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Islam and salaat
By:A Sayed, South Africa
Date: Thursday, 28 September 2017, 8:39 am

As-salaamu-Alaykum.

It is important to establish “What is Islam?” before giving meaning to salaat.

For example, if Islam is not a religion then salaat cannot be a “prayer”. And likewise, if Islam is secular then salaat cannot be “remembrance of God’.

Hence, after rejecting religion as conjecture based on sound reason, the Prophet Abraham overcame the dichotomy of the secular and religious by using the Signs and science in the creation to believe in God without believing in a religion, and in the secular and scientific nature of the creation as his way of life, without being Godless.

This then constitutes the core teachings of the Islamic way of life. It does not only eliminate the dichotomy of the secular and religious and all extremists and fundamentalists teachings within and between them that make them separate and exclusive, but it superimposes all true knowledge of science, religion, culture, politics, etc, one on top of the other without creating boundaries within and between them that make them separate and exclusive.

Hence, in essence, at this stage in the life of Prophet Abraham, the Islamic system was completely secular in practice and without a constant “reminder of God”, which could lead to materialism and Godlessness. Therefore, after building the Khabaa, it was the Prophet Abraham who asked God to show him the “rites” of his system of life, which was secular in nature, and it was not God Who stated that he (Abraham) should do so in order not forget that God did exist.

Thus, the difference between the deen of Prophet Abraham and all the other Prophets is that, while Prophet Abraham established the complete knowledge of Islam based on pure logic and reason as a rational person (hanif) all other Prophets learnt about it through Revealed Knowledge.

Therefore, when God asked the Prophet Abraham to “submit” to the Will of God, the Prophet Abraham did not compromise his will or intellect to the Will of God. He merely said that he had already submitted to the Islamic way of life or the Divine System.

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Thus, in the context of the above, it’s clear that different creations of God submit to Him differently.

Some like the sun, moon, stars and mountains do not submit to Him by instinct but by fixed scientific laws mostly those of physics and mathematics that were used to create them.

Some like the birds and animals are different. Both individually and collectively as a community, they perceive the natural laws of the creations according to instinct and function accordingly.

And some, like humans have a choice to function according to the natural laws of our universe by reason and logic like Abraham or by Revealed knowledge and Guidance of God or by their own whims and fancies.

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Hence, in the context of the above, the “daily salaat” is a “constant reminder” that God exists and that His Guidance is vital to achieve the intricate balance between the secular and religious in an otherwise way of life that promotes the secular and scientific nature of the creation. Without it man could become Godless and materialistic or indulge in religion far removed from Reality.

Just because all the teachings of salaat are not found in one place in the Qur’an like the verses of wudhu does not mean that they do not exist like in tradition. The reason might be because salaat applies in different ways to the different creations that submit differently to the laws of creation and wudhu does not apply to any of them except humans.

What needs to be understood is that the Qur’an is a Book of information in all the issues of lives, which we are supposed to use to develop the different concepts of the Divine System like I have learnt to establish that the Faith of Abraham was Post-Modern from the bits and pieces of information I found about the Prophet Abraham in the different parts of the Qur’an. Similarly wise men established the teachings of salaat, Diversity, Democracy and the worldview teachings of Tawhid (unity and universality), etc.

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Thus, aborting “the daily salaat ritual” is as much against tradition as it is against Qur’an. The only difference is that the salaat of the tradition is more inclined to religion than the salaat of the Qur’an which is more inclined to secular without being Godless.

For example, “deen” is “way of life”, not “religion”; “masjid” is our “local house of parliament” and not “place of Worship”; “ibbadat” is to “serve” God and not ”worship” Him and so on.

Likewise, the daily salaat should be seen as making a “pledge” to God, individually and collectively, that all that attend salaat will function according to the Will of Allah and not according to their own personal desires.

According to the Qur’an, all acts of salaat that are mentioned in the Qur’an constitute the “pledge”. All other teachings that are found “outside” of the Qur’an to begin and end the salaat are irrelevant to the “pledge”. If by shura and ijma they can be standardized it will help to eliminate the madhabs and strengthen the unity of the ummah.

Hence, salaat is not an end in itself like a prayer. It is stepping stone to the Assembly according to the protocols of the salaat that “all men are equal”. This procedure or act of salaat does not only unify the true knowledge of Islam to all households in the vicinity of the masjid but also develops them in all aspects of life in a Post-Modern way.

Best Regards,
AK Sayed (South Africa).

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Islam and salaat
A Sayed, South Africa -- Thursday, 28 September 2017, 8:39 am
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A Sayed, South Africa -- Friday, 29 September 2017, 12:43 pm
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A Sayed, South Africa -- Saturday, 30 September 2017, 6:40 am
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Dawood, USA -- Friday, 29 September 2017, 9:36 pm
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A Sayed, South Africa -- Sunday, 1 October 2017, 2:13 pm
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A Sayed, South Africa -- Tuesday, 3 October 2017, 10:23 am
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