Tranquility & Peace – Imam Ibn al Qayyim

By Shaykh ul –Islaam Ibn Qayyim aj-Jawzeeyah as-Salafi -Rahimullaah-
From his book ‘Madarij as-Salikeen’
Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya

Shamsuddeen Muhammad bin Abee Bakr Ibn Qayyim aj-Jawzeeyah (d.751 A.H.) -Rahimullaah- said:

‘Indeed Allaah mentioned ‘as-Sakeenah’ (Tranquility) in His Book in six places:

1) The saying of Allaah Ta’ala:

« وَقَالَ لَهُمْ نَبِيُّهُمْ إِنَّ آيَةَ مُلْكِهِ أَنْ يَأْتِيَكُمُ التَّابُوتُ فِيهِ سَكِينَةٌ مِنْ رَبِّكُمْ »

« And their prophet said to them, Indeed, a sign of his kingship is that the chest will come to you in which is assurance from your Lord »[al-Baqarah: 248]

2) The saying of Allaah Ta’ala:

« ثُمَّ أَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ سَكِينَتَهُ عَلَى رَسُولِهِ وَعَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ »

« Then Allah sent down His tranquility upon His Messenger and upon the believers »[Tawbah: 26]

3) The saying of Allaah Ta’ala:

إِذْ يَقُولُ لِصَاحِبِهِ لَا تَحْزَنْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ مَعَنَا فَأَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ سَكِينَتَهُ عَلَيْهِ وَأَيَّدَهُ بِجُنُودٍ لَمْ تَرَوْهَا

« and he said to his companion, ‘Do not grieve; indeed Allah is with us.’ And Allah sent down his tranquility upon him and supported him with Angels you did not see »[Tawbah: 40]

4) The saying of Allaah Ta’ala:

« هُوَ الَّذِي أَنْزَلَ السَّكِينَةَ فِي قُلُوبِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ لِيَزْدَادُوا إِيمَانًا مَعَ إِيمَانِهِمْ وَلِلَّهِ جُنُودُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ عَلِيمًا حَكِيمًا »

« It is He who sent down tranquility into the hearts of the believers that they would increase in faith along with their [present] faith. And to Allah belong the soldiers of the heavens and the earth, and ever is Allah Knowing and Wise. »[al-Fath: 4]

5) The saying of Allaah Ta’ala:

« لَقَدْ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ إِذْ يُبَايِعُونَكَ تَحْتَ الشَّجَرَةِ فَعَلِمَ مَا فِي قُلُوبِهِمْ فَأَنْزَلَ السَّكِينَةَ عَلَيْهِمْ وَأَثَابَهُمْ فَتْحًا قَرِيبًا »

« Certainly was Allah pleased with the believers when they pledged allegiance to you, [O Muhammad], under the tree, and He knew what was in their hearts, so He sent down tranquility upon them and rewarded them with an imminent conquest »[al-Fath: 18]

6) The saying of Allaah Ta’ala:

« إِذْ جَعَلَ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا فِي قُلُوبِهِمُ الْحَمِيَّةَ حَمِيَّةَ الْجَاهِلِيَّةِ فَأَنْزَلَ اللَّهُ سَكِينَتَهُ عَلَى رَسُولِهِ وَعَلَى الْمُؤْمِنِينَ »

« When those who disbelieved had put into their hearts chauvinism – the chauvinism of the time of ignorance. But Allah sent down His tranquility upon His Messenger and upon the believers »[al-Fath: 26]

Shaykh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymeeyah (d.728 A.H.) -Rahimullaah- used to read the Ayaatofas-Sakeenah (Tranquility) if matters became intense for him.

And I heard him talk about a great incident which occurred when he was sick, the general intellect is too deficient to comprehend how evil souls emerged and waged war against him in his state of weakness.

Shaykh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymeeyah (d.728 A.H.) -Rahimullaah- said :

When this matter became intense, I said to my relatives and those around me: ‘Read the Ayaat of as-Sakeenah(Tranquility).

Then I would be free from this condition, and I would sit up as if a transformation had taken place and there was nothing wrong with me.’

Ibn Qayyim aj-Jawzeeyah (d.751 A.H.) -Rahimullaah- said:

I also tried this, and I read these Ayaat ofas-Sakeenah (Tranquility) when the heart becomes agitated due to what affects it and I witnessed the amazing effects of theseAyaat on the tranquility of the heart and its peacefulness.’

[From: ‘Samma’aat Ibn al-Qayyim min Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymeeyah’ p.352-353 Quoted from: ‘Madarij as-Salikeen’ 2/502]

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save your sister’s from such liars…

 

This article is based on true story about almost every girl.

Men and Women constitute the society and this is based on the sacred relationship of Nikah.. But unfortunately now a days some men have voilated the real beauty of Nikah..

In Islam man has given the power to choose the women he likes and marry her, it means that Islam has given him right..

Does Islam give permission to the man to play with the feeling of girl in the name of proposal for Nikah and after sometimes leaving her due to baseless and lame excuses.. Does Islam give this permission to man?

The man of today’s is soo hasty to proposed the girl for Nikah and when girl shows her consent for nikah with that man, She is said that you should wait and keep praying and trust Allah.. Is it enough?

And when she insist more and more to send his parents to her home, she is finally replied that Im sorry, My family is not willing that I should marry you, and in this way she is left alone.. In addition to saying that I am going from your side now, I lost you… My family is more important than you and I cannot disobey them…

My question is that, Do boys not know about their families before proposing that girl?

Do they not know about the choices of their beloved sisters and mother?

Does girl not have any family of her?

Is girl family not respectable for her?

Is she heirless?

Does she not have any feelings or self respect?

She is selected when he wants her to select, and also rejected when wants to reject later with so many lame excuses..

What is the fault of that girl who trust him blindly? And after that trust she is left alone..

What Islam says about women?

Islam says, To treat women with kindness..

More over, It is also said that you will be questioned about women on the day of judgement…

Is the man of today so powerful that only he has the right to select or reject her at anytime?

Has he forgotten the day of judgement?

Why does such man forget that “As he sow, so shall he reap”…

At the end it’s my humble request to all my brother please proceed the matter and contact your desired girl if your family is willing for this and have no issue… And I also request you please don’t insult her when you want to reject her with these statements like…

What the hell you are?
I can sacrifice thousands of girls like you for my family…
It’s my biggest mistake of life to proposed you..
Don’t make me fool,
Don’t even try to blackmail me emotionally..etc…

Fear Allah dear brothers fear Allah… Her tears are very much precious and important for Allah, these are not just drops of water for Allah, These are her feelings, her emotions, her pain… And Allah alone is sufficient for her…

Please don’t play with the feelings of any girl, fear Allah, because one day you will be answerable for this in front of Allah SWT.

May Allah SWT help us and guide us all towards the right path. Ameen

Credits: Respected Hoorain Sheikh

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“Marriage” more than love and romance

Marriage is so much more than love and romance. It has to be.

A couple struggles together to cope when there is a miscarriage, and the loss of love, dreams, and excitement they had for that child.

A couple struggles together when the bank account is low, hospital bills from a sick child are stacking up, and more work or a higher salary is hard to come by.

A couple struggles together when one of their parents becomes ill, and after years of care, finally returns to our Lord.

A couple struggles together through the tantrums of the toddler years, and the storms of trying to keep a close hold on their kids in the teens and young adult years.

A couple struggles together when facing the loss of their home, or car, or job and how to recreate stability at a time when there seems to be none.

A couple struggles together when one spouse’s iman is low, and their faith is teetering on the edge, while the other strives hard to keep them both at a safe distance away from that same sharp edge and dramatic fall.

Marriage is not just about love and romance. It’s also about fulfilling this ayah:
“And of His signs is that He created for you from yourselves mates that you may find *tranquillity* in them; and He placed between you affection and mercy. Indeed in that are signs for a people who give thought.” Quran 30:21

Love and romance are what surrounds the marriage to make ease in hard times, laughter in the midst of stress, passion at the most ironic times.

But it’s depth, the meaning of love, and even romance, should be given so much more depth and value. Hollywood romance doesn’t even come close to this kind of beauty.

Love is worth the struggle, and the struggle is beautiful.

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Women in Heaven

“When is my turn? Why am i a single? How long will i live as a single woman?

For every woman must be asked about it. But Did you know about women in heaven?
Do you believe that there is no single woman in heaven?

Okay Im gonna explain for you about it that makes you smile and keep envy away from your mind. In syaa Allah

So, Here they are, 6 Women in Heaven.

The state of women in the world there are six:

1. Died before marriage.
2. Divorced first husband, and not remarry until death.
3. Married to a man who is not a pious. For example, her husband is an apostate or doing polytheism.
4. Died first before her husband.
5. Died of her husband, and did not remarry until death .
6. Divorced or abandoned her husband, then married to another man.

For women of the first, second, and third kind, she will be married to a man who is a resident of heaven. He has a perfect nature, just like other heavenly hosts.
This is based on the words of the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, .
“In heaven, no one is not married.” (H.R. Ahmad and Muslim) .

For women of the fourth and fifth types, she will be married to her husband in the world. . The sixth woman will be married with the last husband.
This is based on the words of the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, .
“Whatever her husband left behind, then the she remarried, then she became the wife of her last husband.” (H.R. Thabrani, judged by Al-Albani) .

(Adapted from the treatise of Ahwalun Nisa ‘fil Jannah, the work of Sulaiman bin Shaleh al-Khurasyi.)

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So…Yeah as we know, mostly woman worry about her future life specially about their spouse. We also face some woman worried because they don’t get married yet in their age, when all of their friends has children. Some of them jealous with others life. Some of them sad. Some of them give up.

Dear single muslimah,
Don’t be sad, don’t even jealous with them. Everyone has their own fate, their own future. Even siblings has different fate each other. Sometime little brother got married first then his elder sister. It’s normal, because this is life, this is dunya (earth). There are first and last. There are early and late. But indeed there is no late and last in islam in Allah’s plan.

If you don’t married yet but your friends has children. You are 29 yo or even 30 to 35. then people say “you are late”. Remember there is no late in Allah’s plan. Age is just a number. Even there is no age requirement of nikah (marriage) in islam. Islam’s requirement of nikah is baligh (mature) not by age.

So keep your mind away from others negative’s opinion about you. Busy your life with positive activity, full your mind with positive things.

There is no late, when Allah say “Be” and it is.
( His command is only when He intends a thing that He says to it, “Be,” and it is.) (Surah yaseen : 82)

So if Allah doesn’t give you a spouse right now, not because you don’t deserve to be a wife. But you deserve best in the best time. so All you need to do is patient. Remember!!!, this is dunya (earth) there are first and late, there are young and old. But in heaven we are all be the same age, we are young, we have spouse each other. As adam and eve. We aren’t single in heaven. Heaven is a perfect place. so Allah created everything perfect too and balance.

so don’t need to worry dear all muslimah, if you don’t get a spouse in this dunya you will get it in Jannah. the best spouse ever. in syaa Allah.

Jazak Allah Khair ^_^

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Prayer while traveling: (Qasr Salah) and its conditions

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

Today i’ve got message from sister who asked me about Qasr prayer. she said  “I am going to college…and I miss my zuhr, asr and magrib ( I am travelling )”

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i will explain about the Qasr prayer first, Below you will find some more information on this from the book Anis al-Musafir.

THE (QASR) SALĀH OF A MUSĀFIR

1. When a person qualifies as a musāfir according to the Sharī‛ah he is required to offer two rak‛ahs for the Fard of Zuhr, ‛Asr and ‛Ishā’ salāh. The other salāhs remain as normal.

2. More than two rak‛ahs should not be offered for the Fard of Zuhr, ‛Asr and ‛Ishā’ salāh. If a person mistakenly offered four raka‛āt for these salāhs, and he had sat down for Tashahhud (al-Tahiyyāt) in the second rak‛ah, then the first two rak‛ahs will be regarded as Fard and the other two rak‛ahs as nafl.

3. In the above case he will have to make sajdah al-sahw. If he did not make sajdah al-sahw then he must repeat the salāh if its time still remains.

4. If he did not sit in the second rak‛ah then all four raka‛āt will become nafl and he will have to repeat his Fard salāh.

and the meaning of Musafir in Islam,

WHO IS A MUSĀFIR (traveller)?

1. The person who sets out with the intention of eventually travelling three manzils (approx. 77 km) * is regarded as a musāfir in the Sharī‛ah.

2. The moment he comes out of the boundaries of his town or city he becomes a musāfir. Within the boundaries of his town or city, he will not be a musāfir.

PRINCIPLE: A person will not become a musāfir until he firmly intends to travel 77 km from the place he is in.

Thus a person who travels from place to place, intending to travel less than 77km each time, will not become a musāfir – even if he travels the entire world in this way!

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Respected Sister,

if your collage not far from your home and there is no reason for you to miss your salah, you have to salah wherever you go. because salah is fard. but if the reason you miss salah can accept in Islam, you can do qadha your salah, as soon as possible you remember it. and ask Allah for forgive you then dont do that again.

but if you on traveling far from your home, You will have to offer Qasr Salah (i.e. 2 rak`ahs for Zuhr, `Asr and `Isha) at your place of travel. This is because it is more than 77km from your hometown and you do not intend to stay there for 15 days or more. Thus you remain a musafir. (Shar`i traveller).

Jazak Allah Khair

Tafsir Ibn Kathir Surah An-Nas

Surah Nas Ayah 1- 3

Allah says:

قُلْ أَعُوذُ بِرَبِّ النَّاسِ﴿١﴾

مَلِكِ النَّاسِ﴿٢﴾

إِلَهِ النَّاسِ﴿٣﴾

Say: I seek refuge with the Lord of An-Nas,

The King of An-Nas,

The God of An-Nas,

These are three attributes from the attributes of the Lord, the Mighty and Majestic. They are:

– lordship,

– sovereignty and

– divinity.

Thus,

– He is the Lord of everything,

– the King of everything and

– the God of everything.

All things

– are created by Him,

– owned by Him, and

– subservient to Him.

Therefore, He commands whoever is seeking protection to seek refuge with the One Who has these attributes from the evil of the whisperer who withdraws.

This (the whisperer) is the devil that is assigned to man. For verily, there is not any of the Children of Adam except that he has a companion that beautifies wicked deeds for him. This devil will go to any lengths to confuse and confound him. The only person who is safe is He Whom Allah protects.

It is confirmed in the Sahih that he (the Prophet) said,

مَا مِنْكُمْ مِنْ أَحَدٍ إِلَّا قَدْ وُكِّلَ بِهِ قَرِينُهُ

There is not a single one of you except that his companion (a devil) has been assigned to him.

They (the Companions) said, “What about you, O Messenger of Allah!”

He replied,

نَعَمْ،

إِلَّا أَنَّ اللهَ أَعَانَنِي عَلَيْهِ فَأَسْلَمَ، فَلَا يَأْمُرُنِي إِلَّا بِخَيْرٍ

Yes.

However, Allah has helped me against him and he has accepted Islam. Thus, he only commands me to do good.

It is also confirmed in the Two Sahihs from Anas, who reported the story of Safiyyah when she came to visit the Prophet while he was performing Itikaf, that he went out with her during the night to walk her back to her house. So, two men from the Ansar met him (on the way). When they saw the Prophet, they began walking swiftly. So, the Messenger of Allah said,

عَلَى رِسْلِكُمَا، إِنَّهَا صَفِيَّةُ بِنْتُ حُيَيَ

Slow down! This is Safiyyah bint Huyay!

They said, “Glory be to Allah, O Messenger of Allah!”

He said,

إِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ يَجْرِي مِنِ ابْنِ آدَمَ مَجْرَى الدَّم، وَإِنِّي خَشِيتُ أَنْ يَقْذِفَ فِي قُلُوبِكُمَا شَيْئًا، أَوْ قَالَ: شَرًّا

Verily, Shaytan runs in the Son of Adam like the running of the blood. And verily, I feared that he might cast something into your hearts — or he said — evil.

Surah Nas Ayah 4

Said bin Jubayr reported that Ibn Abbas said concerning Allah’s statement,

… الْوَسْوَاسِ الْخَنَّاس ﴿٤﴾

The whisperer (Al-Waswas) who withdraws.

“The devil who is squatting (perched) upon the heart of the Son of Adam. So when he becomes absentminded and heedless he whispers. Then, when he remembers Allah he withdraws.”

Mujahid and Qatadah also said this.

Al-Mutamir bin Sulayman reported that his father said,

“It has been mentioned to me that Shaytan is Al-Waswas. He blows into the heart of the Son of Adam when he is sad and when he is happy. But when he (man) remembers Allah, Shaytan withdraws.”

Al-`Awfi reported from Ibn Abbas;الْوَسْوَاسِ The whisperer.

“He is Shaytan. He whispers and then when he is obeyed, he withdraws.”

Surah Nas Ayah 5-6

As for Allah’s saying;

الَّذِي يُوَسْوِسُ فِي صُدُورِ النَّاس ﴿٥﴾

Who whispers in the breasts of An-Nas.

Is this specific for the Children of Adam as is apparent, or is it general, including both mankind and Jinns

There are two views concerning this. This is because they (the Jinns) are also included in the usage of the word An-Nas (the people) in most cases.

Ibn Jarir said,

“The phrase Rijalun min Al-Jinn (Men from the Jinns) has been used in reference to them, so it is not strange for the word An-Nas to be applied to them also.”

Then Allah says,

مِنَ الْجِنَّةِ وَ النَّاس ﴿٦﴾

Of Jinn and An-Nas.

Is this explanatory of Allah’s statement, الَّذِى يُوَسْوِسُ فِى صُدُورِ النَّاسِ Who whispers in the breasts of An-Nas.

Then, Allah explains this by saying, مِنَ الْجِنَّةِ وَالنَّاسِOf Jinn and An-Nas.

This is supportive of the second view.

It has also been said that Allah’s saying, مِنَ الْجِنَّةِ وَالنَّاسِ Of Jinn and An-Nas, is an explanation of who is it that whispers into the breasts of mankind from the devils of mankind and Jinns.

This is similar to Allah’s saying,

وَكَذَلِكَ جَعَلْنَا لِكُلِّ نِبِىٍّ عَدُوّاً شَيَـطِينَ الإِنْسِ وَالْجِنِّ يُوحِى بَعْضُهُمْ إِلَى بَعْضٍ زُخْرُفَ الْقَوْلِ غُرُوراً

And so We have appointed for every Prophet enemies –Shayatin among mankind and Jinn, inspiring one another with adorned speech as a delusion. (6:112)

Imam Ahmad recorded that Ibn Abbas said,

“A man came to the Prophet and said,

`O Messenger of Allah! Sometimes I say things to myself that I would rather fall from the sky than say (aloud openly). ‘

The Prophet said,

اللهُ أَكْبَرُ، اللهُ أَكْبَرٌ الْحَمْدُ للهِ الَّذِي رَدَّ كَيْدَهُ إِلَى الْوَسْوَسَةِ

Allah is Most Great!

Allah is Most Great!

All praise is due to Allah Who sent his (Shaytan’s) plot back as only a whisper.”

Abu Dawud and An-Nasa’i also recorded this Hadith.

This is the end of the Tafsir. All praise and thanks are due to Allah, the Lord of all that exists.

The Fruits of Salat (Prayer)

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
There is no doubt that the status of Salat is very great, it is the most primary obligation and the first thing to be raised from the Quran, and it is the first thing a servant is held accountable for on the day of resurrection.
All praise is to Allah, the One, the Only, the Unique and the Self-Sufficient, who “He neither begets nor is born, (3) Nor is there to Him any equivalent.”” [Al-‘Ikhlas 112:3-4]
{لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ (3) وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُ كُفُواً أَحَدٌ}
الإخلاص: 3-4
Transliteration: Lam yalid walam yooladu (3) Walam yakun lahu kufuwan ahadun
There is no doubt that the status of Salat is very great, it is the most primary obligation and the first thing to be raised from the Quran, and it is the first thing a servant is held accountable for on the day of resurrection. And because of its high status Ibrahim (peace and blessings be upon him) asked Allah and said: “My Lord, make me an establisher of prayer, and [many] from my descendants.” [Ibrahim 14:40]
{رَبِّ اجْعَلْنِي مُقِيمَ الصَّلاَةِ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِي…}
إبراهيم: 40
Transliteration: Rabbi ijAAalnee muqeema alssalati wamin thurriyyatee
Prayer has tremendous values and benefits, and it possesses countless secrets, obedience and wisdoms. And since some Muslims have started nowadays to neglect it, either because of ignoring its value or distracted from its reward, therefore, we find some of them postponing it from its due time, or being late because they are occupied by futile conversations or a fruitless activity. There are even some who have prayed for years without seeing any fruits for their Salat and their connection with Allah, not asking themselves, not even one day while being among the praying ones: why has his prayer not achieved him any success in spite of the abundance of these connections, or why his prayer has not ordered him to do good or made him avoid evil, and maybe it even has not changed his attitudes after a decade or longer. Huthayfa said: “Verily a man would have his hair and beard grayed in Islam (being a Muslim all his life) without one single prayer being accepted from him, either because he ignores the rules of ablution and prays in an impure state, or he does not complete his Salat by not perfecting his Ruku’ (inclination) and Sujud (prostration), and therefore his Salat is not valid, and he is like the one who builds on water.”
The greatest reward is for those who perfect their Salat including its ablution, and who follow the guidance of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), because Salat and Du’a (supplication) are sufficient to straighten the human being, with the permission of Allah. Scholars of Islam used to say to whoever complained to them from a disease to revise his prayer, and if somebody complains from sadness, a spouse or his sins they would say to him to revise his prayers. That is why Allah has glorified it with value and importance, in order for people to understand the secrets and wisdom it contains, and establish it in the most perfect manner.
And here are some of the fruits and benefits of Salat:
1. Among the fruits of Salat is the fact that it is the best act of worship, and there is no other act that brings us closer to Allah more preferable than it. Allah says in the Qudsi Hadeeth “My servant has not performed an act to bring him closer to Me which is more beloved to Me than what I have ordered him to do” [Narrated Al Bukhari]
‹‹وما تقرب إلي عبدي بشيء أحب إلي مما افترضت عليه››
رواه البخاري
And the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “The best rank is Salat, so let those who can perform it abundantly do so”. [Decalred Hasan (good) by Al-Albani]
‹‹الصلاة خير موضوع ، فمن استطاع أن يستكثر فليستكثر››
حسنه الألباني
Therefore Salat brings us closer to Allah, add to that the fact that the closest position of a servant to his Lord is while he is prostrating. Allah says: “But prostrate and draw near [to Allah].” [Al-‘Alaq: 19]
{وَاسْجُدْ وَاقْتَرِبْ}
العلق: 19
Transliteration: waosjud waiqtarib
So the more a servant mentions Allah the closer he is to Him and the more negligent he is the farther he is from Him.
2. Among the fruits of Salat is that it makes us avoid sins. Allah (SWT) says: “Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing,” [Al-‘Ankabut 29:45]
{إِنَّ الصَّلَاةَ تَنْهَى عَنِ الْفَحْشَاء وَالْمُنكَرِ}
العنكبوت: 45
Transliteration: inna alssalata tanha AAani alfahshai waalmunkari
And vice versa, all “Fahsha’” and “Munkar” prevents us from mentioning Allah and performing prayer.
3. Among the fruits of Salat is that it erases evil deeds, and Allah has not mentioned any other action in particular that erases sins as it is the case of Salat. Allah (SWT) says: “And establish prayer at the two ends of the day and at the approach of the night. Indeed, good deeds do away with misdeeds. That is a reminder for those who remember.” [Hûd 11:114]
{وَأَقِمِ الصَّلاَةَ طَرَفَيِ النَّهَارِ وَزُلَفاً مِّنَ اللَّيْلِ إِنَّ الْحَسَنَاتِ يُذْهِبْنَ السَّـيِّئَاتِ ذَلِكَ ذِكْرَى لِلذَّاكِرِينَ}
هود: 114
Transliteration: Waaqimi alssalata tarafayi alnnahari wazulafan mina allayli inna alhasanati yuthhibna alssayyiati thalika thikra lilththakireena
And scholars say: “Consecutive information suggests that they are the five prayers, and that they erase evil deeds.”
4. Among the fruits of Salat is that it keeps physical diseases away. We have known so many ill people which medical drugs have failed to cure them, and when they dedicated themselves to Salat their diseases were cured and Allah healed their ailments, especially Salat Al-Layl (the night prayer).
Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim, may Allah have mercy on his soul, said: “The healing of Salat remains in the movements of standing, prostrating and inclination, for Salat is one of the greatest remedies through dissolving substances and fortifying the body.”
5. Among the fruits of Salat is that it is one of the greatest reasons behind the elevation of ranks. The Messenger of Allah (SWT) said: “You do not prostrate a single time before Allah, except He raises you a rank.” [Narrated Muslim]
‹‹فإنك لا تسجد لله سجدة إلا رفعك الله بها درجة››
رواه مسلم
Backing this saying is what He stated when Rabi’ah asked Him to be His companion in paradise, to which He replied: “Help me against your own self with the abundance of prostration” [Narrated An-Nesa’e and edited by Al-Albani]
‹‹أعني على نفسك بكثرة السجود››
رواه النسائى وصححه الألباني
6. Among the fruits of Salat is that mercies descend on the servant and he is surrounded by angels as long as he is in prayer until he leaves it.
7. Among the fruits of Salat is the fact that whoever enters hellfire from amongst the believers, it will not touch the spots of prayer especially those from praying people. This is not found in the rest of actions. The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) justifies this by saying: “Allah has made it unlawful for hellfire to consume the spots on which the son of Adam prostrate”, [this is found in Sahih Al-Bukhari under the chapter of “The virtue of Sujud”]
‹‹وحرَّم الله على النار أن تأكل من ابن آدم أثر السجود››
صحيح البخاري
And as narrated by Muslim: “Verily, there are people who will arise and will be burnt expect the forehead and nose in their faces”.
‹‹ ‏إن قوما يخرجون من النار يحترقون فيها إلا ‏دارات وجوههم››
صحيح مسلم
And here we must contemplate and see how obedient hellfire is to its Lord, despite the intensity of its combustion, it does not trespass the limits He defined for it. And, on the other hand, look how insignificant servants are, but still they commit transgressions, so their Lord purifies them with hellfire.
8. Among the fruits of Salat is that it is the reason for inducing sujud on the day of resurrection when believers are distinguished from hypocrites. Since those who prostrate to Allah in this worldly Salat, applied themselves to it and performed it both yearning and fearing, will prostrate to Allah on the day of resurrection, and those who did not do it here will not do it there. This is pointed at when Allah (SWT) says: “The Day the shin will be uncovered and they are invited to prostration but the disbelievers will not be able,” [Al-Qalam 68:42]
{يَوْمَ يُكْشَفُ عَن سَاقٍ وَيُدْعَوْنَ إِلَى السُّجُودِ فَلَا يَسْتَطِيعُونَ}
القلم: 42
Transliteration: Yawma yukshafu AAan saqin wayudAAawna ila alssujoodi fala yastateeAAoona
And He justifies their inability to perform sujud despite their ability to do so, by saying: “Their eyes humbled, humiliation will cover them. And they used to be invited to prostration while they were sound.” [Al-Qalam 68:43]
{خَاشِعَةً أَبْصَارُهُمْ تَرْهَقُهُمْ ذِلَّةٌ وَقَدْ كَانُوا يُدْعَوْنَ إِلَى السُّجُودِ وَهُمْ سَالِمُونَ}
القلم: 43
Transliteration: KhashiAAatan absaruhum tarhaquhum thillatun waqad kanoo yudAAawna ila alssujoodi wahum salimoona
Since they have forsaken Salat in this world, and refused to perform it, even though they were healthy and safe, they are punished on the day of resurrection by making them unable to prostrate. Moreover, whoever prostrates to Allah out of hypocrisy, vanity or seeking influence, his back will be turned into a single piece, and shall fall down on the scruff of his neck every time he tries to prostrate. This was mentioned by Al-Bukhari, may Allah have mercy on his soul, and you can revert to the (Tafseer (interpretation) of Surah Al-Qalam by Ibn Katheer).
9. And among the fruit of Salat is that it refreshes body and soul, for it is the greatest source of daily vitality. It could not be otherwise, since it is the link between the Creator and the created, five times every day and night. Therefore, the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Salat has been made the delight of my eyes” [Narrated by An-Nisa’i and edited by Al-Albani]
‹‹وجعلت قرة عيني في الصلاة››
رواه النسائى وصححه الألباني
And He (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “O Bilal, call for prayer, give us some relief through it” [Authenticated by Al-Albani]
‹‹يا بلال أقم الصلاة، أرحنا بها››
صححه الألباني
10. Among the fruits of Salat is that it is sustenance for hearts and spirits, since they are in such a dire need for the descent of mercies. Just as a body needs its nourishment the soul also needs its own. And naturally, once both of them have digested their food, they always will need a renewal of their fuel. Thus Allah has made the five prayers nourishment for the souls portioned throughout day and night.
11. And among the fruits of Salat is that it brings livelihoods, in the sense that if a servant observes it and applies himself to it, Allah will provide him from where he least expects it. Allah (SWT) says: “And enjoin prayer upon your family [and people] and be steadfast therein. We ask you not for provision; We provide for you, and the [best] outcome is for [those of] righteousness.” [Taa-Haa 20:132]
{وَأْمُرْ أَهْلَكَ بِالصَّلَاةِ وَاصْطَبِرْ عَلَيْهَا لَا نَسْأَلُكَ رِزْقاً نَّحْنُ نَرْزُقُكَ وَالْعَاقِبَةُ لِلتَّقْوَى}
طه: 132
Transliteration: Wamur ahlaka bialssalati waistabir AAalayha la nasaluka rizqan nahnu narzuquka waalAAaqibatu lilttaqwa
Thus Salat is the key that sets the gates of livelihoods wide open.
12. And among the fruits and the praiseworthy consequences of Salat is that it is light for the believers both in this life and the hereafter. As for this life, it is the light for hearts and faces, and once Allah enlightens a heart, no adversity shall harm it whatsoever. Allah (SWT) says: “Their mark is on their faces from the trace of prostration.” [Al-Fath :29]
{سِيمَاهُمْ فِي وُجُوهِهِم مِّنْ أَثَرِ السُّجُودِ}
الفتح: 29
Transliteration: seemahum fee wujoohihim min athari alssujoodi
And in the hereafter, it is a light for the believers in their graves and on Al-Sirat (the hair-narrow bridge) on the day of resurrection. Abou Ad-Darda’ may Allah be pleased with him, said: “Pray a couple of Rak’as in the darkness of the night in preparation for the darkness of the grave.” The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Whoever keeps it, will have it as light, proof and salvation on the day of resurrection”. [Authenticated by Ibn Baz]
‹‹من حافظ عليها، كانت له نورا وبرهانا ونجاة يوم القيامة…››
صححه ابن الباز
And He (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Convey glad tidings, to those who walk to the mosques in the darkness, of perfect light on the day of resurrection” [Narrated by Abu Dawud, and Ibn Majjah, and authenticated by Al-Albani]
‹‹بشر المشائين في الظُلم إلى المساجد بالنور التام يوم القيامة››
رواه ابو داود وابن ماجه وصححه الألباني
Also He (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Salat is light (on the day of resurrection).” [Narrated by Al-Albani in his “Saheeh At-Targheeb”]
‹‹ الصلاة نور››
رواه الألباني فى صحيح الترغيب
13. And among the fruits of prayer is that it gets rid of ill-heartedness as Allah has saved nobody from being affected by these diseases, which are awing at times of calamities and stinginess at times of prosperity, except the ones who pray, since Allah (SWT) said: “Indeed, mankind was created anxious: (19) When evil touches him, impatient, (20) And when good touches him, withholding [of it], (21) Except the observers of prayer -” [Al-Ma’arij: 19-22]
{إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ خُلِقَ هَلُوعاً (19) إِذَا مَسَّهُ الشَّرُّ جَزُوعاً (20) وَإِذَا مَسَّهُ الْخَيْرُ مَنُوعاً (21) إِلَّا الْمُصَلِّينَ}
المعارج: 19-22
Transliteration: Inna alinsana khuliqa halooAAan (19) Itha massahu alshsharru jazooAAan (20) Waitha massahu alkhayru manooAAan (21) Illa almusalleena
And thus these diseases remove the afflictions of the heart.
14. Among the fruits of prayer is the fact that Allah has ordered His servants to haste to it and seek support in it with their mundane matters, not specifying any other source of support except it, since it is the greatest helper in the achievement of the benefits of both this world and the hereafter, and it keeps both their harms at bay. Allah (SWT) says: “O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” [Al-Baqarah 2:153]
{يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ اسْتَعِينُواْ بِالصَّبْرِ وَالصَّلاَةِ إِنَّ اللّهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِينَ}
البقرة: 153
Transliteration: Ya ayyuha allatheena amanoo istaAAeenoo bialssabri waalssalati inna Allaha maAAa alssabireena
And in Musnad Ahmed (collection of Prophet’s Hadith collected by the Sunni scholar Ahmed Ibn Hanbal), the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him) used to hasten to Salat every time He would be faced by a difficult matter, and so did He when catastrophes and calamities took places, and in eclipses.
15. Among the fruits of prayer, especially Fajr (dawn) prayer, is being secured by Allah, whoever prays it in a gathering will be under Allah’s security, covenant and care. Therefore, no calamity can harm him, because Salat averts from filth and immorality. Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Whoever prays Fajr prayer will be under Allah’s protection, so that Allah shall not ask him for any of His covenants” [Narrated by Muslim]
‹‹من صلى صلاة الصبح فهو في ذمة الله، فلا يطلبنكم الله من ذمته بشيء…››
رواه مسلم
In this sense, whoever forsakes it will be liable to fulfil his covenants and promises he owes before Allah.
16. And among the fruits of Salat is that it perpetuates the mention of Allah (SWT). He (SWT) says: “and establish prayer for My remembrance.” [Taahaa 20:14]
{وَأَقِمِ الصَّلَاةَ لِذِكْرِي}
طه: 14
Transliteration: waaqimi alssalata lithikree
And He also says: “and the remembrance of Allah is greater.” [Al-Ankaboot 29:45]
{وَلَذِكْرُ اللَّهِ أَكْبَرُ}
العنكبوت: 45
Transliteration: walathikru Allahi akbaru
Would not a servant of Allah love what is mentioned about him in front of Allah? The Salat would be the sufficient virtue for the servant to be mentioned about him due to its virtue, honor and benefice. Allah (SWT) says in the Qudsi Hadeeth: “If he mentions Me in himself, I will mention him in Myself.” [Narrated Muslim]
‹‹فَإِنْ ذَكَرَنِي فِي نَفْسِهِ ذَكَرْتُهُ فِي نَفْسِي››
رواه مسلم
17. And among the fruits of Salat is the fact that Allah magnifies its reward, and has ordered us and those before us to establish it. They are five obligatory prayers, equivalent to fifty in terms of reward, Allah (SWT) said in the hadeeth of Isra’ (the night journey): “It is five, being fifty, and my command shall not be changed”. [Narrated Muslim]
‹‹هِيَ خَمْسٌ وَهْىَ خَمْسُونَ لاَ يُبَدَّلُ الْقَوْلُ لَدَىَّ››
رواه مسلم
* And so, these are some of the fruits of prayer, and if we scrutinise further then our speech will be lengthy. However these are some indications, or else its virtues and fruits are by the hundreds. So, “For the like of this let the workers [on earth] work.” [As-Saffat :61]
{لِمِثْلِ هَذَا فَلْيَعْمَلْ الْعَامِلُونَ}
الصافات: 61
Transliteration: Limithli hatha falyaAAmali alAAamiloona
Conclusion:
Knowing this, the greatest in reward amongst people is the one who takes care of its purification, its timings, and keeps its pillars and conditions, and observes the guidance of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) regarding it, as the Prophet’s Hadeeth mentioned: “Pray as you have seen Me pray”. [Narrated Al Bukhari]
‹‹وصلوا كما رأيتموني أصلي››
صحيح البخاري
So it is necessary to observe the Prophet’s guidance regarding it, not taking away from it nor adding to it, since any alteration is evil.
Taking all this into account, if we see an individual who prays without gaining from his prayer any of these precious fruits, we must know, beyond doubt, that his prayer is not the one Allah has ordained his servants to establish, and that he is amongst those who if they go to prayer, they do not do it unless they are lazy, and among those who do not remember Allah but a little.
In order for our Salat not to be a mere custom, we have to respect the conditions which make it a worship not a custom. These are adherence to the conditions of Iman, the right intention and keeping in mind the Salat’s virtues with an incentive of certainty and yearning. Some of the Salaf (early generation) said: “Whoever does not know the reward of actions will find them difficult under any circumstance.” It is worth to mention that we have wrote (a book titled) “A hundred etiquettes for the intimate discourse with the Lord of Creation”
And our closing prayer is our thanks to Allah the Lord of mankind.
Translated by Wathakker.info website
(with modification)
Noha Foad