Forgive us our debts [O God], as we forgive our debtors.  And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever."

23:118, Qur'an
And, say, "My Lord, forgive and have mercy, and You are the best of the merciful."

4:106, Qur'an
[So] seek forgiveness of God.  Indeed, God is ever Forgiving and Merciful.

4:110, Qur'an
[For] whoever does a wrong or wrongs himself but then seeks forgiveness of God will find God Forgiving and Merciful.

Psalms 86:5, Torah
For You, Lord, [are] good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy to all those who call upon You.

5:74, Qur'an
So will they not repent to God and seek His forgiveness?  And God is Forgiving and Merciful.


The Lord Raises those who have Bowed Down

You See them Bowing and Prostrating in Prayer

James 4:10, Gospel
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

Psalms 145:14 - 15, Torah
[For] the Lord upholds all who fall, and raises up all [those who have] bowed down.  The eyes of all wait upon You; and You give them their meat in due season.

53:62, Qur'an
So prostrate to God and worship [Him].

32:15, Qur'an
[For] only those believe in Our verses who, when they are reminded by them, fall down in prostration and exalt [God] with praise of their Lord, and they are not arrogant -

2 Chronicles 7:3, Torah
[For] when all the Children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the House, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement and prostrated, and praised the Lord, [saying], "For [He is] good; for His mercy [endures] forever."

Exodus 34:6 - 8, Torah
And [when] the Lord passed by before [Moses], and proclaimed, "The Lord, the Lord God, Merciful and Gracious, Longsuffering, and abundant in Goodness and Truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear [the guilty]; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, to the third and to the fourth [generation]." - Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and prostrated.

Nehemiah 8:6, Torah
And [when] Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God - all the people answered, "Amen, Amen," with their hands lifting up, and they bowed their heads, and prostrated to the Lord with [their] faces to the ground.

2 Chronicles 20:18, Torah
And [likewise,] Jehoshaphat bowed his head with [his] face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshiping the Lord. 

Matthew 26:39, Gospel
[Even Jesus] went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, "O my [Creator], if it is possible, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless not as I will, but as You [will]."

48:29, Qur'an
[Thus] you see them bowing and prostrating [in prayer], seeking bounty from God and [His] pleasure.  Their mark is on their faces from the trace of prostration.  That is their description in the Torah.

48:29, Qur'an
And their description in the Gospel is as a plant which produces its offshoots and strengthens them so they grow firm and stand upon their stalks, delighting the sowers -

[Shepherd of Hermas 67:15 - 16], Gospel
[Whereby some] gave up their stems [with] green and with shoots, these also stood apart; and at these again the angel rejoiced exceedingly.  And others gave up their stems [with] green and with shoots; and their shoots had, as it were, a kind of fruit.  And those men were exceedingly gladsome, whose stems were found in this state.  And the angel exulted over them, and the shepherd was very gladsome over them.

14:24 - 25, Qur'an
[So] have you not considered how God presents an example, [making] a good word like a good tree, whose root is firmly fixed and its branches [high] in the sky?  It produces its fruit all the time, by permission of its Lord.  And God presents examples for the people that perhaps they will be reminded.

22:77, Qur'an
[So] O you who have believed, bow and prostrate and worship your Lord and do good - that you may succeed.


Woe to those who are Heedless of their Prayer

They Think that they will be Heard for their Much Speaking

[Sirach 7:14], Torah
Do not use many words in a multitude of elders, and do not make much babbling when you pray.

Matthew 6:7 - 8, Gospel
"[And thus,] when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen [do], for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking.  Therefore do not be like them, for your [Creator] knows what things you have need of, before you ask Him.

Luke 20:46 - 47, Gospel
[And] beware of the scribes, who desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts; who devour widows' houses, and make long prayers for a show, the same will receive greater damnation."

107:4 - 6, Qur'an
So woe to those who pray [but] who are heedless of their prayer - those who make show.

8:35, Qur'an
And [woe to those whose] prayer at the House was not except whistling and handclapping. 

4:142 - 143, Qur'an
Indeed, the hypocrites [think to] deceive God, but He is deceiving them.  And when they stand for prayer, they stand lazily, showing [themselves to] the people and not remembering God except a little, wavering between them, [belonging] neither to the believers nor to the disbelievers.  And whoever God leaves astray - never will you find for him a way.

6:70, Qur'an
[So] leave those who take their religion as amusement and diversion and whom the worldly life has deluded.  But remind with [the Qur'an], lest a soul be given up to destruction for what it earned; it will have other than God no protector and no intercessor.  And if it should offer every compensation, it would not be taken from it.  Those are the ones who are given to destruction for what they have earned.  For them will be a drink of scalding water and a painful punishment because they used to disbelieve.

9:11, Qur'an
But if they repent, establish prayer, and give alms, then they are your brothers in religion; and We detail the verses for a people who know.


God Guides to His Light whom He Wills

God is the Light of the Heavens and the Earth, and Your Word is a Lamp to my Feet, and a Light to my Path

5:16, Qur'an
God guides those who pursue His pleasure to the ways of peace and brings them out from darknesses into the light, by His permission, and guides them to a straight path.

57:9, Qur'an
[And thus] it is He who sends down upon His servant [Muhammad] verses of clear evidence that He may bring you out from darknesses into the light.  And indeed, God is to you Kind and Merciful.

Psalms 119:105, Torah
[So say,] "Your word [is] a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.

Psalms 36:9, Torah
For with You [is] the fountain of life, in Your light we will see light."

4:174, Qur'an
[So] O mankind, there has come to you a conclusive proof from your Lord, and We have sent down to you a clear light.

24:34 - 35, Qur'an
[For] We have certainly sent down to you distinct verses and examples from those who passed on before you and an admonition for those who fear God.  God is the Light of the heavens and the earth.  The example of His light is like a niche within which is a lamp, the lamp is within glass, the glass as if it were a pearly [white] star lit from [the oil of] a blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west, whose oil would almost glow even if untouched by fire.  Light upon light.  God guides to His light whom He wills.  And God presents examples for the people, and God is Knowing of all things.

24:36 - 37, Qur'an
Such niches [of light] are in Houses [of God] which God has ordered to be raised and that His name be mentioned therein; exalting Him within them in the morning and the evenings are men whom neither commerce nor sale distracts from the remembrance of God and performance of prayer and giving of charity.  They fear a Day in which the hearts and eyes will fearfully turn about - that God may reward them [according to] the best of what they did and increase them from His bounty.  And God gives provision to whom He wills without account.

[2 Ezra 2:35], Torah
[So] be ready for the reward of the kingdom, for the everlasting light will shine upon you forevermore.

76:12 - 13, Qur'an
[For He] will reward them for what they patiently endured [with] a garden [in Paradise] and silk [garments].  [And they will be] reclining therein on adorned couches.  They will not see therein any sun or cold -

Revelation 22:5, Gospel
[Nor] will there be any night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God gives them light, and they will reign forever and ever.

Isaiah 60:19, Torah
[And thus] the sun will no longer be your light by day; neither for brightness will the moon give light to you, but the Lord will be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory.

39:69 - 70, Qur'an
[And so] the earth will shine with the light of its Lord, and the record [of deeds] will be placed, and the prophets and the witnesses will be brought, and it will be judged between them in truth, and they will not be wronged.  And every soul will be fully compensated [for] what it did; and He is most knowing of what they do.

[Book of Enoch 1:8], Torah
[Thus, as] for the righteous, He will make peace, and He will keep safe the chosen, and mercy will be upon them.  They will all belong to God, and will prosper and be blessed, and the light of God will shine on them.

57:28, Qur'an
[So] O you who have believed, fear God and believe in His messenger; He will [then] give you a double portion of His mercy and make for you a light by which you will walk and forgive you; and God is Forgiving and Merciful.

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