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And be steadfast in prayer; practise regular charity; and bow down your heads with those who bow down (in worship).

The following excerpt is taken from “The Quran with Annotated Interpretation” pg. 83-84:

The Qur’ān orders the Children of Israel to pray—not their own prayer, which lacks
the rite of bowing, for they must have changed it during their long history – but, rather,
the Prayer God taught the Muslims through the Prophet Muhammad, upon him be peace
and blessings. The Qur’ān draws particular attention to the bowing ( rukū‘` ) in the Prayer.
This tells us that bowing has a special importance in the Prayer, and because of this, every
cycle of the Prayer is called rak‘ah , a word derived from the same root as rukū‘. In addition,
the verse is alluding to the importance of establishing the Prescribed Prayer in congregation, which is both a means and an expression of the solidarity and unity of Muslims. This is a warning against forming separate congregations on the basis of differences of opinion about minor legal or other secondary matters. The verse is also inviting the Children of Israel to join the Muslim community. We can infer from this verse that they had become
negligent about the duties of the Prayer and the Prescribed Purifying Alms (the Zakāh ).
The latter is a tax at fixed rate in proportion to the value of property or wealth above a
certain minimum, and its proper expenditure is decreed in 9: 60.


Unal, Ali (2006). The Quran with Annotated Interpretation in Modern English. (p. 83-84)

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