Category Archives: Prayer

Attributes of the Prayer

“Prayer has three attributes, and any prayer that contains none of these attributes is not truly prayer: Being done purely and sincerely for Allah alone (Ikhlas), fear of Allah, and remembrance of Allah. Ikhlas makes a person do good deeds, fear prevents him from doing evil deeds, and the remembrance of Allah is the Quran which contains the commands and prohibitions.”

[Tafsir Ibn Kathir (Abridged) Volume 7 Page 494]

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The big Danger of abandoning the 5 obligatory prayers

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Allah the almighty say:“But there came after them successors who neglected prayer and pursued desires; so they are going to meet evil. “

( The Holy Quran, Surah Mariam (saint mary) 59-60)

Allah also say :

“Every soul, for what it has earned, will be retained(38)Except the companions of the right,(39)[Who will be] in gardens, questioning each other(40)About the criminals,(41)[And asking them], “What put you into Saqar (hell)?”(42)They will say, “We were not of those who performed prayers (43)(The Holy Quran, Surat Al-Muddaththir)The prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said :

“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.”

Humility in Prayer

 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:

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First ten days of Dhul Hijjah; Days of virtue and righteous deeds

Complete Description of Hajj (Pilgrimage)

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.

CONTENT :-

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

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Types of Hajj (Pilgrimage)

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;….

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Preparation for Hajj (Pilgrimage)

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.

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Istikhaarah: The Guidance Prayer

 As humans, we are truly powerless, especially when it comes to the unseen future. So why shouldn’t we turn to Allaah and seek His perfect help whenever we require it? Allaah responds to the call of His servant when he asks Him for guidance. After all, we are seeking to do something in order to please Him.
Istikhaarah means to ask Allah to guide you to the path best for you between two Islamically permissible options. In matters that are waajib(obligatory), haraam (forbidden) or makrooh (disliked) there is no need to pray IstikhaarahSalaat-ul-Istikharah should only be used for matters that are mubaah (allowed) or in matters that are mustahabb (liked or encouraged), in which there is a decision to be made as to which one should be given priority.
Many wrong notions exist concerning Istikhaarah. Many Muslims will pray, read the supplication of Istikhaarah, and run to bed expecting to see a dream showing them their future husband, what her favourite colour is, and some other weird fantasy. That is not the purpose of this Salaat.

Tahajud Prayer (The Night prayer)

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]

Prayer…A Direct Connection to ALLAH…….

Prayer;a Direct Connection to ALLAH

Prayer ♥

Prayer Changes Things ♥

Worry Changes Nothing

So, Instead Of Worrying About ..
What You Can Do Just Pray and Think Of What ALLAH Can Do For You..

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)

Improving the quality of one’s Prayer

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.

Ablution of Prayer,body ( GUSUL), Tayamum ( Ablution without water)

   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.

Medical Benefits fo Wodhu (Ritual Ablution)

7 Things You Need to Know About Ablution (Wudhu)

 “Wudu’ (Ritual Ablution) protects the body from mycosis (fungal infection) in the toes, skin infections and suppuration’s as well as pus accumulations. It also minimizes possibility of skin cancers, as it removes chemical substances from the skin before they accumulate thereon.
That is why skin cancers are rare in Islamic countries.”
7 Benefits of doing Wudu:
1.Washing the Hands prevents the transmission of many contagious diseases.
2.Washing the Face recharges such organs as the intestines stomach and bladder, as well as having positive effect on the nervous and reproductive system.
3.Washing the Mouth removes food particles that could cause teeth and gum problems.
4.Washing the Nostrils removes germs trapped inside so they do not reach the respiratory system.
5.Washing the Ears decreases high blood pressure and relieved tooth and throat pain, as well as removing any extra wax that could cause ear infection and general body imbalances.
6.Repeated Washing of the Face invigorated facial akin cells and helps prevent early wrinkles. Skin cells and helps invigorate the ends of the blood vessels, as well as the nerved and glands that are near the skin surface, and there fore helps them perform their functions efficiently.
7.Washing the Feet helps prevent athlete’s foot a fungal problem of the feet.
Did you know???
The Prophet Muhammad(peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) also encouraged doing ablution before going to bed. This same ritual is also encouraged by Yoga experts who say that washing important motor and sensory organs such as the hands, arms, eyes, legs, and mouth before sleep using cool water relaxes the body preparing it for a deep sleep.

Performing Wudhû (Ablution)

“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.

[Sahîh Muslim]

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

قبل الوضوء
Before you start  Say: Bismillaher Rahmaaner Rahim  بسم الله الرحمن الرحیم
Which means: In the Name of  Almighty Allah.

And…

بعد الوضوء
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.”