"And when My abd asks you concerning Me, then surely I am very near; I answer the dua of the one who does dua when he calls on Me, so they should answer My call and believe in Me that they may walk in the right way." 2:186
Prayer in Islam is the foundation of communication with God. Salaa (pl. Salawat) is the practice of formal obligatory prayer which is ritual, having a prescribed procedure and prescribed times. Supplications, however, are termed duas meaning to 'call out' and they form an important part of Muslim life used to sanctify everything from eating a meal to sighting the moon.