The Meaning of Prayer

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Course Description

Prayer is the basis of our relationship with God. The ritual prayer (salat) is the most salient obligation in Islam, and purification its key. This course will teach students the inner and outward dimensions of these acts of worship based on the primary texts of Islam and the teachings of the great spiritual masters of the Islamic tradition. This course will address a number of questions, including:

• What is the reality of purity and prayer?
• Why do we perform these rituals?
• How do we perform these rituals?
• What do these rituals and their actions signify in terms of our relationship to Allah?
• How do these rituals allow us to connect to Allah in this world?

About the Instructor

Salman Younas

Born and raised in New York, Sheikh Salman Younas graduated from Stony Brook University with a degree in Political Science and Religious Studies. After studying the Islamic sciences online and with local scholars in New York, Sheikh Salman moved to Amman. There he studied Islamic law, legal methodology, belief, hadith methodology, logic, Arabic, and tafsir. He completed his DPhil at Oxford University, and is currently preparing a book on the early evolution of the Hanafi madhab.