VERBAL PRAYER AND PRAYER IN
As well as verbal prayer, Allah expects His servants to demonstrate how
important they consider a prayer that asks for something to be, by their
endeavor. This endeavor is called "prayer in action."
Prayer in action expresses one's exhausting all means to attain a desired
end. In order to take the university exams, for instance, one needs to
fill in the related forms, take courses and study. All these actions are
prayers in action. Meanwhile, asking for success from Allah while accomplishing
all these is also a prayer. The prayer in action is a basic act of worship
that must be performed together with verbal prayer. Another example that
clarifies verbal prayer and prayer in action is repentance. Asking for
repentance and forgiveness for a sin is a verbal prayer. However, one's
responsibility does not end here: one who prays to Allah to protect him
from evil must also make some effort in this regard, and employ his will-power
in situations where he has to choose between right and wrong. That is,
he must truly repent and never return to his former ways after he has
quit them. This would be his prayer in action.
Just as it is wrong for a person who only prays without involving himself
in any kind of prayer in action, it is also wrong to say "I have accomplished
this task," failing to pray verbally after completing the prayer in action.