In Islam, prayer is a religious practice that we offer five times a day. This can be offered individually or communally; publicly or privately.
General kinds of prayers include:
v Prayer for thanksgiving
v Prayer of supplication
v Prayer for requesting guidance
v Petitionary prayer
v Prayer of worship
v Prayer for requesting assistance
v Prayer for the sake of others
v Prayer for mental and spiritual peace
v Prayer for confessing sins
"Observe the Salat (Contact Prayers) for it prohibits evil and vice." [29:45]
There is a proper way to offer prayer in Islam. This is called ‘salah’. Salah teaches us about purity of our soul and physical parts of our body. Part of purifying the body before salah is by performing wudu.
Prayer for peace in world religions
There are so many religions in the world. Yet, for each religion, there is one objective for prayer and that is promoting peace. Whether religion is Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Sikh, Native American, and Christian, peace is the focus of prayer.
Allah Almighty said in Quran, not to be violent and maintain peace in the world:
“And good and evil deeds are not alike. Repel evil with good. And he who is your enemy will become your dearest friend.” (41:33-34)
You do not need to be violent in reacting to evil things. You even need to maintain an atmosphere of peace, even if the next force is at clash or is in conflict with you. Our prayers keep us away from becoming evil with evil forces.
Prayer reminds us of the purpose of life. When we feel sorry, guilty, sad, happy, angry or when we lost anything we should consult Allah in the way of sincere prayer. Prayer keeps us away from sins, evil and shaytaan. So, we must continue our prayers in any case, whether we are ill or well, tired or wakeful, happy or sad. Often, when we are happy, we forget to call upon Allah, but when we feel sad or have some problem, and then we are quick to turn back to Allah. This is not the right attitude; we should always keep Allah in our minds and should make the habit of offering prayers regularly.
Prayer is the only way which can keep us from evils and bad. It is the second pillar of Islam which can strengthen the foundation of Islam in your life. Truly, there isn’t anything worth of being prayed than our Lord Allah (SWT), the creator of this world and the world hereafter.