Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Prostration and Submission to God

Man although being spiritual being, can not go without body. Our body is the vessel for our Spirit or Soul. Submission to God, thus have certain physical forms. Prostration is the most beautiful of its kind. Muslims prostrate in the exact way as described in Torah and Bible (the Scriptures). We find prostration in other religion as well, like Hinduism, Buddhism, Catholicism etc. But the way muslims perform prostration regularly in prayer which is quite unique and inline with Biblical teachings (Jewish ppl also do it in similar manner).

Many people have a misconception about prostation. Some think that muslims are kissing the ground. Infact they don't kiss the ground. During prostration the forehead and the tip of the nose only touches the ground.

Biblical Prophets all used to fall on their faces (performed prostration or sajda which is an arabic word) while worshipping before God...

Abraham: And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying…- (KJV) Genesis 17: 3

Job: Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped. - (KJV) Job 1: 20

Moses & Aaron: And the Lord spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying: 'Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment'. And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation?- (KJV) Numbers 16: 20-22

Jesus: And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou {wilt}. - (KJV) Matthew 26: 39

Similarly we find verses about Prostration in the Final Testament, Quran as well.

[Quran 17:61] When we said to the angels, "Fall prostrate before Adam," they fell prostrate, except Satan. He said, "Shall I prostrate to one You created from mud?"

[13:15] To GOD prostrates everyone in the heavens and the earth, willingly or unwillingly, and so do their shadows in the mornings and the evenings.

[16:49] To GOD prostrates everything in the heavens and everything on earth - every creature - and so do the angels; without the least arrogance.

[22:18] Do you not realize that to GOD prostrates everyone in the heavens and the earth, and the sun, and the moon, and the stars, and the mountains, and the trees, and the animals, and many people? Many others among the people are committed to doom. Whomever GOD shames, none will honor him. Everything is in accordance with GOD's will.
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See how people of different faiths prostrate (click pls): Catholics, Buddhist, Catholics 2, Catholics3, Muslims1, Muslims2, Jewish, Hindu and Buddshist.

Related Post: Symbology and Meaning of Prostration.

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