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Salaat and Hadith
By:A Sayed (South Africa)
Date: Thursday, 19 October 2017, 11:44 am

Sorry I could not continue with the Post on Salaat as promised. My laptop gave problems and I had no option but send it in for repairs.

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The following verse of the Qur’an reveals that SALAAT should be followed by SHURA (mutual consultation) and neighbourly needs:

42:38 They respond to their Lord by establishing Salaat, and conduct their affairs by mutual consultation, and they keep open for the welfare of others what We have given them. [Establishing Salaat = Establishing the System where following of the Divine Commands is facilitated. Nafaq = Open-ended tunnel = No hoarding]

BASICALLY, SHURA SHOULD BE THAT OF THE UMMAH, NOT OF ANY POLITICAL OR RELIGIOUS AUTHORITY. IT IS A MEANS OF ESTABLISHING A NATIONAL GOVERNMENT OF GOD FROM PARISH LEVEL BY NETWORKING LEADERSHIP AND RESOLUTIONS.

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The following verse of the Qur’an tells us that we should follow the best application:

39:18 Those who listen to the Word, and follow the best of its application (in a given situation), such are the ones whom God has guided, and they are the ones endowed with insight.

HENCE, IN THE CASE OF SALAAT WE SHOULD BE SEARCHING FOR THE BEST APPLICATION THAT WOULD BRING OUT THE BEST BENEFIT TO THE UMMAH. FOR EXAMPLE, A DIRECT DEMOCRACY, WHICH COULD NOT BE REPLACED BY REVOLUTION OR REGIME CHANGE AND SAVE US FROM THE CORRUPTION OF THE INDIRECT SYSTEM OF DEMOCRACY WE SUPPORT AT PRESENT.

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The following are verses from QXP that define what is a MASJID:

22:40 Those who have been evicted from their homes unjustly, for no reason other than saying, 'Our Lord is God!' (They should remember) if God had not enabled some people to repel others; temples, monasteries, churches, synagogues, and mosques, where the Name of God is oft mentioned, would have been destroyed. And God will certainly help those who help Him. For, God is Mighty, Powerful.

72:18 And the Masjids, one and all, belong to God alone. So, do not call upon anyone along with God. [Masjids = Mosques = Places to hold congregations = Collective acts of submission = Community Centers = Ways of adoration = Obedience of Divine Commands = Centers of administering the Divine System. 9:17]

9:17 Those who associate others with God, (whether idols, dead saints, religious or temporal leaders), shall not administer God's Masjids, the Centers of the Divine System – while they are witness in denial of truth against their own 'self'. All their works are in vain and they will abide in the fire. [9:107, 30:31-32, 72:18. Pilgrimage of the House is a duty unto all mankind, not Muslims alone. 3:97]

9:18 Only those people are fit to administer or maintain the Masjids (the Centers of the Divine Order), who have unwavering belief in God and the Last Day. They strive to establish the Divine System, and to set up the Just Economic Order of Zakaat and stand in awe of none but God. They are the ones who are rightly guided. [Ya'mur = Maintains or administers. Yousuf Ali, Pickthall and Muhammad Asad correctly translate the word as maintaining or tending]

9:107 (The hypocrites keep making schemes.) They built a Masjid - 'Masjidan dhiraaran' - out of mischief to promote disbelief and sectarianism among the believers, and as an outpost for those who made war against God and His Messenger before. They will swear, 'We only had good intentions', but God bears witness that they are liars.

9:108 You shall not stand in such a Masjid! The Masjid whose foundation was laid from the first day on righteousness, is more worthy that you stand therein. In it there are people who love to be purified in character, and God loves those who keep clean of schism and sectarianism. [6:159]

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Now we have a masjid in the category of a temple, synagogue, church, monastery, etc. They ring the bell, blow the horn, etc, to call for prayer and we give Adhaan (call for SALAAT). The verse of Qur’an that refers to CALL FOR SALAAT is as follows:

5:58 When you call to Salaat congregations, they mock it and make a jest of it, simply because they are a people who do not use reason. [They do not know that the call with its clearest Mission Statement is unique in the world and speaks volumes of the conviction behind

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In an organized community there are fixed times of Adhaan (CALL FOR SALAAT). It doesn’t happen at odd times unless there is some emergency. Some of the verses to this effect are as follows:

11:114 Strive to establish and consolidate the Divine System, day and night. Actions that create balance in the society remove the ill effects of inequities. Good deeds remove bad deeds. This is a reminder for those who will remember.
This verse according to word for word translation should read “ESTABLISH SALAAT AT BOTH ENDS OF THE DAY AND AT THE APPROACH OF NIGHT”.

Other verses with reference to times of salaat are as follows:
[2:238, 17:78, 38:32, 24:58, 2:238].

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ABLUTION for Salaat is compulsory. The verse to this effect is as follows:

5:6 O You who have chosen to be graced with belief! When you congregate for Salaat, wash your 105 faces and your forearms, hands to the elbows. Lightly rub your heads and your feet to the ankles. If you are in the post-coital state with your spouses, bathe your whole body. But, if you are ill or traveling, or coming from the privy, or are in the post-coital state and find no water, then observe dry ablution by touching clean dry soil and lightly rub your faces and hands. God does not wish to place any difficulty upon you, but to make you clean and to perfect His blessings upon you, that you may be grateful. [4:43. Wudhu = Ablution will help prepare mentally for congregational prayer. Tayammum = Dry ablution]

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These verses of the Qur’an state that congregational salaat that were shortened to two sets of prostrations in 4:102 were usually performed with more than two sets of prostration as in 4:103 at secure times.

4;101 When you go forth on an expedition or travel, there is no blame on you in shortening your Salaat congregations if you fear that the disbelievers may attack you. The disbelievers are your ardent enemies. [2:3]

4:102 When you (O Messenger) are with them (on an expedition or travel), and stand to lead them in Salaat congregation, let some of them stand up with you taking their arms with them. After they have concluded their Salaat (HERE SALAAT IS USED INSTEAD OF PROSTRATION), let them fall to the rear and let another party come forth and keep their arms in all precaution while taking instructions. The disbelievers want you to neglect your arms and belongings so that they may attack you once and for all. There is no blame on you in laying aside your arms if rain impedes you or if you are ill. But take all possible precaution for yourselves. God has readied a humiliating punishment for the disbelievers.

4:103 After you are done with the congregation, remain mindful of God - standing, sitting or lying down. When you feel secure once again, establish Salaat as usual. Salaat at the times appointed by the Central Authority is mandatory unto believers. [3:191, 'Mauqoota' = Times appointed by the Central Authority] THIS SHOULD BE IN CONTEXT OF DIVINE COMMANDMENTS AND ACCORDING TO A PROCESS OF DIRECT DEMOCRACY FROM PARISH LEVEL.

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Masjid is the nucleus of the development of the Ummah. Unfortunately, on this forum many do not believe that the Qibla is Khabaa. All masjids that face the Khabaa motivate the national and international development of the Ummah.

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The following verses of the Qur’an tell us that salaat has (1) TIME (2) PLACE, MASJID:

7:29 Say (O Messenger), 'My Lord enjoins justice and to stand devoted to Him alone in complete submission at all time and place (OF SALAAT, MASJID). Call unto Him, sincere in your faith in Him alone. As He brought you into being in the first place, so shall you return to Him.

BUT SALAAT AS “PLEDGE” AND NOT AS A “PRAYER” MOTIVATES US TO FUNCTION ACCORDING TO QUR’AN 24/7.

Dressing in a civil manner and going for salaat to masjid also denote that salaat is a “pledge” to establish the Divine System in all issues of our lives 24/7 according to the Qur’an we recite in the standing position of salaat and not according to any Hadith or word of man:

7:31 O Children of Adam! Adorn yourselves with nice attire remaining subservient to Divine Commands at every occasion of subservience (TIME AND PLACE OF SALAAT, MASJID). Enjoy God's bounties, but do not commit excesses. God does not love the wasters. [Masjid = All occasions of subservience to God. This encompasses the entire life of a Muslim]

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The Translation of the Qur’an can always be manipulated to make us believe what the writer wishes us to believe. That is why we need to be a little smart when we read or quote from the Qur’an. When I wanted to write my first book about 40 years ago I asked Mr Ahmed Deedat for advice. He said, “Be careful Sayed Saab, even the Devil can write a book and quote from Qur’an”

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Hence, when we look at the faraiz of salaat in Hadith, there is no word of lie in it according to the Qur’an. Everything in it is exactly as stated in the Qur’an except for the fact that words are added to it falsely in the name of the Prophet (s) whereas he was strictly instructed by Qur’an not to say or do in the deen that which was not revealed to him. Therefore, in the best interest of the Ummah, salaat/namaaz requires reform not rejection.

Best Regards,
AK Sayed (South Africa).

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A Sayed (South Africa) -- Thursday, 19 October 2017, 11:44 am
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A Sayed (South Africa) -- Monday, 23 October 2017, 8:05 am
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Mubashir Canada -- Sunday, 22 October 2017, 7:32 pm
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jawaid ahmed,uk -- Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 7:34 am
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Dawood, USA -- Thursday, 26 October 2017, 10:40 pm
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jawaid ahmed,uk -- Saturday, 28 October 2017, 1:30 pm
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Dawood, USA -- Monday, 30 October 2017, 7:13 pm
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jawaid ahmed,uk -- Tuesday, 31 October 2017, 9:08 am
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Razi, India -- Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 9:19 am
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Tahir Canada -- Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 9:59 pm
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Tahir Canada -- Friday, 27 October 2017, 10:59 pm
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Dawood, USA -- Monday, 30 October 2017, 7:01 pm
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Tahir Canada -- Tuesday, 31 October 2017, 3:03 am
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jawaid ahmed,uk -- Thursday, 26 October 2017, 7:42 am
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jawaid ahmed,uk -- Saturday, 28 October 2017, 1:53 pm
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Razi, India -- Saturday, 28 October 2017, 11:22 am
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jawaid ahmed,uk -- Tuesday, 31 October 2017, 12:23 pm
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Razi, India -- Wednesday, 1 November 2017, 9:17 am
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jawaid ahmed,uk -- Monday, 23 October 2017, 7:31 am
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Mubashir, Canada -- Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 3:25 am
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Dawood, USA -- Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 8:02 pm
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jawaid ahmed,uk -- Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 7:57 am
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jawaid ahmed,uk -- Saturday, 28 October 2017, 1:59 pm
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