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Worrying about Death…..Concerned About Life

Assalamu Alykum..

Bismillah…

Those who know the supplication prayed in Salatul Janazah , the prayer funeral, must have noticed these words that the supplication begins with..Allahummagfirli hayyina wa mayyitinaa…..Did you note the first phrase of the supplication? It begins with a prayer for those who are alive !!!!!O Allah forgive those of us who are living and our dead..The title of the  salat ( prayer ) is ? Salatul Janzah, the prayer for the dead. But it begins with ? O Allah forgive those  of us who are living.

 

 The same salatul Janzah begins with Surah al Fatiha and in the entire surah Fatiha the supplication is for the person who is alive.There is no mentioning  about the dead !!! It is about guidance.. Ever wondered why when praying for dead we are praying for our selves first?

 Every man is reponsible for himself.. Note this Qur’anic verse .. Ya ayyuhal ladhina amanoo, koo anfusakum…O You who believe ! Save yourselves ……Then comes the next command.. and your family….but first? .. Your self…Right?

 

When we die ,people will not even call us by our name.. rather they will say : when is the mayyat being taken ? They will not  ldentify you by your name.. but? Mayyat.. so Nisaar Nadiadwala when alive , he is called Nisaar bhai or Brother Nisaar but the moment he is dead , the dead Nisaar Nadiadwala is now Mayyat..

 When you leave the world  the people left behind will ask ” what has he left behind ? ” but when you go up,  you will be asked , “What have you brought along ?!!!!”

 

  Life is only one chance.. but most of our life is passed away chasing careers and  collecting wealth which we leave behind but dont forget that the   accounts of this wealth  is also carried along with us. That is why the Qur’an reminds us : Let every soul look for what he has sent for the morrow….Surah al Hashr ch 59 verse 18

 

So what have I and you sent ahead for morrow? Slanders ? Back biting ? Insults of people? Check your account before Allah calls you for the  account….If you are really worried about your death then be concerned about your life.. Live it properly.

 

Author : Nisaar Nadiadwala can be reached at nisaar_yusuf@yahoo.com

 

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Dialogue Between A Muslim and A Christian

 

A theoretical dialogue between a Muslim and a Christian (part 1 & 2)

Description: Discussion about Allah, His prophets, and His Holy books.

Category: Articles >  Comparative Religion >  Christianity

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Abdullah: Hello there! How are you man?

 

Derek: Hello! Well, how are you?

 

Abdullah: I’m fine and you?

 

Derek: I’m fine, thanks.

 

Abdullah: Where are you from?

 

Derek: I’m from L.A. (Los Angeles).

 

Abdullah: The land of Hollywood!

 

Derek: Well, that’s right. Have you ever been to L.A?

 

Abdullah: No, never. Why are you calling yourself ‘Black Magic’?

 

Derek: It’s just a nickname, man!

 

Abdullah: I see.

 

Derek: Where are you from? Are you an Arab?

 

Abdullah: Yes, I am from Saudi Arabia but I’m in Qatar now. What is your name?

 

Derek: My name is Derek. What’s your name?

 

Abdullah: My name is Abdullah.

 

Derek: What does Abdullah mean?

 

Abdullah: Abdullah means the servant of Allah and it is the function of each individual on the face of the earth to serve God according to what God wants from us. By the way, Allah is the proper name of God.

 

Derek: How do we know what God or Allah wants from us?

 

Abdullah: All of this is outlined in the Quran and the Sunnah (traditions and approved actions of Prophet Muhammad, may God praise him). These are the two major sources of guidance in Islam. Could you please tell me more about yourself? How old are you?

 

Derek: I am 19 years old, black and very much interested in knowing more about Islam. First of all, what should a person do or believe in, to become a Muslim?

 

Abdullah: Very easy brother, you just say that there is no one worthy of worship but God and Muhammad is His Messenger, and you become Muslim.

 

Derek: You mean Muhammad is his apostle? But as a Christian or non-Muslim, this sentence is not enough to make it clear to me.

 

Abdullah: O.K. God sent Muhammad, as His last Prophet and Messenger and revealed the Quran to him as the final revelation to mankind. God said that He perfected His religion and called it Islam (see Quran 5:3). Islam means peaceful submission to the Will of God.

 

Derek: I see.

 

Abdullah: Yes, and unfortunately, most Christians don’t know or they deny that the coming of Prophet Muhammad, is foretold in their scriptures (See Deuteronomy 18:18; 21:21; Psalms 118: 22-23; Isaiah 42:1-13; Habakuk 3:3-4; Matthew 21:42-43; John 14:12-17, 15:26,27; 16:5-16). Muslim theologians have stated that the person who is described by Jesus to come after him (in the above verses) is Muhammad.

 

Derek: O.K. Fine, but why was there a need for another Prophet after Jesus and another revelation after the Bible?

 

Abdullah: All of the Prophets came to teach their peoples the Oneness of God. In the case of Jesus he was only sent as Messenger to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (see Matt. 15:24). What happened was that all of these Prophets were not well received by the majority of the people. For instance, they started tampering with the teachings of Moses and Jesus, may God exalt their mention (see Quran 2:79). That is why God sent Muhammad, with the last Message, (i.e., the Quran), to bring all of mankind back to the belief in and worship of One God, without partners or intermediaries.

 

Derek: Is the Quran similar to the Bible? I mean, what is it composed of?

 

Abdullah: The Quran came as the last code emphasizing the same pure monotheistic teachings of Jesus defending all the previous pure teachings of monotheistic beliefs and clarifying who Jesus was and who his mother was, showing that they were no more than great people.

 

Derek: O.K then, how can we be sure that the Quran has remained the same since the time of Prophet Muhammad, ?

 

Abdullah: God Himself has guaranteed that He would guard the Quran and keep it free from corruption (see Quran 15:9). Hence, the real and pure words of God are found in the Quran which was revealed in Arabic, the language of the people of Muhammad. Since then, not an iota has changed. This is unlike what has happened in the other religions. For example, if you look at the Bible you find a lot of versions; the name Bible itself is indicative of those changes because Bible means a collection of books from different writers.

 

Derek: But didn’t God call it the Bible?

 

Abdullah: God calls the Scripture revealed to Jesus “Injeel” in the Quran, for which the closest name in the Bible would be the word Gospel. The Bible was written many years after the time of Jesus in a language that was alien to Jesus — it was Latin Vulgate, a language that he never spoke. Isn’t this strange? Interestingly, most of what was written in the New Testament was authored by Paul, who, according to James, the brother of Jesus in the Bible, had a polluted mind because he changed and contradicted most of the teachings of Jesus .

 

Derek: I think you know more about Christianity than the Pope does!

 

Abdullah: You are wrong by saying that I know more than the Pope. I have simply investigated the Bible with an inquiring mind, which is something that all Christians should do.

 

Derek: Is there any English version of the Holy Quran?

 

Abdullah: There are many translations of the meanings of the Quran. The Quran was revealed in Arabic, which means that the words of Allah are in Arabic. The translations are the words of human beings relating to the meanings of the Quran to the non-Arabic speaking masses.

 

Derek: How does the Quran define God to mankind or how does the Muslim perceive God?

 

Abdullah: God is the One and Only True God, and the Creator of all. He does not beget nor is He begotten. He is unlike His creation in every respect. He is the All-Knowing, The Powerful, The Merciful, The Irresistible, and The King of kings.

 

Derek: But it is somehow difficult for me to perceive God as being the same as His creatures.

 

Abdullah: You are absolutely right to have difficulty perceiving this, because human beings have a limited capacity. This is why God sent revelations to His Prophets and Messengers to tell us who He is. So if you want to know who God is, just read the Quran.

 

Derek: Christians believe that Jesus was sent for the salvation of all mankind. If this is not true, then the foundation of Christianity is faulty. Right? What do you think?

 

Abdullah: That’s correct. The Christians of today are following what Paul taught and also tend to follow what the priests tell them to do instead of following what Jesus said.

 

Derek: Kindly explain the concept of salvation through the crucifixion of Jesus.

 

Abdullah: In Christianity, the Doctrine of Original Sin is the reason that there is a need for salvation through Jesus’ crucifixion. However, this doctrine was invented by Paul and it is strongly negated in the Old Testament (see Ezekiel 18:20, Jeremiah 31:30, Deut. 24:16). This doctrine is an attempt to escape the responsibility of righteousness with the belief that punishment is given to someone else to release us from our burden of sins (see Ephesians 1:7, Romans 4:25, 10:9,Corinthians 15:21). In the Quran, every soul is responsible for its own deeds, good or bad (see Quran 74:38, 41:46, 3:25, 6:154).

 

Derek: What about the crucifixion itself?

 

Abdullah: The Bible says Jesus cried out in a loud voice beseeching God for help on the cross: “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46) Does that sound like Jesus to you?

 

Derek: No, then what about Jesus’ appearance to his disciples after the crucifixion?

 

Abdullah: Jesus didn’t die on the cross nor was he resurrected. If he were resurrected, then he would have come to his disciples in a spiritual body. As shown in Luke 24:36-43, he met them with his physical body after the event of his alleged crucifixion. In the Quran, it says that Jesus was not crucified, but it was someone else who was made to look like him (see Quran 4:156-158).

 

Derek: How did the story of the crucifixion of Jesus get into the Bible then?

 

Abdullah: Once again, Paul was responsible (see Timothy 2:8 and Romans 5:10).

 

Derek: Well, I very deep in my heart, believe that God can never look like His creation nor does He do what they do. What I believe is that God is the Perfect One who is very much different from everything we see or touch. In other words, I think the writer can never look like his book.

 

Abdullah: You are right. There is nothing comparable to God (see Quran 112:4). The Prophets came with a very clear message to worship God alone, without any partners or intercessors. However, Paul took pagan beliefs and practices from the Romans and mixed them with the teachings of Jesus . Consequently, Paul was mostly responsible for elevating Jesus to the status of Son of God (see Acts. 9:20) and god.

 

Derek: Yes. Now I remember. The first Commandments is: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is One Lord.”

 

Abdullah: You’re right. That’s in Mark 12:29. Moreover, the Quran confirms that God is One (which means): “Say He is Allah, the One and Only (God).” (Quran 112:1)

 

Derek: What you are saying makes perfect sense. This is just incredible! You mean that for almost 2000 years what the Christians have been following is wrong?

 

Abdullah: Yes, especially their misunderstanding of who Jesus was.

 

Derek: Oh my God! I’ve been deceived! Really, I feel religiously raped. I have been fooled simply because I followed blindly the religion that I was born with and didn’t take care to investigate it thoroughly. But still inside me there is something holding me back from accepting Islam, even though Islam is clearly the True Religion.

 

Abdullah: Your last comment shows that you are a Muslim not a Christian and if you really love God and His Messenger Jesus you will follow Islam and Prophet Muhammad, may God praise him. Break this barrier inside you and come back to the way of your ancestors. You are now free because you are looking for the Truth and our great Prophet Jesus, told us that we should look for the Truth and the Truth will set us free. So you will be a free man as soon as you accept it. Be strong enough to accept Islam as the Truth, without any hesitation on your part and you will taste real freedom and real happiness that you have never tasted before.

 

Derek: Frankly, I am concerned about the negative way Islam and Muslims are shown in the media. In the West, there is a stigma attached to being a Muslim and I’m not sure I’m ready to live with that stigma.

 

Abdullah: This is why I have chosen to tell people about the right

 

picture of Islam.

 

Derek: Then, what is the right picture of Islam?

 

Abdullah: The right picture of Islam is conveyed in the Quran which is exemplified by Prophet Muhammad. The reality is that it is not fair to judge a religion by the actions of its followers alone, because there are good and bad followers in every religion. The correct thing to do is to judge a religion by its documented revelation from God and the Prophet who brought that revelation.

 

Derek: I see. I agree with you, but I’m still concerned about the reaction of my family and friends if they know that I am a Muslim.

 

Abdullah: Brother, on Judgment Day, no one will be able to help you, not even your father, mother or any of your friends (see Quran 31:33). So if you believe that Islam is the true religion, you should embrace it and live your life to please the One Who created you. Be an illuminating torch for them. Do not delay your coming to Islam. If you die before becoming a Muslim, then it’s too late (see Quran 2:132, 3:102, 3:85). So grab this opportunity now. You can only remedy this pain inside you by becoming a Muslim and being able in the future, God willing, to come and perform pilgrimage (Hajj).

 

Derek: You are very wise man. I want to say that when I sometimes see on the satellite, especially in the season of Hajj, people of different colors and different races sitting side by side and praying to God, I feel a pain deep inside my heart and I feel something urging me to talk with someone to know more about that great religion that can gather all the races in the same place. Thanks to you, I have found that person. So please help me become a Muslim!

 

Abdullah: Brother, let us take it step by step. First, enter Islam by saying: I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except God (Allah), and I bear witness that Muhammad is his servant and Messenger. I bear witness that Jesus is His Prophet and Messenger. Let us say this again: I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except God (Allah), and I bear witness that Muhammad is his servant and Messenger. I bear witness that Jesus is His Prophet and Messenger.

 

Derek: I bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except God (Allah), and I bear witness that Muhammad is his servant and Messenger. I bear witness that Jesus is His Prophet and Messenger

 

Abdullah: By the way, Jesus’ name is not Jesus. It is a Latinized name. His real name is ‘Eesaa. Now you will say the same thing in Arabic, the language of the Quran. I will transliterate for you: Ash’hadu an laa ilaahaa illAllah, wa ash’hadu anna Muhammadun rasoolullaah, wa ash’hadu anna ‘Eesaa ‘abdullaahi wa rasooluhu.

 

Derek: Ash’hadu an laa ilaahaa illAllah, wa ash’hadu anna muhammadun rasoolullaah, wa ash’hadu anna ‘Eesaa ‘abdullaahi wa rasooluhu.

 

Abdullah: Brother, say God is the greatest because you are a Muslim now. You are not a Christian anymore. You are in the House of Islam. If I were with you, I would hug you as my brother in Islam. How do you feel now? A burden has been removed from you and you feel like you are so light. Isn’t this right?

 

Derek: If you were with me now, you would have seen my tears reaching my neck. You are a great brother. I feel that I have just come to life. This is exactly how I feel from now. I don’t have to listen to the words of the priests in the church, who knowingly or unknowingly lead people astray. I hope to be a good servant of God.

 

Abdullah: You know what came out of you was disbelief and it was replaced by belief. You are so clean now, because when someone embraces Islam sincerely, God forgives all of his past sins. So, go to an Islamic center that has Muslims from all over the world and announce your Islam there and continue to learn more about Islam from them. In addition, find a book on prayer in Islam and practice it. This is essential. Now after you are through with me, you must take a shower to purify yourself from previous wrong beliefs. Remember to stay away from bad company and be with righteous Muslim people. Also, beware of those so-called Muslims who call to nationalistic ideas or racial thoughts, which are rejected in Islam. I love you as a brother in Islam and I hope one day I will see you and hear your voice.

 

Derek: I will for sure do what you have asked. And tomorrow I will go to the Islamic center. Thank you for showing me the Truth. I will do my best to meet people who know about Islam for sure. May God help you guide more and more people to the true word of God. There is no god but God (Allah) and Muhammad is his Messenger. Well it is as difficult for me as it is for you to leave you.

 

Abdullah: Well brother, you will not leave me for a long time. I will soon be with you through my supplications, God willing. Pray for me, brother.

 

Derek: Well, I thank you, I love you although I do not know you yet. But it is enough for me to remember that one day, a very dear man has picked me up from the mud of life. Please teach me another Islamic word in Arabic so as to make use of it in the Islamic center.

 

Abdullah: As-Salaamu ‘Alaykum Warahmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh

 

and Astaghfirullaah.

 

Derek: What do they mean?

 

Abdullah: May the Peace, Mercy and Blessing of God be upon you. This is used as a greeting to all Muslims. The last word means, God forgive me. Well, I have to leave you now but be sure it will not be for long.

 

Derek: Assalaamu ‘Alaykum Warahmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh and Astaghfirullaah for being astray from the Truth all those years. May God bless you. You have occupied a great place in my heart and I will never forget you. Bye and talk to you later. Your brother in Islam, Derek, but I will call myself ‘Eesaa from now on.

 

Abdullah: O.K. ‘Eesaa. I will leave you some final words of inspiration. Certainly, the ultimate goal of every individual is to be in Paradise forever. This reward of Paradise is too great to not have a price. That price is true faith, which is proven obedience to God and following the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad. This is the road to Paradise. Let’s stay in touch! Assalamu Alaykum!

 

Derek: O.K. Assalaamu Alaykum Warahmatullaahi Wabarakaatuh

 

 

ALLAHU AKBAR !!

 

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Bigg Boss is Dajjal’s show

Dajjal's Eye

Dajjal's Eye

This is the Logo of Big Boss….Have a Close Look..

Our Prophet Muhammad-Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam Said:“ I have explained DAJJAL to you, but I fear that you might not have understood. DAJJAL will be short, and his legs will be crooked. The hair on his head will be extremely twisted…… If you have any doubt regarding DAJJAL, remember that your Sustainer (ALLAH), is not one eyed. (Because DAJJAL will eventually claim to be God himself. His followers shall accept him as such). He will be able to split a person into two and then bring him back life again. [Ahmed]

Many of our Muslim homes support this show by watching them and by recommending it to their friends..We are creating our own Destruction by own Hands..

Now the show makers have invited a Porn Actress..Can we not see what they are trying to do with our minds??

Why Should I Marry You?

Why Should I Marry You?

Once there was a very handsome, pious, well educated young man, whose parents emphasised for him to get married. They had seen so many marriage proposals, and he had turned them all down. The parents thought it was becoming a little ridiculous or suspected that he may have someone else in mind.

However every time the parents left the girls house, the young man would always say ‘she’s not the one!’ The young man only wanted a girl who was religious and practicing, however one evening his mother arranged for him, to meet a girl, who was religious, and practicing.

On that evening, the young man, and girl, were left to talk, and ask each other questions. (As one would expect). The young man, being a gentleman that he was allowed, the lady to ask first.

The young girl asked the young man so many questions, she asked about his life, his education, his friends, his family, his habits, his hobbies, his lifestyle, his enjoyment, his pastime, his experiences, his shoe size..The young man replied to all of her questions, without tiring, and politely, with a smile the young girl took up nearly all of the time, over an hour, and felt bad, and asked the young man do you have any questions?

The young man said, it’s ok. I only have 3 questions…The young girl thought, wow, only 3 questions okay, shoot. The young man’s first question was, Who do you love the most in the world, someone who’s love nothing would ever overcome? She said, this is an easy question; my mother, he smiled.
Second question, he asked, you said that you read a lot of qur’an, could you tell me which surahs you know the meaning of? Hearing this she went red and embarrassed and said, I do not know the meaning of any yet, but I am hoping to soon insha’allah I’ve just been a bit busy. The third question the young man asked, was I have been approached for my hand in marriage, by girls that are a lot more prettier than you, why should I marry you? Hearing this the young girl was outraged, she stormed off to her parents with fury, and said I do not want to marry this man he is insulting my beauty, and intelligence. And the young man and his parents, were once again, left without an agreement of marriage.

This time, the young mans parents were really angry, and said what did you do to anger that girl, the family were so nice, and pleasant, and they were religious like you wanted. What did you ask the girl?? Tell us! The young man said, firstly I asked her, who do you love the most? she said, her mother. The parents said so, what is wrong with that?? The young man said, ‘no one, is Muslim, until he loves Allah, and his messenger (saw) more than anyone else in the world’. If a woman loves Allah and the Prophet (pbuh) more than anyone, she will love me and respect me, and stay faithful to me, because of that love, and fear for Allah (swt). And we can share this love, because this love is greater than lust for beauty. The young man said, then I asked her, you read a lot of qur’an, can you tell me the meaning of any surah? And she said no, because I haven’t had time yet. so I thought of that hadith ‘ALL humans, are dead except for those who have knowledge’ She has lived 20 years and not found ANY time, to seek knowledge, why would I marry a woman, who does not know her rights, and responsibilities, and what will she teach my children, except how to be negligent, because the woman IS the madrasa (school) and the best of teachers. And a woman who has no time for Allah, will not have time for her husband. The third question I asked her was, that a lot of girls, more prettier than her, had approached me for marriage, why should I choose you?..That is why she stormed off, getting angry. The young man’s parents said that is a horrible thing to say, why would you do such a thing, we are going back there to apologise. The young man said I said this on purpose, to test whether she could control her anger. The Prophet (saw) said ‘do not get angry, do not get angry, do not get angry’ when asked how to become pious; because anger is from Satan. If a woman cannot control her anger with a stranger she has just met,do you think she will be able to control it with her husband??

So, the moral of this story is, a marriage is based on:
Knowledge, not looks, Practice, not preaching, Forgiveness, not anger, Spiritual love, not lust And compromise.

Do we really lost an Icon???

Assalamu Alykum all..

 

 

Everyone is mourning and grieving for the loss of Apple founder STEVE JOBS

Many Muslims are also joining the mass…

Indeed we have a visionary man..I have no doubt..

But..Remember that He was titled as a Visionary only for Technology aspect..

He may be the best in his field…We must not discuss the negative aspects of a dead person until it’s seriously required…

 

 

But…

We muslims should never forget that…Alhamdulillah…Thumma Alhamdulillah…We have our own Inspirational Icon…

He is the BEST MAN ever on the face of this Earth..

No Human can ever compete his Gracefulness…

How much are we concerned about Him???

He was best in many aspects..

Most above of all..His Hiqmah [Wisdom] was far more advanced than combining all our wisdom together..I am not exaggerating His status..But notifing His glory which Allah has mentioned..

 

 

If we can respect Steve Jobs for his worldly achievements…Which can pay no benefits to our Aakhirah [Hereafter Life]

 

 

Then indeed…We are answerable for disrespecting our Beloved Prophet Muhammad [Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam]..The Greatest man ever on this earth…Whose achievements are legendary..Whose words can lead us to Jannah [Paradise]

 

 

Just saying we Love Him does not fulfill your responsibilities…But following and molding our lives according to his words [Insha Allah] will definitely lead us to real success..

 

 

“Verily in the messenger of Allah ye have a good example for him who have belief on  Allah and the Last Day, and remembers Allah much.” [Surah Al-Ahzab; 33:21]

 

Our Icon..Inspiration…Leader..Teacher…is Indeed our Beloved Prophet Muhammad [Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam]..

 

 

Indeed, ” The Knowledge of a Hypocrite is in Speech, While The Knowledge of Believer is in His Actions ”

 

 

You judge your own life…Where you want to be??

 

 

Hell or Paradise????

Grave is calling…

Listen very carefully!

Oh Son of Adam: I remember u again 2day did u remember me?

Listen:::

I am full of Darkness so bring with u the light of Salat(Prayers).

I am a place of Fear so bring with u the peace of Tilawat e Quran(Teaching Quran to others),

I am full of snakes nd Scorpions so bring with u the Sunnah of our Beloved prophet (s.a.w) (Following Prophet’s way)

I am full of fire so bring with u the tears fallen from Allah’s fear

I am full of punishment so bring with u the Reward of charity/sadqaat.

(Don’t forget me as I am Eagerly waiting 4 your Arrival.)

They have creations, we have the CREATOR.

You have Technologies, we have Faith.
You have Trendy Clothes, we have Pious Souls.
You have Blind Hearts, we have Open Minds.
You have Mortal Assets, we have Eternal Resorts.
You have Blazing Flames, we have Gardens of Lakes.
You will be Doomed and we will Groom.

They have creations, we have the CREATOR.

How Blessed I’m To Be A Muslim !!

How Blessed I’m To Be A Muslim !!

~ I Say A Simple Salam To Some, I’m Rewarded.

~ I Smile At Someone, I’m Rewarded.

~ I Pray In Masjid With Jamaat, I’m Rewarded 27 Times More Than Those Who Pray Alone.

~ I Begin Anything With Bismillah, That Action Of Mine Is Rewarded.

~ I Think Of Doing a Good Deed, I’m Rewarded.

~ I Control My Temper, I’m Rewarded.

~ I Hold The Glass With Right Hand While Drinking, I’m Rewarded.

Types Of Salah (Prayers)

SALAH (PRAYERS)

Types of Salah (Prayers)

Salah may be classified into four categories of obligation:

1. FARD PRAYERS

Fard prayers are compulsory, non-performance of which renders one a non-Muslim according to the Hanbali Sunni School, for the other Sunni schools it renders one a sinner. The denial of its compulsory status however is agreed upon by all Sunni schools to render the denier outside the fold of Islam.

THE 5 DAILY PRAYERS

Fajr, Zohr, Asr, Maghrib and Isha

JUMAH (FRIDAY) PRAYERS

Attending the special Jumah (Friday prayers), for men at the mosque, and for women to pray at home.

JANAZAH PRAYERS

Attending Janazah (Funeral prayers).

2. WAJIB PRAYERS

Some believe that Wajib prayers are compulsory while there are those who believe that since the 5 prayers are obligatory, it automatically renders all other prayers optional.

WITR

Witr is performed after the salah of isha’a (dusk). Some Muslims consider witr wajib while others consider it optional. It may contain any odd number of raka’ah from one to eleven according to the different schools of jurisprudence. However, Witr is most commonly offered with three raka’ah.

EID

Eid Salah is performed on the morning of Eid ul-Fitr and Eid ul-Adha. It consists of two raka’at, with seven takbirs offered before the start of the first raka’ah and five before the second. After the Salah is completed, a sermon (khutbah) is offered. However, the khutbah is not an integral part of the Eid Salah. The Eid Salah must be offered between sunrise and true noon i.e. between the time periods for Fajr and Zohr.

3. SUNNAH PRAYERS

Sunnah salah are optional and were additional voluntary prayers performed by Prophet Muhammad.

BEFORE AND AFTER THE 5 DAILY PRAYERS

Prophet Muhammad used to pray more rakahs than the minimum prescribed numbers of rakahs for each of the 5 daily prayers, and these are called Sunnah. Prayer is still accepted even if the Sunnah isn’t performed, but the Prophet Muhammad used to pray them regularly so it is highly recommended.

ISTIKHAARAH

Salah al-Istikhaarah is a prayer performed when a Muslim needs guidance on a particular matter, such as whether they should marry a certain person. In order to perform this salah one should perform a normal two raka’at salah to completion. After completion one should say the du’a which is called Istikhaarah. The intention for the salah should be in ones heart to perform two raka’at of salah followed by Istikhaarah. The salah can be performed at any times where salah is not forbidden.

TAHAJJUD

Tahajjud prayer is performed at night time, and it is recommended that it be performed after first going to sleep for some part of the evening. Muslims believe that the reward is greater for those who do this prayer at a later time. (It is harder to wake up and pray early in the morning, making the person’s effort greater, resulting in a greater reward from God.)

TARAWIH

Tarawih can be done only during the fasting month of Ramadan. This prayer can be done alone, in a group, at home, or in a mosque or other public meeting area. The total number of raka’ah varies, but with a minimum of eight.

4. NAFL PRAYERS

Nafl salah are optional and regarded as extra prayers which bring more reward. They are usually performed along with the 5 daily prayers, but can be performed at other times as well.

ISHRAQ PRAYER

The time for the Ishraq prayer beings ten to fifteen minutes after sunrise and consists of two Raka’ahs. Praying ishraq is considered to yield greater rewards than performing the lesser Jihad according to some traditions.

DUHA PRAYER

Duha prayer begins after sunrise and ends at meridian, and is generally thought to include at least two raka’ahs, though in some traditions the number is four or even twelve. It is generally prayed when one-fourth of the day has passed. Performing this prayer is believed to be effective in seeking forgiveness for one’s sins.

TAHIYATUL MASJID

Also called “masjidus salam”, this is a highly recommended prayer consisting of two Raka’ahs and performed when first entering a mosque. It is considered to be a way of greeting the place of worship in order to draw nearer to Allah.

KHAWF

The word “Khawf” means fear. Khawf is a type of prayer that is prayed during time of fear. This prayer was performed by Prophet Muhammad in the Battle of Uhud. It is considered to be a substitute for normal prayers while on a battlefield.

JOURNEY PRAYER

When a person is about to travel, and also when they return from traveling, it is considered beneficial to pray two Raka’ahs in a mosque.

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