Ritual Prayer: Salat

 

Prayer serves as a direct link between the individual and his or her Creator. There are no formal clergy or intermediaries in Islam. Congregational prayers are led by those who are most learned. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: "The person most suited to lead the prayers is the one who is best versed in the recitation of the Holy Qur’an..." (Muslim)

Prayer in a group is a collective act of worship, emphasizing unity and brotherhood in Islam, as well as equality. All worshippers stand shoulder-to-shoulder and prostrate in submission to God together, regardless of race, nationality, or social status.

The frequency and regularity of the five required daily prayers helps the Muslim maintain a level of God-consciousness that governs all actions. Prayers are not a "Friday, Saturday or Sunday thing”.

Prayer can be performed in almost any clean place. Prayer includes prescribed movements (such as standing, bowing, and prostrating) and the simultaneous recitation of the Qur'an , along with various supplications and praises to Allah. Islamic prayer is a balanced act of worship that combines the physical, intellectual and spiritual realms.