No one in the Bible prayed like a Muslim.
The Muslim prayer rituals entails a very specific and detailed step-by-step postures and recitations that was not done by anyone before Muhammad. Standing, facing the kaabah, raising the hands to the ears, reciting takbiratul ihram, placing the right hand on top of left hand on the chest, looking downwards, followed by more recitations and more postures of bowing and prostrating. There is even a stipulated way to sit on your left leg, with your right foot upright, what to do with your hands, and index finger ..etc, etc. Then you repeat the ritual.
Not one single person, in the Bible ever performed, let alone mention, any such prayer rituals in the Bible. In fact, it is not even found in the Quran!
What all Muslims have been trained to do is quote Matthew 26:39 as evidence of Islamic prayer., that Jesus prayed like a Muslim.
And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”Matthew 26:39
Muslims cherry-pick one snapshot of Jesus’ prayer and in desperation force the entirety of Islamic prayer rituals into that one moment. Never mind the fact, that Jesus was speaking to the Father, not Allah. Never mind the fact that Jesus never recited anything that Muslims are supposed to recite. Never mind the fact that Jesus never ever said or taught anything about such rituals, postures, recitations and repetitions to His disciples. It was unheard of until Muhammad.
What must be particularly embarrassing for Muslims is how they try and force one step of their prayer ritual into a Book that they believe is corrupted, while failing to show anyone the detailed prayer rituals from their own Book.
Muslims think the posture of bowing or prostrating in prayer means it is Islamic.
The Hindus were doing it thousands of years before Muslims!
Do Hindus pray like Muslims or do Muslims pray like Hindus? Since Hindus have been doing these rituals long before it became part of Islamic rituals, it must be that Islam plagiarized their rituals and brought it into their practices. So in reality, Muslims pray like Hindus!
Buddhists practise this too. Religions and cultures have their own beliefs and rituals. It is shameful arrogance for Muslims to follow the act of prostrating that other religions practise and then claim it is Muslim. We have never seen a single Hindu who was blatant and arrogant to claim that everyone who prostrates must be praying the Hindu way!
In the Bile, there is no stipulated posture in prayer. There are many examples of prayer postures found in Scriptures. We are not instructed to follow any specific posture or a series of rituals in prayer.
Daniel knelt down when praying. (Daniel 6:10)
Solomon lifted his hands toward heaven when he prayed, (1 Kings 8:22-23)
Jesus looked up to heaven and prayed. (John 17:1)
Is this how Muslims pray? Which part of your Islamic prayer rakats do you do this? Did Allah change the way Muslims pray? When? Can anyone show in the Quran where he gave Muslims a new way to pray from the time of Solomon or Daniel?
What Muslims claim about Matthew 26:39 is one snapshot of many ways to pray. (Note also the difference between prostrating (falling on one’s face) compared to bowing in the illustration above.)
Prayer is not about the postures of your body. It is the posture of your heart that counts to God. If your heart is right, God hears your prayer, whether you are standing or sitting or driving or jogging.
To insist that God will only hear your prayer if you face a certain direction or place your hands in the exact position and recite words precisely, is to insult God’s sovereignty and reduce Him to your level! The level of your postures!
What Did Jesus Really Teach About Prayer?
Did He ever say to stand like this, or recite those words or fold your arms this way or point your index finger, etc…? No. he never said anything about postures and rituals, which are the very essence of Muslim prayers.
Here is what Jesus did teach:
So then, this is how you should pray:Matthew 6:9
‘Our Father in heaven…
The first thing we can learn, is that prayer is addressed to the Father. Which part of Islamic prayer rituals is addressed to the Father? Absolutely nothing at all. Allah is not Father.
The second lesson on praying. Jesus said: “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men…” Matthew 6:5
And this is exactly what Muslims do. Pray on the street corners and even in the middle of the street, inconveniencing road users. Jesus calls you who pray like this hypocrites. You do it to show off how pious you are.
Look at the ridiculous extent some Muslims will go to show off!
Third lesson of praying. Jesus said, “But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, and pray to your Father, who is unseen..” Matthew 6:6
This simply means that your prayer is to be something personal, between you and God. Not a display to boast or show off on the street or in a subway.
Fourth lesson on praying. Jesus said, ” And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.” Matthew 6:7
Muslims prayers consist of recitations to be repeated over and over again. Many Muslims don’t even know what they are uttering in Arabic because they don’t speak or understand the language. They just babble the words they have been taught.
No where did Jesus instruct anyone to follow specified prayer postures or rituals or repetitions.
Muslims will still ask, “Well, Jesus did fall on His face in prayer” according to Matthew 26:39, so why don’t Christians pray that way?”
My response: How do you know how Christians pray? Have you stood next to us on the street corners? Or have you peeked into our prayer places?
Christians do pray in this manner. It is just not an action that is done on the street corners to show off like hypocrites. As I have already stated, prayer postures can take many forms including standing, sitting, bowing, prostrating, kneeling, etc.
A further misconception of Muslims is the act of prostrating or falling on one’s face in prayer. Is this the way Muslims do it? No.
In the Bible, when it describes someone falling on his face in prayer, this is the action performed. To be flat on the ground. This is the Jewish way. And as a Jewish, this is the what Jesus would have done as described in Matthew 26:39
Here is an image of a Christian falling on his face in prayer. This is what is meant by falling on your face in prayer.
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22 thoughts on “What Did Jesus Teach About Prayer?”
We as muslims wish if we had that many mosque 🕌 ro pray , lol why do we have to show off , this itself says how uneducated you are and you have no idea of what prayer means and never prayed sincerely . We muslims have too many masjids and still there’s no enough place to accomadate us all coz we always make the masjid full and unfortunately we have to pray on the streets, its all gods place n ofcourse we can pray anywhere, its so funny how you think that there should be four walls around you and a dead man hanging in a cross? Jesus have mentioned clearly in the 10 commandments for bot to worship on idols , educate urself brother ✌🏼
Inzamam said, “lol why do we have to show off, this itself shows how uneducated you are…”
Actually Allah is the one who says there are muslims who show off in their praying. Maybe you are insulting Allah as uneducated.
Sahih Bukhari Book 93, Hadith 532… I will highlight the relevant part below.
“… Allah will then uncover His shin whereupon every believer will prostrate before Him and there will remain THOSE WHO USED TO PROSTRATE BEFORE HIM JUST FOR SHOWING OFF AND FOR GAINING A GOOD REPUTATION….”
Are you gaining a good reputation by showing off your prostration on the street corners?
You can read more in this article: http://www.faithbrowser.com/what-is-allahs-form/
primo Site Admin with too much hatered toward Islam
secundo wrong description of Jesus prostration ( see how jews prostrate)
tertio If in any circumstance you consider muslims as your enemies read and respect what Jesus told you
Luke 6:27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
Can you ? or you hypocrite ?
Do not mistake hatred for an ideology as hatred for the people who follow that ideology.
I do not hate Hindus or Buddhists or Sikhs or Muslims or atheists.
If I hate an ideology like communism, it does not mean I hate the communist.
If I consider Islam a death cult, that does not mean I hate muslims.
Jesus did not say love an ideology or love a religion or love a cult.
I hope this is clear, Andre.
iam sorry admin, but your claim is quite pity to be read, because you claim without understand, muslim not claim jesus pray exactly like muslim, but we claim jesus pray more similar to the muslim compare to the christian. hindu pray like muslim ( put the head at the ground thousand years ago ? so what is the different with the jesus ? did you realize that you just give more evidance that prove islam was a true religion ? dont you know got some verse in hindu scripture that similar with Alquran? maybe the veda also from muslim prophet thousand years ago, because we got 124000+ prophet from Adam to Muhammad. next time learn more before you claim something.
and one more thing, please understand that every teach from every prophet mostly got abit different, its similar but usually not 100% same, before we ask why, ask our self first, why we need many prophet if there is only same teach. alquran already 1400 years, and no more prophet will come. but islam still same, why dont Allah send Alquran since the first human Adam ? because in Alquran said Allah make many religion just to test us. so its depends either we think or ignore.
Dunlie, you said that Jesus prayed more similar to Muslims than Christians.
Do muslims pray to the Father?
That is the end of all your claims.
Hi admin, I hope you know that Jesus prays to God, the one God, the only God. Muslims pray to the same God, but in Islam, the name of God is Allah, and he has 99 names mentioned in the Quran. So when you say “you guys don’t pray to the father”, I hope you know that father is God almighty and we do pray to him. You are misled, and know nothing sir. May God (Allah) be with you my friend.
Allah has 99 names but not one of the names is he called Father.
You do not know the Father. You know a deity called Allah, who is not Father. You pray to Allah not to God the Father. Be honest, at least.
You can desire and hope and want Allah to be your Father, but the fact of the matter is he IS NOT. Obviously it is you who have been misled for trying to make Allah your Father when the koran denies allah’s fatherhood and any such relationship with muslims.
So, when Jesus prayed, it just means He talked to the Father.
When Christians pray, we are talking to the Father. Jesus taught us to pray, “Our Father…”.
Can you tell me which part of your prayer you call Allah as “Father”?
You just contradict yourself this whole article lol
How did I contradict myself in this whole article? Give me just one contradiction if you can.
Please read “to pray as a jew” written by a Rabbi. You will see how the jews prayed in the bible. The jews have a joke on Yom Kippur, that the Prophet of Islam learned to pray from the Jews. https://submission.org/Jews_pray_like_Muslims.html
Prayer is not about postures of your body. It is the posture of your heart that counts to God. If your heart is right, God hears your prayer, whether you are standing or sitting or driving or jogging.
To insist that God will only hear your prayer if you face a certain direction or place your hands in the exact position and recite specific words precisely in one language, is to insult God’s sovereignty and reduce Him to your level!
Islam is the best. It is 100 Percent True
There is only one God: God of all the worlds. Mohammad peace be upon him, Jesus and Moses peace be upon them are from the lineage of Abraham. These prophets and others (some we know of, others we don’t) brought the same message to us: that there’s one God. That we need to be aware of his presence at all times and to do good and help and love each other. It doesn’t matter how they pray or where they face. God told Muslims to face kaaba but he also said that he is every where no matter where they face. Facing the Kaaba could be as a sign to unity. May God guides you and us to the right path. Look at the big picture…
I agree there is only one God. That is not in question here.
The issue is whether everybody knows the one true God or have they made up their own false versions of deity?
Just because someone claimed to be a prophet of the one true God does not make him a true prophet.
In the 19th century, a man Joseph Smith claimed that an angel named Moroni appeared to him and led him to start a religion called Mormonism. He claimed that he was a prophet in the line of Abraham and Moses.
Was he a true prophet or a false prophet?
Baha’ullah claimed to be a prophet and founded Bahaism and claimed his religion is the purest form of all religions including Islam and Christianity.
Is he right?
They believed in one god too.
Muslims call pre islamic period (jahiliyyah) with its polytheistic rituals like facing toward kaba praying namas, worshipping idols like the biggest moon God deity of kaba Hubal Al-ilah! but ironically all rituals have been included seemless into islam, and yet they call the moon deity ‘Allah’ the real God of kaaba and islam a true religion.. omg😒
AS A TRUE BELIEVER THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD WHO IS UPON ALL,THE FATHER OF ALL THE LIVING THINGS IN THE WORLD,THE CREATOR OF ALL,GOD WHO GAVE US THE LIFE THAT IS LIVING INSIDE US,WHO EVER BELIEVE IN HOW TO PRAY GOD IN ANY CIRCUMSTANCES/SITUATION GOD WILL ALWAYS HEAR YOUR PRAYER,PLEASE BELIEVERS OF GOD DO NOT DO THIS WHERE IS YOUR FAITH,DO NOT GAVE A DEVIL THAT POWER OF DEMOLISHING/DESTROYING YOUR FAITH PLEASE, LETS BE UNITED AS THE CHILDREN OF GOD.I THANK YOU.
I came here looking for answers on how to pray. I didn’t come here to read someone trash on Muslims.
I’m sure there is some useful information in here but it’s hidden behind all this ranting nonsense.
This article addresses the Muslim claim that Jesus prayed like a Muslim. That’s all. I didn’t write it to teach someone HOW TO PRAY.
If you want a sandwich, you go to a shop that sells sandwiches. You don’t walk into a goldsmith and complain that they don’t have any sandwiches.
Anyway, the best place to learn how to pray is the Bible. Use the words of Scripture itself in your praying. The Psalms are great for this.
You can also look at passages in the epistles like Ephesians 3:14-21, 1:16-23, etc.
There is a ton of resources if you do a search online. I am sorry that this particular article you landed on wasn’t written to teach how to pray.
Someone realy said “allah” the moon god of the kaaba😂😭 allah just means god in arabic its not a “name” like andrew or jesus or whatever. The moon god you commentor refered to has a similiar name so i get the confusion but it has nothing to do with each other <3