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Secrets Of Salah – 27

Salam,
Bismillah.

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“My Lord forgive me, my Lord forgive me, my Lord forgive me”, and he would emphasize his yearning for his Lord.

And when the slave raises his head from sajdah, he must abase himself before Allah, seeking forgiveness for all his sins and shortcomings, longing for Allah’s mercy and praying to Allah to forgive him, have mercy on him, and provide him rizq, and grant him well-being. These five phrases sum up all the good in this world and the Hereafter. The slave is in desperate need for gaining what will benefit him in the world and the Hereafter, and avoiding what will harm him in the world and in the Hereafter.

This dua sums up all of the above. Rizq (provision) combines all worldly and spiritual benefits and refers to both rizq for the body and rizq for his heart and soul. And Allah is the best of Providers. Divine forgiveness wards off calamities in the world and in the Hereafter, and Divine mercy is a combination of all of the above. Guidance pertains to all matters.

After the first sajdah, he is granted one more; for one sajdah is not enough, although one ruku was enough. This is due to the superiority of sajdah and its honor and dignity, and the nearness the slave experiences to his Lord therein. For this is the physically closest he can ever be to his Lord. Thus, it is most deeply rooted in slave hood devotion, and it surpasses the other stages in salat. This is why it is the climax of each rakat and its status in salat is that of a tawaaf-e-eziarah during Hajj. Just as the slave is closest to Allah during sajdah, so is the pilgrim closest to Allah during tawaaf.

To be continued…

Wassalam.

 

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Secrets Of Salah – 26

Salam,
Bismillah.

Page 30..

The peak of salat is sajdah, and the supreme litany of salat is the Quranic recitation therein. The first surah ever to be revealed was surah Al-Alaq which began with a command to recite: Recite in the Name of Your Lord (96:1) and it culminated in a command to do sajdah. So prostrate and draw near (96:19).

 

Then he is told to raise his head and sit up. This interval is cushioned between two sajdahs and has a special significance, all its own. The prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa salam) used to prolong the duration between the two sajdahs, making it as long as the sajdah itself, and humbly implore his Lord, and invoke Him, and seek His forgiveness, and ask for His Mercy, Guidance, Rizq, and Well-being. It has a unique sweetness, and the heart’s state is different from that during sajdah. During this posture the slave is as one who kneels before his Lord, one who has utterly cast himself on the Divine Mercy, begging forgiveness for his sins, hoping for mercy, seeking Divine help against his ever-tempting soul. The prophet (sallahu alayhi wasalaam) used to repeat Istighfar in this time saying: “My Lord forgive me, my Lord forgive me, my Lord forgive me”, and he would emphasize his yearning for his Lord.

To be continued…

Wassalam.

 

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