Devotion in Various Acts in Prayer

Devotion in Various Acts in Prayer

The devotion of standing upright before Allah in prayer comes into effect when the slave devotes his attention to the Greatness of Allah and His Attribute of Self-subsistence, as this will ensure that he turns neither his face nor his eyes from side to side.

The devotion of the statement “Allah is the Greatest” by which the slave commences the prayer is realized when the slave devotes his attention and focus to Allah’s greatness, glory, and exaltation.

Devotion in Various Acts in Prayer

Devotion in Various Acts in Prayer

Opening Supplication: The devotion of the opening supplication happens when the servant extols and glorifies and praises Him profusely, ascribing to Him all that befits Him and declares His transcendence above everything that does not befit Him, and praises Him for His Attributes and Perfection.

Ta`awudh (seeking Allah’s protection from Satan): The devotion of taking refuge in Allah from the accursed Satan is realized by having confidence and faith that Allah shall support him, protect him and aid him against Satan.

 Recitation: The devotion of reciting the Qur’an lies in the slave’s endeavor to learn about Allah through His Words as if trying to see Him through His revelation. One of the righteous Salaf said: Allah manifests Himself to His slaves through His Speech (i.e. Qur’an). It is, however, the case that the degree of devotion while reciting and praying varies from one person to another, and the difference between them is like the difference between the one whose both eyes are sound and unimpaired, and the one-eyed individual, the blind person, the deaf person, etc. in their levels of perception. The slave should be as heedful as possible to His Essence, Attributes, Actions, Commandments, Laws, and Names.

Ruku`: The devotion of bowing down is contained in being mindful to the Greatness and the Pride of Allah, Exalted be He. For that reason, it is prescribed for him to say while he is in the state of bowing down, "Glory to my Lord, the Most High". 

Raising up from the ruku`: After he rises up from his bowing stance, he should focus his attention upon glorifying and praising Allah repeatedly, so as to manifest his servitude to Him, the One in whose Hand is the sole authority to bestow and deny.

When the servant falls into prostration, he ought to focus his attention on feeling his nearness to Him, overwhelmed in humility in the hope that He forgives him, guides him, sustains him, protects him and bestows His mercy upon him. Then, when he raises his head and adopts the sitting posture, his inner condition takes on a different nature, one that is similar to the condition of the pilgrim when he performs the last circumambulation because at that point, his heart begins to realize that he is about to complete his prayer and with it leave this blessed condition that he is experiencing and that soon he will be returning to the dreariness of his worldly affairs that he had detached himself from just before standing before his Lord. Once again he will be subject to the feelings of pain and anguish that his heart endured before he started praying, all of which melted away as soon as he commenced his prayer. At that point, his heart rushes to enjoy the nearness of Allah for the last time, to bask in His grace, and to be saved from the disruptiveness of his worldly affairs.

The feeling of bitterness he endures is due to his recognition that all this lasts only as long as he is praying. At this stage, the heart cannot but feel burdened and troubled knowing that all this is about to end and that he is about to return to these worldly affairs and concerns. This agitates the slave to the point that he starts wishing that this prayer were the final act of his life. Not to mention the slave’s awareness that as soon as he finishes praying, he will resume communicating with those who bring him nothing but concerns, worries, and harm after he had been invoking and supplicating his Lord. However, this kind of feeling cannot be experienced except by those whose hearts are alive with the remembrance and love of Allah and who are cognizant of the negative effect that mankind leaves on their hearts. This is because interacting with people puts him in the way of harm and worries, agitates his heart and makes him overlook or miss good deeds, not to mention causing him to commit more sins. More importantly, it distracts him from invoking Allah, the most High.

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Source: Quoted with slight modifications from Ibn Al-Qaiym The Inner Dimensions of the Prayer

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Excellence of Prostration (Sujud)

Excellence of Prostration (Sujud)

Ibn Al-Qayyim described the prostration as the secret of prayer, the greatest pillar, and the seal of the ruku` (bowing). He said all the other actions we did before it were just preludes.

Sujud brings one closer to Allah and raises one’s ranks in Paradise. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Make frequent prostrations before Allah, for you will not make one prostration without raising you a degree because of it, and removing a sin from you, because of it.” (Muslim)

Sheikh Suhaib Webb talks about the wisdom of prostration in Islam and its description in the Old and New Testaments.

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Source: Bridges Foundation Youtube Channel.

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How to Increase Your Love For Prayer

How to Increase Your Love For Prayer

My Love For Prayer

How can one increase their love for prayer? A lot of us take prayer as a weight on our shoulders. We always want to get it out of way or we are always delaying it. How can one build that love to Salah? Watch this short video to get the answer with Sheikh Suleiman Hani.

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Source: Faithiq Facebook Page

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Why Does Mohamed Salah Make Prostration After Scoring Goals?

Why Does Mohamed Salah Make Prostration After Scoring Goals?

By: EDC Staff  

Why Does Mohamed Salah Make Prostration After Scoring Goals?

Mohamed Salah’s performance of sujud outside of prayer is a specific expression of gratitude for goals scored.

Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian King as known now among Liverpool’s fans in England, has become the most popular Muslim player in England, and surely the talk of the Premier League this season.

In 2017, he was named the BBC’s African Footballer of the Year. He has become a phenomenal player and one of the most talked about in the world today.  

Lately, Liverpool’s fans have made new chants for him celebrating his brilliance and performance. “Mo Sa-la-la-la-lah, Mo Sa-la-la-la-lah, if he’s good enough for you, he’s good enough for me, if he scores another few, then I’ll be Muslim too”.

A recent report by Football Against Racism in Europe (Fare) found that the success of Liverpool Muslim star Mohamed Salah has significantly decreased hate and race crimes in the English Premier League.

His action in prostrating (sujud) to Allah Almighty after scoring a goal reveals what Islam truly entails, putting Allah at the center of everything. His prostration not only called young men, women, and children everywhere to want to mimic him, bowing in humble prostration to a lord that they may or may not believe in yet, but it also elicited fascination, what is it about him, that grants him such skill and success? He answers this question on the pitch, God.

A question may arise here, what is meant by prostration or sujud as known in Islam?

This prostration is a sign of thankfulness and gratitude to Allah Almighty. It is made when receiving good, good news, or bounty. Abu Bakrah narrated, “When anything came to the Prophet (peace be upon him) which caused pleasure (or, by which he was made glad), he prostrated himself in gratitude to Allah.” (Authenticated by Al-Albani)

Prostration (Sujud) in Prayer

Prostration normally occurs twice in every rak`ah (unit) of prayer. A Muslim who performs prayer that is required five times daily, finds himself in prostration 34 times each day.

In Islamic thought, prostration is perceived of as the physically lowest, but spiritually the highest, position a person can take as an expression of humbling oneself to God. Mohamed Salah’s performance of sujud outside of prayer, then, is a specific expression of gratitude for goals scored.

Why Prostration?

It is an act of humility and submission to God. It is an act of utter humility before the Might of the Creator of Heavens and the Earth and everything in between them, the King and Sustainer of the heavens and the earth.

Mohamed Salah and all Muslims believe in the One God who created the universe and has power over everything within it. He is unique and exalted above everything He creates, and His greatness cannot be compared to His creation.

What does Mohamed Salah say in Sujud?

The Muslim in general glorifies God during prostration, saying “Subhana Rabbiya Al-A`la” (Glory be to my Lord, the Most High) three times or at least one time.    

The Excellence of Sujud

From the Quran:

Allah says:

So exalt [Allah] with praise of your Lord and be of those who prostrate [to Him]. (Al-Hijr 15:98)

In another verse we read:

Do you not see that to Allah prostrates whoever is in the heavens and whoever is on the earth and the sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains, the trees, the moving creatures and many of the people? (Al-Hajj 22:18)

In another verse we read:

No! Do not obey him. But prostrate and draw near [to Allah]. (Al-`Alaq 96:19)

From the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him):

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “A slave becomes nearest to his Lord when he is in prostration. So increase supplications while prostrating.” (Muslim)

Thawban (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying, “Make frequent prostrations, for every prostration that you make before Allah will raise your position one degree and will remit one of your sins”. (Muslim)  

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The `Isha’ Prayer

The `Isha’ Prayer

From this video learn step by step how to perform “Isha’ Prayer from the beginning with takbir to Tasleem (termination of salah).

Enjoy listening to the verses recited with khushu’ and learn the movements made in each rak`ah including sujud (prostration) and ruku` (bowing).

 

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