PRAYER  (SALAH)

Some people consider salah a very irksome task and try to avoid it as much as possible, and some do it as a name-sake manner.  Some do it without knowing as to how Rasool (s.a.w) performed it; whereas, Rasool (s.a.w) distinctly said “pray as though seest me pray.”  You should be aware that this prayer was not an invention by Rasool (s.a.w) or any of the Prophets before him.  This prayer was ordained by Allah and Gibreel (a.s) conducted ten waqat’s prayer and for these prayers, there were two imams – Gibreel (a.s) was the imam for Rasool (s.a.w) and Rasool (s.a.w) was the imam for the Sahabaas.  Rasool (s.a.w) prayed exactly as Gibreel (a.s) prayed, and the Sahabaas were requested to follow Rasool (s.a.w) completely in all their actions in prayer.

 

Muhammed(s.a.w) said: "Pray as you have seen me praying and when it is the time for the prayer one of you should pronounce the Adhan and the oldest of you should lead the prayer."
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith
Hadith 1.604 Narrated by
Malik

 

Allah's Apostle fell from a horse and got injured so he led the prayer sitting and we also prayed sitting. When he completed the prayer he said, "The Imam is to be followed (implicitly); if he says Takbir then say Takbir, bow if he bows; raise your heads when he raises his head, when he says, 'Sami' a-l-lahu Liman hamida'  say, 'Rabbana laka-l-hamd', and prostrate when he prostrates."
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith
Hadith 1.700           Narrated by
Anas bin Malik

 

 

Rasool (s.a.w) also said that an imam is constituted to be followed implicitly.  So naturally, Rasool (s.a.w) followed Gibreel (a.s) exactly, and similarly the Sahabaas were asked to follow the Prophet implicitly.  Though the below hadees is commonly taken to determine the waqat or time of prayer,  it is also a clear example of how the prayers were established and so also the time (waqat). There are only a few, who sincerely understand as to the importance of prayer, and try to emulate the Prophet as sincerely as possible, and they are the people who really get the real benefit of prayer.

 

The Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) said: Gabriel (peace_be_upon_him) led me in prayer at the House (i.e. the Ka’bah). He prayed the noon prayer with me when the sun had passed the meridian to the extent of the thong of a sandal; he prayed the afternoon prayer with me when the shadow of everything was as long as itself; he prayed the sunset prayer with me when one who is fasting breaks the fast; he prayed the night prayer with me when the twilight had ended; and he prayed the dawn prayer with me when food and drink become forbidden to one who is keeping the fast.

On the following day he prayed the noon prayer with me when his shadow was as long as himself; he prayed the afternoon prayer with me when his shadow was twice as long as himself; he prayed the sunset prayer at the time when one who is fasting breaks the fast; he prayed the night prayer with me when about the third of the night had passed; and he prayed the dawn prayer with me when there was a fair amount of light.

Then turning to me he said: Muhammad, this is the time observed by the prophets before you, and the time is anywhere between two times.
Dawud :: Book 2 : Hadith 393
Narrated Abdullah Ibn Abbas

 

When a great king invites one of his close friends to visit him, he honors and graces him and when his guest returns he  in accordance to his dignity, gifts the guest and sends him back with honour and dignity.  Similarly, Allah (s.w.t) invited Rasool (s.a.w) to visit Him during mi’raj and while returning, He honoured him with a great gift and that was salah (prayer).

 

When Rasool (s.a.w) met Allah behind the screens, in the seventh heaven, Allah (s.w.t) in His great magnificence, benevolence, and Mercy taught Rasool (s.a.w) as to what he should say in front of the greatest King of all Kings. He said “Oh!  Allah, I gift to you all my good deeds and my virtues.”  - We should understand that there was nothing better a person could ever offer Allah. These are the only things that a person ever possesses in this life (World), there is nothing else which one could ever possess in this world. All other things on the Universe belong to Allah and Allah alone,  and we cannot gift to Allah His own creations or His own belongings.  It is only the virtues and good deeds that we do that belong to us, and we should understand that these are actions coming out spontaneously from our own complete and total freedom;  And this alone, we can present to Allah(s.w.t).  This is what Allah (s.w.t) taught the Prophet.  On hearing this, Allah (s.w.t) replied; “May peace prevail on you and also My Rahmath and Barkath prevail on you.”   On hearing this from Allah, Rasool (s.a.w) immediately replied; “May the same peace, Rahmath, and Barkath prevail on all pious worshipers of Thee.” And all the angels surrounding Throne of Allah instantaneously and unanimously replied; “we stand witness to the fact that there is no God worthy to be worshipped than Allah, and Mohammed Sallalahu Alaihiwasallam is His Slave and Messenger.”  This is what each of us recite in our prayer every time we sit for Tashud and this is how we gift all our virtues and good deeds that we spontaneously and freely did out of our own free-will and freedom to Allah(s.w.t).  So being the case, we should never boast about our good deeds and virtues to people around us; for, you have already gifted it to God every time we are sitting in Tashud in prayer and this is the conversation that took place between Allah(s.w.t) and His beloved Prophet(s.a.w).

 

This is the prayer that Allah (s.w.t) has gifted to Rasool (s.a.w) and his entire Ummath, a great gift indeed!  Whereby, each of us could call on the Great Lord and Master as many times as we want and have all our wants answered by Him indiscriminately; the Great Lord in His infinite Mercy and Benevolence listens to each and every one INDIVIDUALLY and answers their prayers indiscriminately  – if only we know its value, we would never miss a single prayer or salah ever, but compete with each other in performing it, and talking to Allah directly and submitting all our wants and needs to Him as many times as we want to; and though He is such a Great Lord, unlike American president or Indian president, who though ordinary men who have reached great dignity and honor due to their elected post; who, however close the friend might be if they call them frequently, they get irritated and aggravated but unlike them, the Greatest Lord of All Kings, how many times repeatedly you call him also, just loves you for the same and is waiting to comply with your request.  Where is the American president and the Indian president compared to the Great Lord, who individually answers all the prayers of all people whether they be kings or peasants or beggar with no discrimination, with equal value to all, as long as they sincerely follow His commands.

 

We should also understand that from each and every command He has laid down, He gains nothing, not even an atom; but the ones’ to acquire and gain profit are the ones who are following His commands implicitly. He lets none down  who trusts in Him and every law of His is carefully formulated which are completely and totally error-free and faultless, which none could ever contradict.  All His laws are great assets in this world and the next for the person who sincerely carries out His commands. Now, tell me is the prayer a taxing job or a great asset which none before us were given. Should we not take great pains in studying them intensely   and carry them out implicitly and make them greatest of assets for ourselves, our family, and society in this world and the hereafter??

 

So, please do strive to know the exact way Rasool(s.a.w) conducted his prayers and follow them implicitly to get the complete virtues and benefits.  It is only Satan, who his cunning tries to deviate people from following the exact way of the Prophet(s.a.w), so PLEASE do not be led astray – saying, this is how Hanafi (rah) prayed, this is how Shafi(rah) prayed, etc., etc., etc. but learn as to how Muhammed(s.a.w) prayed and follow him completely and perfectly, if ever you want to receive salvation and have your duwas answered; and above all follow an Imam who does not receive a salary for conducting salah (prayer) and make sure the imam follows the ways of the Prophet(s.a.w) especially in (salah) prayer.  That is how Allah wants you to perform it – exactly as to how Allah(s.w.t) taught His beloved Prophet(s.a.w) and today this is a very easy task; for, just a few taps on the computer keyboard could show you crystal clear as to how Rasool(s.a.w) Prayed and you can determine with utmost ease the Sahih Hadeeses pertaining to any subject you want to know.

 

May Allah(s.w.t) help us to understand His Religion in a crystal clear manner, and implement it with utmost ease, comfort and sincerity and gain all the assets for this world and the hereafter and above all propagate Allah(s.w.t)’s Religion in a Most dignified and Halaal manner to the entire world (aameen, aameen, aameen valhumdu Lillahi Rabbil Aalameen).

 

Wishing you ALL THE VERY BEST
A.H.Nazeer Ahmed.