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Secrets Of Salah – 20

Salam,
Bismillah.

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So when he says,

You alone do we worship and You alone do we ask for help (1:4)

He awaits Allah’s reply,

“This is between Me and My slave, and My slave shall have what he asks for.”

And just contemplate these two phrases and their rights. The first part is for Allah, and the second part is for the slave. For the phrase, You alone do we worship, conveys a sense of Touheed, distinct from the implications of the phrase You alone do we ask for help. There is deep significance in both phrases being in the exact middle of the surah, between the opening phrases of praise and the concluding dua. The phrase, You alone do we worship, precedes the phrase, You alone do we ask for help, because ibadah belongs to Allah and it is for the slave to seek help from Allah. Allah is the One who is worshipped and Who helps His slave to worship Him.

So, “You alone do we worship”, means that it is You, I seek by means of my worship. Ibadaah consists of sincere good deeds and beneficial knowledge which brings one closer to Allah by enriching one in his understanding, love, truth and sincerity. Ibadah is the right of Allah upon His creation, and seeking help implies the slave is seeking Allah’s help in all matters. Thus, every act of worship that is not performed for Allah’s sake, and without Allah’s help is false and worthless. Every time help is sought from other than Allah, the slave subjects himself to utter humiliation. Just consider how beneficial this knowledge is, and just consider how the entire Quran from its beginning till the end, revolves around these two phrases.

To be continued…

Wassalam.

 

Secrets Of Salah – 1

Salam,
Bismillah.

Salat is the coolness of the heart of true lovers of Allah, the soul’s ecstasy of true believers, the garden of worshippers, the heart’s delight of devout believers, the touchstone of the states of the truthful and the gauge of the followers of the spiritual path. And this is Allah’s Mercy and Guidance for His believing slaves.

Allah guided them to it through His prophet Muhammad (salallahu alayhi wasalam), the Truthful, the Trustworthy, as a great honor and mercy, so they may attain dignity and success by drawing near to Him, and not because of any need He has for their worship. Rather, it is a special bounty from Him and a favor He confers upon them, whereby their hearts and limbs can devote themselves to the worship of Allah. The heart which is illuminated with the knowledge of Allah derives the greatest benefit from salat, namely, drawing close to Allah and experiencing the incredible sweetness of His nearness and love. It experiences the delight of standing before Him, bowing before Him, till the glorious climax of salat, when the slave falls to the ground in the posture which pleases his Lord; thus fulfilling the rights of worship both outwardly and inwardly.

To be continued…

Wassalam.

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