Originally Posted by blobcatmap
Welcome to this forum...ask what you want to know...and we will try to answer your questions as good as possible.
1 Allah accepts the prayers of whom He wishes. Muslims, non-Muslims...there is no specific rule in that. He can accept or not accept prayers of both Muslims and non-Muslims. Why He accepts or not accepts, only Allah knows...but you can assume that it is a part of the test. He may have accepted your prayers for example to make you gain your trust in Him easier. We do not know.
So no one can give you a straight answer on this question unfortunately...
3. Eesa has answered this question already a bit. All rules in Islaam have a certain wisdom behind it which is logical...sometimes this wisdom is very obvious...but sometimes you have to dig a little deeper or do a little research to find this. But we never doubt about these rules. A lot of Muslims just do not bother to try to understand every rule so they just trust in them and do what is told...others search for answers out of curiousity or profession.
This rule that music is forbidden is a tough one. Music has benefits and harms. some of the harms is that it can get withhold you from remembering Allah and your prayer...it can be spiritual...It can bring you in a certain moods which can lead to irrational acts.
4. There are basically two different prayers in Islam...one of them is Salaat...required to do 5 times a day at fixed times which differ in length...there are also Salaats which can be done voluntarily.
Salaat must be done in a prescribed way and can only be done in Arabic. So you have to memorize verses of the Quraan and recite them during Salaat, even though you do not know what it means.
a second type of prayer is dua...very similar like how christians pray....completely voluntarily...can be done anytime, anywhere and in any language. you can ask for whatever you want.
there are certain duaas which are fixed because it is a general prayer and you can use that to do your own duaa...
2. I think there are enough brothers here who would like to talk to you about Islam. You can also private message me if you wish but I am not a convert.
But If you choose to ask your questions in public...you have the advantage that more people can think about your questions and you will get better answers.
Besides, we all can benefit from it since it is very educational.
Of course whatever you prefer....and again...welcome to Islamicboard...hope you have a good time here.