Instruction for Prayer by author Imam W. Deen Mohammed:
“If you become an independent thinker, you can make major contributions”
Submitted by Mulzim R. Fidai, PR
Past Commander, MACA National
Prayer is the essential tool for reclaiming your health. It is the healing process for which depresses you, and it works well when you know how it works.
“The meaning of the word pray: to speak to God especially in order to give thanks or to ask for something: to hope or wish very much for something to happen: to seriously ask (someone) to do something.” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
Hence the expression: "Pray tell," which means "please tell."
Allah says in our Holy Book, 2:186 the Heifer: “When My servants ask you concerning Me, tell them, I am indeed close (to them). I listen to the prayer of every supplicant when they call on Me. Let them also, with a will, to My Call and believe in Me: that they may walk in the right way.”
Prayer is a tradition so strong in our natural urges that it will never be abolished as long as there are human beings on earth. The institution of prayer has been completely and perfectly established by Prophet Mohammad (pbuh).
Prayer in Al-Islam is not a common way of making supplication. It is a specific form of daily worship, and it distinguishes the Muslim from the non-Muslim as taught by Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
Other prophets are recorded in the Bible as having prayed at midday. But Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), guided by Divine Inspiration, established prayer five times a day.
Allah said to the Prophet: “There are five prayers every day and night, O Muhammad; each (one) being credited as ten; so that makes them (equal to fifty prayers (per day).”
So [give] glory to Allah, when you reach evening time and when you rise in the morning. To Him is praise in the heavens and on earth; and in the late afternoon and when the day begins to decline.”
When telling how prayer was prescribed for his followers, Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) said, ‘I asked Allah and He said: These are five prayers and they are equal to fifty [in reward] and what has been said will not be changed.”
Prayer is the Soul of all religions and faiths, and it has always formed an essential part of
Al-Islam. It is the symbol of humble reverence before the Creator of the heavens, the earth and everything above and below or in between.
When there is no prayer there can’t be any purification of the soul. It is the remedy for the ills which beset the heart, and which corrupt the mind and soul. It is the light, which dispels the darkness of evil from your senseless misdeeds.
Throughout Biblical history all of Allah’s Prophets instructed the practice of offering prayers among their followers. In the Old Testament the Israelites are commanded: “Seek you the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.”
A similar commandment in the New Testament tells Christians: "Watch you therefore, and pray always, that you may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to past.”
In the Holy Qur’an Allah says: “And establish regular prayer, for prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds, and remembrance of Allah is the greatest [thing in life] without doubt. Allah knows the [deeds] that you do.”
In our prayers to Allah we ask to be guide to the right way of life, and to help overcome all forms of corruption, shameless behavior, unjust deeds, and evil thoughts in order that Allah may bless us to be in the state of peace that only Allah can provide in this life and in our final destiny.
In another passage of the Holy Qur’an Allah tells us: “And establish regular prayers at the two ends of the day; and at the approach of night, for those things that are good removes those things that are not. Be that the word of remembrance to those who remember [their Lord].”
In offering your prayers you accept a posture of physical and mental humility before the Creator, The Guardian Evolver, Cherisher and Sustainer of all worlds. We thank Allah for blessings that have been bestowed on use, and you ask Allah’s Forgiveness for your misdeeds.
This expression of humility is painfully difficult for those of weak faith, but a joy and inspiration for those strong in faith. In communicating with Allah we must be ever mindful of our human limitations, and we must be conscious of the fact that we are but minute parts of Allah’s Infinite Creation. In our prayers we address only Allah. After saying, “Allah is the Greator,” we begin “With the Name Allah.”
Prophet Muhammed said that prayer is: one of the five pillars upon which Al-Islam is raised. Allah is reported to have said: “The superstructure of Al-Islam is raised on five [Pillars], i.e., The Oneness of Allah, the establishment of Prayer, payment of zakat, the Fast of Ramadan, and Hajj [pilgrimage to Makkah].”
Just as a building loses its stability when one of its pillars falls, neglect of prayer will cause a person to lose his sense of morality and piety.
Prophet Muhammed (pbuh) felt so strongly about the institution of prayer in Al-Islam that in one of his last directives to his followers before his death, he emphasized the importance of safeguarding and promoting its observance. He said: “Pray, pray, and (take care of) the females in your charge.”
The Holy Qur’an says: “Establish regular prayers, and be not among those who join gods with Allah.”
That is, be not of the Polytheists for they are those who believe in many gods.
Prayer in Al-Islam is a beautiful exercise in meditation through which we are able to forge a direct link with Allah as a slave to his master. Thus it is not only an obligation, but also a gift and a privilege. When we neglect the worship of Allah we lose contact with Him, and our sense of direction becomes faulty.
You lose the spiritual guidance that comes from submission and obedience to Allah, and you become easy prey for the evil influences, which confronts you throughout your daily lives. The spiritual vacuum created within us when prayer is neglected is soon filed with materialistic greed, prejudice, envy, jealousy and other evils.
A person who is so affected loses his sense of humility before Allah and views himself as the ultimate authority in his own life. He loses his sense of compassion for others, and he regards the wonders of Allah’s Creation only as they contribute to the fulfillment of his own selfish desires and appetite.
Allah says in the Holy Qur’an: “And (ask) of the sinners, ‘What led you into Hellfire?’ They will say: ‘We were not of those who prayed; nor were we of those who fed the indigent; but we used to talk vanities with vain takers, and we used to deny the Day of Judgment.”
Those who neglect or abstain from prayer sow the seeds of their own destruction in this world and in the final destiny.
History teaches us of great societies, which lost their moral consciousness and humanity when they discontinued their observance of the worship of Allah.
As a result of their neglect they lost the process, which ultimately caused their moral, political and economic downfalls.
By the same token we are able to see that sincere belief in Allah and the establishment of prayer were the major factors in the rise to greatness of many ancient nations.
Allah says: "Of the posterity of Adam, and of those whom We carried [in the Ark] with Noah, and of the posterity of Abraham and Israel – of those whom We guided and chose, whenever the signs of [Allah] Most Gracious were rehearsed to them, they would fall down in prostrate adoration and in tears.
But after them there followed a posterity who missed prayer and followed after lust, soon then will they face destruction.”
Prayer can sometimes be painful, however there art times when the pleasure outweighs the pain. We also find in the Holy Qur’an: “And truly it (prayer) is hard save for the humble-minded.”
To Be Continued
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