Praying at home: is this guide I got from the mosque correct?

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    In the past week, I have become interested in Islam and went to a local mosque to ask for a copy of the Qur'an. I have been reading an English translation everyday (I would love to read it in Arabic, but first things first, right?).

    I have been to observe salat at the mosque several times and spoken to the imam and other brothers, who have all been very helpful in answering my questions.

    I am currently reading Sura 28, although I have already decided that Islam is the right religion for me and I would like to say Shahadah. I know it seems like a short amount of time to become convinced, but the true sign that I was on the right path came to me last night as I was debating having a night of drinking. I occasionally drink alcohol to have a good time, like most of the people I know in my area, and last night I had the opportunity and even went so far as to get out the alcohol and pour a glass. However, before taking the first sip, I remembered that alcohol is not looked upon favorably in Islam and I stopped myself. I had a good internal debate about whether or not to start drinking for several hours. I actually sat there looking back and forth between the Qur'an and the glass of alcohol I had already poured for myself. I felt ridiculous. Finally, I poured the alcohol down the drain and went and read the Qur'an in bed.

    To me this was more than enough to convince me that Islam is right for me, as I wanted to drink so badly that it really took strong willpower to resist it.

    I want to say Shahadah and become a Muslim, however, I am a poor college student at the moment with an often unreliable car that has problems. And the only mosque in my area is across town. I know it's preferable to perform salat in a mosque, but I simply don't have the gas money or a great enough car to travel across town five times a day. And public transportation is pretty much out of the question as it takes about an hour round trip to get to the mosque and back to my home, and that's not including the time that would be needed to perform salat. So as you see, I am not in a position to be a very frequent member at the mosque.

    This means that I will have to do my five daily salats at home, and I don't have any other Muslims that live with me so I am going to have to learn all of this on my own. I was able to pick up a prayer schedule when I was at the mosque and it has the daily salat times listed all the way through December. At the top, it also says this, and I quote:

    "Subhana-Allah (33 times)
    Alhamdulillah (33 times)
    Allahu Akbar (33 times)
    La ilaha illa Allahu wahdahu la shareeka lahu, lahul mulku wa lahul hamdu, wa huwa 'ala kulee shay'in qadeer (1 time)
    Recite Aya Al-Korsi (2:255), and the last 3 sourahs: Al-lhklaas Al-Falaq, and An-Naas
    What to say after the prayer (Khetam Assalaah)
    Astagh ferrullah (3 times)
    Allah humma antas salamu wa minkas salamu tabarakta ya thaijalalee wal ikram (1 time)
    Allahumma aenna ala thekrek wa shoukrek wa husn ibadatek (3 times)"

    Is this the way you pray at home? And does it matter if I can't pronounce it perfectly at first? I have already figured out the direction to face, so that is not an issue. And how do you learn the movements between each set of words? Is there anyone that can tell me, or some video I can look at? I was told by a brother not to stress about this stuff at first and just try to do my best and learn as I go along, but if I say Shahadah tonight and perform Isha, I don't want to be doing it all wrong. I have heard prayer beads help to remember the number of recitations, so maybe I should make some of those.

    Well, any advice and help on this would be much appreciated. Thank you very much.
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    Sorry to be abrupt but are you following a particular religion at the moment?

    And you want to come into islam?
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    I don't really understand your question. I am not a member of any religion currently but I want to become a Muslim. By the way, I'm not trying to be rude in my reply. I honestly just didn't understand why you would ask that based on what I wrote. Not trying to be sarcastic. It's hard to convey emotion on the Internet.
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    It sounds like what you have is dua (prayers) and dhikr (remembrance) for after the formal prayer. I'm sure before long, someone will come along with a good link for that.

    Congratulations on winning the debate with yourself! I knew within reading 10 pages of Qur'an that this path is right for me. I finished it, of course, but I understand you can know very quickly, once minds and hearts are open, I think acceptance is inevitable.
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    Ok, I have a little more time to give more of an answer, inshaAllah

    There is a forum on this site "Learn How To do Prayer and Ablution Video" which is worth looking at. Some links broke, but one I dug out is http://www.howdoipray.com/howdoipray/Home/

    Be aware all these online guides, by giving examples of complete prayers combine obligatory, recommended and preferred parts to prayer - there can be some differences, mostly in the words at certain parts. I recommend you get hold of a book explaining salat to you, shouldn't be more than $10 if you need to pay, but that should explain in detail all the obligatory parts, suggest dua, and so on, as well as going on to explain the different types of prayer. Prayer is such an important pillar, we do it 5 times a day at least, without someone to guide you through it all the subtle differences can be confusing, but it is worth putting in the effort to getting it right.

    I'll also draw your attention to this thread http://www.turntoislam.com/forum/showthread.php?t=72694 - if you follow the link there you'll get to a list of books that you can be mailed for free. Postage from Saudi Arabia can be slow, taking up to 6 weeks, but there are some nice books there you may find useful, inshaAllah

    About praying in the mosque, this is an issue you will find different opinions on. Having a masjid 2 mins away but staying home is different to having to cross town. Be aware that all brothers are required to make Friday lunchtime prayers in congregation - it may be difficult to rearrange your schedule immediately, but you should keep it in mind. Otherwise, I would try to be there as much as possible, but I doubt many brothers in the West pray every prayer at the masjid.

    Last thing I would advise you, and this is just passing on some advice I was given - Take your time. The Qur'an was revealed over 23 years, so even the Companions of the Prophet (may Allah be pleased with all of them) took time to learn the religion. You will not be able to do everything from Day 1, but keep your efforts and intentions to please Allah swt and you should do just fine. And of course, TurnToIslam is here for you too!

    I hope this helped some. Anything I said wrong is from me, and anything I said right is from Allah swt
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    Bro, you can pray at home if that's easy for you. But whenever you get a chance,like you go to some other place and there's a mosque nearby then you should pray in the mosque.

    I congrats you on finding the truth. I will make dua for you that may Allah keep you strong on your path.

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