Is prayer something that can be considered a gift you give to someone? And if so, does this mean that person is required to say thank you? OR does this mean the person can refuse said " gift"?Answer Question
I wouldn't consider it a gift. Prayer is for the pray-er. I would appreciate the thought, as much as I appreciate kind thoughts and well-wishes from those who love and care about me . . . but I wouldn't fall all over myself in gratitude if someone said they were praying for me. The belief in prayer is very contradictory. People believe in the power of it, but will also have a number of excuses ready for when their prayers aren't answered - that god DID answer the prayer, just not how they expected, for example, or that god has other plans, or that prayer isn't meant to be used as a wish-granting device. Regardless, it seems that if there is a god who's omniscient and omnipotent, then that god already knows what will happen (that's part of being omniscient, after all) and has determined it (part of omnipotent), so prayer seems a futile exercise, at best.
Answer by jsbenkert at 7:34 PM on Dec. 28, 2012Credits: 87630 Level 37 Religious Debate Degree
We should make "DUA" prayer not only for ourselves but also for our parents, brothers and sisters, spouses and children, relatives and friends, teachers and other benefactors, destitute and struggling people everywhere. Our dear prophet Hazrat MOHAMMAD (May peace be upon him) said, The (Dua) prayer of a Muslim for his brother in his absence is readily accepted. An angel is appointed to his side. Whenever he makes a beneficial prayer for his brother, the appointed angel says, Ameen. And you may also be blessed with the same.
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