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After completing the recitation Prophet sallAllaahu alaihi wasalam would pause for a moment.
… Then he (sallAllaahu alaihi wasalam) would raise his hands and make Takbir.
Then he (sallAllaahu alaihi wasalam) would make ruku’.
How did Prophet Muhammad sallAllaahu alaihi wasalam make ruku’?
It is related that Mus’ab ibn Sa’d said, “I prayed beside my father and, placing my palms together, put my hands between my thighs. My father forbade me to do that saying, ‘We used to do that and we were forbidden to do it and told to put our hands (palms) on our knees.’ ” (Sahih Al Bukhari) Read the rest of this entry
The first thing needed by the seeker of knowledge is to realize that seeking knowledge is worship (’ibaadah). Some scholars said, “Knowledge is secret prayer and worship of the heart.”
The condition of worship is: Purity of Intention for Allaah , the Exalted as demonstrated in the aayah:
… “And they were not ordered but to worship Allaah , keeping religion pure for Him.” [Surah Al-Bayyinah: Ayah 5]
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2. Make your Intention for wudhu and that it will be performed solely for Allaah.
3. Say “Bismillaah”.
… 4. Wash your hands to your wrists three times each, right then left.
5. Wash your mouth three times, then wash inside of your nose (3 times).
6. Wash your face three times including your beard (your face includes everything between your ears and from your hairline of your forehead to your chin).
7. Wash your forearms from your finger tips until past your elbows on both sides, starting with right and then left.
8. Wipe your hair with water starting from the front to back and back to the front.
9. Wipe both of your ears.
10. Wash both of your feet from the tips of your toes to a little past your ankles (3 Times).
11. All areas such as the face, forearms, and feet need to have water touch Every single spot of the skin to have the wudhu valid.
12. Maintain the mentioned order. Do not waste water.
Important Points on Wudhu:
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Purity (Tahârah) is a beautiful word that is pleasing to the ears, and it is a quality which everyone strives to maintain. From an Islamic perspective, purity is a word which is general in its meaning. It may mean physical cleanness, which is purity (of the body) from impure substances or states of impurity, or it may mean spiritual purity, which is the puri
…ty of one’s self from vices, faults, sins, and replacing them with good deeds, whether in speech or deeds.
Different postures of Salat. In every posture there are certain health benefits, for example, bowing position tones stomach muscles, abdomen and kidneys and the spine becomes supple and flexible, while the spinal nerves are nourished. In doing Sujud, there is less chance of getting headache, spasms, aches, etc…. due to the fact that the electrostatic charges are dissipated and discharged.
SALAT has been made compulsory on all believers in all situations. It is an activity which cannot be neglected under any circumstance. This obligation on us should not be regarded as a burden, but rather it should be cherished and appreciated.
The Arabic word “Salah,” doesn’t only mean “prayer,” because “pray” basically means to address a prayer to God or another deity, according to the Oxford dictionary. “Salah,” is a word with a broad meaning, which doesn’t only mean prayer, but also means goodness, righteousness and godliness. In Salah, we not only ask from Allah but we also thank Him, praise Him and at the same time receive guidance from Him. Salah in the true sense is programming or conditioning. Read the rest of this entry
You can stimulate young children’s understanding and practice of prayer they are already inclined to by involving them in prayer through playful/fun activities and by simultaneously talking to them about it according to their level of understanding. The following are some practical tips to do so:
Teach cleanliness and relate it to Salah
1. When you put the washing machine on say: ‘’We’re washing the clothes.’’ Let your toddler also join in this by putting clothes in the washing machine or in a little tub for doll clothes.
2. Tell your child that we use water to clean ourselves after the toilet. Say ‘water’ many times and the word ‘clean’. Also say: ‘’(name of the toddler) is clean! MashaAllah nice and clean!’’ Read the rest of this entry
The Prophet Muhammad (Sallalahu alaihe wasalam) said; “No prayer is harder for the hypocrites than the Fajr and the ‘Isha’ prayers and if they knew the reward for these prayers at their respective times, they would certainly present themselves (in the mosques) even if they had to crawl.” The Prophet added, “Certainly I decided to order the Mu’adh-dhin (call-maker) to pronounce Iqama and order a man to lead the prayer and then take a fire flame to burn all those who had not left their houses so far for the prayer along with their houses.”
[Narrated by: Abu Huraira (R.A), Sahih Bukhari, Book 1, Volume 11, Hadith 626]
The whole tashhud is as follows in phonetic:
At-Tahiy-yatu lil-lahi was-salawatu wat-tay yibatu, As-Salamy ‘alika ay-yuhan-nabiy-yu wa rahma tullahi wa barakatu, As salamu ‘alayna wa ‘ala ‘ibadil-la his-saliheen , Ash hadu al la ilaha illal lahu, wa ash hadu an-na Muhammadan ‘abduhu wa rasuluh
The translation is as follows:
All compliments, all physical prayer , and all monetary worship are for Allah. Peace be upon you, O Prophet, and Allah’s mercy and blessings. Peace be on us and on all righteous slaves of Allah . I bear witness that no one is worthy of worship except Allah. I bear witness that Muhammad (peace be upon him ) is his slave and Messenger.
The meanings of individual words that you asked for is as follows:
At-Tahiy-yatu = All compliments
lil-lahi = are for Allah
was-salawatu = all physical prayer
wat-tay yibatu = and all monetary worship
( The Holy Quran, Surah Mariam (saint mary) 59-60)
Allah also say :
“The first thing which will be judged among a man’s deeds on the Day of Resurrection is the Prayer. If this is in good order then he will succeed and prosper but if it is defective then he will fail and will be a loser.” [Narrated by Nasaa'ee, Tirmidhee and Ibn Maajah]
The Prophet pbuh said (which means): The covenant between us and them is prayer, so if anyone abandons it he has become a disbeliever. [Ahmad, Tirmidhee, Nasaa'ee]
And he pbuh also said (which means): What lies between a man and disbelief is the abandonment of prayer. [Sahih Muslim, Aboo Dawood, Nasaa'ee]
And he pbuh said (which means): If anyone abandons prayer deliberately then he has no claim upon Allaah. [Ibn Maajah, ADAB-AL-MUFRAD of Bukhaari, Tabaraani]
And he , mentioning the prayer, said (which means): If anyone keeps to it, it will be light, evidence and salvation for him on the Day of Resurrection. But if anyone does not keep to it, it will not be light, evidence and salvation for him on the Day of Resurrection, and on that Day he will be associated with Qaroon, Pharaoh, Namaan and Ubayy bin Khalaf (an enemy of Islaam from among the Quraysh). [Ahmad, Tabaraanee, Ibn Hibbaan]
`Abdullaah bin Shaqeeq Al-`Aqeelee Tabi`ee (Tabi`ee: a successor to the companions of the Prophet ] said: “The Companions of the Prophet did not consider the abandonment of any good deed to be disbelief except the abandonment of the Prayer.” [Tirmidhee, Haakim]
When `Alee was asked about a women who did not pray, he said: “The one who does not pray is a disbeliever.” [Tirmidhee, Haakim]
Ibn Mas`ood (R) said: “The one who abandons the prayer has no religion.” [Muhammad bin Nasr Al Mirwazee]
Ibn `Abbaas (R) said: “The one who leaves off a single prayer deliberately will find, when he meets Allaah Most High, that He (T) is angry with him.” [Muhammad bin Nasr Al-Mirwazee, Ibn Abdul-Barr]
Ibn Hazm said: “There is no greater sin after polytheism than delaying a prayer until its time has passed and killing a believer without a just cause.”
Ibraheem Al-Nakha`ee said: “The one who has abandoned the prayer has become a disbeliever.”
Wouldn’t it be nice to have some form of an invisible protective shield around us while we pray to keep the distractions away from us? Yes! And here’s some good news: each one of us can and should build this protective shield to guard our salah as per the instructions given in the Quran and the Sunnah. The following ayah;
“And those who strictly guard their Prayer”[The Holy Quran, 23:9]
goes to show that our salah needs to be constantly shielded and guarded from everything that affects its quality.
The collective attentiveness in the actions of the heart, tongue and limbs form the basis of the khushu protective shield.
In the first part of this article, we looked at the nature of khushu and how it affects us both in and out of salah. Now we will look at some practical steps you can take on your path to developing khushu in your own salah.
Here are some practical tips to maintain Humility In Prayer:
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Ibn ‘Abbas says about the Aayah, “Remember ALLAH during the well known days,” that it refers to the first ten days of Dhul-Hijjah. [This is related by al-Bukhari]
“There is no day upon which Allah frees His servants from the Hellfire more than the day of Arafat.”
[Sahih Muslim 1348]
مَا مِنْ يَوْمٍ أَكْثَرَ مِنْ أَنْ يُعْتِقَ اللَّهُ فِيهِ عَبْدًا مِنْ النَّارِ مِنْ يَوْمِ عَرَفَةَ
DESCRIPTION OF HAJJ (PILGRIMAGE).
Hajj is one of the best acts of worship. It is one of the pillars of Islam with which Allaah sent Muhammad and without which a person’s religious commitment is incomplete. Worship cannot bring a person closer to Allaah and cannot be accepted unless it meets two conditions:
1) Sincerity towards Allaah alone, i.e., it is done to seek the Countenance of Allaah and the Hereafter, and is not done to show off, to enhance one’s reputation or for worldly gain.
2) Following the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) in word and deed. Following the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) can only be achieving by knowing his Sunnah.
Hence the one who wants to worship Allaah by doing any act of worship – Hajj or anything else – has to learn the teachings of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) concerning it, so that his actions will be in accordance with the Sunnah.
1) HAJJ IS ONE THE PILLAR OF ISLAM
2) VIRTUES OF HAJJ.
3) PURPOSE OF HAJJ.
4) The purposes of Hajj
5) The educational purposes of Hajj.
6) Hajj and its role in strengthening our faith
7) Devotion in Hajj
There are three types of Hajj: Tamattu’, Ifraad and Qiraan.
Hajj Tamattu :-
Tamattu’ means entering ihraam for ‘Umrah only during the months of Hajj (the months of Hajj are Shawwaal, Dhu’l-Qi’dah and Dhu’l-Hijjah;….
WHAT EVERY MUSLIM SHOULD PACK FOR HAJJ?
In sha’ALLAH, many of us may be leaving for Hajj over the coming days and we thought we would share with you some travel tips on what to pack for Hajj which you can share with any friends or family members who are going for Hajj this year (or in future years in sha’ALLAH).
This is not an exhaustive list, mainly the important items that one should not forget:
■ Extra Ihram Clothes (Male): It’s surprising how many men forget to bring extra Ihram clothes, thinking that they can survive with one Ihram for the entire Hajj period. I highly recommend for you to bring two or three Ihram clothes just in case they get dirty/muddy during Hajj for various reasons.
There is a time of night when work ends, traffic sleeps, and silence is the only sound. At that time—while the world around us sleeps—there is One who remains awake and waits for us to call on Him !!!
►► “Our Lord descends during the last third of each night to the lower heaven, and says: ‘Is there anyone who calls on Me that I may respond to him? Is there anyone who asks Me that I may give unto him? Is there anyone who requests My Forgiveness that I may forgive him?’”
[Bukhari: Book 2, Volume 21, Hadith 246; Muslim: Book 4, Hadith 1656]
And “He followed his own desire. So his example is like that of a dog: if you chase him he pants, or if you leave him, he [still] pants.”
And about the person who controlled the passion of his soul/self God says: “But as for he who feared the standing before his Lord and restrained the soul from [his] desire, then indeed, Paradise will be his refuge.” (Translation of the Holy Quran, 79:40-41).
Worry Changes Nothing
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Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said : “Nothing repels divine decree except du’a, and nothing increases one’s lifespan except good deeds”
(Al-Tirmidhi and Al-Hakim)
Try and be ready for Salaah (Prayer) 5minutes before the Adhaan (Calling for Prayer).
In the few minutes before the Salaah, make Istighfaar, Taubah, or Thikrullah, or think of the Aakhirah (the Hereafter) and accountability and presentation of one’s deeds in the Court of Allah Ta’ala. Try and cut off from the business and worldly activities as much as possible through this little meditation and dhikr.
Now comes the Salaah: Insha-Allah, by this time, much of one’s heart will be in that Salaah. Insha-Allah, with a little effort and perseverance, there will be full attention and concentration.
Moreover, if we give priority status to fulfilling the Rights of Allah Ta’ala, then He will assist us in fulfilling our tasks. He will grant Barakah in time so that our undertakings are completed, In sha Allah.
Condition the mind; address yourself – I am standing before the King of Kings. SubhanAllah. …I have been chosen, from millions, to converse with `Rabbul `Aalameen’ and I am being afforded the greatest honour and privilege (above millions of others), to make sujood to Allah Ta’ala… to be nearest to Allah Ta’ala. [ …If we could truly fathom the greatness of the gift, this ultimate honour, this good fortune – we would never want to leave the position of sujood.]
And whilst reading the Quraan Sharif in Salaah (and even outside Salaah) then think : This is the Kalaam (speech) of my Allah – of my Beloved. By contemplating the meaning of the verses that you are reading, think : I am listening to the speech of Allah Ta’ala.
And since you are reading His Speech, He is also listening to you … Therefore learn the meaning of the Surahs we normally recite in Salaah. It will not take long to do so, if a little is learnt every day.
And think : In this Salaah (Prayer), in this Tilawat, in this thikr, in this Hamd – I have the special attention of Allah Ta’ala. I have exclusive attention because this is my `Me`raj’; this is my conversation and communication with the Master of the Worlds. …. What a compounded bounty – SubhanAllah : So many gifts in the gift packaged as Salaah.
How can any sane thinking Muslim ever refuse such a gift?
In contemplating this, we will experience the beauty and sweetness and pleasure of Salaah … we will understand the Hadith in which Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) says that the coolness of his eyes is in Salaah. May Allah Ta’ala grant us the reality.
In sha Allah, may we all strive (and succeed) in drawing ever closer to Allah (SWA), in salaah, our ibaadat and all that we say and do each day. May we live lives of purity, be sincere and humble and follow the guidance of the Quran and Sunnah in all that we do. May we be of those who are truly successful in the Dhunya and Aakhirah, In sha Allah, Ameen.
Believers! When you stand up for Namaz, wash your faces, and your hands (and arms) to the elbows. Wipe on your head by your wet hand, wash your feet to the both ankles. If you are unclean (which necessitates the ritual ablution), bathe your whole body. If you are ill, or on a journey, or when one of you come from removing excreta or get in touch with women or you find no water, then take teyemüm with clear soil. Focus on to teyemmum in your mind. Wipe on your faces and hands with that soil. God’ s wish is not diffuculties for you, but he make you clean and wants to complete the favors of your, that ye may be grateful” (The Holy Qur’an, Surrah Al- Maidah Verse: 6)
It is obliged to take ablution for performing Namaz. The namaz is never performed without ablution. We can not look at one way for taking ablution. There are very important benefits as for body and spiritual. Taking ablution before each Namaz, means doing the spadework by brain and body to think of Allah and not to think of mundane. Ablution is to fix (identify) the moment. Therefore, one should not think about anything. It must be to think of Allah(cc) from the moment of taking ablution until the end of the Namaz. Ablution is not to wash with water only, it is to turn to Allah(cc) in our thoughts and our minds.
Prophet Muhammed Muhammad (PBUH) says:
”During the ablution, if a person tells name of Allah(cc), his entire body is cleaned by Allah(cc). If that person takes ablution without mentioned the name of Allah, only the organs that are touched by water will be cleaned”
This hadith is reported that believers start to take ablution, should start thinking about Allah, and reported that the goodness of getting ablution for the Prayer.
Taking an ablution that according to Sunna and to Farz (religious duty) is the most accurate form. To wash face, hands and arms (with elbow) and to wash the feet with heels are obligatory (Fardh).
Feet and heels are washed for providing to link between us and ground. Wiping on one quarter of head is since due to the fact that Kaaba during Sajdah. Our head becomes neutral. Such as grounding in the scientific sense, allows us to put out bad energy.Energy in the body will be balanced. We have discussed obligations of ablution, in connection with issues energy balance of body.
Contrary to assumption, ablution is not only physical cleaning. If it had so, the teyemmüm will have pointless. The ablution and the Teyemmüm means to be neutralized the body as well as spiritual and also, not to think anything worldly, to prepare going into presence of Allah(SWA).
Teyemmum (Ablution with soil):
The Teyemmüm is done, in such cases that Lack of clean water, lack of adequate water or no water. If water is in someone else’s property and unless property owner’s permission, the water means not exist. If landlord does not allow, the teyemmüm will not valid. If the property owner gives permission the teyemmüm will be void and we should take ablution. If we don’t find clean water, the teyemmüm is done with clean soil.
Teyemmüm and ablution are comprehensive. Allah’s orders-prohibitions have spiritual and material features. Ablutions, also Teyemmüm serve the same purpose. Here, the main issue is to make balance the energy in our body. Water or soil makes balance of energy in our body. In other words, positive and negative energies of our body is balanced. Then, we are united with God. when we say the words for islamic testimony of faith, we internalize Allah(cc) is only one, and there is no God other than Allah(cc). Such as bi-directional concepts, plus – minus, hot – cold, presence – absence of hunger – fullness are only applies to the universe we live. Everything is unique in the presence of God. During ablution and Namaz, if we do not think anything, we are united with Allah(cc) (neutralize) and we will be closer to Allah (S.W.A).
Washing our bodies with water, and Teyemmum means cleaning at external side of our body. And also means that to be balanced of negative and positive energies. Intend for ablution means neutralization of our brain’s positive-negative energies by balancing and by thinking about Allah(cc). From the begining of ablution until the end of the Namaz, we shouldn’t think about anything worldly, and also, It is necessary not to forget that we are in presence of Allah(cc). All of them means preparation for worship.
some information about ablution of whole body; It is needed to distinguish between washing body and Ablution. Taking a bath is different from Ablution. When you are taking a bath, you can think anything, wash any part of your body or You can use any cleanser article. But, when you are taking gusul, you have to intend for gusul, do neutralize and balance your body’s energies like in Ablution. Taking a bath for body cleaning is very different from Gusul. It is useful to remind that 70% of our body is water, 70% of our world is water too.
7 Things You Need to Know About Ablution (Wudhu)
“O you who believe! When you intend to offer As-Salaah (the prayer), wash your faces and your hands (forearms) up to the elbows, rub (by passing wet hands over) your heads, and (wash) your feet up to the ankles”
[The Holy Quran Surrah Al-Maa'idah 5:6]
Narrated Abû Hurayrah radhiAllâhu `anhu: Allâh’s Apostle sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam said:
When a bondsman – a Muslim or a believer – washes his face (in course of ablution), every sin he contemplated with his eyes will be washed away from his face along with water, or with the last drop of water ; when he washes his hands, every sin they wrought will be effaced from his hands with the water, or with the last drop of water; and when he washes his feet, every sin towards which his feet have walked will be washed away with the water, or with the last drop of water, with the result that he comes out pure from all sins.
The Qur’an. Says Allah in the Qur’an, “O you who believe, when you rise for prayer, wash your faces and your hands up to the elbows and lightly rub your heads and (wash) your feet up to the ankles.
(The Holy Quran, Surrah al-Mai’dah 6).
Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said,
“The congregational prayer of anyone amongst you is more than twenty (five or twenty seven) times in reward than his prayer in the market or in his house, for if he performs ablution completely and then goes to the mosque with the sole intention of performing the prayer, and nothing urges him to proceed to the mosque except the prayer, then, on every step which he takes towards the mosque, he will be raised one degree or one of his sins will be forgiven.
The angels will keep on asking Allah’s forgiveness and blessings for everyone of you so long as he keeps sitting at his praying place.
The angels will say,’O Allah, bless him! O Allah, be merciful to him!’ as long as he has ablution or does not do a thing which gives trouble to the other.”The Prophet further said, ”One is regarded in prayer so long as one is waiting for the prayer.”
Bukhari (Book #34, Hadith #330)
Narrated Uthmân ibn AffânradhiAllâhu `anhu:
The Messenger of Allâh sallAllâhu `alayhi wa sallam said: He who performed ablution well, his sins would come out from his body, even coming out from under his nails. [Sahîh Muslim].
What to say before and after ablution(Wudu’) ?
ماذا نقول قبل وبعد الوضوء
Before you start Say: Bismillaher Rahmaaner Rahim بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم
Which means: In the Name of Almighty Allah.
It is also recommended (sunnah) to say after one finishes wudu’:
أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلهَ إِلاَّ اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّداً عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ،
اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْنِي مِنَ التَّوَابِينَ وَاجْعَلْنِي مِنَ الْمُتَطَهِّرِينَ.
Ash-hadu alla ilaha illallahu wahdahu la sharika lah. Wa ash-hadu anna Muhammadan ^abduhu warasuluh. Allahumma j^alni minat-tawwabina waj^alni minal-mutatahhirin.
This means: “I bear witness that no one is God but Allah only, with no partners and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.
O Allah, make me among those who repeatedly repent and purify themselves.”