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Remembering God and fearing of Him are the aspects of prayer.
"Whenever you intend to say prayer, first wash your face, hands and feet (Vozu) then start your prayer." Say God.
It is inferred that in Islam, worship and cleanness come together:
If you are soiled then take a full bath (5/6)
The social rights
When we intend to say prayer, all the means and facilities, such as: the place, the prayer rug, the clothes, and the house where we live should be permissible; even a thread in our clothes should not be usurped; otherwise prayer will not be accepted by God. It means that Islam never accepts the worship without respecting the social rights.
Knowing the kiblah
Direction is another principle of prayer. Everyone should say prayer in front of the Ka'ba:
The first House of worship set up for mankind was the one at Becca (sic) (3/6)
God is everywhere, in the north, south, east and west. Anywhere we are, God exist. There is no direction for God.
Whenever you may turn, there will be God's countenance (2/115)
Then what is the point of saying prayer in the same direction?
Islam says when we are saying prayer, we all should stand in the same direction; it shows a social discipline.
There is a definite fixed time for saying prayer. It should be said at the exact time. For example morning prayer should be said during the period of rising the morning up to the beginning of the sunrise, neither sooner nor later; if intentionally it is said sooner or later than this specific time, it will not be accepted. Exactly like the noon and afternoon prayer and also the evening prayer; all have the same rule. All should be said at the exact correct time.
All the moments and time are the same for God:
Slumber does not overtakes Him nor does sleep (2/255)
It makes no difference to Him when we say prayer but it should make difference to us! Because we are supposed to be trained by our prayers.
Controlling the feelings
When we are saying prayer, we should keep our feelings, means we are not allowed to cry or laugh. Some say it does not matter if we laugh or cry in prayer; sometimes we remember or something which is funny and make us laugh at or even something which makes us cry; it is not consistent with prayer!
This idea is totally wrong. When we are saying prayer we are not allowed to laugh, to eat, to drink, to cry, to change direction, to go forward or backward. We should keep the direction and we should be able to dominate over our feelings; otherwise the prayer will not be accepted. We should learn how to have discipline in our prayers.
Both the soul and body should be tranquil. Before starting prayer, first we should be calm, should not move our body and then start saying prayer. If in the middle of we feel pain in any parts of pour body, we should pause for a moment and then continue our prayer.
Announcing the peace with God's servants
Saying prayer is to pay attention to God; paying attention to other than God will be polytheism. But we are ordered to say hello to all the God's meritorious servants. We announce peace with all God's good servants.
We are supposed to be trained in our worship.
In daily prayer we say: (You do we worship and you do we call on for help) Not (I worship and I call on for help.) it means that we all Muslims are together. Every one of Muslims is a member of the great Islamic society and in Islam there is "we" not "I".
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