Muslim Prayer in the Bible

prostrationSalaam and Greetings of Peace:

“Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” – James 4:10

Some Christians may find the Muslim method of prayer odd…but if they were to pray as described in the Bible then they would find themselves praying much like Muslims…for example:

ABLUTION:

“Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped…”
(2 Samuel 12:20)

“So they shall wash their hands and their feet, that they die not: and it shall be a statute for ever to them, even to him and to his seed throughout their generations.”
(Exodus 30:21)

“And Moses and Aaron and his sons washed their hands and their feet…”
(Exodus 40:31)

RAISING OF THE HANDS:

“Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.” (Psalms 63:4)

ALLAHU AKBAR:

“Great is the LORD, and most worthy of praise…”
(Psalms 48:1)

PROSTRATION:

“And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him…”
(Genesis 17:3)

“…and they (Moses and Aaron) fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them.”
(Numbers 20:6)

“And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads.”
(Joshua 7:6)

“…they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the LORD…”
(2 Chronicles 7:3)

“…and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.”
(Nehemiah 8:6)

“And he (Jesus) went a little farther and fell on his face, and prayed…”
(Matthew 26:39)

“And when the disciples heard it,they fell on their faces…”
(Matthew 17:6)

“…and he (Elijah) cast himself down upon the earth, and put his face between his knees…”
(1 Kings 18:42)

“…and (all the angels) fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God…”
(Revelations 7:11)

“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”
(Psalms 95:6)

“…all they that go down to the dust shall bow before him: and none can keep alive his own soul.”
(Psalms 22:29)

“…And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground.”
(Judges 13:20)

“And when all the people saw it,they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, He is the God; the LORD, He is the God.”
(1 Kings 18:39)

“I fell upon my face, and cried, and said, Ah Lord GOD!”
(Ezekiel 9:8)

“David arose out of a place toward the south, and fell on his face to the ground, and bowed himself three times…”
(1 Samuel 20:41)

“And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship…”
(Joshua 5:14)

“And it came to pass, that, when Abraham’s servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth…”  (Genesis 24:52)

Ya Haqq!

Note: See also this previous post, The Upward Glance and the Lowest Bow.

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7 Responses to Muslim Prayer in the Bible

  1. Rabia says:

    No, no
    this is not the muslim prayer
    The Bible just states that you should literaly fall on your face
    Some dervishes from Holland already gave the good example…
    …by accident…

    Ya Haqq

  2. Rabia says:

    f.e. Matthew 17:6 is not a fair quotation of the Bible in this context

    God according to (a Dutch translation of) the Bible in 17:1-13 says that Jezus is His Son of God

    And when disciples finally look up they do not see God, they see nothing but Jezus (17:6)

    It is only a mystery what happened during their fearful prostration…

  3. Irving says:

    Thank you for your comment, dear Sister Rabia :) However I think we are being to literal to want the exact wording, which is open to various translations. The point is that the ancient Hebrews of the Bible also expressed their worship of God by washing and prostration, by humbling themselves before the Lord.

    Ya Haqq!

  4. Dilara says:

    I know that a few christians lay on the ground to pray – and of course, you lay on your face. Maybe the bible meant this prayer as well?

  5. Francoise says:

    Very educational, I enjoyed this. I read a few comments maybe it was the Jewish way or the Christian way. But if you read the stages it resembles the muslim prayer almost to the T. There’s only one god that has no children.

    Alhamdulillah, Allah is perfect!

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