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From the Desk of the Sultan, July Vol 2 by Khalida

By El Sheikh Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, Hashmi Hasani, wal Hussaini, Islamic Post Chief Editor, Vice Chancellor IQOU

Staff Writer Introduction:

The following narration, from the desk of El Sheikh Syed Mubarik Ali Shah Gilani, affords you the opportunity to examine your  salaah –or five-times prayers– and its performance from the time of its initiation to its standing before Him for acceptance:
Know and Understand Your Salaah
Allah the Most High, ta’ala, has said in the Holy Quran Majeed in the very beginning, in Surah Baqara, “And they establish salaah and spend from what We give them.”  (Surah 2: Ayat 3)
Here Allah Ta’ala means those who completely establish the salaah phenomenon. Meaning thereby, to strive for perfection in salaah.  Therefore, just by going to the masjid and offering salaah five times a day, one cannot be sure of his or her salaah being accepted by Allah Ta’Ala.  Therefore before offering salaah, we must know how a perfect salaah is made.
A perfect salaah begins with a perfect wudu (wudu kamil), and is made in the following way:
Declare your intention for performing wudhu; use pure and clean water in a vessel not exceeding one kilogram.
Sit on a raised place, a settee or stool, facing Qibla, if possible.
Then wash each and every limb thrice, or the prescribed amount, along with the du’a, or prescribed supplication, for every limb in Arabic, English, or Urdu.
Wudhu will not be proper if nails are dirty or long, unnecessary hair has not been removed, or nail polish is still on the fingers.
A wudhu performed in a bathroom is acceptable provided the toilet area and wudhu portion are separate, or separated by a plastic curtain or glass partition.
The Holy Last Messenger, Allah’s Peace, Mercy, and Blessings be upon him, has defined perfect salaah in a very famous hadith called Hadith-i-Jibrail, upon him be peace, the second hadith in Arbaeen Nawawi.
Being asked by the angel Gabriel, peace be upon him, “What is Ihsan?” the Holy Last Messenger, peace and blessing of Allah be upon him, said, “You should worship your Rabb  (Cherisher and Sustainer) in such a manner that you should be able to behold Him, and if not, then you must believe that He beholds you.”  This is a very challenging position. In Holy Qur’anic terminology, only Muhsineen, (or those who possess the quality or virtue ‘ihsaan’, who live and conduct themselves fully aware of the Presence of The Almighty), can achieve this distinction. Also, the Sufia are those blessed with this virtuous quality of ihsaan.
In performing perfect salaah, one has to struggle a lot to change one’s habits and outlook.  The Holy Last Messenger, Allah’s peace, blessing, and mercy be upon him, has said, “Indeed perfect salaah is the Mir’aj of Mumineen, and the key to paradise (Jennah).” (Mi’raj is spiritual ascension which enables that blessed person entrance into the spiritual realm, by His Grace.)
Next, Allah Ta’Ala has said in Holy Quran that those who offer their salaah with Khashi’a indeed are successful.  Khashi’a means driving away every ungodly thought.  Remaining in a state where one is completely absorbed in Him is the manner in which one should stand before Him.
Other than that, salaah must be made on time, in congregation wherever it is applicable, and wearing proper dress.
Dress Code
Clothes should be clean, hair combed, with nice cap (scarf or chaddar for ladies), and everything about the Musalee, the male or female worshipper, should reflect his or her eagerness, zeal, and longing to stand before the Almighty in inward purity, and outward purity of dress.
I am presenting before you the most important topic of  Deen ul Islam (our way of life in Islam); and if we ignore that topic we do not remain Muslim.  That is Salaah, or as it is called in Urdu, Namaz.  This is the only prayer in Islam; words by which Allah Himself invites, gives an extensive invitation Himself, -five times a day.  By calling people to offer Salaah, He has made it compulsory for us, for the Ulema, for other people, and assures people by saying ‘Haya ala-s Salaah, Haya alal Falah,’ come to salaah, come to success.  It is so important! You must pay attention!
Allah says come to success; if you offer Salaah you are given success, falah.  Haya al Falah.  What is meant by success?  The first ten ayaat of Sura Al Muminoon start with salaah, and draw to a close in the ninth aya with salaah. Allah Subhana wa Ta’Ala says, “Indeed, verily of course, those Mumineen found success who observed, or found, Khashi’a in their salaah.”
In Holy Quran Allah has commanded salaah seven hundred times.  Here in Sura Al Muminoon, Allah says, “Those mumineen found success who observed Khashi’a.
What is Khashi’a?  One must know there are preconditions of salaah.  If these conditions are not fulfilled, you might be making salaah all of your life and it will not be accepted, and it will be thrown back like a dirty piece of cloth on your face.  It happens every day, Allah does not accept the salaah of many people. We should know what are those conditions which render our salaah null and void.
Allah, Subhana wa Ta’Ala, says to those people who observe Khashia, “Had We sent down this Holy Quran on a mountain, you would have seen it falling apart, out of Khashi’a of Allah, Fear of Allah. The word taqwa also has its levels, with the highest degree being that you do everything out of respect and love of Him.
So, when you stand before Allah, your heart should be full of awe.  Fearing Allah means not wanting to displease Him.  You must be very aware of this; that you are offering proper salaah in a proper manner, and with all the conditions fulfilled.  You must be very careful!
The first condition is this. Khashi’a is that you must cut yourself away from everything, and stand before Allah Ta’ala, only knowing that you are standing before Allah for salaah, and you should be able to behold Him!  If not, then you should know that He is watching you.  When you develop this ‘Allah- awareness’, then Khashi’a will enter your heart.
So, we know that Khashi’a is essential.  Safeguard your salaah.  This is in Surat-ul- Baqara, ayaat 1-5: who safeguards salaah. This person, who safeguards salaah, offers salaah on time and observes all the conditions; the clothes not too loose or too tight; there is  no haraam food in the stomach; and the person does not watch dirty movies or filthy videos.


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Truly enjoyed the reading and knowledge in the above pages.

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