Hasbiyallaahu


Hasbiyallaahu laa ‘ilaaha ‘illaa Huwa ‘alayhi tawakkaltu wa Huwa Rabbul-‘Arshil ‘Adheem.

Allah is sufficient for me. There is none worthy of worship but Him. I have placed my trust in Him, He is Lord of the Majestic Throne.

 Allah will grant whoever recites this seven times in the morning or evening whatever he desires from this world or the next, Ibn As-Sunni (no. 71), Abu Dawud 4/321. Both reports are attributed directly to the Prophet Peace and Blessings be upon him. The Chain of trasmission is sound. Ibn As-Sunni. Fortress of the Muslim by Sa’id bin Wahf Al-Qahtani.

4 Steps to Humility in Salah


“I do not feel the peace and tranquility one should feel after the Salah,” I said to one my friend, “Astaghfirullah!” she exclaimed, “You should avoid saying such thing!” she said.

I was looking for ‘coolness of the eye’ as mentioned in the Hadith. ‘Iin remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest’ as mentioned in the Qur’an – how do I find Khushu in Salah. I have read many articles and gone through a lot of information on Khushu and why it is important. The question now remains, what steps I can take to attain Khushu’ in my Salah?

Many times, I felt sad after I had finished my Salah, knowing I had not given it its due rights; knowing that during half of the Salah I was thinking about everything but Allah (SWT). No matter how much I promise myself to focus on my Salah – I find myself not doing it! So what to do?

We spend a lot of time strategically planning our life out, “I am not good with time management, why not sign up for the session with a life coach!” We are always looking ways to improve ourselves and our lives, measuring our success and see how productive we are, I thought to myself, then why not my Salah? How do I better my Salah, which is license of my success in the Hereafter?

Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, “The first deed for which a man will be called to account for the Day of Resurrection will be his Salah. If it is found to be good, he will be safe and successful; but if it is defective, he will be unfortunate and a loser…”[1]

It is clear from this statement that Salah is the first thing that will be judged on the Day of Judgment and will measure how successful we are in the Hereafter – this success is measured by our productivity [Khushu’] in Salah in this life.

Ammar bin Yasir (RA) narrated that Allah’s Messenger sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said: “One might finish the Salah, but only have a tenth, ninth, eighth, seventh, sixth, fifth, fourth, third or a half of it written for him.”[2]

Umar (RA) said while standing on a pulpit:

“A man might have white hair in Islam (i.e. he reaches an old age while Muslim), yet, has not completed even one Salah for Allah the Exalted! He was asked why that is and he answered, “He does not perfect the required Khushu’”[3]

What is Khushu I asked myself and what Does it means to me?

Khushu is defined as “the softness of the heart, its being gentle, still, submissive and yearning. When the heart is humble, so too is the hearing, seeing, head and face; indeed all limbs and their actions are humbled, even speech. [Humility in Prayer by Ibn Rajab]

What it means to me?

Khushu means to me exactly what is mentioned above. Khushu is being present in the moment, being humble in front of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala – who is my Rub; Allah, Lord of the worlds, the Most Merciful, and Forgiving Rub.

Khushu means knowing the sins that I have committed and now standing in front of Allah with all my sins, head down with shame and seeking Allah’s forgiveness having hope in Allah’s Mercy and fearing His punishment.

Khushu means knowing the Greatness of Allah, it means knowing the magnificence of Allah, and it means knowing the Perfection of Allah. Khushu means knowing my Creator.

What Salah means to Me?

I sat down with a pen and paper and wrote down what Salah meant to me, how was it going to change my life, how was it going to impact the way I will live my life and what role would it playing in my life daily? Why do I want to have Khushu in Salah?

  • Salah is feeling the moment you are in [I wrote] – while you are in Salah, nothing matters anymore but Salah – as if the whole world has frozen and you are the only one moving, making Qiyyam, Ruku’ and Sujud.
  • Salah is my link to Allah – the Divine Link.
  • Salah is ascension to heavens – the Prophet (pbuh) explained that “The prayer is the Miraj of the believer.”
  • Salah is peace.
  • Salah is Submission.
  • Salah is the detector of your actions – if your Salah is in check it will prevent you from bad actions.
  • Salah is the comfort of the heart.
  • Salah is remover of sins.
  • Salah is ultimate submission to the Rub al-Alamîn.

Ask yourself what does Salah mean to you?

Recently I attended a class “Divine Link – Fiqh of Salah” taught by Shaykh Abu Eesa Niamatullah, where one thing that penetrated my heart and helped me focus on the internal aspect of Salah was when he mentioned the following:

“If you cannot stand sit, if you cannot sit, lay down, but the Salah still has to be performed.

Think about your prayer and the way you understand it today… Many people are so concerned about where the hands should be – While Allah allows the external to be taken out but He does not allow the internal aspect of the prayer to be left out, when it becomes difficult. How you address Allah and how present you are when you are praying stays the same. It is not what you do; rather it is how you connect to Allah through your prayer.

A person may find that he comes and stands in front of Allah and he is thinking about everything else but the Salah though his Salah movements are perfect. Depending upon how present one is in the moment determines how much reward he is going to get of his prayer.

Don’t forget the aim of your prayer; you are here to remind yourself that it is the eternal. It is the only continual act of worship you are going to perform in all times and situations.”

When Salah becomes difficult on a believer, Allah allows the external aspect of the Salah to be taken out i.e. if you cannot stand, sit down and pray etc. however the presence of the heart and what we recite during Salah stays the same. [It does not mean we ignore our externals acts].

Steps to attain Khushu in Salah

1. Dua’

Dua is the weapon of the believers, so seek help of Allah. Ask Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala for help and mercy so you may attain Khushu in Salah – Dua is a tool you can use in your favor.

“When My servants ask you concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every supplicant when he calls Me. Let them also, with a will, listen to My call, and believe in Me, so that they may walk on the right way.” [Al Baqarah 186]

I make special Dua for my Khushu in Salah.

2. Get to know your enemy!

We all know shaitan is our enemy and does everything in his ability to divert our attention from good deeds and he is very successful in doing so especially in Salah.

Ayesha (ra) narrated: “I asked Allah’s Messenger sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam about looking hither and thither in Salah. He sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam replied:

“It is a way of stealing by which Satan steals (a portion) from the Salah of a person.”

“The Prophet (saw) taught us the following methods of combating the wiles of Shaitân and getting rid of waswas:

Abu al-As (ra) reported that he said: “O Messenger of Allah! The Shaitân interrupts me when I pray and I get confused in my recitation.” The Messenger of Allah (saw) said: “That is Shaitân whose name is Khanzab. If you sense his presence, seek refuge from Allah from him (say a’udzubillahi minashaytannirrajim) and spit (“dry spitting” or blow) towards your left three times.” Abu al-As said: “I did that and Allah took him away from me.” Hadith Muslim no. 2203
The Prophet (saw) also told us about another of the Shaitan’s tricks and how to deal with them. He (saw) said:

“When any one of you gets up to pray, the Shaitân comes and confuses him- ie. mixes up his prayer and creates doubts in his mind- so that he does not know how many (rak’ah) he has prayed. If any one of you experiences that, he should do two prostrations whilst he is sitting.” Bukhari, Kitab as-Sahwu, Bab as-Sahwu fil-Fard wat-Tatawwu’

Another of Shaytan’s tricks was described as follows: The Prophet (saw) said:
The Shaitân may come to any one of you when he is praying and open his buttocks and make him think that he has nullified his wudu’ when in fact he is not. So if this happens to any one of you, let him not end his prayer unless he hears the sound of it with his ears or smells the odor of it with his nose” At-Tabarani in al-Kabeer, hadith no. 11556, part 11

Know your enemy is shaitan, who does not want your success – how you deal with shaitan determines how you will stand in front of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala in Salah. As Shaykh Abu Eesa advised, beat down your Shaitan so that he becomes a little mosquito and then start praying your Salah because now his whispers will not be as strong and you will be able to overcome them. So look at your enemy – and device a plan that will help you figure out ‘how will I deal with him?’

Since shaitan is my worst enemy, he does not want me to go to Jannah and he tries every trick to steal from my Salah – I will not give him any chance – ignoring him and refusing his whispers every time he attempts to whisper and make me lose focus in Salah.

3. Plan for Salah

We plan for everything then why not plan for Salah?

  • Set up reminder on the phone – to pray at the earliest time
  • Choose a place to perform Salah [whether at home or at work]
  • Sit down for 5 min and write down everything you have on your mind on a piece of paper, clearing your mind of any thoughts other than Salah
  • Question yourself, what does Salah means to you?
  • What if this is the last Salah you pray?  If it is going to be your last Salah, is it going to be the cause of your safety and success or the reason for your unfortunate loss? – As mentioned in the Hadith narrated by Abu Hurairah: Allah’s Messenger Sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam said, “The first deed for which a man will be called to account for on the Day of Resurrection will be his Salah. If it is found to be good, he will be safe and successful; but if it is defective, he will be unfortunate and a loser…”[Tirmadhi:413]
  • Plan what Surahs you are going to pray in your Salah – Perhaps the Surahs you have recently memorized – Salah is a good way to review too J Having tried this, I was able to memorized one Surah and learned the meaning as well. I recited this Surah throughout my 5 Salah that day, focusing on what I was saying, pondering over the meaning and reviewing my Surah – Alhamdulillah an awesome experience.

4. Wudu

I read the article “The Wisdom in washing the specified Body Parts during Wudu” and the way I performed my wudu after it completely changed.

Khushu starts right from your Wudu’ when you start washing your hands, reciting the Basmallah. It starts with knowing that it is erasing and purifying you from sins – preparing you for an awesome meeting with Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala. Preparation for Khushu – humility in Salah, that submissiveness, that state of the heart which causes your limbs to be at peace, starts from this action wudu and when you say Allahu Akbar and enter your Salah the Khushu settles!

Conclusion

I will advise everyone to seek beneficial knowledge, names and attributes of Allah, learn about Fiqh of Salah, read about the Salah of the Prophet sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam and the companions and rightly guided predecessors. Study virtues of Salah and Wudu and implement them in your life and you will Insha’Allah see the fruits of Salah in your life. Put your efforts and see the results – improved Salah, improved state of mind, heart and life Insha’Allah.

Salah is a journey and we will only be successful when we continuously work to make it better Insha’Allah. We will have to strive in order to meet our ultimate goal – Jannah. Acceptance of Salah and Khushu [pure from Riyaa’] is in the hands of Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala – that He may grant whomever He wishes. Our job is to give our 100% and do the best in our abilities and leave the result with Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala.

We can make plans but without Allah’s mercy and blessings we cannot fulfill our plans, I make Dua that Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala give us hearts that are humble in His Magnificent Presence.

When you are preparing yourself for Salah by defining what it means to you, making Dua, planning your Salah and preforming Wudu; you are setting yourself up for success as Henry Ford said, “Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success.”

Sources for references:

33 ways of developing Khushu’ in Salah by Shaykh Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid
Humility in Prayer by Ibn Rajab
Divine Link – Fiqh of Salah notes [AlMaghrib taught by Shaykh Abu Eesa Niamatullah]
Milestones on the road to firmness in faith – http://iskandrani.wordpress.com/2008/02/08/the-wisdom-in-washing-the-specified-body-parts-during-wudu/


[1] Tirmidhi, As-Salat, Chapter: What is said about the first of deeds which will be called. Hadith: 413

[2] Abu Dawud, As-Salat, Chapter What is said about decreasing in prayer, Hadith: 796

[3] Al-Ihya, Vol.1, P.202

3 Steps I took to overcome missing Fajr


3 Steps I took to overcome missing Fajr

muslimah2I woke up in the morning with the deep burden on my heart that I missed it again. What do I do to make it on time? I have planned different techniques and nothing works – What do I have to do to wake up for fajr and not miss it again?

I remember, I had an important appointment to go to and I went to bed late at night. In order to make it on time for the appointment, I used my alarm and my calendar event for reminders – so I don’t forget and miss my appointment by waking up late. I was able to wake up early and was able to make on time.

So if I can reach for an appointment on time – early in the morning. Why can’t wake up for Fajr I asked myself?

 

Why waking up for Fajr is Important for me?

“Fajr Time – Wake up you have an appointment with Allah”

Why is Fajr important to me? Why should I make efforts to wake up and pray Fajr? What do I do when I have an important meeting to attend – I asked myself? What do I do when I have an interview and I want to wake up in the morning?, I setup a reminder in my calendar to remind me a night before, I set up multiple alarms to make sure I don’t be late for the meeting. I ask my mom to wake me up if I am not up. I make Dua that I make it on time. So when I know Fajr is the time when Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) calling me for meeting with Him. He has setup a time for meeting and I must be there to attend. Why don’t I use the same technique therefore I used the tools that are available to me that I use in everyday life – yes I setup a meeting in my calendar on my phone – a meeting with Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala! An awesome way that works for me Alhamdulillah!!!!

 

Actions taken

First, I make a firm intention in my heart to wake up for fajr – no matter how late I go to bed.

Second, I make specific Dua to Allah Subhanahu wa ta’ala, “O Allah give me tawfeeq (ability) to wake up for fajr, get out of bed, make wudu and perform Salah.”  [It is easy to wake up and go back to sleep after telling yourself “…5 minutes more…”

Third, I set up two reoccurring calendar events on my phone since Fajr Salah is at 5:55 am; I setup one event at 5:45 am and another one at 5:55 am.

Note: I wrote an important note to myself that pops up every time my calendar events goes off and it goes like this, “Fajr Time – Wake up you have an appointment with Allah”

Whenever I want to turn off the alarm and go back to sleep these words pop up in front of my eyes telling me that I have an appointment with Allah, I have an appointment with the Lord of the World, King of the kings, Lord of the Heavens and the Earth, The Most Merciful, the All Merciful and if I miss this appointment I will never get a chance again, because every day there is a new appointment, every day there is something new I can ask Him, every day I can meet Him and ask for forgiveness from my sins and for a better day – a day full of good deed. He is giving me special treatment; He has set the time for me and gave me the opportunity to be in His Divine presence, He asked me to be there so how can I deny Him? How can I deny the appointment and not go and be in His Presence – in the Presence of the Lord of the Worlds!

As-salatu Khairu minan Naum – Salah is better than sleep

Yes, this is when I truly realized that “Yes, Salah is better than sleep…” I learned that we have to conquer our nafs (self) and our sleep to be in Allah’s Divine Presence, we have to overcome our obstacles.

 

Results

Setting up calendar event worked for me and I have been successful waking up for Fajr and attend the most important meeting of all – Alhamdulillah!

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40 Rabbana Dua from Al-Qur’an


 

Assalamoalaikum,

 

I compiled these Duas for myself last Ramadhan and sharing with you all. Remember me your Dua’. JazakAllah.

 

Click here to open the PDF file → Rabbana Duas

 

 

 

 

Prayers for Forgiveness


Prayers for Forgiveness

Seeking Spiritual Enlightenment through Sincere Supplication

A Collection of Seventy Prayers for Fogiveness from Hasan Al-Basri

Praying for forgiveness

Praying for forgiveness

1. O Allah, I seek Your forgiveness for every sin that my body, empowered by the good health that You granted, was able to commit; every sin that came within the reaches of my power only due to the grace of Your bounties; every sin to which my hand, nourished by Your ample sustenance, extended. And while sinning, I hid myself behind Your veil from the people; and when fearing You, while engrossed in my sin, I relied on Your assurance of safety and forgiveness; and I took refuge in You, with Your clemency, not to smite me, and I depended on You, with Your noble countenance and pardon, to forgive me.

So send blessings and peace, O my Lord, upon our Master Muhammad, and upon the family of our Master Muhammad, and forgive my sin, O Best of those who forgive!

O’ Allah



“Whosoever is in the heavens and on earth begs of Him. Every day He has a matter to bring forth [such as giving honor to some, disgrace to some, life to some, death to some, etc.]!” [Qur’an 55:29]

When there is a violent storm and the seas are turbulent, the occupants of the boat call out, ‘O’ Allah!’

When the camel-driver and the caravan are lost in the desert, they call out, ‘O’ Allah!’

When disaster and calamity occur, the afflicted call out, ‘O’ Allah!’

When doors are shut before those who seek to enter through them and barriers are placed before those who are in need — they all cry out, ‘O’ Allah!’

When all plans end in failure, all hope is lost, and the path becomes constricted, ‘O’ Allah,’ is called out.

When the earth, vast and wide though it is, is straitened for you, causing your soul to feel constricted, call out, ‘O’ Allah!’

To Allah ascend all good words, the sincere supplication, the tears of the innocent, and the invocations of the afflicted. Hands and eyes are extended to Him in times of hardship and misfortune. The tongue chants, cries out, and mentions His name. The heart finds peace, the soul finds rest, the nerves are relaxed, and the intellect is awakened — these are all achieved when we remember Allah, Subhanahu Wa Ta’alaa — ‘How perfect He is, the Exalted.’

“Allah is very Gracious and Kind to His slaves.” [Qur’an 42:19]

Allah: the most beautiful of names, the truest combination of letters, and the most precious of words.

“Do you know of any that is similar to Him? [There is nothing like unto Him and He is the All-Hearer, the All-Seer].” [Qur’an 19:65]

Allah: He is thought of when absolute richness, strength, glory and wisdom come to mind.

“Whose is the kingdom this Day? [Allah Himself will reply to His question]: It is Allah’s — the One, the Irresistible!” [Qur’an 40:16]

Allah: He is thought of when kindness, care, relief, affection, and mercy come to mind.

“And whatever of blessings and good things you have, it is from Allah.” [Qur’an 16:53]

O’ Allah, Possessor of Majesty, Magnificence, and Might, let comfort take the place of sorrow, make happiness come after sadness, and let safety take the place of fear.

O’ Allah: Soothe burning hearts with the coolness of faith.

O’ Our Lord: Give peaceful slumber to the restless and serenity to the disturbed souls.

O’ Our Lord: Guide the confused ones to your light and those that are astray to your guidance.

O’ Allah: Remove evil whispers from our hearts and replace them with light, destroy falsehood with truth, and crush the evil plots of the Devil with your army of Angels.

O’ Allah: Remove from us misery, affliction, and anxiety.

We seek refuge in You from fearing anything except You, from depending upon anyone except upon You, from putting our full trust in any one except in You, and from invoking anyone other than You. You are the Supreme Patron and an excellent Protector. (Ameen)

When Allah Remembers you…



Allah says in the Holy Qura’n:“Remember Me and I shall remember you. Be grateful unto Me and deny Me not.” [Al-Baqara 2:152]

 

And If you listen to Dawud Warnsby-Ali’s Nasheeds, listen to this Nasheed, you’ll love it, it has the meaning of the above ayah and I love it. How easy it is for us to have Allah remember us, we just have to remember Him through Dhikr and Rememberance.

You can always tell when Allah remembers you
Just remember Allah that’s all you have to do
All you have to do to have Allah remember you
Just remember Allah, jalla jallala hu…

According to one hadith qudsi, Allah says: “I am with my servant as long as he remembers Me.”

Prophet Muhammad, Sall-Allahu alayhi wa sallam, said: “Those who enter paradise will not be sorry for anything they did in this life, except the moments they spent without the remembrance of Allah.”