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Zil-Hijjah / Muharram 1423 H
March 2003
Volume 16-03 No : 195
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Health Benefits of Prayer Postures


Health Benefits of Prayer Postures

Prayers (Namaz) can be therapeutic for the mind and the body. Various actions while praying give various types of movement to all the joints and stretches various muscles and nerves for our body. It is like constant physical therapy to all the muscles, nerves and joints of our body. Such actions keeps one in a healthy state and protects one from arthritis, back pains and disc problems, cervical spondylosis, other cramps and pains.

Text by Bashir Ahmad
Illustrations by Edmond Colaco

Starting prayers

Posture 1

Posture 1 : "Say Allah is Most High"

Say Allah is Most High
Come to posture 2

Posture 2

Posture 2: Recite the verses from the Quran

Recite the verses from the Qur’an
Going to posture 3, Say Allah is Most High

What it does for you Postures 1 and 2 are useful actions for breathing. Posture 1 expands intracostal muscles (chest muscles) and expands air capacity of lung and posture 2 brings it to normal position. And the action of the arms during these postures gives full movement to shoulder girdle and other joint joints and muscles of arms.

Posture 3

Posture: Ruku

Ruku Say glory to my sustainer, the greatest (three times)
Stand to posture 4

What it does for you Stretches backbone, joints and muscles, gives some pressure to lungs, heart, stomach, intestines, kidneys and their adjoining structures. Strengthens the neck and back muscles. Brings pressure to shoulder, elbow and wrist joints and gives stretch to knee joint. Pressure comes to the abdominal muscles and brings pressure to intestines to increase its movement to push forward its residual contents. Stretches the muscles of leg, gives a movement to the hip joint and adjoining muscles, gives pressure to ankle joints.

Posture 4

Posture 4: "Allah Listen to those who praise him and all praise belongs to Allah"

While coming to posture 4
Say Allah listens to those who praise him and all praise belongs to Allah.
While going to Posture 5
Say Allah is Most High

What it does for you Posture 4 brings the stretched muscles and joints to normal position after ending posture 3.

Posture 5

Posture 5: First Sajdah

(first sajdah)
Say glory to my sustainer, the Most High, (three times)

What it does for you Full stretch comes to vertebrae column (backbones) and its adjoining muscles, nerves, veins and arteries to protect from backache, pains, cramps and disc problems. This posture increases the blood flow to its attached veins and arteries.

Pressure comes to lungs, stomach, pancreas, liver, intestines and urinary organs, thus enhances their normal function. It also increases the movement of intestines to push forward its contents for absorption and excretion.

Neck bone joints, muscles and nerves get full stretch, it is a beneficial exercise for cervical spondylosis, the cause for neck pain. The position increases the blood circulation to the brain and keeps it active.

This action also gives a full movement to shoulder, elbow, wrist and finger joints. It also gives a stretch to the nerves and muscles of the arms and strengthens them.

A full range of movements occur to hip, knee, ankle, foot and toe joints. It stretches the leg muscles and nerves, increases the blood circulation and keeps all ligaments and tendons, nerves and muscles in a healthy state.

Posture 6

Posture 6: While coming say "Allah is Most High"

While coming to posture 6, Say Allah is Most High
While going to posture 7, Say Allah is Most High

What it does for you Posture 6 brings the stretched muscles and joints to normal position after ending posture 5

Posture 7

Postue 7: Second Sajdah

(second sajdah)
Say glory to my sustainer, the Most High (three times)

What it does for you Posture 7 has the same advantages as posture 5

Posture 8

Posture 8: While coming say "Allah is Most High"

While coming to posture 8, Say Allah is Most High. Recite Tashahhud

What it does for you Posture 8 is a relaxing time for some joints and muscles, but it gives a stretch to the hip, knee, ankle and foot joints, ligaments and adjoining muscles.

Posture 9

Posture 9: Turn face to right

Turn face to right, Say peace and blessings of Allah be upon you

What it does for you Posture 9 and 10 are useful for neck muscles and bonesa nd these postures give a bilateral movement to both eyeballs.

Posture 10

Posture 10: Turn face to left

Turn face to left, Say peace and blessings of Allah be upon you

Posture 11

Posture 11: Praise to Allah

Praising Allah, seeking forgiveness, concluding prayers

What it does for you Posture 11 is a relaxing time for back and neck muscles. Posture stretches leg muscles and joints and relaxes shoulder and elbow joints.

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