Journey to Allah in Prayer

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Prayer or Sholat is the second pillar of Islam. Yet it is the first deed or amal to be accounted for of Muslims.

Parents, eager to instill prayer in their children, often fall into the story of many a parent who may face the same problem of their child lying regarding whether they have prayed or not. Although it is natural for the mother or the guardian to be angry, one has to step back and do not punish the child. One may feel jealous that her friend’s child may be praying to the pride of the mother. Perhaps take heart with this prayer of a mother because it is certain that the prayer of a mother (or father) is the best change catalyst for the child:

رَبِّ ٱجْعَلْنِى مُقِيمَ ٱلصَّلَوٰةِ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِى ۚ رَبَّنَا وَتَقَبَّلْ دُعَآءِ (٤٠)
My Lord, make me an establisher of prayer, and [many] from my descendants. Our Lord, and accept my supplication.
“Wahai Tuhanku! Jadikanlah daku orang yang mendirikan sembahyang dan demikianlah juga zuriat keturunanku. Wahai Tuhan kami, perkenankanlah doa permohonanku.

 

Other beneficial prayers include:

  • Seeking the intelligence like that of Prophet Solomon
    فَفَهَّمْنَٰهَا سُلَيْمَٰنَ ۚ وَكُلًّا ءَاتَيْنَا حُكْمًا وَعِلْمًا ۚ وَسَخَّرْنَا مَعَ دَاوُۥدَ ٱلْجِبَالَ يُسَبِّحْنَ وَٱلطَّيْرَ ۚ وَكُنَّا فَٰعِلِينَ (٧٩)
    And We gave understanding of the case to Solomon, and to each [of them] We gave judgement and knowledge. And We subjected the mountains to exalt [Us], along with David and [also] the birds. And We were doing [that].

 

  •  Seeking the piety and righteous behaviour
    رَبَّنَا وَٱجْعَلْنَا مُسْلِمَيْنِ لَكَ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِنَآ أُمَّةً مُّسْلِمَةً لَّكَ وَأَرِنَا مَنَاسِكَنَا وَتُبْ عَلَيْنَآ ۖ إِنَّكَ أَنتَ ٱلتَّوَّابُ ٱلرَّحِيمُ (١٢٨)
    Our Lord, and make us Muslims [in submission] to You and from our descendants a Muslim nation [in submission] to You. And show us our rites and accept our repentance. Indeed, You are the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful.
    هُنَالِكَ دَعَا زَكَرِيَّا رَبَّهُۥ ۖ قَالَ رَبِّ هَبْ لِى مِن لَّدُنكَ ذُرِّيَّةً طَيِّبَةً ۖ إِنَّكَ سَمِيعُ ٱلدُّعَآءِ (٣٨)
    At that, Zechariah called upon his Lord, saying, “My Lord, grant me from Yourself a good offspring. Indeed, You are the Hearer of supplication.”

 

Prayers_For_Succ_500d03ef83c95_200x200Humility_in_Pray_4ee9ee1f22c1d_200x200The_Salah___The__4d8558d76318eNow the question is, what is the link between prayer and the journey to Allah?

 

ENSIKLOPEDIA_SOL_5049b0630cffd_200x200Besides being the reliever of sadness for Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) after the death of his beloved wife Siti Khadijah (may Allah be pleased with her) during the Isra’ Mi’raj (Ascension to the Heavens) as well as a reminder of our eventual return to our Khaliq or Creator 5 times a day, prayer serves two important purposes:

  1. A proof of obedience to Allah (glorious) as one only bows his will to Him – Allah has said in the Holy Qur’an: “I have not created the jinn and humankind for any other purpose except that they should worship me.”
  2. Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) said, “I heard the Messenger of Allah (Pbuh) saying, ‘Behold! Can anything of his dirt remain on the body of any one of you if there were a river at his door in which he washes himself five times daily?’ They said, ‘Nothing of his dirt will remain (on his body).’ He said, ‘That is like the Five Prayers by which Allah obliterates sins.’” (Reported by Muslim)
Bengkel ‘Dahsyatnya Solat Malam’ 21 April 2013, 3 ptg – 7 mlmVenue: Sultan Mosque, AuditoriumDetails»
Organiser: Jalaluddin Training & Services
Speaker: Ustaz Jalaluddin Hassan

Finally, for prayers to be valid, ablution or ghusl is compulsory, without which the prayer is null and void or invalid. This is because one must be in a state of purity while facing our Creator and one is expected to leave behind every thoughts of this world and turn the faces and hearts to Him only in prayer.

  1. Compulsory body parts during ablution – hands till the lower arms, face, forehead and the feet up to the ankles (saves these parts from being touched by the Hellfire)
  2. Compulsory prostration areas – forehead, nose, two palms, both knees and the bended toes of both the feet (serves as witness to the person during accounting at Resurrection)
Bengkel Asas Wudhuk dan Solat 5 May 2013, 9.00 pagiVenue: Darul Makmur MosqueDetails»
Organiser: AtTartil Consultancy Services
Speaker: Ustaz Zulkiflee Bachik

Allah, we seek refuge with you from being a Munafiq or Hypocrite or being a rebel to this Deen or murtad, Na’uzubillah.

Conversations with the Soul (Imam al-Ghazali) with Khalil Moore from USA 21 April 2013, 10.30 am – 1.30 pm

Venue: Muhajirin MosqueDetails»
Organiser: Project Spirituality
Speaker: Ustaz Khalil Moore

 

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