A müslim is a faithful, who does acknowledge that Allah, the God, is in charge of all of the Kainat (the Universes, through time). Praying is the regular Islamic tool for invoking all the might that there is -- that of the Omnipotent.

the God vs. "gods"

Some people seem to have trouble in getting the notion. They seem to be bugged that praying is "looking like" witchcraft. Well, if all is about spell-casting, you may think that. But, as Allah is forcefully pointing out in the Quran, there is only single, the God, Allah, who is the Omnipotent. Appeals to false "gods" have no worth.

Paganism, witchcraft, try to invoke some supposed other "gods," or the satan, which have no true worth -- except maybe concentrating your human potential through make-believe, or maybe the (evil) genies/satans which you contact would go to spy/manipulate your target. Although there is a hadith telling of undoing a witchcraft eelaborately, that is using, again, the Felaq & Nas surahs.

That is, the surahs for fending off genies, too. Thus, what I hopefully like to believe is that, there is no basis of witchcraft, except, as I have just said, the genies (& electronics) bugging into privacies, plus our humanly concentration abilities. We do not have to gather witchy informaton.

The truth is that, even in the worst case, that is, if there is/were esoteric witchcraft process to combat specifically, then the right of a victim (mazlum) to curse is there, to crush the offense. As a victim of the offenses, we may curse the offender witch people. That is known to work. In fact, a mazlum (the victim) to hawale (to pass, to send) the issue to Allah, is equivalent to cursing, without explicitly cursing. Allah invokes the right -- as pointed out in that hadith, too.

Some materialism-inclined people try to pass their wishes into Islam, rather than trying to grasp the trivial distinction. They reflect the issue in the deterministic-vs-not dichotomy, worse, they guess wrong. The (Mutezile) conviction of deterministic-universe, is ignoring the quantum physics, how Allah has reserved the right to choose. While physicists would playfully invent such terms as "Maxwell's Daemon," the determinism is of Allah.

The baselessness of the materialists lump the wish of Allah into the category of the pagan myth.

We request from Allah. No less.

But keep in mind that, Allah is not a coffee-vending machine, nor other such blind automaton. Allah has no pledge to obey evil wishes. For example, there is no sense of asking something that is known to be sinful.

Likewise, the curse of a victim is well-heeded by Allah, but otherwise (unrightful) cursing may backlash.

Thus, the strategy is "Right makes might" (as Abraham Lincoln also said).

the right wording

Furthermore, we have been guided by our prophet, Muhammed (s.a.s.), for invoking the help of Allah, through a few statements relating to a specific issue -- those from the Quran, as well as those from his (s.a.s.) own words.

Naturally, we heed what the (final) prophet (s.a.s.) of Allah tipped. In the case of offering a specific text from the Quran, as the remedy, we have to take that exactly. The Quran is well-known as unimitable in style.

In fact, that is openly a challenge written in the Quran. That is scientific to the max, but even thhere, we see people who claim "No, that is imitable", but they have never been able to.

For example, the last two (anti-occult) surahs of the Quran, Felaq & Nas, seem to be targeted by some orientalists [and shia], in their wish to oppose the intact status of the Quran. But that does not go on to the point of imitating, let alone surpassing those two surahs they try to sniff at.

Let alone producing the rest of what they would like to insert/append to the Quran.

What is not imitable, is naturally not modifiable -- or, that would have lessened the value of the expression. That is the yielding to the right words of the God, when requesting from Him. We memorize the right way of talking, like non-natives of a language, phrase by phrase -- just how babies of the local people develop, too.

working-out regularly, for self-development through esma-ul-husna

Your regular list, for a rosary work-out, may reflect your defense/wish list, normally. In cases of specific needs, likewise, your referring to Him the issue, through His specific adjective/name, is sensible. That is hopefully good for self-development, too -- reflecting about Him, through terms that He has referred to Himself.

The [99] esma-ul-husna (graceful names) of Allah, are popular toward relating to Allah.

Why I put the optionalness mark, the square-brackets around the 99, is that, the names are not exactly 99, although in the Quran, the well-noticed/listed are that. Other names were known in the old books sent by Allah, as well as the/few rarely known (such as the somewhat mythical ism-ul-Azam, the great name for all wishes, claimed to make requests from Allah, certainly accepted).

Arabic "ya ...!" is the English referring/exclamation "Oh, ...!"

Arabic "el" is English "the." To prefix adjectives by that "the" is telling the mostness, or rootness, or the exclusiveness of that adjective, in denoting Allah. Allah is the totally-awake (el-Hayy), the in-charge (el-Qayyum), the most merciful (er-Rahim), the root of all mercy (er-Rahman), etc, etc.

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Last-Revised (text) on July 4, 2008 -- Rejeb 1, 1429
Written by: Ahmed Ferzan/Ferzen R Midyat-Zila (or, Earth)
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