And whoever has tasted the sweetness of salaat knows that nothing can take the place of Takbeerand Fatiha, just as nothing can replace Ruku, Sajdah or Qiyam. For each part of the worship of salaat has a special secret, a profound impact and a special core of devotion, a special sweetness and an exquisite ecstasy which cannot be found in anything else.
Underlying the words, All praise is for Allah, Lord of the worlds (1:1), is an affirmation of Allah’s supreme perfection in deeds, qualities and names, and His purity from all flaws and defects. He is praiseworthy in His deeds, qualities and His names. He is absolutely pure and free of all defects and flaws in His deeds, qualities and names. His deeds are all based on wisdom, mercy, benefit and justice. His qualities are all qualities of perfection and majesty, and His names are all beautiful. And His praise fills the world, the hereafter, the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them and all that is within them. So the entire cosmos is reverberating with His praise. Creation itself came in to existence proclaiming His praise, and all of existence is maintained by His praise, for His praise was the reason for all of creation’s very existence. This divine praise is the ultimate goal and longing of everything in existence, and everything in creation is a witness to this praise. The prophets were sent with His praise, and the books were revealed with His praise, and paradise will be filled with its inhabitants with His praise, and the fire will be filled with its inhabitants with His praise…
To be continued…