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It is also desirable for the worshipper to make his heart present during all the matters which are related to the prayer. When he hears the call of the mu’adhdhin he should liken it to the call on the Day of Judgement and set out to answer it with vigour and determination. Let him consider (the reality of) what he is responding to and in what state his body comes to the prayer. When he has covered himself (for the prayer) he should realise that the purpose behind it is to conceal the shamefulness of his body from the creation. Let him also realise his deficiencies and defects and the scandals and disgraces of his inner self which none can know except the Creator and which none can cover or hide. Only remorse, modesty and fear can expiate for them. When he faces the qiblah he has turned his face from all other directions to the direction of the House of Allaah and yet turning his heart to Allaah is more befitting than that. Just as he cannot face the qiblah without turning away from all else besides it, likewise the heart cannot turn to Allaah without turning away from all that is besides Him. When you make the takbeer (i.e., say, ‘Allaahu Akbar), O worshipper, do not let your heart treat your tongue as having lied, because if there is something greater than Allaah in your heart then you have lied. Beware also that your whim and desire is greater (than Allaah) which would be proven by your preference to go along with it (rather) than to give obedience to Allaah, the Exalted. When you seek refuge, know that seeking refuge means recourse to Allaah, the Sublime. When you do not seek refuge with your heart (as well), then your words are futile and ineffective. Understand the meaning of what you recite. Make this understanding present with your heart when you say: “All praise belongs to Allaah the Rabb of all the Worlds.” Bring to mind His Benevolence when you say: “The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.” And His Might and Grandeur when you say: “Master of the Day of Judgement.” And likewise (understand the meaning) of everything that you recite. We have already reported about Zuraarah ibn Abee ’Awfaa (may Allaah have mercy on him) that when he recited in his prayer: And when the Trumpet is blown (a second time). he fell to the ground, dead. This did not occur except that he imagined and pictured that situation and it brought destruction upon him. Try to feel modesty in your bowing and humility in your prostration because in such a position you have placed the soul in its proper place.

In the prostration you have returned the limbs to their place of origin, upon the dust from which they were created.

Understand also the meaning of the remembrances with inclination and zeal. Know that performing the prayer with these internal conditions is a cause-of the purity of the heart from adulteration and pollution, of obtaining the light by which the Might and Greatness of the One Who is worshipped is realised and of discovering His secrets and none understands them except those grounded in knowledge (the scholars). As for the one who is standing performing the external actions without knowing their significance or meanings he will not realise or discover any of the above, rather he will reject its existence.

~Ibn Qudamah al Maqdisee: chapter 6 of Ibn Qayyim’s path to guidance

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ٱلَّذِينَ هُمۡ فِى صَلَاتِہِمۡ خَـٰشِعُونَ

“Those who offer their Salât (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness”
(surah mu’minoon: 2)

Abdullaah ibn Umar said in commentary to this verse:
‘When they stood for prayer, they faced forward in their prayer, they lowered their gaze to the place of prostration, and they knew that Allaah had turned to them and so they did not look left or right’

  • As- suyooti, al Durr al-Manthur vol.10 pg.557

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Characteristics of the Hypocrites prayer
by Ash-Shaykh Saalih al-Fouzaan Hafidhahullaah

The Shaykh may Allah preserve him says: ” There are six characteristics that Allah the Glorified and Most High and the Messenger sallahu ‘alayhi wasallam mention about the Hypocrites prayer:
  1. Firstly:  He/She doesn’t stand for the prayer except that they are lackadaisical.
  2. Secondly: They do not remember Allah in it except a little.
  3. Thirdly: They seek to be seen of the people and they are not afraid of Allah the Most High.
  4. Fourthly: They do not offer it at its proper time.
  5. Fifthly:  They do not establish it with the congregation.
  6. Sixthly: They do not have tranquility in it rather they peck like a bird (pray quickly without any serenity).

These are six characteristics about the Hypocrites prayer and Allah’s refuge is sought. I ask Allah to protect us and you from them all.

  • Taken from the book: Fadaailus Salah wa Hukm wa ‘Uqoobah Taarikihaa (Virtues of the prayer and the ruling and punishment for the one who leaves it off {Pg.18}) by the Great Scholar Ash-Shaykh Saalih al-Fouzaan hafidhahullah.

Translated by: Abu Fouzaan Qaasim

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The salaf and their Salah

Ali bin al-Fudayl said,

‘I saw ath-Thawri went into Sujud while praying, and I performed Tawaaf around the House seven times before he raised his head from Sujud.’

[As Siyar 7/277]

Abu Bakr Bint Aiyash said:

“If you saw Habib bin Abu Thabbit while in sujood, you would think that he has died because of his Long prostration.”

[siyaar 5/291]

Abdullaah bin Mubarak said:

I asked Sufyaan al-Thawri , “When a man stands to pray, what should he intend by his recitation and prayer?” He replied, “He should intend that he is personally entreating his Lord”

[Muhammad bin Nasr al Marwazi, Ta’dhim Qadr al Salah vol.1 p.199]

Abu Ad Darda’ RadhiAllaahu anhu said:

“It is from a person’s knowledge and understanding that he sees to his needs first in order to turn to his prayer with a heart free of distractions.

[Ibn Al Mubarak in al Zuhd wa al Al Raqa’iq vol.2 p726]

A fire once broke out in a house where ‘Alî b. Husayn – Allah have mercy on him – was prostrate in prayer. He didn’t raise his head until the fire went out. When asked about this he said: The other Fire kept my mind busy.

[Al-Dhahabî in Siyar A’lâm Al-Nubalâ’ under the biography of ‘Alî b. Husayn Zayn Al-‘Âbidîn.]

  • ‘Alî b. Husayn, known as Zayn Al-‘Âbidîn for his devout worship, was the great-grandson of the Prophet – Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him. He was the only surviving son of Husayn, son of ‘Ali b. Abî Tâlib – Allah be please with them.

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Abu Darda (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said:


Whoever prays two rak’ah for Duha will not be recorded as being among the heedless. Whoever prays four rak’ah for Duha will be written as being a servant of Allah, and whoever prays six will be have earned enough for that day. Whoever prays eight rak’ah for Duha, Allah will record him as being among those who are obedient to Him. And whoever prays twelve rak’ah for Duha, Allah will build him a house in Jannah. There isn’t a single day or night that passes except Allah bestows a blessing and charity on His slave. The greatest blessing Allah bestows on His slave is being occupied with the Most High’s remembrance.”

  • Collected by At-Tabarani in  As-Sagheer 1/182 Shaykh Al-Albani graded this hadeeth as being Hasan in Saheeh At-Targheeb 1/279

Translated by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Lamont Battle Sr.

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