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Jhangeer Hanif

PAKISTAN
Posted - Tuesday, August 05, 2003  -  12:49 AM Reply with quote
We however must try to offer the prayer while pondering over the meaning of what we say. For this end, we must learn the meaning of the Arbic words we utter.
Tariq Hashmi

PAKISTAN
Posted - Thursday, August 07, 2003  -  8:57 AM Reply with quote
Salams!
What else would you suggest to help us rid of monotonously offering of the prayers? This necessarily hinders us benefit from the fruits it is likely to yield Tazkia being the prime one.
Jhangeer Hanif

PAKISTAN
Posted - Thursday, August 07, 2003  -  9:48 AM Reply with quote
Everything that contributes to develop your relationship with Allah definitely helps you offer the prayer properly--with presence of mind. For instance, studying the Holy Qur'an, fasting, spending in the way of Allah, spending additional time in mosque and meditating, visiting graveyards to remember death, reading biography of the Prophet (sws)and of his Companions (rta) et cetera.
Actually, no fixed and time-calculated strategy can be forwarded in this regard. Every person should analyze his situation and circumstances and should try his level best to develop a good relationship with Allah, which in turn, will help him say a meaningful prayer.
Tariq Hashmi

PAKISTAN
Posted - Friday, August 08, 2003  -  3:44 AM Reply with quote
That helped greatly.
But I wanted to know how can we make our prayers meaningful as you had written in your previous assertion that we should ponder over the meaning of what we utter. Can we say supplications different from the ones commonly said in different parts of the prayer or even make supplications in our own language? (especially in the last part of the prayer Qa`dah)
Jhangeer Hanif

PAKISTAN
Posted - Friday, August 08, 2003  -  4:19 AM Reply with quote
Yes, you may say different supplications in the Qa'dah than those which are commonly said. In fact, there are different supplications ascribed to the Prophet (sws)to be uttered in the Qa'dah. This shows that the Prophet (sws)did not want to fix a particular supplication for this part of the prayer as he had instituted Surah Fatihah to be recited in Qiyyam.
aslam

PAKISTAN
Posted - Friday, August 08, 2003  -  6:18 AM Reply with quote
Assalam-u-Alaikum,
I usually recite supplications in sajda(prostration)when I pray nafl(optional prayer).
When I prostrate in sajda,I feel I,m laying my everything at the feet of my Lord.Sajda is a mini Islam(surrendering)becuse in Sjda one puts every part of body on the the ground before his Lord,indicating his/her resignation to the Creator.Long and absorbing sajdas at night help me alot in bringing me closer to my Lord, purging me of the filth I accumalate in the day.
Sometimes owerwhelmed by the surging feelings of gratidute or helplessness I want to prostrate myself before my Lord then and there!But some ulemas say that one must perform sajda(prostration) while in state of wudu(ablution).
They deem it grave sin to prostrate if one is not in state of wudu.Are they right?



Edited by - aslam on August 08 2003 06:28:00
ayesha

PAKISTAN
Posted - Friday, August 08, 2003  -  6:44 AM Reply with quote
A grave sin???? It is difficult to digest. Maybe it is preferable to prostrate with ablution (is it)?

Aren’t grave sins amply listed in the Quran? Must our ‘ulemas’ always contribute to its lengthening?

You are so right about the feeling of closeness with God that a prolonged prostration brings. What do these ulemas base their opinion upon?
safia

PAKISTAN
Posted - Friday, August 08, 2003  -  8:29 PM Reply with quote
In my opinion Sajdah brings one closer to Allah than anything else.What I fail to understand is why one must perform ablution for that?? I think sajdah can be done whenever a person wants as it is something very personal between Allah & the worshipper. Am I right???
One more thing concerning ablution. When more is ablution a must apart from when offering Prayers(Namaz) & reciting the Quran???
Jhangeer Hanif

PAKISTAN
Posted - Saturday, August 09, 2003  -  5:02 AM Reply with quote
Of course, a person can prostrate as and when he feels like with/without ablution. He can also recite/touch the Holy Qur'an without Wudu (ablution). However, we must know that we cannot offer Sal'ah [prayer], be a supererogatory or obligatory, without ablution.

We are fully authorised to say supplications when in Rakoo' or Sajda. However, the Prophet (sws) has forbidden us to recite the Holy Qur'an in these two positions.
ayesha

PAKISTAN
Posted - Saturday, August 09, 2003  -  5:29 AM Reply with quote
Alright. So the prophet (sws) has fobidden us to recite the Holy Quran while in rukoo or sajda. Thanks for this information.

There are times when I recite supplications from the Holy Quran while prostrating as a part of supplication and not as recital. Is that forbidden as well? For example, reciting: 'hasbunallhi wa ni'mul wakeel..." is a beautiful supplication and a part of the Quran.

Your help would be highly appreciated.
safia

PAKISTAN
Posted - Sunday, August 10, 2003  -  4:52 PM Reply with quote
Like sister Ayesha I would also like to know whether supplications from the Quran can be said during Sajdah & Ruku??
Jhangeer Hanif

PAKISTAN
Posted - Monday, August 11, 2003  -  1:23 PM Reply with quote
Yes of course, supplications from the Holy Qur'an can be said when you are doing Ruku or Sajda.
It needs to be appreciated that you are saying just supplications and not reciting the Holy Qur'an. Saying supplications is perfectly compatible with the spirit of the Ruku or Sajda whereas reciting the Holy Qur'an is not.
For instance, reciting part of the Surah Baqarah regarding the anecdote of the Cow would be quite incompatible with the spirit of the Ruku and Sajda. However, saying Rabana Zalamnaa Anfusana... would be in line with the spirit of these two positions.
We must know that, in these positions, we actually place our emotions before the Lord; Saying supplications is therefore the most beautiful way to do that.
aslam

PAKISTAN
Posted - Thursday, August 14, 2003  -  8:49 AM Reply with quote
Assalam-u-Alaikum,
What are the pitfalls which can derail a seeker of Tazkia Nafs(purification of soul)?
Jhangeer Hanif

PAKISTAN
Posted - Thursday, August 21, 2003  -  5:36 PM Reply with quote
Undertaking anything which is against the Shari'ah or a person's sense of morality is what divests him of his inner purification.
Jhangeer Hanif

PAKISTAN
Posted - Saturday, October 18, 2003  -  4:18 PM Reply with quote
Inner Purification is so VULNERABLE, I must add. Utmost care, therefore, should be taken.

Actualy, the conceptual framework of your mind also works detrimental to the purity of heart. You need to keep your HEAD clean in order to keep your SOUL clean.
aslam

PAKISTAN
Posted - Sunday, October 19, 2003  -  12:02 PM Reply with quote
Salams,
[quote]
"Actualy, the conceptual framework of your mind also works detrimental to the purity of heart. You need to keep your HEAD clean in order to keep your SOUL clean."
Exactly this is my problem.I,m haunted by very bad and filyhy thoughts,mostly erotic.Iwas addicted to porn fiction and they have defiled my mind.Now I have given up reading this filth but it,s very hard for me to purge my mind of the dirty thoughts.These thoughts have stymied my journey to my lord,making my tazkiya nafs almost impossible.

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