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“My Lord, make me observe Prayer, and my children too. Our Lord! bestow Thy grace on me and accept my prayer.” (Holy Qur’an Ch.14, Verse 41)


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Nasir Magazine Volume 1 - Issue 1 May 2011 Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Newcastle Local Magazine

The Holy Qur’an Saying of the Holy Prophet (saw) Writings of the Promised Messiah (as)

Sadr Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK Faheem Anwer

Local Qaid

Haris Muhammad

Friday Sermon The Importance of Salaat from the Writings of the Promised Messiah (as) IT Information & Tips Photo Gallery

Local Secretary Ishaat

Muhammad Akram Anjum

Allah had promised to those among you who believe and do good works that He will surely make them Successors in the earth, as He made Successors from among those who were before them; and that He will surely establish for them their religion which He has chosen for them; and that He will surely give them in exchange security and peace after their fear: They will worship Me, and they will not associate anything with Me. Then whoso is ungrateful after that, they will be the rebellious. (Surah l-Nur, Verse 56).


Chapter 2: Al-Baqarah

[2:4] Who believe in the unseen and observe Prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them;

Saying of the Holy Prophet (saw) Daily Prayers Abu Ayub Ansari (ra) relates that a man said: Messenger of Allah, tell me that which causes me to be admitted to Paradise and will keep me away from the Fire. He answered: Worship Allah and do not associate anything with Him, observe Prayer, pay the Zakat and join the ties of kinship. (Bukhari, Kitabul Adab) Jabir (ra) relates that the Holy Prophet (saw) said: Giving up Prayers is tentamount to disbelief and paganism. (Muslim) Abu Hurairah (ra) relates that the Holy Prophet (saw) said: The first item in respect of which a person would be called to account on the Day of Judgment will be Prayer. If that is found in order he would be successful and prosper, but if that is not in order he would be ruined and lost. In case of a shortcoming in his obligations the Lord of honor and glory will say: Look, if among the voluntary acts of My servant there is anything that would make up his shortcoming in respect of his obligations. All his obligations would be checked up in that manner. (Sahih Muslim) (The Ahmadiyya Gazette, September/October 1996)


Writings of the Promised Messiah (as)

When the blessing of Allah are near at hand, He provides the pre-requisites for the acceptance of prayer. The heart is stirred, warms up and begins to glow. When however, the moment is not opportune for the acceptance of prayer, the heart lacks that one exerts one’s self, the heart does not respond by exhibiting willingness. It is so because at times God exerts His decree so that His Will be done, and at other times He concedes to the prayer of His servants. That is why as long as I do not perceive the signs of God’s willingness, I do not entertain much hope for the acceptance of prayer. At such times, I submit to the Will of my Lord with greater pleasure than that which I derive from the acceptance of prayer. Indeed, I know that the blessings and fruits of this submission to the Will of God are greater by far. (Malfoozat Vol.1 P 460)


Friday Sermon: Friday Sermon: Salaat (Prayers) Published on February 22nd, 2008 - Taken from alislam.org

Huzur (atba) continued with the subject of Salaat in his Friday Sermon today. He cited verse 19 of Surah al-Fatir (35:19), the translation reads: ‘And no burdened soul can bear the burden of another; and if a heavily laden soul call another to bear its load, naught of it shall be carried by the other, even though he be a kinsman. Thou canst warn only those who fear their Lord in secret and observe Prayer, And whoso purifies himself, purifies himself only to his own advantage; and to Allah shall be the return.’ Huzur (atba) said the commandment for Salaat is fundamental and without it religion cannot be fulfilled. Indeed in the very beginning of the Holy Qur’an after faith in the ‘Unseen’ it is observance of Salaat that is mentioned. In fact even before that in Surah al-Fatihah we pray to Allah saying: ‘You alone do we worship’.

with regard to observance of Salaat whereas no undue optimism should be expressed in context of Salaat unless every single Ahmadi is 100% firm on the requisites of Salaat.

Huzur (atba) said while we are in a thankful frame of mind in terms of the Khilafat Centenary we should be Huzur (atba) said today he would further elu- most mindful of the key principle of belief (i.e. Salaat) cidate the merits of Salaat in light of the Holy because Khilafat is only promised to those who have Qur’an, Hadith and the writings of the Promised belief. Messiah (as) Commentating on the Quranic verse recited at the Huzur (atba) said he had thought of giving a dis- beginning Huzur (atba) said it draws the attention of course on another subject today but upon reflec- those who fear their Lord in secret to stay alert with tion and in light of reports from the Tarbiyyat regards observance of Salaat and try and keep the ‘self ’ secretary of UK and Sadr Lajna USA he felt it nec- pure, they should never entertain the thought that inessary to speak further on the subject of Salaat. dolence about Salaat is acceptable. Huzur (atba) said Huzur (atba) said just because he had mentioned all this is to make weak individuals like us heedful of UK and USA other countries should not con- the Hereafter and the fact that we all have to return to sider that they have achieved the requisite stand- Allah – this would make us think about keeping the ard of Saalat, in fact the high standard of Salaat self pure and indeed the best way to keep the self pure that would bring satisfaction cannot been seen is through observance of Salaat. anywhere. Some office-holders express optimism


Explaining the concept of ‘fear of God’ Huzur (atba) said it is like the fear of losing a dear one through making them unhappy. Such a feeling for Allah would encourage our love for Him and we will be that much more heedful not to incur His displeasure and we will be drawn towards observance of Salaat. Otherwise, Bai’at on its own is not a source of salvation. The Holy Prophet (saw) said that among the deeds of people the first accountability will be of Salaat. Allah will ask His angels to see if His servant accomplished the Salaat or left it incomplete. If the person has made any nafl (optional) worship it will be used to make up any deficiency in the fardh (obligatory) worship. Huzur (atba) said in light of this how critical it is for us to make arrangements for our Salaat. It is indeed a tremendous favour of Allah on the Ahmadis that having accepted the Promised Messiah (as) we are now a Community which is strung together in a manner of a string of pearls, we have an appreciation of rising and sitting down at the gesture of a hand, then how much mindful should we be about something that generates discipline the most and something that will be of great avail to us even in the Hereafter?

their Prayer. Those who show off.’ Huzur (atba) said certainly the Companions of the Holy Prophet (saw) were not like this, therein is a warning for people to come. The Qur’an also states in Surah al-Nisa verse 143 (4:143) that those who seek to deceive Allah, He causes them to deceive themselves. Huzur (atba) said we are fortunate that we are included in the ‘latter-ones’ who have been likened to the earlier ones. This tremendous blessing comes with a huge responsibility never to let observance of Salaat slip, never to be deficient in fulfilling the rights of Allah and indeed the rights of His people. His favour in granting us guidance is immense and requires us to be extremely grateful and to turn to Him with absolute sincerity. Huzur (atba) said it is a matter of utmost gravity that not a single person among us should have the indolence that takes one away from faith and away from God. Huzur (atba) read another extract from the noble writings of the Promised Messiah (as) about the merits of Salaat. The translation of this extract can be read on pages 295-297 of Essence of Islam Vol II.

Huzur (atba) cited verses 2 & 3 of Surah al-Mumi’nun (23:2) and said that the thing to remember is that Salaat is the first rung of success for a true believer in every sense. This is conditional to the fact that Salaat Huzur (atba) read an extract of the Promised Mes- is offered with complete sincerity only for Allah, to siah (as) to signify the importance of Salaat. The seek His nearness as well as His blessings and pleasure, translation of this extract can be read on pages which indeed is the true objective of the existence of 308 -309 of Essence of Islam Vol. II. man. Huzur (atba) also cited verse 133 of Surah Ta Ha (20:133). Citing verses 23-24 of Surah al-Ma’arij (70:23) Huzur (atba) explained true believers are regular Huzur (atba) read further extracts from the august in their Salaat and worldly matters are not a hin- writings of the Promised Messiah (as) elucidating the drance in their observance of Salaat, these are the merits and significance of Salaat in a most eloquent people who have high morals and this indeed is manner. a sign of a true worshipper of God. Huzur (atba) said there are some who say their Salaat regularly In conclusion Huzur (atba) said these are the high but their surroundings are not safe from them; standards of Salaat that we do not simply have to atindeed one should observe Salaat with the inten- tain and be regular at, rather every fibre of our being tion to seek the pleasure of Allah. Huzur (atba) and our very soul should turn to Allah and prostrate said it is a great blessing of Allah that we in the to Him and our hearts should make entreaties that Community of the Promised Messiah (as) have take us close to Allah, that bring about a revolutionary understood the true message of Islam as brought change that reflects the pleasure of the One God. May by the Holy Prophet (saw), As for those who say Allah make us experience all this. their Salaat with different intentions the Qur’an states in verses 5-7 of Surah al-Ma’un (107:5), the translation reads: ‘So woe to those who pray, But are unmindful of


The Importance of Salaat from the Writings of the Promised Messiah (as) listens speaks and responds to the supplicatory. This is the situation in the Salaat. The worshipper falls into prostration before Almighty and submits his difficulties and his needs to Him. The result of true and real Salaat is that soon the time comes when God Almighty responds to the supplicant and comforts him with His words. Such an experience is not possible without the true observance of Salaat. (Malfoozat, Vol V, pp. 253255)

What is Salaat? It is the submission of one's humility and one's weakness to God and to seek the fulfilment of one's needs from Him. In the course of the Salaat the worshipper sometimes stands before God with folded arms signifying his consciousness of the glory of God and his eagerness to carry out His Commandments; at other times he falls into prostration in complete humility and devotion and seeks the fulfilment of his needs. Sometimes like a beggar he praises Him from whom he begs and proclaiming His greatness and His glory seeks to move His mercy and supplicates Him. A faith that has nothing comparable to the Salaat is altogether empty. Salaat means the love and fear of God and the preoccupation of the heart with His remembrance. That is faith. He who seeks escape from Prayer is no better than an animal. To eat and drink and sleep away the hours like an animal is not faith. This is the practice of the disbelievers. For him who desires to meet God and is anxious to reach Him the Salaat is a conveyance by climbing into which he can arrive at his goal speedily. He who gives up the Salaat, how shall he arrive? What happens in the Salaat? One raises one's hands in supplication and the Other listens to him well. Then a time comes when He Who

The Salaat is truly so called when a sincere and holy relationship is established with God and the worshipper becomes so devoted to the pleasure of God Almighty and His obedience and so upholds his faith above all worldly values that he is ever ready to lay down his life in the cause of God. It is only then that it can be said that his Salaat is worthy to be called by that name. So long as this condition is not established and the worshipper does not become a model of sincerity and faithfulness his prayers and other actions are without effect. (Malfoozat, Vol. VI, p. 240)

Do not perform the Salaat as a mere ceremony, but observe it with the burning and the melting of the heart and supplicate continuously in the

Salaat. It is the key to the resolving of all difficulties. In addition to the prescribed prayers and glorification supplicate much in your vernacular so that your heart should melt, and continue this effort till you arrive at that condition for that is the means of the achieving of all true objectives. All physical postures during the Salaat should represent the condition of the heart also. When the worshipper stands in the Salaat his heart


should also be standing erect for God's obedience; when he bows down the heart should also bow down; and when he goes into prostration the heart should also prostrate itself, which means that the heart should not let go of God at any time. When he reaches that condition he will begin to get rid of sins. (Malfoozat, Vol. VI, pp. 367-368)

Salaat means relationship between man's servitude and God's providence The Holy Qur’an mentions two gardens; one of these is the garden that is bestowed in this life and that is the delight of the Salaat. The Salaat is not a burdensome tax but is a permanent relationship between man's condition of servitude and God's Providence. God Almighty has prescribed the Salaat for the establishment of that relationship and has charged it with delight which serves to maintain the relationship. For instance, if a married couple do not find delight in their relationship, the relationship is likely to be disrupted. In the same way if there is no delight in Salaat the relationship between the servant and the Master is disrupted. Supplicate behind closed doors that that relationship may be continued and may become a source of delight. The relationship between man's servitude and God's Providence is very deep and is full of light, the reality of which cannot be expressed in words. Till that delight is experienced man continues in a state which resembles animals. Even if that delight is felt only two or three times the worshipper experiences a taste of it, but he who has not even that much experience continues blind as is said: He who is blind in this world will continue blind in the hereafter. (17:73), (Malfoozat, Vol. VI, p. 371)

The Philosophy of Islamic Prayer Acceptance of prayer is proved by valid instances as part of the law of nature and God sets up living models in every age. That is why He has taught the prayer: Guide us along the straight path, the path of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy favours. This is the design and law of God and no one can alter it. Guide us along the straight path is a supplication for perfection in conduct. In form this is a direction to seek guidance to the straight path, but it is preceded by: We worship Thee alone

and beg Thy help. This indicates that we must use our natural capacities for treading along the straight path and seek Divine help in the process. Therefore, appropriate available means must be employed. Whoever neglects this is guilty of ingratitude in respect of God's bounties. Consider, if the tongue that God the Sublime has bestowed on us, made up of nerves and muscles, was not equipped with its capacities, we would not have been capable of speech. He granted us a tongue that can express the thoughts and designs of the mind for the purposes of prayer. If we do not employ the tongue for supplication, it would be our great misfortune. There are so many ailments any of which could instantly stop its functioning.

Similarly, He has equipped the mind with the qualities of humility and lowliness and the faculties of contemplation and reflection. Be mindful, then, that if we fail to use these powers and faculties, our prayer is vain. If we do not use the gifts we possess, how can we supplicate for more? That is why: We worship Thee alone, proceeds: Guide us along the straight path. This is an affirmation that we have not left unemployed and stultified the gifts and faculties that Allah has granted us. (Al-Hakam, Dec. 10, 1901)


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