Assalam alaikum & peace to all
I came across some writing of Rumi that I thought I would share with you
all – quite a few nice reminders!
“Those who pray stand in line as they would do on the Day of Judgment; they begin to account for their actions and appeal to Allah.”
“Standing in prayer while weeping corresponds to standing before Allah on the Day of Judgment after arising from the grave. Allah will question you and ask: ‘What have you done in your worldly life? What have you earned and what have you brought to Me?’”
“Such questions come to mind in Allah’s presence in prayer.”
“While standing in prayer the servant feels ashamed, and then bows down as he cannot manage to stand because of the shame he feels. While bowing down he glorifies Allah by saying ‘Glory to my Lord, the Great’.”
“Then Allah orders the servant: ‘raise your head and answer the questions!’”
“The servant raises his head ashamedly, but he cannot bear that condition and this time he prostrates.”
“Then he raises his head again, but he cannot bear that condition and he prostrates again.”
“Then Allah says: ‘Raise your head and answer. I will question you about what you have done in your earthly life.’”
“Allah’s Word to him is so forceful that he cannot bear to stand. And therefore he sits with his knees bent. Allah says: ‘I provided you with favor and benefaction, how did you make use of them? Did you return thanks for them? I provided you with material and spiritual wealth; what did you earn with them?
“Then the servant turns his face right; and greets the soul of the Prophet (pbuh) and the angels. And tells them: ‘O masters of the spiritual world! Please intercede with Allah for this poor servant; this poor servant’s feet and dress are.’”
“The Prophet (pbuh) answers to the greeting person: ‘The time for help and comfort is over. It should all have been done in worldly life. You have not performed good deeds there, you have not worshipped, you have wasted your time!’”
“Then the servant turns his face left. He asks for help from his relatives. They answer: ‘Do not ask help from us. Who are we? You are supposed to answer your Lord on your own!’”
“The servant who cannot find help from any side gets disappointed. Having abandoned all hope to find help he resorts to Allah, to seek refuge in Him and opening his hands for prayer.he says: ‘O my Lord! I have abandoned any hope from anybody. You are the First, the Last, and the Unique for the servants to appeal to, and the last to turn to. I seek refuge in Your Eternal Mercy and Compassion.’”
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“See these pleasant signs of prayer and be aware of what you would be facing. Gather yourselves together and try to benefit from your prayer both physically and spiritually! Do not put your head like a bird collecting grain on the ground!.. Take heed of the saying of the Prophet: ‘The most wicked thief is the one who steals from prayer.’” (Hakim, Mustadrak, I, 353).
As new muslims we sometimes get bombarded with too much information and feel that we need to learn things instantly to be able to ‘pratice’ our religion correctly. Well, we are all human and things just do not work out that easily, we need time and patience to perform our prayers, to recite Quran, or even simply to just ‘live’ as a muslim. I am posting this thread to help with the
Dhikr – it is the remebrance of Allah ~ we must try and remember to thank God each and every day of our lives. Here are some established methods of
doing Dhikr…please keep them in mind… when your mind wanders…let it wander in the praise of God!
The most well known dhikr is saying:
Subhanallah 33 times
Al Hamduallah 33 times
Allahu Akhbar 33 times
From this Hadith:
He (saas) is reported as saying: “Whoever glorifies Allah at the end of every Salaat 33 times (subhanallah), and praises Allah 33 times (Al-hamdulillah), and utters the word of Greatness 33 times, (Allahu Akbar) that is ninety nine, then completes it with one hundred, saying:
`Laa ilaha illallah wahdahu laa sharika lahuu lahul Mulk wa lahul hamd wa huwa `alaa k ulli shay in qadeer,
his shortcomings will be forgiven, even if it is as large as the froth of the sea.” (Muslim)
This can be done after saying your Salah ~ You finish your salah with saying of ‘assalam alaikum wa rahmatuallah’, while turning your head to the right and left. Then you may recite 3 times ‘astaghfirullah’ (I seek Allah’s forgiveness)
From this Hadith:
Thauban (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Whenever the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) finished his Salat (prayer), he would beg forgiveness three times [by saying, `Astaghfirullah' (3 times) ~ ' Imam Al-Auza`i (one of the subnarrators) of this Hadith was asked: "How forgiveness should be sought?'' He replied: "I say: Astaghfirullah, Astaghfirullah (I seek forgiveness from Allah. I seek forgiveness from Allah).''
and then say the above Dhikr
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In your Salah (daily prayers) you must recite portions of the Quran
There are several shorter surah’s (verses) that you may say after the recitation
of Al-Fatiha. These are a list of some of them in English as well as in transliteration.
Al-Ikhlas – The Purity (112:1-4)
Qul huwa Allahu ahad
Lam yalid walam yoolad
Walam yakun lahu kufuwan ahad
Say: He is Allah, the One and Only;
Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
And there is none like unto Him.
Al-‘Asr – The Time (103-1-3)
Inna alinsana lafee khusr
Illa allatheena amanoo waAAamiloo assalihati
watawasaw bilhaqqi watawasaw bissabr
By (the Token of) Time (through the ages),
Verily Man is in loss,
Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and
(join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience
Al-Fil – The Elephant (105 :1-5)
Alam tara kayfa faAAala rabbuka biashabi alfeel
Alam yajAAal kaydahum fee tadleel
Waarsala AAalayhim tayran ababeel
Tarmeehim bihijaratin min sijjeel
FajaAAalahum kaAAasfin makool
Seest thou not how thy Lord dealt with the Companions of the Elephant?
Did He not make their treacherous plan go astray?
And He sent against them Flights of Birds,
Striking them with stones of baked clay.
Then did He make them like an empty field of stalks and straw,
(of which the corn) has been eaten up.
Eelafihim rihlata ashshitai wassayf
FalyaAAbudoo rabba hatha albayt
Allathee atAAamahum min jooAAin waamanahum min khawf
For the covenants (of security and safeguard enjoyed) by the Quraish,
Their covenants (covering) journeys by winter and summer,-
Let them adore the Lord of this House,
Who provides them with food against hunger, and
with security against fear (of danger).
Al-Kauthar – A River in Paradise (108:1-3)
Inna aAAtaynaka alkawthar
Fasalli lirabbika wanhar
Inna shaniaka huwa alabtar
To thee have We granted the Fount (of Abundance).
Therefore to thy Lord turn in Prayer and Sacrifice.
For he who hateth thee, he will be cut off (from Future Hope).
Al-Kafirun – The Disbelievers (109:1-6)
Qul ya ayyuha alkafiroon
La aAAbudu ma taAAbudoon
Wala antum AAabidoona ma aAAbud
Wala ana AAabidun ma Aaabadtum
Wala antum AAabidoona ma aAAbud
Lakum deenukum waliya deen
Say : O ye that reject Faith!
I worship not that which ye worship,
Nor will ye worship that which I worship.
And I will not worship that which ye have been wont to worship,
Nor will ye worship that which I worship.
To you be your Way, and to me mine.
An-Nasr - The Help (110:1-3)
Itha jaa nasru Allahi walfath
Waraayta annasa yadkhuloona fee deeni Allahi afwaja
Fasabbih bihamdi rabbika wastaghfirhu innahu kana tawwaba
When comes the Help of Allah, and Victory
And thou dost see the people enter Allah’s Religion in crowds,
Celebrate the praises of thy Lord, and pray for His Forgiveness:
For He is Oft-Returning (in Grace and Mercy).
Al-Masad – The Palm Fiber (111:1-5)
Tabbat yada abee lahabin watab
Ma aghna AAanhu maluhu wama kasab
Sayasla naran thata lahab
Wamraatuhu hammalata alhatab
Fee jeediha hablun min masad
Perish the hands of the Father of Flame! Perish he!
No profit to him from all his wealth, and all his gains!
Burnt soon will he be in a Fire of Blazing Flame!
His wife shall carry the (crackling) wood – As fuel!-
A twisted rope of palm-leaf fibre round her (own) neck!
Al-Falaq - The Day Break (113:1-5)
Qul aAAoothu birabbi alfalaq
Min sharri ma khalaq
Wamin sharri ghasiqin itha waqab
Wamin sharri annaffathati fee alAAuqad
Wamin sharri hasidin itha hasad
Say: I seek refuge with the Lord of the Dawn
From the mischief of created things;
From the mischief of Darkness as it overspreads;
From the mischief of those who practise secret arts;
And from the mischief of the envious one as he practises envy.
An-Nas - The Mankind (114:1-6)
Qul aAAoothu birabbi annas
Min sharri alwaswasi alkhannas
Allathee yuwaswisu fee sudoori annas
Mina aljinnati wannas
Say: I seek refuge with the Lord and Cherisher of Mankind,
The King (or Ruler) of Mankind,
The Allah (for judge) of Mankind,-
From the mischief of the Whisperer (of Evil), who withdraws (after his whisper),-
(The same) who whispers into the hearts of Mankind,-
Among Jinns and among men.
From the chart below, every Salah is made up of Fard, the obligatory prayers, Sunnah and Nafilah or additional prayers.
The Holy Prophet (pbuh) said these extra prayers before or after the prescribed Fard prayers.
These are recommended. The sequence of these additional prayers is as follows:
|Name of Salah||Number of Sunnah before Fard||Number of Fard||Number of Sunnah after Fard||Number of Nafilah|