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Muslim & Christian similarities in prayer

Growing up with both Islam and Christianity since I was a year old in the United States, I have always been intrigued at the similarities of Islam and Christianity, which is shown in an excellent fashion when it comes to the main prayers of both faiths. As Muslims we believe that Islam is just a continuation of the same message that was brought by the prophets Jesus, Moses, and Abraham. we believe there has been 124,000 prophets starting with Adam and ending with Muhammad (peace be upon them all). The Final Testament or "The Holy Qur'an" is the miracle that Prophet Muhammad brought forth as a mercy to humankind.

United Crescent & Cross: Popular symbols for Islam and Christianity
United Crescent & Cross: Popular symbols for Islam and Christianity
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Below is a side by side comparison of the similarities of the Muslim "Fatiha" or "Opening" that is said in every one of the five daily prayers along with it's Christian counterpart "The Lords Prayer":

Islam - The Muslim Prayer

Christianity - The Christian prayer

The Fateha [The Opening]

The Qur'an 1:1-7

The Lord's Prayer

Matthew 6:9-13 [The New Testament, King James version]

(a) AdorationPraise be to God, Lord of the Worlds, the Compassionate, the Merciful. King of the Day of Reckoning.

(a) AdorationOur Father who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name.

(b) SubmissionThee only do we worship and of Thee only do we ask aid.

(b) SubmissionThy Kingdom come.

Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

(c) SupplicationGuide us unto the right path -

the path of those to whom Thou hast

been gracious,

not the path of those who are the objects

of Thy wrath,

nor of those who have gone astray.


(c) SupplicationGive us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors [Other translations say:"Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us."]

And lead us not into temptation,

But deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the Kingdom,

The Power and the Glory.

For ever and ever. Amen