Thursday, May 21, 2009

Khatmul Quran Duaa-Sheikh Sudais (2008) - With English Translation

Sheikh AbdurRahman as-Sudais made (recited) this most beautiful duaa on the 29th night of Ramadan 1429H/2008, may Allah accept his duaas, and all of ours, ameen.
May Allah accept our siyam, qiyam, dua, ruku and sujood, ameeen!

"Asalaamu ALaaikum wa Rahmatullah. Alhamdulilah...after many hours of hard work of translation (by good sister al-Kawthaar with help from brother BeMyBro) and editing, this video is done! :) May Allah reward all who helped in making this upload possible, ameen."

(Note : taken from youtube, video uploaded by "shaykha")

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

As-Solah - The Prayer (Part 15 - Final)

This is the last part of the series, it covers some general points about prayer.

As-Solah - The Prayer (Part 14)

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

As-Solah - The Prayer (Part 10)

Second Raka'ah

As-Solah - The Prayer (Part 9)

As-Solah - The Prayer (Part 8)

As-Solah - The Prayer (Part 7)

Performing two units of prayer

As-Solah - The Prayer (Part 6)

Importance of Prayer

As-Solah - The Prayer (Part 5)

5--General points about ablution

As-Solah - The Prayer (Part 4)


As-Solah - The Prayer (Part 3)

3 -- General Hygiene

As-Solah - The Prayer (Part 2)

The night journey of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the establishment of the 5 daily prayers....part 2

As-Solah - The Prayer (Part 1)

The night journey of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the establishment of the 5 daily prayers....part 1

Virtue and Significance of Solah

By Islam Online Researchers

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, alone. May peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Solah stands as the second pillar of Islam after testifying that there is no god but Allah and Muhammad is His final Messenger.

The Prophet SAW said, “Islam is built upon five pillars: testifying that there is no true god except Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah, performing Salah, paying the Zakah, making the pilgrimage to the Sacred House (Hajj), and fasting the month of Ramadhan.” [Al-Bukhari]

An illustration of the virtue and significance of Solah.

Solah is the pillar of Islam, the pinnacle of good deeds, and the peak of obedience. `Uthman ibn `Affan RA reported that the Prophet SAW said: "If the time for a prescribed Solah comes, and a Muslim performs Wudu' properly (and then offers his Solah) with humility and bowing (to Allah), it will be an expiation for his past sins, so long as he has not committed a major sin; and this is applicable to all times." [Muslim]

Humran said that he saw `Uthman performing Wudu'; he washed his hands thrice, rinsed his mouth and then washed his nose, by putting water in it and then blowing it out, and washed his face thrice, and then washed his right forearm up to the elbow thrice, and then the left forearm up to the elbow thrice, then wiped his head with water, washed his right foot thrice, and then his left foot thrice and said, "I saw Allah's Messenger performing ablution similar to the one I’ve just performed, and then he said, 'Whoever performs Wudu' (as I’ve just done) and then offers two Raka`at in which he does not think of worldly things, all his previous sins will be forgiven.'" [ Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Solah is consisting of pillars, duties, and Sunnan. The Spirit of Solah is intention, devotion, and contemplation of heart. Without the contemplation, invocation is of no avail since this will be futile utterance. By the same token, all other acts of solah will not bring forth its avowed fruits of the act of Qiyam (standing) that connotes the observation and Sujud (prostration) that implies humility and glorification, which will never be attained without attention (khusyuk).

Allah, Most Exalted Says, "It is not their meat or their blood that reaches Allah: it is your piety that reaches Him." (Al-Hajj: 37)

It is now clear that what counts most in the Sight of Allah, Most Exalted, is the state of the heart, by which one submits to the commands of Allah. In this way alertness and mindfulness are required in solah even if a lapse of negligence is pardoned by the Allah as long as consciousness dominates it.

The measure of an acceptable Solah.

1 - Consciousness: It means to show indifference to all worldly interests and have absolute consciousness of Allah SWT. The cause of such consciousness is decisive intention since the man who has decisive intention to do something, necessarily puts his heart to it. Consciousness, in fact, differs according to the strength of belief in the Hereafter and scorn of this world. Therefore, if you miss consciousness in Solah, you should know that the root-cause of this is weakness of faith, and so you should exert yourself to strengthen and bolster it.

2 - Reflection on the words; this is the second step after consciousness: Consciousness may be present without grasping the meaning, and so attention should be directed to grasping the meaning by refraining from thinking of other matters.

3 - Glorification and fear of Allah, Most Exalted, which emanate from two facts: realizing the Majesty and Magnificence of Allah, and looking down upon one's self, which would result in humility and consciousness. Hope is also an important factor in Solah. The one who offers Solah should hope for the reward of Allah, and fear the punishment due to his imperfection.

· The worshiper should contemplate on every act of Solah. When he hears the Adzan (Call to Solah), he should remember the call on the Day of Judgment, and prepare himself to the answer, thinking how to reply. When the worshiper covers his private parts, he should remember his concealed vices which no one knows except Allah, Most Exalted, and which require repentance.

· When the worshiper faces the Qiblah (Direction of Solah), he turns his face towards the House of Allah and turns his back to all other directions. No doubt, directing his heart towards Allah is worthwhile.

· When you say: "Allah is Greatest", your heart should not belie your tongue. If you believe that there is something greater than Allah, you will be a liar. Be cautious.

· When you say: "I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed Satan", you should take into account that you resort to Allah SWT. In this case, if your heart is not in tune with your tongue, what you say will be nonsense and irrational. Try to grasp the meaning of what you say.

· When you say: "Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds," you should ponder over the meaning of these words. Also, you reflect on Allah's mercy when you read: "Most Gracious, Most Merciful". Think about Allah's power when you read: "Master of the Day of Judgment". In this way, one should reflect on what he reads or say in Solah.

It is reported that Zararah Ibn Abi Awfa RA fell dead when he recited the Qur'anic verse, "Finally, when the trumpet is sounded." [Al-Muddathir: 8] which is, no doubt, was due to his imagination of this horrible scene.

· When bowing, try to show humility to your Lord. Likewise, you should be more humble when prostrating since you place yourself in its proper and original position, namely, the earth from which you have been created. In this case, try to reflect on what you say.

· Finally, you should know that performing solah in such a manner purifies and enlightens the heart, which, in turn, could behold the Glory of Allah. In fact, no one but the devout scholars can grasp these meanings.

In contrast, whoever performs solah without observing its requirements would in no way grasp its significance? Such a man, furthermore, may exceed the limit and deny its existence.

Allah Almighty knows best.

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