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Sep 26, 2020 9 tweets 2 min read Read on X
I will shortly be tweeting about Yom Kippur for Muslims. #YomKippour
Rituals in Yom Kippur are all known to observant Muslims. The obvious ones are the prohibitions: fasting (food, drink as Muslims do in Ramadan) and the other 3 (no intercourse, no leather shoes and no perfumes/ointments etc- as Muslims on Hajj).
On Yom Kippur, Jews perform 5 “explicitly separate) prayer services as Muslims do daily. In
The first ever Yom Kippur that Prophet Mohammed encountered was in Medina. He asked what the purpose was and he immediately joined the Jews, and fasted. I tweeted about this several times inc here from 2 years ago
Observant Jews prostrate on Yom Kippur. As it’s a no recoding equipment day, very few photos exist. Here is one. Image
The best description of those worshipping Jews is in the Quran: تَرَىٰهُمْ رُكَّعًا سُجَّدًا يَبْتَغُونَ فَضْلًا مِّنَ ٱللَّهِ وَرِضْوَٰنًا Thou wilt see them bow and prostrate themselves seeking Grace from God & acceptance
The Quran goes on to connect this with the Torah and the New Testament: “On their faces are their marks, (being) the traces of their prostration. This is their similitude in the Torah; and their similitude in the Gospel”
I will join our Jewish brethren in Yom Kippur services as I do every year. For those, particularly my Muslim friends interested in the similarities, you can follow the full day online! Like here (services from London, Moscow, NY and LA)…
Incidentally, the best way to understand the Quran is to explain things Kabbalistically. My view is that you can’t really understand Islam without studying Kabbalah - but thats for another day!

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