According to the Quran, Muhammad’s deity prays just like the angels and Muslims do:
They are those on whom are the prayers (salawatun) from their Lord and mercy, and it is they who are the guided-ones. S. 2:157
Those on whom are prayers from their lord and mercy, and those are the guided. (Usama Dakdok. The Generous Qur’an: An accurate, modern English translation of the Qur’an, Islam’s holiest book [Usama Dakdok Publishing, LLC], p. 74; bold and italicized emphasis mine)
He it is who prays (yusallee) for you and His angels too, to bring you forth out of the darkness into the light, for He is merciful to the believers. S. 33:43 Palmer
He is who prays on you and his angels that he may bring you forth out of the darkness into the light, and he was merciful to the believers. (Usama Dakdok, pp. 690-691; bold and italicized emphasis mine)
Verily, God and His angels pray (yusalloona) for the prophet. O ye who believe! pray for him and salute him with a salutation! S. 33:56 Palmer
Surely Allah and his angels pray on the prophet. O you who have believed, pray on him and salute, saluting. (Dakdok, p. 694; bold and italicized emphasis mine)
Islamic tradition also affirms that the Islamic god actually prays:
- Abu Umama reported that the Messenger of Allah said, “Allah AND His angels AND the people of the heavens AND the earth, EVEN the ants in their rocks AND the fish, PRAYfor blessings on those who teach people good.” [at-Tirmidhi] (Aisha Bewley, Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous), Book of Knowledge, 241. Chapter: the excellence of knowledge http://bewley.virtualave.net/riyad7.html#ilm; bold and capital emphasis mine)
- Abu Umamah al-Bahili narrated: “Two men were mentioned before the Messenger of Allah. One of them a worshipper, and the other a scholar. So the Messenger of Allah said: ‘The superiority of the scholar over the worshipper is like my superiority over the least of you.’ Then the Messenger of Allah said: ‘Indeed ALLAH, His Angels, the inhabitants of the heavens and the earths – even the ant in his hole, even the fish – say Salatupon the one who teaches the people to do good. (Hasan)
[Abu ‘Eisa said:] This Hadith is Hasan Gharib Sahih… (English Translation of Jami‘ At-Tirmidhi, Compiled by Imam Hafiz ‘Eisa Mohammad Ibn ‘Eisa At-Tirmidhi, From Hadith no. 2606 to 3290, translated by Abu Khaliyl (USA), ahadith edited and referenced by Hafiz Abu Tahir Zubair ‘Ali Za’i, final review by Islamic Research Section Darussalam [Darussalam Publishers & Distributors, First Edition: November 2007], Volume 5, Chapter 19. What Has Been Related About the Superiority Of Fiqh Over Worship, p. 80 – listed as number 70 in the ALIM Online version of at-Tirmidhi’s hadith http://www.alim.org/library/hadith/TIR/70; capital and underline emphasis mine)
The people of Israel said to Moses: “Does your Lord pray?” His Lord called him [saying]: “O Moses, they asked you if your Lord prays. Say [to them] ‘Yes, I do pray, and my angels [pray] upon my prophets and my messengers,’” and Allah then sent down on his messenger: “Allah and His angels pray…” (Tafsir Ibn Kathir, Q. 33:56)
The Israelites said to Musa: Does your Lord pray? Musa said: Fear Allah, O Sons of Israel! Allah said: O Musa! What did your people say? Musa said: O my Lord, You already know? They said: Does your Lord pray? Allah said: Tell them MY PRAYER for My servants is that My Mercy should precede My Anger. If it were not so, I would have destroyed them. [Ibn ‘Asakir] (Al-Ahadith Al-Qudsiyyah – Divine Narratives, translated by Dr. Abdul Khaliq Kazi & Dr. Alan B. Day, Section 2: Al-Ithafat Al-Saniyya Bi‘l-Ahadith Al-Qudsiyyah by Shaikh Zain al-Din Abdul Ra‘uf b. Taj al-‘Arifin b. ‘Ali b. Zayn al-‘Abidin al-Munawi [Dar Al Kitab Arabi – USA, 1995], pp. 305-306; capital and underline emphasis mine)
The following is taken from the Dalail-al-Khayrat Sharhi of Kara Da’ud, d. 1541:
“Then I beheld a single pearl of emerald green upon which was written this line of writing:
LA ILAHA ILLALLAH, MUHAMMAD-UR-RASULULLAH,
ABU BAKR AS AS-SIDDIQ WA ‘UMAR AL-FARUQ
THERE IS NO GOD BUT THE ONE TRUE GOD (AL-LAH);
MUHAMMAD IS THE MESSENGER OF ALLAH.
ABU BAKR – THE TRUTHFUL, AND ‘UMAR – THE ONE WHO DISTINGUISHES TRUTH FROM FALSEHOOD.
“The Declaration of Unity (Kalimat-at-Tawhid) is written on the base THAT SUPPORTS THE DIVINE THRONE, and upon THE LEGS OF THE THRONE ITSELF, and it is written over THE GATES OF THE SEVEN HEAVENS. Sometimes, this phrase was added: ‘I have strengthened him through Ali.’
“When I reached the Divine Throne, I witnessed great events. One drop fell from the Throne into my mouth and the sweetness of it surpassed everything I have ever tasted. When I had swallowed it, the Lord of the Universe enlightened my heart with the knowledge and wisdom of all that had gone before and was yet to come. The light from the Throne surrounded me and I was engulfed by it. I was aware of nothing but that light. When faced with this light, I perceived everything through my heart’s eye as clearly as though I were looking through my eyes. I perceived what was behind me as clearly as that, which was before me, at a level with my chest.
“After all this occurred, I came into a state when I heard absolutely nothing, not the voices of the angels, nor the sound of any other thing. This state caused me to experience great terror. Then I suddenly heard a voice that seemed to be the voice of Abu Bakr saying to me, ‘Qif, ya Muhammad, inna rabbuka YUSALLI. (Stay your step, oh Muhammad, FOR YOUR LORD IS PRAYING BLESSING.’) When I heard this voice, all the terror departed from me completely, and I began to wonder, ‘What is Abu Bakr doing here? Has he surpassed me, I wonder? And what does this mean, THE LORD IS PRAYING, the Lord Who is free from all exigence! What could be the meaning of all this?’” (Muhammad the Messenger of Islam – His Life and Prophecy, by Hajja Amina Adil, Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani, Shaykh Nazim Adil Al-Haqqani [Islamic Supreme Council of America, Washington, DC 2002], The Seventh Heaven, pp. 231-232: https://books.google.com/books?id=31tscfPF4tkC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false; capital and underline emphasis mine)
Furthermore, traditional orthodox Sunni Islam teaches that the Quran is the uncreated speech/word of Allah:
- The Qur’an is the Word of God that emanated from Himwithout modality in its expression. He sent it down to His messenger as a revelation. The believers accept it as such literally. They are certain it is, in reality, the Word of God, the Sublime and Exalted.
- Unlike human speech, it is eternal and uncreated. (The Creed of Imam Al-Tahawi (Al-Aqidah al-Tahawiyyah), translated, annotated and introduced by Hamza Yusuf [Zaytuna Institute, 2007], p. 54; bold emphasis mine)
- We do not argue about the Qur’an. Rather, we testify that it is the Word of the Lord of the universe as revealed through the Trustworthy Spirit, who taught it to the paragon of messengers, Muhammad. It is the Word of God, the Sublime and Exalted. No mortal speech compares to it, and we do not say it is created. (Ibid., p. 64; bold emphasis mine)
Moreover, the following surah is a prayer of worship and supplication:
In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Praise be to God, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the world; Most Gracious, Most Merciful; Master of the Day of Judgment. Thee do we worship, and Thine aid we seek. Show us the straight way (al-sirata al-mustaqeema), The way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace, those whose (portion) is not wrath, and who go not astray. Surah al-Fatihah 1:1-7 Y. Ali
Therefore, since the Quran is supposed to be uncreated this means that this surah is an eternal prayer, one that existed even before creation came into being. As such, there must have been someone praying this in eternity. And since Allah is supposed to be the only one that existed in eternity, this implies that he must have been praying this surah.
This is not only confirmed by the fact that the hadiths plainly teach that Allah used to recite two surahs of the Quran a thousand years before creation,
Allah’s Messenger said, “A thousand years before creating the heavens and the Earth, Allah RECITED Ta-Ha and Ya-Sin, and when the angels HEARD the recitation they said, ‘Happy are the people to whom this comes down, happy are the minds which carry this, and happy are the tongues which utter this.”
Darimi transmitted it (Al-Tirmidhi Hadith, 660 http://www.alim.org/library/hadith/TIR/660; bold and capital emphasis mine)
It is also confirmed by v. 6 of this very surah, where the one praying makes the following request,
“Guide us in the right path (al-sirata al-mustaqeema),” Palmer
Shockingly, the Quran admits that Allah is actually on a straight path in the same way that Muslims are!
“I put my trust in God, My Lord and your Lord! There is not a moving creature, but He hath grasp of its fore-lock. Verily, it is my Lord that is ON A STRAIGHT PATH (inna rabbee ala siratin mustaqeemin).” S. 11:56 Y. Ali
Therefore, since it is acknowledged that Muhammad’s lord is himself on the straight path this simply confirms that it is Allah who was actually reciting surah al-Fatihah, even before creation, much like he used to recite surahs Ta-Ha and Ya-Sin.
In other words, the Islamic sources are inadvertently testifying to the fact Allah is actually praying, praising, glorifying, worshiping etc., much like Muslims do!
This brings me to my next point. I am now going to show whom it is that Allah worships and prays, especially for guidance.
According to God’s Word, Jesus Christ is the straight path to everlasting life:
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I AM THE WAY, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:1-6
Note that our Lord is both the way and the destination, unlike Allah who is never said to be the way to salvation. Rather, as the Quran amply testifies the Islamic deity is on the straight path to being saved. Note the passage once again as I quote it in various English versions:
Pickthall: “… Lo! my Lord is on a straight path.”
Hilali-Khan: “… my Lord is on the Straight Path (the truth).”
Shakir: “… surely my Lord is on the right path.”
Khalifa: “… My Lord is on the right path.”
Arberry: “… Surely my Lord is on a straight path.”
Palmer: “… Verily, my Lord is on the right way!”
Rodwell: “… Right, truly, is the way in which my Lord goeth.”
Sale: “… Verily my Lord [proceedeth] in the right way.”
Hence, since Allah is on a straight path and prays to be guided on the straight path, and since the risen Lord is the way and destination to everlasting life, and therefore is himself that straight path, a strong case can be made that Muhammad’s lord is actually worshiping and praying to the Lord Jesus, beseeching him to guide him to himself!
To put this in a logical syllogism:
- Allah is on a straight path and actually prays to someone to guide him on the straight path.
- Jesus Christ testifies to being the only straight path to salvation.
- Therefore, the Muslim deity must be praying to the risen Christ to keep guiding him on the straight path since there is no salvation apart from the Lord Jesus:
“And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, and Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, if we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it.” Acts 4:5-14
In light of the foregoing, I would advise all Muslims to follow the example of their god and pray to the Lord Jesus to guide them to everlasting life, since it is quite obvious Muhammad’s deity can’t guide anyone to the path of life when he himself prays to be guided aright.
Muslims, since you have obvious problems trusting in your deity when himself needs to be guided, isn’t therefore time for you to turn to the Lord Jesus Christ and trust him for everlasting life?