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August 19, 2012 / beautythroughharmony

The Prayers in Different Religions

The interesting fact is that almost the whole variety of the existing religions are characterized by the practice of praying. The prayers can be said or sung in the different ways. The aim of all the payers is the appeal to the powers of nature or gods. The praying people express their worshiping, ask for mercy and want the gods t forgive their sins.

  • In Judaism the central part of any religious ceremony takes the major prayer that is pronounced by the people who remain standing on their feet after making three steps forward. This is made to get closer to God. The Jews have the special prayers for each situation in their lives. The prayers pronounced on ecclesiastical holidays differ from the ones for average days. As a rule the most part of the modern Jews say the special prayers only on Saturdays and on the special occasions such as Hanukkah or Pesach. The daily attending of synagogue gradually becomes less popular.

  • In Islam the prayer called salah or namaz also has the great importance of the daily duties of the religious people. The Muslims make namaz five times a day. They read the certain passages from Koran usually with their knees bent. Every time of the day begins with the prayer, so that the first one is pronounces during the dawn and the last one is pronounces at the sunset. Having the pure desire to say the prayer is extremely important for the Muslims as well as for the representatives of any other religion. The Allah sees the real feelings and the thoughts even if the pronounced words have the opposite meaning. Another interesting thing the there is a definite hour when the rules of Islam prohibit to pray. This is the period when the sun stands in its zenith.

  • In the Christian culture the prayer is a more personal and private process. This is the time when the human has the face-to-face contact with God. According to the Bible Jesus Christ considered the loud and sophisticated prayers to be the hypocrisy. The religious people gather in the churches for the collective prayer and advice and pay at home alone. This prayer pronounces in the solitude is believed to bring more relief and be more useful for the person’s soul. The great ecclesiastical holidays are characterized by the collective rituals but in the Christian culture it is possible for an individual to visit the church for the individual prayer any time he wants.
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