The Book Of Prayer

The Book Of Prayer

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Nathif Jama Adam
Language: English | Format: PDF | Pages: 71 | Size: 2 MB

The Book Of Prayer: Salaat (Prayer) is one of the main obligations which Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) has ordained on His servants. It is the first act of worship decreed on the Muslim Nation (Ummah) by Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) and was ordained on the night of the Prophet’s (peace be upon him) ascension to the seven heavens. It is the second of the five pillars of Islam after the proclamation of the “Shahada” (the words of witness).

Prayer in Islam, is worship of Allah (SWT) the Almighty, Praising and Thanking Him, acknowledging His Sovereignty and committing oneself to obey and remember Him at all times. It is the central part of a way of life, which is based on submission to the Owner of all.

The Muslim must seek to remember Allah (SWT) at all times. He must be mindful that everything he is, everything he does, everything he knows and understands, is due to the Mercy of Allah (SWT). In acknowledging this, he remembers the fact that death lies in wait and he does not know when he will depart from this worldly life.

Five times a day, he stands in prayer. Focusing all his thoughts on the Creator. He praises, thanks and acknowledges the Greatness of Allah (SWT) and seeks His forgiveness. His sins pass before his consciousness and render him humble before the Majesty of the One who owns all things, including the Day of Judgement. He stands, conscious that Allah (SWT) Sees Him at all times and that in prostration he is the closest to His Maker.

The Muslim realizes that the Angel of death could be behind him at any time, that Jannah (Paradise) lies on his right and the fire of hell is on his left. The truth of his actions and their consequences are unknown to him and as he prayers, his heart is moved by sincere intent to strive harder, work more, study more, forgive more and share more.

He comes out of the state of prayer, feeling renewed; more determined to use what remains of his time in the most beneficial way. An angry shout or unkind word, stops on the same lips that recite the Qu’ran and remembers Allah (SWT) . Hands reaching forth in greed and hate, retreat to find better solutions. Hasty careless words, dismal thoughts and attitudes disappear beneath the light that shrouds the mind of the one who prays because of their love and fear of Allah.

Preface:

Introduction
The Virtues Of Prayer
Wudhu (Ablution)
Conditions for the Performance of Wudhu
Essential Acts of Wudhu
Voluntary Acts of Wudhu
How the Wudhu is performed
Important Points on Wudhu
Wiping Over the Socks
How Wiping Over the Socks is Done
When the Wiping Privilege Ceases
Matters which Invalidate the Wudhu
Ghusl (Total Bath)
Occasions when Ghusl is Required as an obligatory Act
Occasions for which Ghusl is preferred
Essential Requirements of Ghusl
How Ghusl is Performed
Acts Forbidden to Persons who are required to Perform Ghusl
Haidh (Menstruation)
Post-Childbirth Bleeding (Nifas)
Acts Forbidden to Women Experiencing Menstruation and Post-Childbirth Bleeding
At-Tayammum (Ablution Using The Earth)
Instances when At-Tayammum is Permitted
The Earth (Soil) to be used for At-Tayammaum
How to Perform At-Tayammum
Matters which Nullify At-Tayammum
The Timings Of The Obligatory Prayers Adhaan (Call To Prayer)
The Virtues of Adhaan
How the Adhaan is performed
What Someone Supplicates Upon Hearing the Adhaan
The Supplication after the Adhaan
IQAMAH Second Call to Prayer
Performance Of The Salaat
Conditions for the Prayer (Shuruud-Salaat)
Categories of the Acts of the Salaat
Pillars of the Salaat (Arkanu-S alaat)
Necessary Duties (Wajibatu-Salaat)
Preferred Acts of the Salaat (Sunna- nu-Salaat)
How The Salaat Is Performed
Performance of Fajr the Prayer
Performance of the Dhuhr Prayer
Performance of the Asr Prayer
Performance of the Maghrib Prayer
Performance of the Isha Prayer
Forgetfulness Prostrations (Sujuud Sahw)
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Various Instances Where “Sujuud Sahw” Becomes Apparent
Private Supplications Recited Upon completing Prayers
Things Which Invalidate The Prayer (Mubdilatu-Salaat)
Things Which Are Not Preferred In The Prayer
Other Important Notes Regarding Prayer Congregational Prayer
Purpose of the Congregational Prayer
The Prayer Of A Travelling Person (Musafir)
Characteristics of combining the prayers
Performance Of The Prayer By One Who Is Sick Voluntary Prayers
Times When Performance of Voluntary Prayers is Prohibited
Juma’h Prayer (Friday Con- Gregational Prayer)
The Performance of the Juma’h Prayer
The Prayers Of The Two Feasts
Idul-Fitr Prayer
Idul-Adha Prayer
Salatul-Istisqua (Rain Seeking Prayer)
Eclipse Prayer (Salatul-Kusoof)
The Witr (Odd Number) Prayer
Tarawih Prayer
Salatul-Isstikhara (Prayer To Seek Allah’s Guidance) Salatul-Janaza (Funeral Prayer)
How the Funeral Prayer is Performed
A Summary Of The Different Types Of Prayers

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