Thursday, 11 October 2012

Negligence Towards Salah, Just Ruler and Watchers, Sujood Tilaawah and Self Review

thefinalmessage|THE FRIDAY NOTE

Weekly Hadith – Negligence Towards Salah;
Allah (SWT) describes in His Exalted Word how on Yaumil Qiyamah, the people of paradise will ask those who have entered the Hell-fire why they have entered it, and the response of the latter will be as follows:

 '“What led you into Hell Fire?" They will say, "We were not of those who prayed"'
[al - Muddaththir , 42:43]

The severity of negligence towards one's salah is further emphasied in a hadith of the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), where he states, "What lies between man and disbelief is the abandonment of salah"
[Agreed upon by Muslim, Abu Dawood and Nasaa'ee as authentic] 

Despite the above warnings given by Allah (SWT) and His Rasool (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), many of us are still able to find a plethora of excuses, which will aid in appeasing our minds into accepting the justification for having missed a salah. More often than not, offering our salah becomes dependent on allowances afforded by our daily schedules, as opposed to it being the other way around.
But the Majesty of al-Mutakabbar is such that He (SWT) is Self-Sufficient and Independent of the need for any of our prayers, and hence we are the only beneficiaries of honoring the prescribed ibaahad, or otherwise most certainly the sole losers of disregarding it. Such is the magnitude of this commandment of our Rabb, that it is the only one that was conveyed to our Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) after he was called to the Heavens (during Al-Miraj), whereas all others were sent down to him through Gibraeel (alayhi salaam).
Clearly, it will act as our saviour in the Hereafter insha'Allah. May Allah (SWT) make us from those of Jannah described in the above ayah, and save us from being amongst the ones in regret on the Day of Reckoning. May al-Matin make us firm in strengthening our resolve to preserve our salah, and help us to always retain sight of the priority that it deserves over all other worldly actions, Ameen.

Pearls of Wisdom; 
"All Rulers usually appoint people to watch over their subjects. I appoint you a watcher over me and my behaviour. If you find me at fault in word or action, guide me and stop me from doing it. "
 Umar ibn Abd al-Aziz (radiAllahu anhu)

Weekly Q&A;
Q. Is it necessary to have wudoo’ in order to do sujood al-tilaawah (prostration required when reading certain verses of the Qur’aan)? Do we have to say Allaahu akbar when going down and coming up, whether that is whilst praying or otherwise? What should be said in this prostration? Are the du’aa’s that have been narrated for it saheeh? Is it prescribed to say salaam after this prostration if it is done outside of prayer?

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

It is not essential to have wudoo’ for sujood al-tilaawah, according to the more correct of the two scholarly opinions, and there is no salaam or takbeer when coming up from it, according to the more correct of the two scholarly opinions.

It is prescribed to say takbeer when prostrating, because evidence to that effect is proven in the hadeeth of Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him).

But if the sujood al-tilaawah is done during prayer, then it is obligatory to say takbeer when going down and when coming up, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to do that in every movement of the prayer, and he said: “Pray as you have seen me praying.” [Narrated by al-Bukhaari in his Saheeh, 595]

The same dhikr and du’aa’s are prescribed in sujood al-tilaawah as in the prostration during prayer, because of the general meaning of the ahaadeeth concerning that.

We have mentioned above that it is prescribed to say the same in sujood al-tilaawah as in the prostration in prayer. What is obligatory is to say “Subhaana Rabbiy al-A’laa (Glory be to my Lord Most High), as is obligatory during the prostration of prayer. Any additional du’aa’ or dhikr is mustahabb.

Sujood al-tilaawah, whether during prayer or outside of it, is Sunnah, not obligatory, because evidence to that effect was narrated from the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), in the hadeeth of Zayd ibn Thaabit and in the hadeeth of ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him).

And Allaah (SWT) knows best.

Weekly Suggested Good Deed – What is your ‘New Years Resolution’?
With the inception of the Gregorian New Year, we may quite frequently be hearing about resolutions set by others around us to improve themselves in one way or another going forward. Islam places a significant emphasis on self-review that an individual should perform, as this will lead to a realization of ones faults and inevitably strife to correct them.
But for a Muslim this process should be continuous and not one which is ascribed to any single day or event within the Islamic year. Allah (SWT) has blessed us with time to mend our ways, and hence we should not take any of these moments for granted, since al-Mumit can just as easily take them away in an instant.
Hence we should try to contemplate our frailties regularly and make an honest resolve to rectify them. Insha’Allah, the mercy of al-Rahim will itself enshroud our hearts and actions accordingly.

Dua of the Week;
Supplication recited in Sujood al-Tilaawah:

"Allaahumma laka sajadtu wa bika aamantu wa laka aslamtu, sajada wajhi lilladhi khalaqahu wa sawwarahu wa shaqqa sam’ahu wa basarahu bi hawlihi wa quwwatihi, tabaarak Allaahu ahsan al-khaaliqeen ." (Muslim, Sahih 1290)

" O Allaah, unto You I have prostrated and in You I have believed, and unto You I have submitted. My face has prostrated before Him Who created it and fashioned it, and brought forth its faculties of hearing  and seeing by His Might and Power. Blessed is Allaah, the Best of creators."

“Allaahumma aktub li biha ‘indaka ajran wa’mhu ‘anni biha wizran waj’alha li ‘indaka dukhran wa taqabbalha minni kama taqabbaltaha min ‘abdika Dawood" (Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 528)

"O Allaah, record for me a reward for this (prostration), and remove from me a sin. Save it for me and accept it from me just as You accepted it from Your slave Dawood.”

It has been reported through the books of hadith that both of these du'as were recited by the Prophet Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) when he performed the Sujood al-Tilaawah.


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