Are the Muslim salaah “wasted”?

This is a silly polemic that made its rounds recently, which we feel should be refuted. According to this polemic:

It is stupid to claim or assume that when a Muslim when facing the city of Makkah their prayers is “wasted”, on several factors and just plain common sense. Among them are:

1. The polemic assumes that when someone faces a particular direction to a city, they are facing “upwards” to space. While it is true that the planet Earth is spherical, in reality the interior structure of the earth itself is layered and the top layer (called the “crust) is flat. If we assume that this polemic is correct, then when one travels to a destination anywhere on earth, he/she would be travelling in circles instead of arriving at the said destination.

2. It assumes that there is no such thing as “gravity” or that our feet are not firmly planted on the ground when performing the Muslim prayers facing towards Makkah.

3. Furthermore, when a Muslim faces Makkah, one does not expect for “prayers” to be a physical object shooting in a straight line towards the city, or that “prayers” are anything tangible or intangible. It is just an act in obedience to God, the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. Since “prayers” are not an object, how can it be said that a Muslim is “aiming for anything”?

Hence, we can say that the creator of this image or anyone who spreads it around do not know what they are talking about. Most likely they have never taken any science subjects or have a limited understanding of astronomy to make up the rather fallacious lie about the so-called “wastage” of Muslim prayers.

And only God knows best!

Muslims celebrate the event of Isra’ and Mi’raj

Today, Muslims celebrate the event of Isra’ and Mi’raj, or “the Night Journey and Ascension into Heaven”. It is the night when the Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) was spiritually and physically transported from Mecca to Jerusalem and then to heaven where he reached a high stage of nearness to God Almighty.

The purpose of the Ascent was to confirm the high status of the Prophet of Islam. On the way, the Prophet (SAWS) met Adam, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and other prophets. It is said that the archangel Gabriel accompanied the Holy Prophet.

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Prophet Muhammad: the most influential man in history

MUHAMMAD, No. 1
The 100, a Ranking of the Most Influential Persons in History
by Michael H. Hart

My choice of Muhammad to lead the list of the world’s most influential persons may surprise some readers and may be questioned by others, but he was the only man in history who was supremely successful on both the religious and secular levels. Of humble origins, Muhammad founded and promulgated one of the world’s great religions, and became an immensely effective political leader. Today, thirteen centuries after his death, his influence is still powerful and pervasive. The majority of the persons in this book had the advantage of being born and raised in centers of civilization, highly cultured or politically pivotal nations. Muhammad, however, was born in the year 570, in the city of Mecca, in southern Arabia, at that time a backward area of the world, far from the centers of trade, art, and learning. Orphaned at age six, he was reared in modest surroundings. Islamic tradition tells us that he was illiterate. His economic position improved when, at age twenty-five, he married a wealthy widow. Nevertheless, as he approached forty, there was little outward indication that he was a remarkable person.

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