a good morning prayer

“Who can tell what a day may bring forth? Cause me, therefore, gracious God, to live every day as if it were to be my last, for I know not but that it may be such. Cause me to live now as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.”

3 Responses to “a good morning prayer”

  1. October 7, 2010 at 4:31 am

    Great prayer…it has a counterpart in Islam

  2. 2 Karen
    October 22, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Hicham, what some are unaware of is how much Islam has borrowed from the Christianity of the period in which Islam was birthed (particularly from Christian monasticism). Christian monastics (even to this day in the Eastern Orthodox tradition) pray liturgically five times a day. In a traditional Orthodox worship space, there are no chairs or pews (usually carpet only) and there are particular times of prayer that prostrations are done (a kneeling bow where one places one’s head to the floor). Many Muslim women wear head coverings and dress very similarly to Orthodox nuns and it was the norm throughout history for Orthodox women to cover their heads for formal prayer if not at all times. Even the norm of Muslim piety where the Muslim constantly repeats the name of Allah throughout the day has its counterpart in the precedent practice of Orthodox Christians of “unceasing prayer,” involving constant repetition of some form of what is commonly known as the “Jesus prayer,” i.e., “Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” So it wouldn’t surprise me if there are many Muslim prayers that are similar to Christian ones.

  3. 3 Karen
    November 4, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Further to the above, I would like to add that Eastern Orthodox Christians traditionally–even on the local parish level–chant most prayers and Scripture readings in their worship (both corporate and private), similar, it seems, to Muslims chanting from the Qu’ran. Hicham, do they also chant their prayers? How about in private prayer vs. at the mosque? I would be very interested to hear a presentation from you at Parkview about Islam.

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