Thursday, 30 August 2012

Prayer Significance, Pray as if Last Prayer, Laziness in Prayer, Reflect, Remove Anxiety

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

Weekly Hadith – Significance of Prayer;
The Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: ""If people knew what was in the call to prayer and the first row, and they could find no other way to it than to draw lots for it, they would draw lots for it. And if they knew what was in doing Dhuhr at its time, they would race each other to it. And if they knew what was in the prayers of 'Isha' and Fajr, they would come to them even if they had to crawl."
[Bukhari, Book 8:6]

Salah is one of the many blessings and gifts that Allah (SWT) has granted to the Believers, and it is they who are in need of performing it, as Allah the Exalted has no need for our ibaadah, and hence it is only for our own benefit that we are steadfast in establishing prayer. Our beloved Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) has also stated that praying in congregation is twenty-seven times better than the prayer of a man by himself.
[Bukhari, Book 8:1]

Alhamdulillah it is through Allah's (SWT) mercy that we have the facility to offer all prayers in congregation during our working hours, while others have to go to great lengths to achieve this. May He give us the ability to maximise the use of this opportunity on a regular basis, and accept whatever efforts we put in towards being regular in our salah, Ameen.

Pearls of Wisdom – Pray as if it is you Last Prayer; 
"My son, when you pray, do it like a person who is forbidding farewell to this world, and don't assume that you will have another chance to pray again. My son, know that a believer dies between two deeds, one he offers for today, where he will get immediate blessings, and the second is what he offers towards the Day of Resurrection, and that is where he will gain the ultimate benefit" 
[Muadh Ibn Jabal (radhiAllahu anhu)]

Weekly Q&A;
Q.  I often miss my Salah through laziness or excessive work committments. What is the true relevance and importance of establishing Salah to a Muslim? 

 Praise be to Allaah. 
In the Name of Allah, the most Merciful and Compassionate,

The importance of Salat for a believer is something that is known to all. It is the second fundamental pillar of Islam. The Qur'an and Sunnah have greatly emphasized the observance of Salat.

Allah Most High says:

 "O Prophet (may Allah bless him & gives him peace): Say to My servants who believe that they should establish prayers" 
[Surah Ibrahim, 31]


 "And establish prayers and pay Zakat and bow down with those who bow".
[Surah al-Baqarah, 43]

Sayyiduna Jabir (Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him & give him peace) said, "Between a man and disbelief is the abandonment of Salat (prayer)"  
[Sahih Muslim]

Salat (prayer) is by far the most important thing for a Muslim. It will be the first aspect that will be reckoned on the Day of Judgment. It is a distinctive sign of a believer. It creates that unique relationship between the servant and his/her Creator.

Therefore, your first and foremost priority must be Salat. If you are slackening due to tiredness and the abundance of work, then you must do something to change that.  Think about how you can possibly bring about a change.

One should always remember that to forego religious injunctions in order to accumulate worldly possessions is too higher of a price to pay. One must always adhere to the laws of Islam, even if that means facing hardships in this world. This world is temporary, and the hereafter is eternal. One’s main objective should be the pleasures of the hereafter and not this world.

Finally, turn to Allah Almighty with full devotion and sincerity, for it is only through His help that the servant is able to overcome difficulties. Supplicate to Him and ask Him to make it easy for you to establish Salat in a manner that is most pleasing to Him, for surely, He answers the prayers of those who turn to Him.

May Allah Almighty keep us all steadfast on his Deen and that we pass away from this world in the state of Imaan, Ameen.

And Allaah (SWT) knows best.

Weekly Suggested Good Deed – Reflect on your Status; 
A great scholar once said that in order for us to know how close we are to Allah (SWT), we must reflect upon ourselves and consider how highly we rank the seeking of His pleasure amongst our priorities, therefore measuring how close He is to our hearts.
This inevitably will be the best yard-stick to go by. The mercy of our Rabb is so vast that He has promised, "If you walk towards Me, I will run towards you". Insha'Allah we should all take a few moments to think about where we stand in this regard. May He (SWT) give us the tawfeeq to seek out all those vices that push us away from Him, and remove these from within ourselves, Ameen.

Dua of the Week;
Duah for removing difficulties/anxiety from ones heart:

“Allahumma inni a'udhubika minal hammi wal hazan, wal 'ajzi wal kasal, wal bukhli wal jubn, wa dhala'id-dayni wa ghalabatir rijaal"

“O Allah! I seek refuge in You from grief and sadness, from weakness and from laziness, from miserliness and from cowardice, from being overcome by debt and from being overpowered by men (other people)
[Sahih al-Bukhari 7:158]


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