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Welcome to the Prayers and Reflections resource center. Islam, from the time of the Prophet, has always stressed the use of traditional prayers. And the Muslim tradition has a rich heritage of writings that express the longing of the human soul for the divine.

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God Is Most Great

Muslims are required to pray five times daily. They are summoned to prayer by a muezzin who calls from a high tower, today often using a public-address system. This is what he cries:

God is most great.
God is most great.
God is most great.
God is most great.
I testify that there is no God but God.
I testify that there is no God but God.
I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of God.
I testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of God.
Hurry to prayer.
Hurry to prayer.
Hurry to betterment.
Hurry to betterment.
God is most great.
God is most great.
There is no God but God.
There is no God but God.


Here is a portion of the salat, the prayer Muslims use at these times.

God is most great.
Glory be to my Lord, the Almighty.
Glory be to my Lord, the Almighty.
Glory be to my Lord, the Almighty.
Our Lord, praise be to Thee.
God is most great.
Glory be to my Lord, the Most High.
Glory be to my Lord, the Most High.
Glory be to my Lord, the Most High.
God is most great.
Glory be to my Lord, the Most High.


In the Name of Allah 
The last two suras, or chapters, of the Qu'ran are very short. They have been traditionally used as prayers of protection. Jinn are spirits, mentioned in the second sutra.
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Islam, Allah, and Prayer by Helene Ciaravino 
A brief history of Islamic prayer including how prayer is practiced, prayer techniques and the importance of intention.
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How Effective is Prayer? by Helene Ciaravino 
It is easy to say that prayer can make us feel really good; that it opens the individual up to better understanding and therefore improves his life; that it can provide calm and contentment, thus improving health and happiness. But is there any proof that prayer actually works? Is it really worth our while? Can we evaluate prayer as we would evaluate any other “treatment” or “therapy” and prove its effectiveness? In very recent years, science has put forth good efforts to do just that. And there have been reputable studies that confirm prayer’s power. This article examines the relationship between prayer and science. It presents studies that not only confirm the power of prayer, but also provide some surprising insights into the process of prayer.
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