Ora et labora
‘Pray and Work’
Ora et labora- ‘Pray and Work’ is the essence of Islamic philosophy as unveiled in prophet’s teachings and the Holy Qur’an. This exhortation has to be considered as the underlying principle of human life in this universe. The word ‘Islam’ unfolds the two great and inseparable aspects of life prayer and work. Deeds without prayer is simply meaningless. The inspiration and, insight a person may acquire by prayer has to be transformed as fruitful deeds to realize one is good in life. It is found in the expression of Confucius, Pythagoras, in the monuments of Egypt, ancient theocracy of India and in the Hebrew and Christian Bible. From the unknown past onwards saints, prophets, sages and yogis have guided people from darkness to brightness through this mesmerizing mantra; pray and work. Islam, or its English equivalent devotion – the devotion of our life to the highest; the bringing of our own will into consonance with the supreme will is the word that sums up the lives of pious men in every age and country. They have framed an ideal, a model, a pattern of what their life should be. They have done their utmost to make that ideal a reality. In other words, they have prayed, and they have toiled hard in their life in keeping with the spirit of Islamic philosophy.