Personally, I find this funny on a few different levels. During my "Sunday School" days and even beyond that, while I was a practicing Catholic, there was only one prayer I was able to memorize.
I'm not saying this to brag, but through at least the first 8 years of my education, I was considered "bright" and got good grades. Somehow, I still couldn't remember all the various other prayers, with the exception of this one.
"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom (us to heaven) come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread (sustenance), and forgive us our debts (sins), as we also have forgiven our debtors (sinned against us). And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."
I may be wrong, but isn't this a monotheistic prayer, based loosely on Islam?
That's why I find it funny. The only prayer I could memorize was a monotheistic one. Maybe I was truly destined to discover Islam.
The bracketed part are my own transliteration as per my meaning.
We must beware of using confusing words which may cause a person to fall into something haraam or make people think badly of him, especially words which have to do with the Oneness of Allaah (Tawheed) and His Uniqueness in His names and attributes. For the rights of Allaah take precedence and must be taken care of, and we must avoid anything that may violate them, especially when those words are used by the Jews and Allaah quotes them in the Qur’aan in the context of condemnation.
“And (both) the Jews and the Christians say: ‘We are the children of Allaah and His loved ones.’ Say: ‘Why then does He punish you for your sins?’ Nay, you are but human beings of those He has created…”
[al-Maa’idah 5:18 – interpretation of the meaning]
This cannot be undone and I am sure it will be greatly appreciated.
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