Dr. Saahib, assalaamualaykum, I was very much inspired by your well-researched articles. Your articles filled the gaps I had about the namaaz, etc. In continuation of that argument, may I respectfully bring to your attention some articles I have prepared on the subject of non-Quraanic terms used in Islaam. I shall be grateful for your learned comments. Wassalaam, Anwar Ahmad Ansari.
Brothers and sisters in Islam , Assalamualaikum
I am taking the liberty of most respectfully inviting your attention to the fact that how deficient we, the entire Muslim world, are in interpreting and performing the obligations of Salaat and Sawm! When we have the social order based on Salaat then and only then can we have the concept of Muslim Ummah realised. We do not adhere to Salaat. We have erroneously made it ‘reading namaaz’.
Although I am now 75 years old but I could not do 'Namaaz, Roza' right up to the age of well over 50 because in Qur'aan or Hadiis I could not find any reference to Namaaz and Roza. However, constantly studying Quraan and pondering over it, it was very late in life that I came to the realisation that it is Salaat and Sawm and discovered that, according to Quraan, it entails a great deal more than just five times supplication, and that calling these 'ibaadat by the names of 'namaaz' and 'roza' is absolutely wrong, nay, it is kufr.
May I add that that to my knowledge of Quraan and Hadis, there is no such thing as khudaa, parwardigaar, namaaz, jaaey namaaz, namaazi, roza, roza daar, mehar, in Islaam. These terms are exclusively of Zoroastrian faith. These are, therefore, the terms of kufr that are being used in Islaam.
If anything, there is in Quraan, in Suurah al-a'araaf, aayah 162, a very severe warning against replacing or substituting even a word of 'Ibaadah. Translation:
''But the transgressors (zaalim) among them changed the word from that which had been given them so we sent on them a plague from heaven. For that they repeatedly transgressed (zulm).”
That warning in the above quoted aayah is about changing just one word of 'Ibaada, that is hittatun, whereas here in Islaam the whole terms of 'Ibaadah have been changed. Imagine what 'azaab of Allaah can we expect!
Allaah has given us the word 'Allaah' and it has been changed to Zoroastrian khudaa. Allaah has given us the word 'Rabb' and it has been changed to Zoroastrian parwardigaar, Allaah has given us the word 'salaat' and it has been changed to Zoroastrian namaaz, Allaah has given us the word 'musallaa' and it has been changed to Zoroastrian jaaey namaaz, Allaah has given us the word 'musallii' and it has been changed to Zoroastrian namaazi, Allaah has given us the word 'sawm' and it has been changed to Zoroastrian roza, .Allaah has given us the word 'saaim' and it has been changed to Zoroastrian roza daar. Allaah has given us the word 'saduq' and it has been changed to Zoroastrian mehar.
We have repeatedly transgressed on Allaah, and are duly receiving 'azaab of Allaah for our repeated transgression on Allaah.
In the article that follows this introduction, I have attempted to show from Quraan that it is ‘to adhere to Salaat’ and ‘to remain adhering to Salaat at all time’, and not ‘namaaz’ and 'roza'. Salaat and Sawm are only and only the names of 'Ibaadaat of Islam and these are Haqq (The Truth). Namaaz and Roza are only and only the names of worships of mushrik Zoroastrian faith. The words Namaaz and Roza are not used in the Persian language in any other way, and these are Baatil (The Falsehood) by the standards of Quraan.
As regards to calling Salaat and Sawm by the kufr (that is, Zoroastrian) names of namaaz and roza, it appears that we Muslims are defying Qur’aan at least in six ways:
Wa laa talbisul haqqa bilbaatili wa taktumulhaqqa wa antum t'a-lamuun. (Qur’aan 2:42); translation: 'And cover not Truth with falsehood nor conceal the Truth when ye know (what it is).' Salaat and Sawm are Haqq, the Truth, and namaaz and roza are Baatil, the falsehood, being names of worships of mushrikiin. Yet we have covered, concealed Salaat and Sawm by mushrikiin's namaaz and roza.
Wa man yakfur be aayaatillaahi fa innallaaha sarii-’ulhisaab. (Quraan 3:19); translation: 'But if any deny (commit Kufr) the Signs (aayaah) of Allaah. Allaah is swift in calling to account.' Kufr of Allaah’s aayaah is being committed by replacing Salaat and Sawm by the names of worshipping of kufr, i.e. namaaz and roza. Fire-worshippers’ namaaz and roza are just as much kufr for Salaat and Sawm, as Hindus’ yaatra and daan are kufr for Hajj and Zakaah.