Servanthood: first and foremost

Prophet Suleiman (as) He was a blessed gift given to David, peace be upon him. That is, he was a prophet son given to a prophet father. 1 He was the prophet who asked Allah (swt), “My Lord, forgive me and grant me a kingdom,” 2 and who was given such a sovereignty that has not been given to any other prophet. He was the one to whom the wind was subjected so that he could travel wherever he wanted. He was the one who was obeyed by jinns and…

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Dua’ in the Qur’an and its importance

Man’s basic duty is iman (belief) and dua’ (supplication). In this piece, we will quote the verses that show how important dua’ (supplication) is in the sight of Allah Subhanahu Wa Taʽala. We will also include the verses where our Lord teaches us the right way to pray. The importance of dua’ قُلْ مَا يَعْبَأُ بِكُمْ رَبِّي لَوْلَا دُعَاؤُكُمْ “Say, “What would my Lord care for you if not for your supplication?””1 Every dua’ is responded وَقَالَ رَبُّكُمُ ادْعُونِي أَسْتَجِبْ لَكُمْ ۚ إِنَّ الَّذِينَ يَسْتَكْبِرُونَ عَنْ عِبَادَتِي سَيَدْخُلُونَ جَهَنَّمَ دَاخِرِينَ…

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Getting Motivated to Perform Salah 

The five daily prayers, our first and most important duty, are the key to the happiness in this life, preventing us from starving spiritually, and in the Hereafter, bringing us eternal Paradise. risaleonline.com There are three separate booklets in Risale-i Nur written in order to make people eager for salah (i.e. five daily prayers) under the title of the 4th, the 9th and the 21st Words.  Some explanations that motivate us to salah in the 21st Word, which is the most detailed one of those risales, can be compiled as…

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Prayer Atmosphere

Duaʿ is a priceless blessing that makes us closer to Allah Subhanahu wa Taʿala in every moment of life. Every perfection of the creation which is praiseworthy belongs to Him. Therefore, the praises are to Him. The praises from azal (pre-eternity) to abad (post-eternity); from whoever to whomever; in the past or in the future are all to Him. Because blessing, favour, perfection, beauty and means of thanks all of which deserve praise or admiration belong to Him. Oh Allah! Bless our beloved Prophet Muhammad Sallallāhu Alayhi Wasallam, his family…

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What Do the Movements in the Prayer Mean?

What do the movements of salah such as qiyam, ruku’ and sujud represent? Answer: Niyyah (intention of prayer): Niyyah is the decision of the heart,the  declaration of the reasons behind each action. It means to intend saying ‘yes’ to Allah (SWT) by obeying His commands. Iftitah Takbir (the Opening Takbir): By saying Allahu Akbar (‘Allah is Greater’), we toss the entire world behind us with our hands and seek refuge in the mercy of Allah (SWT). It is to affirm that Allah (SWT) is the greatest by saying takbir (Allahu…

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What prevents a Muslim from Prayer?

Salah, the prescribed prayers, are very valuable for a Muslim. It is the pillar of the religion. It is the first thing that Allah will hold us to account for in the day of judgement. If a Muslim can successfully give account for Salah, he will easily pass all the other judgements inshaallah; because Salah keeps a Muslim away from wrongdoings and sins in his life. Our souls, however, does not want to perform this great worship which almost guarantees our eternal happiness. There are numerous and unreasonable reasons for…

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A Garden of Truths

Ashab Al Kahf Ashab Al Kahf (the People of the Cave) is the seven young men who were forced to wor­ship a deity other than Allah and took refuge in a cave. As a miracle these seven young men were made slept for 309 years in the company of their dog named Qitmir. This incident is a great lesson for the resur­rection after death. On the other hand, it has got some other lessons for today’s people. More than a century the status quo and the fitna spread from the…

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Wisdom in the Specified Times of the Five Daily Prayers

Performing Salat five times a day has been designated by the Quran and Sunnah. Salah is one of the five pillars of Islam. As the fact that Salah is fardh is a command of Qur’an and Sunnah, it’s being five times a day has also been designated by the Qur’an and Sunnah. “Verily, the prayer is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours.”1 There are many verses referring to the times of Salah in the Qur’an. “So glorify Allah [above all that (evil) they associate with Him (O believers)], when…

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Mystery and Necessity of Salat

WE PERFORM SALAT, SALAT MAKES US HUMAN The reason for the creation of the universe, namely humans is worship, which is stated in the versicle of the Quran as “I have only created Jinns and men, that they may serve Me.” (az-Zariyat, 56). In order to conform to the commands and prohibitions of Glorified Allah it is essential to place the grandness of Allah, who has created everything with craft in minds. And this would be possible only with ordinance of faith. The development and improvement of ordinance of faith…

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KHUSHU AND KHUDHU IN SALAH

Khushu (Humility) means veneration and involves submission and bowing down through expressing one’s reverence. According to one’s view, it has an identical meaning with that of khudhu (veneration). According to another view, khudhu (veneration) refers to showing humbleness with your body, namely with your limbs, while khushu particularly means showing one’s humility and submission through voice and eyes. Khudhu is also used to express tranquillity and abasement. It is stated in Sura al-Taha, verse 108: “All sounds shall humble themselves in the Presence of (Allah) Most Gracious.” (Kamus al-Muhit Translation,…

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