From: Janet Levy < >
As part of the salat (5 times daily prayer), Muslims curse Jews and Christian 17 times EACH day.
In the text of the prayer below (blue bolded italics), the “straight path” that is referred to is Islam. According to Islamic doctrine, we were all born Muslims but some of us refuse to acknowledge the supremacy of Allah and his prophet Mohammed and are thus doomed or relegated to dhimmitude.
The Jews are the MOST hated as they allegedly “abandoned” practicing the religion of Islam. This is why there is “anger” or wrath against the Jews.
The Christians “lost” the true knowledge of Islam so they have “gone astray.”
These interpretations are confirmed by respected commentaries from Muslim clerics throughout the ages. See article below for a more detailed explanation.
BTW, this prayer has been recited at important U.S. government functions, at universities and during invocations in various state legislatures.
“Guide us to the straight path, the path of those whom You have favored,
Not of those who have incurred your wrath, nor of those who have gone astray.”
by Louis Palme
Americans need to educate themselves about Muslim prayers. Since the prayers are recited in
Arabic, few realize how anti-Semitic and anti-Christian the Muslim prayers actually are.
A prayer is defined as a reverent petition to God. It could be a prayer of praise, of thanks, or of
supplication. Nothing warms the heart more than having someone say, “I/We prayed for you.”
Judeo-Christian prayers are for the most part spontaneous expressions of the individual making
Muslim prayers, on the other hand, follow a very elaborate, seventeen-part formula. The full
cycle of a prayer is called a rak’a, and it includes bowing, kneeling, and reciting certain phrases
and statements in a specified sequence. These prayers are repeated five times a day, and each
prayer includes multiple rak’as. While there is room for a spontaneous supplication in the dawn
prayer, the rest of the prayers stick to a strict formula. The guidelines for prayer cover 118
pages in Reliance of the Traveler, 166 pages in The Guidance (Al-Hidayah), and 273 pages in Fiqh
us-Sunnah. It is estimated that fulfilling the basic prayer requirements, including the necessary
ablution, consumes two and one-half hours a day.
So, what do Muslims actually pray for? The only supplication in the rak’a is the recitation of Al-
Fatihah (Surah 1 of the Quran). This is what they pray for:
Guide us to the straight path, the path of those whom You have favored,
Not of those who have incurred your wrath, nor of those who have gone astray.
The phrase ‘those who have incurred your wrath” comes from Surah 2:61 which says,
Shame and misery were stamped upon [the Israelites] and they incurred the wrath of
Allah; because they disbelieved Allah’s signs and slew His prophets unjustly; because
they were rebels and transgressors.
The phrase “those who have gone astray” comes from Surah 4:44 which says,
Consider those to whom a portion of the Scriptures was given [i.e., Christians]. They
purchase error for themselves and wish to see you go astray.
So the only supplication in the standard Muslim prayer is asking Allah to keep the Muslim from
the path of the Jews and from the path of the Christians. This prayer is recited seventeen times
a day by devout Muslims.
The interpretation above is confirmed in “Interpretation of the Meanings of the Noble Quran”
by Muhammad Muhsin Khan (1985). Other commentaries on the Quran verify that Jews
and Christians were those referred to in Surah 1. The interpretation is also confirmed by the
reliable Bukhari hadith, Vol. 1, Book 12, Number 749 which says:
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “Say Amen’ when the Imam says “Ghair-il-
maghdubi ‘alaihim wala-ddal-lin; not the path of those who earn Your Anger (such as
Jews) nor of those who go astray (such as Christians); all the past sins of the person
whose saying (of Amin) coincides with that of the angels, will be forgiven.
One of the first English translations of the Quran was by George Sale in 1734. This Quran is
sometimes called the “Jefferson Quran” because the President Thomas Jefferson owned a
copy. In a footnote to Surah 1, Sale explains the text, “not the way of the modern (i.e., 7 th
Century) Jews, whose signal calamities are marks of the just anger of God against them for their
obstinacy and disobedience; nor of the Christians of this age, who have departed from the true
doctrine of Jesus, and were bewildered in a labyrinth of error.”
The Friday prayer is even more offensive to Jews and Christians, as it requires not only two
recitations of Al-Fatihah, but also Surah 62 – The Friday Congregation — and Surah 63 – The
Hypocrites. Surah 62 specifically condemns Gentiles as being “in gross error,” and Jews are
compared with “a donkey laden with books.” Surah 63 condemns “hypocrites,” those who have
renounced their Muslim faith. “They are the enemy. Guard yourself against them.”
There is nothing arbitrary about the daily or the Friday prayers. The requirements were
established in Reliance of the Traveler, paragraphs F8.17 and F18.12, over 600 years ago. The
Quran urges Muslims to “keep up prayer” forty-four times. (Examples: Surahs 2:43, 6:72,
11:114, and 31:17). But the question that Muslims might ask of themselves is whether these
prayers are actually communication with the Creator or just a ritualistic exercise contrived to
have them continually swallow the poison-pill of anti-Jewish and anti-Christian bigotry.
Shame on Muslims when they pray in public and make public display of religious hatred and