Frequently asked questions

Proponents of ritual prayer are fond of saying that certain verses where this root verb appears prove the existence of ritual prayer. Their arguments tend to be like the following:

  1. What about 5:6 where you are supposed to do the ritual ablution (which they call wudu) before Sol-laa?

    Surely, that proves that ritual prayer is needed. Surah 5 is to be read from 1 through to 7. Verse 6 is about being hygienic. The first two verses talk about food. People should observe the harmony sanctioned by God in the system. Verse 3 has more details on food, and then it says, ‘Today the way of life (or the deen) is perfected’ after detailing unhygienic food. The fourth and the fifth verses also talk about food with additional decrees that Muslims can marry the people of the previous Scripture. That in itself should be an eye-opener.The subsequent verse says that we are upholding our commitments when we make ourselves clean. In verse 7 we are told to be appreciative of God’s blessing upon us and we should uphold the covenants He made with us from the time we say, ‘We hear and we obey’.Hygiene is part of our commitments. And if there is no water to wash ourselves, God has prescribed an alternative i.e. to use clean dry soil to clean our hands. The point is, we are obliged to be as clean as we can – and here the limits are described with provision for extreme circumstances.

    There is no such thing as the word ritual cleansing or wudu (this common term used by the majority of the Muslims is not to be found anywhere in the Reading). There is no ritual ablution. In 5:6 we are told it is good to wash ourselves up to the elbows, wash the face, and wipe our heads and feet. We must keep ourselves clean. This verse does not say that Sol-laa is a ritual prayer. The verse does not say after we ‘ritually’ clean up ourselves we must start praying ritually.

  2. What about 11:114 where we are told to uphold the Sol-laa at the ends of the day and parts of the night?

    It is a mistake to quote verses out of context. Here, 11:114 should be read from surah 11 verse 112 through to 115. The verse does not say the Sol-laa should be done at two ends of the day and parts of the night. The verse actually says through both ends of the day and parts of the night. The verse is rendered here in its full context:You shall uphold what was prescribed, and also those who repented with you, and not transgress. Indeed, He knows whatever your deeds are, watching. Do not be inclined to those who are wicked. That will make you suffer the Fire, and there is none for you except God as a protector, then you will not be helped. And uphold your commitments (aqimi-Sol-laa-ta) through the ends of the day and the parts of the night. Indeed the good deeds nullify the bad. That is the remembrance for those who want to remember. You shall be steadfast. God never fails to reward the righteous. (11:112-115)The verse clearly says the commitments are ongoing throughout the day and parts of the night. Verses 11:112-115 emphasise the importance of doing good deeds throughout the day and parts of the night by focusing oneself in routines according to what is taught from God’s prescribed decrees. It is a simple instruction.

  3. What about 24:58 where the Solatil fajri and Solatil ‘isha are mentioned?1

    This verse refers to the periods of undress when children must seek permission before entering their parents’ room – from the time the parents retreat to their rooms (Solatil ‘isha) until the next morning (Solatil-fajri). We continue to observe our commitments during our private time. The same verse requires the seeking of permission to enter the room when parents are resting at noon.The Solatil ‘isha and the Solatil-fajri are not the names attributed to any ritual prayers but they are the parents’ private time. Similarly, it is not right for parents to simply walk into their children’s room once they retreat to their rooms. The verse teaches family etiquette, and as part of the obligations we are to teach children to respect their parent’s privacy. There is no ritual prayer mentioned in the verse.

  4. What about 4:103 where God says the Sol-laa-ta are done at specified times?

    It is our duty to do certain deeds at specific times through the day from morning to dusk and also parts of the night, from the sinking of the sun at noon till the darkness of the night. That means 24/7. The verse says we are committed to do certain things at the specified times. We must do what we have to do when it is time and do it diligently.If we are traders we must maintain our commitments not cheat or earn by excessive profiteering. If a beggar or a poor man comes to us at nine in the morning, we should not tell him to come back at 1 o’clock. If our workers have worked for us we should not delay or postpone their wages. If we promise to see somebody at 3.00 p.m. then we should uphold that commitment to the man by meeting him at 3.00 p.m. sharp because God says, ‘They fulfil their promises when they make their promise’. Fulfilling our promises is part of the commitment.

  5. What about 17:110 when you are told to use a moderate tone in your Sol-laa-teka?

    First of all we must read from 17:105-111. In the context we see that 17:110 is about the manner in which we should publicly avow our commitments and call people to God. We are not to go around either with a loud speaker or by being so quiet no one hears us.In 17:110 specifically, the Prophet is asked to use a moderate tone when calling people to God.Say, Call upon God, or call upon the Most Compassionate. Whatever you call, to Him belong the most beautiful names. Neither avows your commitment publicly loudly or quietly, but seek a middle course. (17:110)


1 That is, they say the Morning Prayer and the night prayer. Strangely, the Qur’an mentions the word ‘Salatil-fajri‘ but the Muslims say ‘Salatil-Subhi‘.

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32 Responses

  1. Salam,

    I see your answers do not fully answer the questions. If you don’t mind;

    1. please provide here your complete (Quran) translations
    of 5:6, 17:110. I want to see if the complete sentences
    of your translation (of these versus) are coherent.

    2. as it is still not clear to me if hygiene (cleaning) in general
    is too specific only to wash hand, face,feet, and head.
    In other word, for what occasions ?

    3. please explain why the word solatil are used in 25:58
    Again, It will help me to understand if you can povide us
    with your translation of versus 25:58. To be coherent with
    your understanding, it is understandable if 25:58 without
    words of sol-lat-tul

    4. please explain (at least example) of what and when of
    sol lat-ta are done at specific times. My thought is that
    commitments should be done all the times, not a
    specific times. For specific times there should be
    specific things to be done. What are they ? If God only talk
    about commitments (to Him) it should applied for all the
    times.

    5. Finally, in 11:114 why part of the night ? Again, to my
    understanding commitment should be 24 hours
    including our sleeping times.

    Thank you in advance. I think your explanations will give us more solid understanding.

    Salam,
    Adam

  2. I don’t provide answers to fulfill the need of those who strongly believe the word “Sol-laa” is ritual prayer. And I don’t solve problem for those having problems with their religion.

    When the manuscript first appeared in the internet many scholars including those who claim to be the true submitters of the Quran tell their followers they are not worshiping the stone when facing the rock structure in Mecca – no matter how you explain it.

  3. Dear Sir,

    I read your book on Arab conspiracies again Islam. The book is really astoundingly enlightening and it helps me overcome so many questions I had in my mind. I now come to realise that I have been following Arab religion all this while but NOT Islam.

    I would appreciate receiving a softcopy of Quran translation by you.

    Kind regards,
    Nasrudeen

  4. I am 59 years old from Cape Town South Africa.Your book have set me FREE from the stoneworshipping arab religion

  5. Salam to you Shiraz,

    Those who avoid idol worship and totally submit to God, deserved to be congratulated. Therefore congratulate My servants – because then listen to any views, – then they follow the BEST thereof. These are the ones guided by God – and these are the ones who use their common sense. .” (39:17-18)

    So, a big congratulation from me.

    Aidid Safar

  6. thanks..good job

  7. as Nasruddin mentioned it would be very nice to have a complete translation of the Quran from you Aidid. Your work is very different and eye opening. many are under the rubble of traditional translations, so there has to be some translation (for non-arabic speakers) to make a start to dig out the true islam.

  8. I think it’d be unwise to rely on Aidid as an infallible source of information – asking for complete translations, etc.. In fact, that’d defeat the purpose of this website – escaping any dogmatic traditions.

    Instead, let’s study the Quran (in Arabic) and check for the evidence ourselves. I’d suggest this website: http://corpus.quran.com/ where you can look for ‘Quranic words’ and ‘word-to-word translation’. After studying, it’s up to us which path we want to take.

  9. God gave Moses nine signs or ayats (17:101) but they are not good enough for Pharoah to believe and reform. I hope the same will not happen to the rest of the people who can use their common sense.

  10. yes of course, we need not rely on anyone for complete translations as there are many available in the market today. but as mr. aidid’s understanding is different in its sense and does make sense that is the only reason why we are asking for his translations. and of course it is our duty “not to blindly accept any info without verifying it for ourselves” as per the Quran. many students of Quran today are looking for the correct meanings of the arabic words in the Quran. May God guide them all to the right path.

  11. Selaam Aidid

    I was directed to some verses in the Quran to show Sol-laa must be a ritual prayer (which I am disputing is not). Although you have answered many of these questions I am a little stuck with 17:78. Could we use the same explenation for this verse as you have used for 4:103?

    Thank you for your help.

    Peace

  12. The word “duluk” appears in the Quran only once. It does not refer to the “declining” of the sun but it is from the time the sun is fully visible. 17:78 and 11:114 have the same message.

    The Quran uses the word “Tazawara” for decline.

  13. Salam Brothers / Sisters

    I pray (every day) to God to guide me in the right path. Just finished reading Aidid’s book which gave me the shock of my life. I have read many translations of the Quran and many books & articles on Islam. It seems that the more i read the more i get confused. I don’t speek or read in Arabic so i rely on individuals like Aidid who do read, write & understand Arabic. The Reading says that the message sent down to human kind is clear & very easy to understand. Then why is it that so many people who claim they understnd the Arabic language can’t agree on so many aspects?? I’m sure their are many people out there like me who rely on the work of people like Aidid to understand the Reading. I was bought up in a Muslim family & told to believe what the Imam at the Mosque teached us & never to question what was said. I now understand why i was told not to question the teachings of the Imams. But now, the more i research the more confused i get. I’m not sure if i’m explaining myself correctly here, i just want to follow the correct path, the path of the One God, i have wasted many years of my life following false rituals & feel i need to make it up to God, i feel ashamed of myself for not researching properly or maybe even begining to learn Arabic. I believe Aidid began to learn Arabic at the age of 40, this infact makes me even more embarrassed. I sometimes look in the mirror & begin to cry.
    God bless you all.

  14. Selaam confused soul

    Trust me when I say you are not alone on that one.

    May Allah guide us to the truth.

  15. Selaam Aidid

    Thank you for the kind explenation. Will look into it. Thank you and may Allah bless you.

    Peace

  16. You you should make changes to the page name title Frequently asked questions Mental Bondage In The Name Of God to something more generic for your webpage you write. I loved the post even sononetheless.

  17. mohammad salat
    Salat with time means quanic education and training class(26/219,25/2,21/5,24/4) and your movement among those who fall completely obedient means followers) morning and evening time,only two salat in one day,17/78,11/114,20/130,20/130,33/40,25/5,7/205,6/52,etc…
    salat means deen 19/59,19/60 also see these verses
    salat means deen Allah order aqemudeen in 42/13 to these prophets and same prophets in these verses 21/72,21/73—20/12,20/13 and 19/30,19/31 so
    deen=salat see verses 22/41 also 11/87 follow Allah laws is salat means Quran
    salat means Allah laws means waahe(massage from Allah) see verse 33/56,33/42 and the book bring us dark to light 14/1,57/9. in these verses(33/56+42 and 57/9,14/1) is clear that Quran is salat as well.
    yusalle33/45 bring dark to light=al book14/1,57/9 bring dark to light
    so salat = (AL book) Quran
    To get understanding training (education)of Quran in special time is salat Asal and salat Ish ,to act accounting to that education(Quran) means to follow Allah laws is Abadat(not worship or pray) and to establish Allah laws in the society need own land and government (22/41+24/55) is called establish salat and zhaaka means Aqeemudeen(Islamic system).
    Raka is define in verses 77/40+41+42+43+44+45+46+47+48meansmove from bad track to good track(laws of allah7/3) to give-up forefather track and follow only book of Allah 2/170,5/104,10/78,11/62
    Sajaada
    completely accepted Quran and follow only Allah laws orders 84/20+21+25 etc…..obedient,fully committed(16/48,22/18,16/49,2/116 etc……)my English is not good but i try my best.
    preforming rakat salat is fraud cheating sharp practices and artificial(made by a man) in Islam before Mohammad(sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) (4/142+8/35) and after death Mohammad(sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) around 100+ years later the salat meaning changed again in the form of Naamaz(rakat salat) 29/45

  18. Salaam Aidid,
    the word using in the verses of 4:102 & 4:103 ie. (4:102:6, 4:102:22, 4:103:3, 4:103:13, 4:103:15) is referring to some sorts of “prayer”. Of course it is definitely NOT referring to the ritual prayer. As your explanations on 4:103 on FAQ no:4, if I’m not misunderstood, it is most on “fulfilling our promises as a part of our commitment” but myself still blurring on what the relationships between the root words “arm” and “attack” in the 4:102 verse ie. (4:102:12, 4:102:27, 4:102:34, 4:102:38, 4:102:39, 4:102:54) towards the verse of 4:103.
    Please help me. Thank you.

  19. I mentioned in the book that 4:102 must be read together with 4:101 and there is no way the enemies of the messenger will perform the prayer with him. However, you must do what you think is right.

  20. Thanks Aidid for the explanations, myself now are very clear and agree that there is no way the enemies of the messenger will perform the prayer with him. However, verse 4:101 is an excuse ( i.e. a “playsafe” mode(? :D) ) from being harm from those who are disbelieved and at the same time the root verb appears an evidence of the existence of ritual prayer and the prophet (pbuh) had been acknowledged by Allah.
    You’re right, we must do what we think is right.

    “preforming raka’at so-laat is fraud cheating sharp practices and artificial (made by human) in Islam before the messenger of Muhammad (pbuh) i.e. (4/142+8/35) and after his wafat around 100+ years later the so-laa meaning changed again in the various forms of raka’at solaat (29/45)”

    Again, Thank you very much Aidid.
    May God bless us, every one.

  21. Salam. I would like to ask your opinion using the Quran as a treatment that muslims use to treat people who posessed by jin. This treatment is called Ruqyah.
    Thatnk you!

  22. Salam Osman, I am sorry I have no knowledge on that matter.

  23. No problem. Thank you!

  24. What brands are the jins. Levis Strauss or Wrangler?

  25. @Osman

    Jinn are not devils or some sort of beings greater than humans.
    They are the psychopaths.
    Mankind and Jinn
    Mankind as in men with conscience, and Jinn as psychopaths
    It happens that these psychopaths are the sovereigns on this world, and should be removed as the only system accepted is the Islamic Law which is the Natural Law, which doesn’t acknowledge any kind of sovereignty except the Creator.

  26. so devil is real or what?

  27. Berserk, in my opinion Jinn is Jinn. They are the dweller of the Jannah before God created man. Hence the name, Jinn. Most men are serving the Jinns without them realizing it.

    34:41 They will say: Be You glorified. You are our Lord, not them. No, most of them were serving the Jinn; most were believers to them.

  28. I checked a few translations/understandings and I personally prefer this one as it made more sense to me. 34:41 They will answer, ” Glory is yours! You are our Master, not them. Nay, they used to worship the invincible guises of their selfish desires. Most of them were believers therein.”

    As I reflect deep within me, the jinns in me are my rebellious desires, emotions and fiery temperament. God, I used to break my putter when I missed a 3 footer putt in my golf game. It felt good at that point in time, but came with much regret later on as everything was destructive. I have since learn to channel all those energies to be more constructive, the effects being very positive.

    Cheers mate.

  29. @ musafir microcosmos
    I’ve never heard that the word ‘jin’ means ‘invincible guises of their selfish desires’. However I dont deny it. so Im interested to know more on about it. Can you clarify?
    Thank you.

  30. Salam Osman.
    A real pleasant surprise to hear from you. I do not speak Arabic and I rely on other people’s understandings on the translations. I then struggled thru with my Hans Werr arabic-english dictionary and decide if any of it makes any logical sense (I did study how to use the dic under the jewish wazan system many years ago, taught to me by a graduate from SOAS, London). To be fair to you, I shall not clarify, but rather direct you to the materials I read and you can make your own conclusions.

    I am comfortable with Dr. Shabir Ahmad’s ” The Qu’ran as it explains itself “. Hope you find it useful.

    On your earlier question of people possessed by jinns, to respond here I believe would be out of the scope of this blog. You can contact me at cmusafir@msn.com as I believe that mystics are no longer mysterious when it can be explained and tested. CHEERS.

  31. Thank you Musafir. I emailed you.

  32. the trick is played in the arabic language
    the quran isn’t in arabic language, but lissan arabi (masculine) , may be interpreted arab tongue
    reading the quran through arabic dictionnary is the biggest mistake the whole muslim made, you want to understand the quran, you have to learn more than arabic language, englih/frensh/spanish
    the language of the quran, is the ASMAA that allah thaught the 1st men,
    from the language of the quran, sprang all languages, if you accept this theory, and make a research of the quran in all languages , you be stunned , and than you realise that not a single word is left in it’s meaning from the quran.
    I give an exemple :
    the word
    SABR , is arabic dictianneries , it means patience , so let’s look at this word is every language
    Frensh = Sobre , English = Sober, spanish/italian = Sobre …. so in evey language, Sober means been sober , except in arabic language, means passiv patience??? strange
    Ina allah yuhubou sabirine , ALLAH LOVES THOSE WHO ARE SOBER -makes more sense than allah love who are patient-
    another exemple
    Quistuce
    word looks like this one in other languages is
    eng=Justice , Fr=Justice Sp = Justice
    when you translate Quistace into justice , the verse quistace mustaqueem makes perfect sense to means the upright justice, while in arabic they say it is a persian word, even though allah says QURAN ARABIC. meaning every word is init’s original arabic tngue.
    when you do all this, you will realise that we understand the quran backward

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