Had God wanted, our entire prayer would be bowing in prostration, but He did not want that for us. The greater part of it is standing, not bowing. Over and over again in the Qur’an, God says, “Stand in prayer”. Far fewer times does He say, “Bow” or “Prostrate”… But here’s the thing: Even in that most humbled state, when you are emptying your heart and soul before God, He wants you to stand on your feet and not stay on your knees. We start our prayer by standing, we bend, we fall to our knees and plaster our faces to the ground, only to rise up and stand on our feet once again. Do you see it? God didn’t just command a formula for prayer. In it, He showed you how to live. You will stand, you will fall and you will rise again. Not only does this represent overcoming challenges in life, but it represents the human journey itself in living, dying, and being resurrected in the Hereafter. Next time you pray, be inspired that your Lord wants you to rise after every fall.
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Islamic Voice is a monthly Islamic magazine published in Bangalore. It is the largest English language Muslim publication in India. It is a comprehensive magazine, places a relatively high emphasis on social issues and strives to have a broad appeal. Since 1987, Islamic Voice has covered its fascinating namesake without fear or favour, with insight, accuracy, thoroughness and a well rounded perspective on a variety of subjects - be it the economy, politics, lifestyle, the arts, entertainment, travel, science, technology or health. That's why Islamic Voice is the country's most widely read publication, a position it has held for more than a decade. And that's why it makes sense to subscribe to Islamic Voice. We represents all Muslim sects and shades of thought from all over India. We focus on "our" triumphs which, mostly, go unreported as well as constructively addresses our failures and shortcomings. Editor-in-Chief: A.W. Sadatullah Khan Genre: Current Affairs associated with Muslims Subjects Covered: Human Rights I Analysis I Special Reports I Issues I Book Reviews I National I International I Newsmakers I Community News I Islamic Perspectives I Classifieds I Opinions Focus articles on: Education and Children I Inter-faith Relations I Matrimony I Muslim economy I Muslim Perspective I The Muslim world I Society I Travel I The Western viewpoint I Women in Islam Special focus on Faith and Law: Fiqh I Hadith I Quran