A Look At Nehemiah 8 and the Islamic Salat

In modern times, there have been some attempt by some Muslim Apologist to seek relevance and evidence for the Salat (the Islamic prayer) in the Bible, as doing this will not only prove the authenticity of the practice, but that this “truth” according to them has been preserved in the Bible as well.

Even though we recognized the fact that not all Muslim holds this view, we shall, for the sake of some Christians who are interested in this subject, take a look at it together.

The text often quoted for this can be found in Nehemiah 8:4-6, which reads as follows:

4 And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, and Shema, and Anaiah, and Urijah, and Hilkiah, and Maaseiah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pedaiah, and Mishael, and Malchiah, and Hashum, and Hashbadana, Zechariah, and Meshullam.

5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up:

6 And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.

A Muslim reading this therefore concludes that this is the Islamic mode of worship practically demonstrated in the Bible, which was neglected by Christians. We shall examine this verse very closely to see if this is indeed the truth. More