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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.
Wudhu
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.
Salaah
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.



IP Magazine: Writing of Love…and Hope by Khalida

By Maryam A. Latif,

the Dominican Republic
el-islamenlaisla.blogspot.com


(Click on the original link above for the Spanish of this post.)

Sometimes, I have thought…
Here with the most humble remembrance,
that awakens during the night, when I’m sleepy;

He soothes me, He overwhelms me, matchless,
covering more than half my thoughts, those that
turn around in my mind and finally turn to You…

I hold on, in hope of some sign that will end
the uncertainty of that longing, for You, and what
You represent to me.

You love me with a pure love, sincere and with
compassion, and this is in what I hope.

You make me happy with each small thing, You give me
everything and at the end, after finding You and
knowing You, I will not have to hope nor desire,
for You are here.

You turn my shadow, in the light it travels, and
returns to me filling me with hope, an immense
serenity of peace that clothes my being, my soul
flaming to have found You, and to be taught by
You.

What happiness is this which overwhelms
the uncertainty, arriving at Your path and coming
to know You?

So I come to understand that You are the
most pure and beautiful, all that I hoped for.

Never does it matter the stones, rocks, voids in
my path, every pain is worth you in the end. I
will come back to You and I place my hope in you
because You have filled me with life and flashes
of light, having fallen upon a dry earth, which
made me into Spring, for You.

For You are who I love in truth, Who has made me happy, so…
Can I live my life to Your desire, because
of You and for You, and renounce that which I
thought at one time was happiness?

Can I accept a way of living created by You which will bring me
nearer to You?
The answer is, yes, ya Allah
From me to Thee, oh Merciful One.

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IP Magazine: Rosebush – Poetry Corner June Vol. 1 by Khalida
June 16, 2008, 4:50 am
Filed under: July Volume I- 2008, Magazine/ Culture, Poetry, Religion | Tags: , , , , ,

Poem by Baji Halimah

I have a rosebush and each flower is a friend,
And through the years this bush keeps growing, and some new flowers begin.

Among these are my close companions, who’ve grown roots here in my heart,
And every day I love them more, even though in earthly miles, some are apart.

But the “Bond” of Bonds unites us. And all across the universe,
For the love of Him, who loves us most, our beams of love are sent forth.

And on occasions, when we are all together again, the joyfulness of our union is great!
O my sisters! My brothers! True family are we! We are one, all for Allahu’s sake.

And just to let you know how special you are,
Upon each of you beautiful roses, I have placed a bright shining star.

For, my love for you overflows, my sisters, my brothers, my friends.
Our bounding grows stronger and stronger as we approach this life’s journey’s end!

And to my many beautiful children, I’ve attended some of you in birth and watched you grow
Into very fine adults and Muslims. Please! Keep the faith in every seed that you sow.

For it is for you we’ve paved the roads. And you or yours must shield the banner.
Through you Islam shall prevail. Its victory will come in like manner.

Many of us have grown old together, and together yet we still strive,
As the fingers of “Maut” come closer to carry us over to the other side.

To those whom I have wronged, I ask forgiveness, in case I haven’t managed in the past.
The same for you I have already sent forth; my forgiveness you don’t have to ask.

You know the path of Deen-ul-Islam is so awesome and splendid to me,
And I hope to ride the rainbow across to eternity.

Here’s hoping we all make it to Heaven’s gate, and that its doors be open wide
To receive all of you, my friends and me, when we are home on the other side..

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IP Magazine: Did You Know? June Vol. 1 by Khalida

“If there is much misunderstanding in the West about the nature of Islam, there is also much ignorance about the debt our own culture and civilisation owe to the Islamic world. It is a failure, which stems, I think, from the straight-jacket of history, which we have inherited. The medieval Islamic world, from central Asia to the shores of the Atlantic, was a world where scholars and men of learning flourished. But because we have tended to see Islam as the enemy of the West, as an alien culture, society, and system of belief, we have tended to ignore   or
erase its great relevance to our own history.”- Prince Charles, during a lecture at Oxford University, October 1993.

The Prince of Wales in traditional Islamic clothing.

Text Source: Prince of Wales government website

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