admin on March 31st, 2010

With each and every movement we make in our Salah, we should think about the significance behind it and try to make sure that we are present in mind body and soul, while doing this. I’m going to be sharing a few reflections made by me and others on Salah, as well as ways to enhance our salah through ad’iya (supplications) and adhkaar (words of rememberance) that can be said during the process.

Bismillah,

Qiyaam

Last summer, I went to court for my “Civic Duty” (i.e. I was called in for jury duty). Everything seemed pretty lax and chill until I heard a voice, booming over the intercom, “All rise”. Everyone around me, in unison, shot out of their seats and stood–so naturally, I followed their lead. I looked around to see what was going on, and noticed an elderly looking man walking in through the back door, wearing quite a fancy looking robe. He took his sweet time, walking towards his chair in the front of the room, and all the while–not a single person sat down. Not a single person spoke a word. It was then that I realized that this standing position was a sign of extreme humbleness. Because this man didn’t deserve our tired feet, I couldn’t help but drift off into thought about the One who IS deserving of this standing. This is the first sign of humbleness that we exhibit in our attempt to worship the almighty.

At least seventeen times a day we come before our lord in a position known as “القيام “. This literally means “Standing”. This is the position by which we begin our salah, standing in an upright position while we say the Takbeer (Allahu Akbar) and proceed to recite verses from the Holy Quraan.

In this time that we stand before our Lord, our back bones should be upright and straight, and we should be bowing our heads in humility, looking at the place of our sujud (prostration).

Although some times people translate “Allahu Akbar” as “Allah is Great” this is actually not the case. “Allahu Akbar” Literally means “Allah is GreatER.” What’s the difference?  When we raise or hands and say “Allahu Akbar” we are putting the world behind us. We are testifying that Allah is greater than any thing in this entire dunya. Allah is GreatER than the TV show we were watching–then that drama going on at school–than the fun that we were having. We are dropping it all and worshiping our lord.

After our testifying that Allah is more important than anything else, we proceed to make ad’iyah. These are not fard (obligatory) but they are beneficial to say. Making these ad’iyah gets our minds focused, and gets us in tune with what we are about to do (especially if we memorize the meaning!)

The first dua is know as the dua of “tawajuh”:

وجحت وجهي للذي فطر السموات والارض حنيفا مسلما وما أنا من المشركين إن صلاتي ونسكي ومحياي ومماتي لله رب العالمين لا شريك له وبذالك أمرت وأنا من المسلمين

“I turn my face to Him who created the heavens and earth, a pure monotheist, in submission, and am not of those who associate others with Him. My prayer, worship, life, and death are for Allah, Lord of all the Worlds, who has no partner. Thus I have been commanded, and I am of those who submit.”

After saying the dua of “tawajuh” we can then say the dua of “istiftaah”:

سبحانك اللهما وبحمدك وتبارك اسمك وجدك ولا إله غيرك

‘How perfect You are O Allaah, and I praise You. Blessed be Your name, and lofty is Your position and none has the right to be worshiped except You.’

When making these ad’iya, take the time to think about what you are saying–say them with your heart, not just your tongue.

Say what you mean, and mean what you say.

و الحمد لله رب العالمين