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SURAH AL FATIHAH (THE OPENING)

By Fadia Bint Ismail 

In preparing for Ramadan i think it is best that we try to perfect our Salaah and therefore to understand the first Surah that we commence every Salaah with Surah Al Fatihah.

Bismillaah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem
Al hamdu lillaahi rabbil ‘alameen
Ar-Rahman ar-Raheem Maaliki yaumid Deen
Iyyaaka na’abudu wa iyyaaka nasta’een
Ihdinas siraatal mustaqeem
Siraatal ladheena an ‘amta’ alaihim
Ghairil maghduubi’ alaihim waladaaleen
Aameen

In the name of God, the infinitely Compassionate and Merciful.
Praise be to God, Lord of all the worlds.
The Compassionate, the Merciful. Ruler on the Day of Reckoning.
You alone do we worship, and You alone do we ask for help.
Guide us on the straight path,
the path of those who have received your grace;
not the path of those who have brought down wrath, nor of those who wander astray.
Amen.

Al Fatihah- The opening- because it opens the book and by it the recitation in prayer commences. It is recited 17 times a day in a Fard (compulsory prayer) This Surah is also called Umm Al Kitab (The mother of the book). Surah Al Fatihah contains 7 Ayat, 25 words and 113 letters.

 

In an authentic Hadith recorded by At-Tirmidhi, who graded it Sahih, Abu Hurayrah said that the Messenger of Allah said,

Al-Hamdu lillahi Rabbil-`Alamin is the Mother of the Qur’an, the Mother of the Book, and the seven repeated Ayat of the Glorious Qur’an”

 

It is also called Al-Hamd and As-Salah, because the Prophet said that his Lord said

The prayer (i.e., Al-Fatihah) is divided into two halves between Me and My servants.’ When the servant says, `All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of existence,’ Allah says, ‘My servant has praised Me”

 

Al-Fatihah was revealed in Makkah as Ibn `Abbas, Qatadah and Abu Al-`Aliyah stated. Allah said,

And indeed, We have bestowed upon you the seven Mathani) (seven repeatedly recited verses), (i.e. Surat Al-Fatihah) (15:87). Allah knows best”

 

The Glorious Names of Surah Fatihah 

  • Al-Fatihah (The Opening) – It is named Al-Fatihah, the Opening – because it opens the Book and by it the recitation in prayer commences.
  • Umm al-Quran (Mother of the Quran) – According to At-Tirmidhi on the authority of Abu Hurayrah that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “The chapter commencing with] “All praises and thanks are due to Allah the Lord of the Worlds” is the Mother of the Quran, the Mother of the Book, the Seven Oft Repeated Verses and the Great Quran.” Ibn Jarir at-Tabari said that it was named so because the meaning of the entire Quran is summarized therein. The Arabs named anything that concisely summarizes something or comprises its most important part, Umm, or Mother.
  • Umm al-Kitab (Mother of the Book) – Al-Bukhari said in the beginning of the Book of Tafsir in his Sahih: “It is named Umm al-Quran because it is the first chapter written in the Quranic texts and the recitation in prayer commences with it.”
  • Sab’ul-Mathani (The Seven Oft Repeated Verses) – It is also named Sab’ul-Mathani, the Seven Oft Repeated Verses, because they are frequently recited and indeed recited in every rakaah of the prayer. Allah says in the Quran:
  • Al-Hamd (Praises to Allah) – It is also named Al-Hamd, the Praise, because it contains mention of hamd just as Al-Baqarah is named so because it contains mention of the cow. Some scholars also gave the reasoning that Al-Hamd comprises heart of Al-Fatihah.
  • As-Salah (The Prayer) – It is named the Prayer because its recitation is a condition for the validity of the prayer.
  • Ash-Shifa – It is also named Ash-Shifa’, the Cure, due to what Ad-Darimi reports on the authority of Abu Sa’id that the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “The Opening of the Book is a cure to every poison.”
  • Ar-Ruqyah – It is also named Ar-Ruqya, the Spiritual Cure due to the hadith of Abu Sa’id reported by Bukhari that after he had recited it to cure a person who had been bitten by a scorpion, the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) asked him, “…And what made you to know that it was a ruqyah.”
  • Asas al-Quran (the Foundation of the Quran) – Ash-Sha’bi records on the authority of Ibn Abbas that he named it , and that he said, “The foundation of Al-Fatihah is, “Bismillah…” (with the Name of Allah, the All-Merciful, the Most Merciful.)

 

Narrated ‘Ubâdah bin As-Sâmit Allâh’s Messenger said,

“Whoever does not recite Sûrat Al-Fâtihah in his prayer, his prayer is invalid. (Sahih Al-Bukhâri, Vol.1, Hadîth No. 723).

 

 

Tips for waking up for Fajr


 

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Today a common problem for many people is the issue of getting up for Fajr and praying Isha. The many Ahadith state, “The most burdensome prayers for the hypocrites are Isha and Fajr

Hazrat Abdullah ibn Umar radiallahu anhuma used to say, “If we did not see a person at Fajr and Isha prayers, we would think badly of him.”

The most beloved thing at this point no longer remains our Mussala (prayer mat) but our warm, comfy beds. This prayer holds immense virtues just like the rest but is one of the most neglected prayers. For one, whoever prays Fajr is under the protection of Allah. However, here are a few tips that you could adhere to perhaps if you are struggling from waking up for Fajr.

  • To make a very strong intention is really necessary. It will be really hard to wake up for Fajr when your heart does not even fully want to. It is a necessity that one clenches his fists and makes it clear to his nafs (desires) and shaytaan that he will wake up for Fajr no matter what.
  • To make Dua’a in abundance the night before. One should really try his best to make Dua’a from his heart and beg Allah Ta’ala to make the struggle of waking up for Fajr easy. This will give the heart contentment too that your intention is not half hearted but a sincere plea to Allah Ta’ala. The intention and Dua’a together are like the brick and cement of a house, the building will fail to establish itself with both of them.
  • Many people fail to realise that what they do the night before contributes to whether they wake up in the morning or not. It is very difficult for a person to wake up for Fajr if he spends the night watching TV, speaking to the opposite gender on the phone and indulging in other Haraam. This will intoxicate his mind with other things besides Allah Ta’ala. However, if Allah Ta’ala was the last thing we went to sleep thinking about then most assuredly Inshallah, He will be the first thing we think about in the morning. This too will help wake us up inshallah.
  • One should keep an alarm on his phone or clock. Many phones have the ability to have five alarms, one should set all these alarms as perhaps one of them may get you out of bed. It is also an idea to keep the phone away from your bed so that you do not press ‘snooze’ or ‘off’.
  • Get friends who are steadfast or who also have a desire to pray Fajr and ring one another in the morning. Leave your phone on loud so that it wakes you up.
  • Sleep early the night before, avoid getting into a scheme where you sleep extremely late and are not able to wake up for Fajr. Some from among us may have insomnia and in situations like this it is really important to keep someone close who can wake you up with care and love.
  • Once you get into the habit of reading Fajr, it doesn’t matter how late you sleep, your eyes will automatically wake up at the time of Fajr and soon you will find it firm in your life Inshallah. One should continually make Dua’a and seek the help of Allah Ta’ala.
  • After waking up, it is quite hard to sleep. One should make Zhikr, Istigfaar and send Durood Sharif in this time..
  • Ponder over the words Hazrat Umar radiallahu anhu proclaimed a short while before his death. “There is no Islam for the one who leaves his prayer.”

Much more can be said but I fear Shaytaan may cause your wonderful eyes to close before you finish this article. May Allah Ta’ala give me and you all the ability to protect each one of our prayers. May He make it easy for us and create a deep love for prayer in our hearts


 

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I saw this post and i thought i should share it. it is a simple way which we could all follow in order to help us attain Khushu in our nemaaz.

 

This is one of the best way you can follow to attain “Khushu’ “
A righteous man (Hatim Al Asam) was asked:”how can you attain khushu’ (concentration) in ‘Nemaaz’. “every time I stand to perform Nemaaz…

I imagine that : Kabah is in front of me, Al Sirat is under my feet , Jannah (Paradise) to my right and Jahannam (Hell) to my left, that the messenger of Allah (SAWS) is watching me praying, and that this is my final Nemaaz, and Angel of Death is behind me waiting me to finish my Nemaaz so that he take my soul, Then I would stand between hope and fear. Carefully pronounce “Allahu Akbar!” Then recite the Qur’an harmoniously, bow in humility and prostrate myself submissively. Then with a big hope in Allah’s Mercy, I start wondering :  did Allah accept my nemaaz or not ?
Always perform prayer as if it is your last one, because you would never know when Allah will call you home …

The Excellence of Performing Salaah (Prayers) in Congregation

The Excellence of Performing Salaah (Prayers) in Congregation

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “A man’s Salaah in congregation is twenty-five times more rewarding than his Salaah at home or in his shop, and that is because when he performs his Wudu’ properly and proceeds towards the mosque with the purpose of performing Salaah in congregation, he does not take a step without being raised a degree (in rank) for it and having a sin remitted for it, till he enters the mosque. When he is performing Salaah, the angels continue to invoke Blessings of Allah on him as long as he is in his place of worship in a state of Wudu’. They say: `O Allah! Have mercy on him! O Allah! Forgive him.’ He is deemed to be engaged in Salaah as long as he waits for it.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].


Have you ever felt that you have not done enough in Ramadan? well the night prayer is a very good way to start making your next Ramadan even more fullfiling.

If you did grow closer to Allah (SWT) but you want an even better spiritual experience one of the keys to achieving this is through the Night prayers.

The Night prayer is a sign of sincerity and piety, patience and devotion. The Night prayer is a time of seclusion from everyone and everything around us so we can deeply reflect and Immerse our entire soul in worshipping Allah (SWT)

“Only those believe in Our ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) who, when they are reminded by them, fall down in prostration and exalt [Allah] with praise of their Lord, and they are not arrogant. Their sides forsake [their] beds; they supplicate their Lord in fear and aspiration, and from what We have provided them, they spend. And no soul knows what has been hidden for them of comfort for eyes as reward for what they used to do.” [32:15-17]

A productive Muslim will ensure that they at least make the effort and intention to wake up for the Night prayer, if only we knew the great rewards that come from sacraficing time from our comfortable beds.

The Prophet (SAW) encouraged us to pray the  Night prayer as he said: the best prayer after the obligatory one is the prayer at night. (Muslim)

The Night prayer is an opportunity to draw closer to Allah (SWT)

Another outstanding reason why the night prayer is a distinct mark of a strong believer is because of its lofty reward, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said “In Paradise there are apartments the outside of which can be seen from the inside and the inside of which can be seen from the outside.” A Bedouin stood up and said: “Those apartments are for whom O Messenger of Allah?” He (peace be upon him) said: “They are for those who speak good words, feed others, fast regularly and pray to Allah at night when people are sleeping.” (At-Tirmidhi) –

The Prophet (peace be upon him) also said that Jibreel said: “Remember that the believer’s honour is his praying at night, and his pride is his being independent of people.” (Al-Jaami’) –


Ibn-Al Qayyim Al Jawziyyah (Rahimualaah) Said:

Level 5- The one who is negligent and wrongs his soul. He is the one who falls short of doing ablution properly, not performing prayer on time and within specified limits

Level 4- The one who gaurds his prayer upon their proper times and within the limits performs essential pillars and performs ablution with care (however his striving in achieving this is wasted-due to whispering in his prayer so he is taken away by thoughts and ideas)

Level 3- The one who gaurds his prayer within the specified times, essential pillars and performs ablution and strives to repel the whispering thoughts and ideas, he is busy struggling against his enemy shaytaan.

Level 2- The one who stands for prayer, completes and perfects its due rights and essential pillars, performs it within the specified time and his heart is engrossed in safe gaurding its rights and specified limits so that nothing is wasted from it, his concern is directed towards the establishment, its completion and its perfection as it should be, his heart is immersed in prayer and in enslavement to his lord exalted.

Level 1- Everything perfected.

Level 5- will be punished

Level 4- will be held account

Level 3- will have his sins and shortcomings expiated

Level 2- will be rewarded

Level 1- the best

Now think about which level you are on?

The minimum level you should be on is level 3

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