God Is So Good

September 14th, 2015 by MMiller

Rev. Dr. Melanie Miller

August 30, 2015

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Sacred Testimony: verses on The Salat (Prayer) from the Quran

[20:14] “I am God, there is no other God but Me, you shall worship Me and observe the Salat (Contact Prayers) to commemorate Me.”

[5:6] “O you who believe, when you observe the Salat (Contact Prayers) you shall wash your faces, wash your arms to the elbows, wipe your heads and wash your feet to the ankles.”

[2:150] “Wherever you go, you shall turn your face (during Salat) towards the Sacred Masjid; wherever you might be, you shall turn your faces (during Salat) towards it.”

[10:9-10] “As for those who believe and lead a righteous life, God guides them by virtue of their belief. Rivers will flow beneath them in the garden of bliss. Their prayer therein is, ‘Be You Glorified our God’ their greeting therein is, ‘Peace’ and the ending/conclusion of their prayer is, Praise be to God of the universe”

Contemporary Testimony: excerpts from Muslims and Islam Were Part of Twin Towers’ Life by Samuel G Freedman, September 10, 2010, The New York Times

Sometime in 1999, a construction electrician received a new work assignment from his union…2 World Trade Center, the southern of the twin towers.

Over the next few days, noticing some fellow Muslims on the job, Mr. Abdus-Salaam  [asked] “So where do you pray at?” And so he learned about the Muslim prayer room on the 17th floor of the south tower.

He went there regularly in the months to come, first doing the ablution known as wudu in a washroom fitted for cleansing hands, face and feet, and then facing toward Mecca to intone the salat prayer.

“It was so freeing and so calm,” Mr. Sareshwala, 47, said in a phone conversation from Mumbai, where he is now based. “It had the feel of a real mosque. And the best part is that you are in the epicenter of capitalism — New York City, the World Trade Center — and you had this island of spiritualism. I don’t think you could have that combination anywhere in the world.”

How, when and by whom the prayer room was begun remains unclear. Interviews this week with historians and building executives of the trade center came up empty…Yet the room’s existence is etched in the memories of participants like Mr. Abdus-Salaam and Mr. Sareshwala.

Moreover, the prayer room was not the only example of Muslim religious practice in or near the trade center. About three dozen Muslim staff members of Windows on the World, the restaurant atop the north tower, used a stairwell between the 106th and 107th floors for their daily prayers.

Fekkak Mamdouh, an immigrant from Morocco who was head waiter, attended a worship service just weeks after the attacks that honored the estimated 60 Muslims who died. Far from being viewed as objectionable, the service was conducted with formal support from city, state and federal authorities, who arranged for buses to transport imams and mourners to Warren Street.  There, within sight of the ruins, they chanted salat al-Ghaib, the funeral prayer…