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Mary Magdalene by Ary Scheffer (1795–1858).

Prayer is a worship and communication to God. Many believe their prayers are answered and evidence of it is primarily reported in the Old and New Testament. Later miracles and graces have been reported by the Church and by common people. Prayer is done by those who trust the power of word and thought. Jesus taught people to say the Lord's Prayer.

Prayer can be spoken, silent (no talking), or in a song. It can be used to praise God or to ask for something including help and forgiveness. Prayers can be said over and over again as in a Rosary or just once. The Rosary includes Lord's Prayer and several others.[1] Sister Lucia of Fatima said that Virgin Mary "in these last times in which we live has given new efficacy in the recitation of the Holy Rosary" and that " She has given this efficacy to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families … that cannot be solved by the Rosary". [2]

Islamic prayer, or salat is a duty to be performed five times per day. Hinduism has prayer to various divinities or holy beings. Some people say that prayers for sick people bring them health.

Dua[change | change source]

Painting of the Mughal Emperor Akbar doing a Dua prayer.

duʿāʾ (Arabic: اَلدُّعَاءُ is a prayer or request made by Muslims[3][4] in which they ask for help from their God. Muslims see dua as a very serious way of worship.

Dua has been done by Muslims for a long time,[5] as it is seen as very important by a lot of Muslims and Muslim families.[6] They have been carried on as traditions.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Rosarium Virginis Mariae on the Most Holy Rosary (October 16, 2002) - John Paul II".
  2. "There's no problem, no matter how difficult, that the Rosary can't solve". 14 January 2020.
  3. John L. Esposito, ed. (2014). "Dua". The Oxford Dictionary of Islam. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  4. Gardet, L. (2012). "Duʿāʾ". In P. Bearman; Th. Bianquis; C.E. Bosworth; E. van Donzel; W.P. Heinrichs (eds.). Encyclopaedia of Islam (2nd ed.). Brill. doi:10.1163/1573-3912_islam_COM_0195.
  5. Asani, A. S. (1987). "The khojahs of Indo‐Pakistan: The quest for an Islamic identity". Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. 8: 31–41. doi:10.1080/02666958708716015.
  6. "The Importance of Dua in Islam". AZIslam. 30 November 2017.