I will admit that I don’t know very much about Islam (besides things that will land me in a mud-slinging contest with dissident Muslims) and one of the things I have heard is that Muslims only pray for other Muslims.
Is that true? Do Muslims only pray for their friends and not enemies?
Now why is that? Praying for the good of others can never hurt, if Allah is supposed to be the paramount arbitrator.
On another note I hear that Muslims aren’t allowed to pray for non-Muslims to have their sins forgiven so that they may go to heaven. That sounds draconian… I wish it not true for the sake of our Muslim brothers and sisters at CAF.
A woman on the bus struck me as especially devout several years ago. She wore a scarf every day and usually read from her book. I would give her a head node, smile or some greeting as I took my seat. No one else seemed to acknowledge her at all. After a while she began giving me questioning looks as if to say ‘why are you singling me out’. One morning I was very ill but hoped to complete the day of work :hypno: this was years ago before I began attending Mass. At any case I got her attention, told her I was sick and asked her to pray. She was seated immediately behind me. After ‘I’ spoke (I’d never heard her voice and wondered if she understood English) she nodded her head and I sat back in my chair. In only a few short seconds I felt relief. I turned and saw her hands pressed tightly together, lips moving with bowed head. She raised her head slightly to look at me. I pointed to her hands, smiled and nodded a thanks. Then she gave me a smile still not actually speaking to me. She continued praying :gopray2:.
Days later we did talk but a lasting friendship was not meant to be – at least not yet.
They pray for others all right. Whether a penal act was performed later or not I don’t know. I wasn’t aware it could have been an issue or I would not have asked :crossrc: Renee
Since Islam allows it, I suppose that I could pray for good health and prosperity for non-Muslims… but I really do not have any enthusiasm to do so.
However, if non-Muslims wish for me to pray that they receive guidance from Allah, then I would be ever-willing and happy to do so.
Like I have mentioned, there is no prize more valuable than guidance from the Lord… and so non-Muslims need to sincerely desire this prayer from Muslims more than any other kind of Muslim prayer if they do indeed wish for Muslims to pray for them.
I teach in a school in the Persian Gulf.
When a student asked, “Do you think that what is happening in Egypt will happen here?” my negative response was greeted with relief and a public statement that what I said must be true.
Although Egypt is a predominantly Muslim country, I doubt the faith of Egypt’s citizens was the primary concern of the same child who said, “I’m praying for them.”
I have had Muslims ask me to pray for them knowing that I am Catholic.
My parish has an upcoming Family Day. Directions for MCs (I am one) includes maintaining silence during the prayer times of the nearby mosque.
What sort of a God would discourage his people from praying for others, a musllim god.
What sort of a God encourages his people to pray for EVERYONE, a Christian God.
God encourages to love and pray for everyone, because he knows we need his help and guidance. Jesus encourages us to pray especially for sinners, non believers etc cause they are the ones that need God the most.
The Christian God encourages us to love everyone, regardless of what they are, we are not the ones to judge, where as the muslim god only teaches to pray for there own, which doesnt make sense if he was a loving and understanding god.
Finding salvation through Jesus is the most rewarding way of going to heaven, for Jesus gave his life for us, and there is no greater love than that. So, if your muslim god can do something as amazing and loving as that, id be very surprised.
As Jesus said
John 14:6 Jesus said: I am the Way; I am Truth and Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.
There’s not a chance I’ll say the Al-Ikhlâs or first verse of the Q’uran for you hamba as I’m well aware in some schools of Islam even reciting it is enough for you to be viewed as a Muslim. For me you worship the one true God but very, very imperfectly as you have a false understanding of him.