Understanding the Significance of Prayer Etiquette

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بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ

In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

In Islam, prayer is not merely a ritualistic act but a heartfelt communication with Allah, encompassing various needs and matters in believers’ lives. 

Prayers are a means for us to communicate with Allah (s.w.t.). These acts of supplication reflect Allah’s invitation for His servants to seek from Him, with the assurance that His power remains undiminished when granting their requests. This concept is expressed in the Quran:

Surah Ghafir Verse 60

Your Lord has proclaimed, “Call upon Me, I will respond to you. Surely those who are too proud to worship Me will enter Hell, fully humbled.” (Surah Ghafir, Verse 60)

Times of Answered Prayers: Seeking Proximity to Allah

In various circumstances, we are required to pray and seek from Allah. Allah opens special times for His servants to pray, known as the hours of answered prayers, like the last third of the night. Such moments exemplify Allah’s proximity to His servants. He says, 

Surah Al-Baqarah 186

When My servants ask you ˹O Prophet˺ about Me: I am truly near. I respond to one’s prayer when they call upon Me. So let them respond ˹with obedience˺ to Me and believe in Me, perhaps they will be guided ˹to the Right Way˺. (Al-Baqarah 2:186)

The Importance of Humility and Sincerity in Prayer

However, the manner in which believers approach prayer holds profound significance. It’s important to pray sincerely and earnestly, avoiding absentmindedness or mere recitation devoid of understanding or attentiveness. Furthermore, it’s recommended to maintain a soft, humble voice during prayer, refraining from loudness or shouting, as this reflects the etiquette and manners of communicating with Allah, who indeed accepts prayers.

Quranic guidance emphasizes humility and secrecy in supplication, as expressed in Al-A’raf 7:55:

Al-Araf 55
“Call upon your Lord humbly and secretly. Surely He does not like the transgressors.” (Al-A’raf 7:55)

 

Lessons from Islamic Scholars and Tradition

Imam al-Baidhawi underscores the importance of calling upon Allah with humility and a soft voice, as a low voice signifies sincerity. Moreover, Imam At-Tabari warns against excessiveness in supplication, discouraging the raising of one’s voice or shouting during prayer, as it contradicts the commanded humility in asking.

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) himself admonished his companions for raising their voices during prayer, reminding them that they were calling upon the All-Hearing, the Very Near. This incident, narrated by Imam al-Bukhari, underscores the importance of humility and sincerity in prayer, as emphasized by Islamic tradition.

Nurturing a Deeper Connection with Allah

In conclusion, prayer in Islam is not merely a ritualistic act but a profound spiritual practice that encompasses various etiquettes and manners. Believers are urged to approach prayer with humility, sincerity, and earnestness, maintaining a soft voice and avoiding excessiveness in supplication. By following these teachings, believers can establish a deeper connection with Allah, the All-Hearing, and the Very Near, who responds to the earnest calls of His servants.

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About The Author

Ustaz Abdul Rahman Rahuni

Ustaz Abdul Rahman Rahuni is a Malaysian shariah advisor at Muslim Pro. He is a graduate of the Islamic University of Madinah, studying in the field of Islamic Sharia. Ustaz Abdul Rahman is currently a lecturer at Sekolah Menengah Agama Islamiah, Tawau, Sabah.

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