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Re: Namaz / Salaat
By:Irfan
Date: Friday, 23 March 2012, 7:24 pm
In Response To: Re: Namaz / Salaat (Bilal Jamil, Oman)

Dear brother, salam,

Please consider the following imaginary dialogue: There are three individuals--A, B, and C (either gender--I use 'he' for both he/she). Let’s assume they are having a kind of “vision”---standing in front of God almighty and He is asking each of them “How are you obeying My “Aqaamat as-Salat” command?”
The person "A" responds to this Divine question by saying that he is following (what he calls) "Sunnah", i.e., he prays 5 times a day with all the required Farz, and other nawafil prayers , and he thinks that “the Sunnah way” is the ONLY way to obey the 'Aqaamat as-Salah’ command. God almighty asks “How did you know that that was the way to carry out My “aqaamat as-salat”?” He says he checked with the Qur'anic guidance about Salat. When he did that, he found the purpose of Salat was multifold; some of the most important features of the Salat entailed 1) remembrance of Allah (means briging Him to mind in complete awe) to keep our hearts at rest, 2) a device that helps to keep away from evil or fahisha, 3) a principle that forces us to do good deeds for others. The person "A" tells God almighty that he thought he was fulfilling all the objectives of the “Aqaamat as-Salah” by offering the Salat the “Sunnah” way.
The Salat of this person should be in order and he should not have anything to worry about.
Person “B” responds “I offered the Salat the same way as my brother “A” did. I looked in Your Book and found verse 2:128 that says that the Prophet Abraham prayed to You asking You to show him ways of ritual devotion (manaasik) and the verse 2:125 seemed to suggest to me that you answered his prayer. In other words, You are asking Your believers to “take the Salat from Station of Abraham” as my place of prayer. I interpreted these verses to mean that I am being asked to pray the same way as all the other believers are praying at the Station of Abraham—the Ka’ba.
The Salat of this person should be in order and he should not have anything to worry about.
Person “C” never offered any ritual namaz prayer in the traditional way! He says to Allah “O’ God almighty, I really did not see an ‘ritual prayer’ anywhere in the Your Book. I thought that by “Aqaamat as-Salat” You meant establishing Your complete system of governance in society. So I have been trying to do just that—establish justice and equity, and fairness in my society under Your watchful eye. That, I thought, will really keep—not just me---but the whole society away from evil in complete submission to You and Your remembrance. You know that was not easy to accomplish…but I gave my best shot to it anyway.
The Salat of this person should be in order as well and he should not have anything to worry about.
So, respected brother, all you need is your intellect, a mind free of pre-conceived notions, and a pure and sincere heart. Follow your intellect with sincerity and purity of heart and see how Allah guides you---accept whatever comes your way—you are guaranteed to be guided by Allah Himself—and who is better teacher than Him? Allah guides people in His own way. Nothing is easy for us in action…that’s why the believers’ lives are being ‘bought’ away by God in exchange for the “Jannah”!
I hope this helps.
Irfan

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Namaz / Salaat
Bilal Jamil, Oman -- Friday, 23 March 2012, 7:18 am
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jawaid ahmed,uk -- Friday, 23 March 2012, 12:34 pm
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Husna Jamil, Bulgaria -- Friday, 23 March 2012, 2:51 pm
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Bilal Jamil, Oman -- Friday, 23 March 2012, 3:45 pm
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jawaid ahmed,uk -- Friday, 23 March 2012, 4:20 pm
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UZAIR GHOLE -- Wednesday, 28 March 2012, 4:12 pm
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Irfan -- Friday, 23 March 2012, 7:24 pm
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Parween Iqbal, Holland -- Saturday, 24 March 2012, 12:00 am
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Irfan -- Saturday, 24 March 2012, 1:46 am
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saed -- Sunday, 25 March 2012, 7:34 pm
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jawaid ahmed,uk -- Friday, 23 March 2012, 3:46 pm
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Bilal Jamil, Oman -- Friday, 23 March 2012, 4:31 pm
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Mubashir, Canada -- Friday, 23 March 2012, 4:00 pm
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jawaid ahmed,uk -- Friday, 23 March 2012, 5:59 pm
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Mubashir, Canada -- Friday, 23 March 2012, 10:02 pm
Namaz / Salaat / Manasik
*Dr. Shabbir, Florida -- Saturday, 24 March 2012, 12:42 am
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jawaid ahmed,uk -- Monday, 26 March 2012, 8:45 am
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Fatimah, Malaysia -- Friday, 23 March 2012, 11:55 pm
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jawaid ahmed,uk -- Monday, 26 March 2012, 7:55 am
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Fatimah, Malaysia -- Monday, 26 March 2012, 3:16 pm
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Mubashir, Canada -- Monday, 26 March 2012, 3:01 pm
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jawaid ahmed,uk -- Tuesday, 27 March 2012, 1:48 pm
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Mubashir, Canada -- Tuesday, 27 March 2012, 3:27 pm
Namaz / Salaat - Al-Ma'oon
*Dr. Shabbir, Florida -- Friday, 23 March 2012, 6:18 pm