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:


“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)


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


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


“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.


14 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!

  6. A very enlightening post. Thanks brother. :)

  7. zaynab says:

    Salam alaykum, I love this and even their is a exact way salat was performed in the bible in Nehemiah 8:4-6. If the Christians can read and think about it they will surely find truth, this are things their pastors know but will never tell them

  8. Salihu Audu says:

    Islamic religion is Allah’s own religion, if you take a look or study Islamic religion, you will come to realised that Islam is the only true religion of God on earth, take for instance when Moses (Musa) wanted to communicate with God, God said to him where you are standing to communicate with God Holy ground therefore put off your sandal, Muslims all over the world don’t communicate with God with their shoes on, infact they don’t enter their places of communications with their shoes.
    When Moses and Jesus said in the Bible ” The Lord our God the Lord is One”. Islam is the only religion in the world that accept the fact that there are only one God.
    when Abraham, Moses, Jesus etc fell on their faces to worship the only true God, Muslims all over the world follows their mode of worship, Jesus fastest for forty days Muslim are all over the world fast for one month. I can go on and on but time.

  9. malike says:

    What about isiah that talks of the comming of jesus, who said a child is going to be born and child will have no father and he is going to be God’s servant meaning a slave of God not a child of God

  10. Irving says:

    Malike, that could also mean Prophet Muhammad (saw), who was an orphan, having no father or mother. Indeed, he was God’s slave.

  11. Shemiah ben yisrayl says:

    If you truly study Islam you will find that Mohammed copied how the Hebrew Yisraylites prayed before he conquered Kalibar a city where some of the yisraylites settled after being displaced during roman occupation, 1st century. Islam is not the teaching of the yisraylite prophets, not even close and most Arab speaking Europeans are not exposed to history. Roman Catholic Church is truly responsible for the creation of Islam, they controlled Arabia around the 3,4,5 century! They removed the yemenites/ cushion empires who were the pagan moon worshippers of hubal” they also created the kabba stone. Just research for yourself and you’ll find the truth. Satan is greatest deceiver.
    YAH is my Savior, our only solution

  12. Mussa Mohamed says:

    When Satan was asked to prostrate to God’s creation which was Adam a.s, he rejected to do so, he denied and chose to look the other way from His creator.

    I believe that this habit of rejection and denial comes from Satan, when disbelievers coming from any religion that has been successfully twisted by Satan down the years reject the message of Islam which has been the same since beginning of time, Adam a.s, to submit our will to our master, it is as good as satanic behavior being portrayed in them, that has consumed them.

    There are countless laws and morals in the Quran of which when applied today are the solution to Humanity and gaining of uttermost peace in our souls.

    Rules of which could not have functioned to its max when had the Quran been revealed earlier or from the start of time that is why the perfect time had to come as it was prophesied by Jesus pbuh himself:

    Jesus said “There is so much more I want to tell you, but you can’t bear it now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. ” (John 16:12-13)

    And this can not be the holy spirit, because the criteria for the spirit of truth to come is mentioned :

    John 16:7
    “But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.”

    It is only when Jesus pbuh departs, when Muhammad pbuh, the last and final messenger may come. More so, he is even mentioned and prophesied by name in the original hi brew text.

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