Humility in Prayer 04
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The basic meaning of Khushu is the softness of the heart, its being gentle, still, submissive, broken, and yearning. The source of Khushu that takes place in the heart is the awareness of Allah’s Greatness, Magnifence and Perfection. The more awareness one develops, the more Khushu he has.
ibn Rajab Al Hanbali wrote a treatise on developing Khushu in Salah, a short book beutifully translated into English. Learn deep lessons that will affect your prayer and your every day life.
Ammar al Shukry will help us cover the book over 6 weeks (until Dec 20th) at River Oaks Islamic Center, Tuesdays from 8pm – 9pm.
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So we're continuing, it's all over the book, humility. And
so we're going to jump right in,
too. I think we've reached the chapter of the parrot final. We're actually at the chapter of the graph. So,
as usual, let's get a reader shall walk and jump right into this, as usual, only bizarre, voluntary, while everybody else sums up the courage
Chapter Two, the prayer alomost tie has legislated different types of worship that would allow you to develop on the bodies, which in turn arises from the issue of the heart. Its meekness and brokenness. Khushboo in prayer, the greatest action of worship which manifests the horseshoe of the body to Allah is the prayer so Allah, Allah has praised those who have for sure in the prayer with his words, Allah Nina when feasible at the end coffee or when those who are humble in their prayer.
Those who are humble and meek in their prayer, not knowing who is standing on their left or right and neither looking here or there due to their humility before a lot mighty and magnificent.
Even a MOBOTIX said, on the authority of Abu Jaffer, on the authority of life, that Mujahid said concerning the saying of Allah, what will more than a polythene and stand in the obedience of in obedience to Allah will note obedience here means to stand calmly, with, with
to lower the gaze, and stole the limbs from the of the law, mighty and magnificent.
He also said, When any of the scholars stood for prayer, he would be in such awe of the All Merciful, mighty and magnificent, that his gaze would not swerve, he would not look here and there, he would not play with stones, or do any frivolous action, or talk to himself about anything related to the world unless out of forgetfulness. So right here, it's talking about the importance of stillness, right and loss loss. We're talking about the importance of stillness, and horseshoe and Komodo if it stands in obedience to Allah and the whole concept of the importance of stillness and making sure that you reach
a stationary position.
Every section of the prayer that you go into, it all comes from the story, the Hadeeth, that's called Heidi through Mercy is the person who
prayed badly, the person who prayed badly
a man prayed in front of us who lost the lightest and love. And then after he was done, the prophets, noble ysf said to him, go back and pray, because you didn't fret. So the man went and prayed again. And then he came back to this loss of lies to them, and the practice of medicine said to him, go back and pray, because you didn't pray. The man went a third time and he prayed. And then he came back. And the prophets all of a sudden said to him, go back and pray because you didn't pray. So the man said, I also love teaching because I don't know how to pray other than what I just did. That's the only way I know how to pray. And so the province level lightest set up then
mentioned in the, in the Hadith, he mentioned a number of things. So he said, You know, he basically mentioned what would then become known as the pillars of prayer. So the Prophet sallallahu sallam, he says, he doesn't tell us a lot for us to be able to do. He said, If you get up to pray that perfect your will do, although that's not a pillar of the prayer, that's a prerequisite. So he says to my stuff, I'm going to develop a character. He said, then face the fibula, forget the face the Qibla and make tech bit what could I be myself, so I'm at the minute for I read what is easy for you of the whole lot, whatever you can basically. So Mark, my naraka. Then he said, aka, bow hat
document in lavaca. Until you have ultimate none while you are in record. And ultimate, none means
what Nina is like certainty, but in this context, it's like until you're absolutely, like complete, in your record, every bone is fixed in its place, you're not in a position of motion anymore. The motion has to stop, had the hook main or lockout, and then he says and then lift your head. So my father said to him, and then he says, lift your head until you are firmly upright that didn't bite me. You're at your full height standing. And then he says, who must should have thought of my inner sajida he says
And then prostrate until you have the same concept. Ultimately, not every joint is in its rightful place. You're not bouncing off of the ground, there's stillness when you go into salute, and then he says through Marfa hat that the stoic will talk about Energizer. And then he says, Then get into your seating position into your juice, until you have it midnight while you're in juice, while you're in that same position, and then he says, to miss some mustard, heterotopia in a salad, and then prostrate until you have nine while you're insurgents. And then he says too much I had to stay with him. He says, and then get up until you are standing at your full height upright. And then he
says, and then repeat that in your entire prayer. Right. And so from this,
the province of the light is send them is teaching this person, the bare minimum for an accepted prayer or for a correct prayer for a valid prayer, which is that you stand up upright.
that you stand up upright and standing upright is obligatory, the only person who receives a concession for standing upright in the prayer is a person who physically cannot stand up upright in the prayer. And so sometimes people are like, Oh, it's cold, I'm gonna pray sitting down in my car, that's not valid, because you're not allowed to do the PR.
Sitting down, unless you physically cannot, right, so you stand up for an upright position.
And then you go into your read whatever you kind of hold on, and that's another pillar of the prayer.
Especially, of course, sort of that fact. And then after that, you go into the fourth and that's another pillar of the prayer and getting up from requires another pillar of the prayer. And so all of these the prophets lesson is described as this person as pillars. What's the point here is that it may not is described as a pillar. This stillness is considered to be a pillar, the profit loss enum is telling this person, you're not fulfilling this requirement of the validity of the prayer, which is
translating it in is serenity or tranquility in each station of the prayer. Okay, so this is
it that I did a lot is discussing the importance of a person not be fidgety. And fidgety is something different, but at the very least that person in every station of the pair that they're making sure that they're, they're giving it its right, and at the end of the day, you'll find that the difference between a person who protects their prayer in this fashion, and the person who's just bouncing through the prayer, at the end of the entire prayer, the difference was like one or two minutes, this person is rushing through their prayer just so that they can shave off one or two minutes, maybe three, right? So give yourself those two, three minutes. It makes a world of a
Matsuda said that Medina, may Allah have mercy on him said concerning the saying of a lot most high sci fi would do the field up him and
their mark is on their faces the traces of prostration
it means for sure in prayer,
Imam Ahmed the say and there may be record that the days of follow up pass or they allow that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, the prayer is performed by two by two, with the shepherd being performed after every tour guys, you should be in a state of humility, humble integrity, and display your dire need. Then you should raise your hands and supplication and say, My Lord, my Lord, my lord three times, whoever does not do this, it will be defective. As you see in the footnote, that part is actually an addition that's weak. Right? So don't worry too much about that.
Muslim record on the authority of with Monrovia low on who the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, there is no Muslim who reaches the time of an obligatory prayer and performs its absolution, kosher and bowing Well, except that he will act as an expiation for his previous sins, so long as he does not commit a major sin. And this applies for all times. Okay, so we're introduced to two people, two companions on this page. The first is a full blooded nobis and the second is Earth man and we are found on the line
who's a father of Knapp bass, take a guess.
As to the son of a bass, so he's who's he's the brother of who?
I believe in our bass. Right. Now bass is the cousin of the province device, and he's the famous one even though he's the younger one. He's the younger brother. Sometimes the younger brother out shines is the older one. And I live in I bachelors that probably around 10 or 11, when the Prophet civil Edison and passed away and he fought
focused on really learning and teaching and hence he became very well known. And he's considered the he's considered you know the
premier scholar to see it of the school and the prophets level I said and made the offer and he wiped over his head and he said a lot of people could do it that lady said, Oh a lot give him Phil club the religion understanding felt means understanding understanding of the religion to teach him the interpretation. And so I would live now best became a very very and he exerted a lot of effort himself obviously not just depending on the job for profit solo I just sit down but he went out. And his journey for knowledge is very well known
as fatherless his older brother,
and the father didn't have bass is the person who traveled with the prophets level lighters and,
and he was, he was the one who accompany those who lost the license on his hedge. And so our description of the hedge and I'd follow the line who he was literally on the camera, or the amount of loss of allies that are doing the hedge. And that's a beautiful also,
you know, something to reflect on with regards to the province of Elias and of his fellow Hydra 62 years old. And the person who's riding with him is around 17 years old, felt that it would have been right and so little sort of lost a little like this. And he really paid a lot of attention to young people. And he was very, he was very accommodating.
A lot of times even us even though we're not,
you know, that advanced in our ages, we're not that disconnected from being young. Some of us are probably still
maybe teenagers. But we have this sometimes we have a we can't deal with these millennials and their skinny jeans and their way of thinking and they're they're they're acronyms that they use on Twitter and stuff like that, like call outs, I can't deal with them and how stupid they are and silly they are and all that type of stuff. But that's that's not right. You know, the prophet SAW sent him you know, it blasts a really interesting narration. They've been advised himself says, He says that a father to his brother, his older brother, was in hydrothermal sort of colossal Elias. And then in this ideal woman,
this woman, she asked him little sort of lost a little light. So lemme question about the hedge. And our father is looking at her. Right, and she's looking at him. And the Prophet cellulitis and it takes up father's face, and he goes like this.
Right? Because he's like, he's a teenage boy, right? He's just staring at this girl. And it's at hedge, and the province lesson just moves his face like this. And I'm thinking to myself, imagine if you had just imagine if you were a hedge, forget being a hedge, if you were just in the company of your, if you're at the convention this last weekend, right? And you just happen to run into, you know, your most favorite personality or teacher or, you know, someone who you just had a lot of respect for and admiration for, wouldn't you, you'd be on your best behavior, right, you'd be lowering your gaze, pretending that there was nobody of the opposite gender in existence. And for
them to have biases and heights, and these with little soul loss, I said of them, and the profits of the lightest, and the product, just his face, and he looks again, and the process of him shifts his face again. And then finally, it also lost less access to him, my nephew, you are in a place, that whoever controls their
tongue and controls, their eyes will come across a lot sooner, however, the prophets have said it, but you're in a moment that whoever controls themselves in it, they will be forgiven. Right like this is this is just teaching him about what hedge is about. This is a this is a big moment, you don't want to squander it. But that requires for you to interact with people and you know, kind of really, really practice a lot of forbearance with regards to people's mistakes and their immaturity and their shortcomings.
As far as minor, not fun. I hope everybody else would have modeled the law Who is he is
one of the 10 who are he's one of the tent, who's given the glad tidings of Paradise, who's the third of the Muslims, he is the only person to ever married two daughters of any Prophet, but the law and the prophets level by who said to them said at the passing of his second wife, he said if we had a third who would have married her to you, he's called Luna noted the possessor of the two lights because he had married two of the prophets of Alliance Adams daughters will play in a good film. He
he purchased paradise twice, will be aligned with the first time when he prepared Jay showed us the conquest of the book or the campaign of the book. And the second time was when he purchased bill Roma, and this was a well that the Muslims needed for access to water and earth minder Mafalda lager purchased it
profitable lights and upset whoever purchases a bit of a warmer
will have paradise and a well in paradise. And so with my map, I purchased it. And his seal is absolutely amazing. He's not as well known because we don't you can't really romanticize with my map on his personality like you kind of have an idea of never thought event.
Have a look at some, of course, but not ideological. So how about the law librarian when he says that we used to consider the best of the Muslims aboubaker man and then you'd be silent.
So if mines places very, very, very well known amongst the companions also last night, I said amongst men, the purpose of the light is seldom said that should he not be shy of someone whom the angels are shy from so it's mine is a you know, it's interesting, when we talk about Haier, Haier, Haier, Haier, we're always kind of directing it in this direction, which is the direction of the sisters. But the greatest symbol amongst the companions with regards to hyah is actually male. Right? And it says amount of novelty line 95 he says about himself. I never committed Zina in Japanese or Islam. And in fact, I never ever touched. I never touched my private parts with my right
hand after in my life, after I pledge allegiance total, so we've lost all the lights on with it.
Ever, and I never
stole injectivity or a slap. And he'll do 100 Amazing, amazing personality.
Yeah, so he says
that the prophets I said, there's no Muslim who reaches the time of an obligatory prayer performs, its absolution for sure. And Baba will accept that it will act as an expiation and to praise previous sin so long as he doesn't commit a major sin. And this applies for all types. And this is narrated by a Muslim and also with my navfac. He is one of the Sahaba, who the description of Luke comes from. So in Bukhari Muslim as madrina
was asked about how to the prophets of Allah, they said, No, Nick will do. And so he calls for it enough, he calls for a basin or whatever you want to call it a bucket, and photo, but now, we'll also delays or send an email to all the profits of a virus and them and so he washed his hands and then he rented his nose, and then he washed his face, and then he washed up to his elbows. And then he wiped over his head, and then he rents his or washed his feet. And then he said I heard was a little last level, but it's not safe. To hold we had whoever pray the mix will do like I just made rubble. And then praise Torah guys.
Now you had the to be human of Sir, without distracting themselves, not speaking to themselves in that's the literal translation, which means not entertaining any thoughts other than that of the prayer,
their sins will be forgiven, their previous sins will be forgiven. And so you see here that the the reward for two rockers that are prayed with focus
is the forgiveness of sins.
You can just pray forget, you don't going to hide generality. Obviously, we're all supposed to do these things. But you can use a tool developed by yourself in main center. Nobody knows about it. And you could walk out of the mystery on any given day, all of your sins are forgiven, or even if you pray them in your house or anywhere. But the the key is, is that you perfect your world. And that you pray as perfect a prayer as you can. Right not entertaining any thoughts other than what's should be included in the prayer.
actions of prayer conducted to assure amongst the actions that are conductive to having kosher subservience and brokenness and the prayer is to place one hand on the other one.
It is reported that Imam Ahmed was asked about is this action and he replied, It is to be subservient before the Almighty
and even Mohammed Al mislead the preacher may Allah have mercy on him said, I have not heard anything better of knowledge than this. It is reported that bisher happy may Allah have mercy on him said for 40 years have I wished to place one hand on the other in the prayer and the only thing that prevented me from doing so was that I would have I would have been shown a coup great greater than that in my heart.
Mohammed, Nasir el mundo Ozzy. May Allah have mercy on him records that is with his it's not to Okonedo rally alone who that he said mankind will be gathered on the day of rising in accordance to the performance of the prayer. One of the narrator's depicted this by grasping his left hand with his right and inclining his head.
He also records with his his snap to a musalla handsome
May Allah have mercy on him that he said, people will be resurrected on the Day of Judgment like this on the day of rising like this, and he placed one of his hands on the other.
Understanding this means understanding this meaning leads the one praying to remember that time when he will stand before Allah Most High to be judged.
A little noon may Allah have mercy on him would say when describing the servants of Allah. If only you could see one of them when they stood for prayer, standing in their place of prayer, it would cross his mind that place was the place in which Allah would raise a man to stand before the Lord of the worlds, he would be completely taken aback and his very sanity would be shaken. This was recorded by a boon lame may Allah have mercy on him.
Amongst the actions is the servants facing towards forwards to Allah,
mighty and magnificent and is not turning away to any other. This is one of two types. The first is his heart not turning away from the one he is discoursing with and is added to being totally devoted to the Lord. Mighty and magnificent
Muslim records on the authority of our admin have Basha rather low on that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam mentioned the excellence and reward of evolution and then said, so if he then stands in praise, praising and eulogizing Allah, magnifying him, as is befitting and devoting his heart to Allah, He will finish the prayer in a state like the day on which his mother gave birth to him.
The second is, is not looking left and right, instead restricting his gaze to the place of frustration. This is one of the necessary outcomes of the horseshoe in the heart, and it's not turning away. This is why when one of the son of saw a person fidgeting in the prayer, he remarked, if the heart of this person had short, his limbs would also show for sure, this has been mentioned previously. On this one, two things here, he talks about the importance of church not turning away in the prayer. And the second is beginning with regards to will do and will do is obviously a a prerequisite to the prayer.
You cannot pray without will do. So. Something, you know, very interesting. It's just when you look at the religion and how a lot as we get designed,
that we cannot face other than in the prayer.
Just think about that. Why is that? Why is it that we can't?
We're sitting there walking around with complices, right, as a normal, which way is northeast? wherever we are, which way is that they've No, we have to face towards this particular direction. I can just pray in whatever direction that I want. Other religions, they're not worried about this. They're not worried about aligning their
their prayer rubs in a particular direction.
I mean, what's the
what's the benefit of that? Or what's the symbolism here?
What happens? I asked you this, what happens if
Right, this is the table. I'm praying here. And I just decide, I'm going to turn around to my prayer.
I like this direction better. 180 degrees.
How's my prayer now?
invalid and valid, right? Why? Because I turned away from liberal. I just turned around, and I just turned around, right? And if I did that 10 people would get up around me and start grabbing me by the shoulders and forcing me towards northeast, right? Because it's obviously invalid.
if that's with regards to me, turning my body away physically, from the prayer, what about the person who enters into the prayer and
they turn around, they turn in every direction, they tour the world while they're in the salon.
Right, and they're not facing a lot as they face and right at the beginning, just to say a lot of work. And then they go on tour, they start walking around, right? They go check their car, what's inside.
Because that's what we do. Right? And so this is a reminder to us, that are sitting there and they're talking about how many, how many, like little motions you can do before your prayer is invalid. And you just agreed that you can't just turn around 180 degrees or 45 degrees or anything like that.
In your prayer. And so what about turning your heart away from a lot as we get away from the direction your heart has to write your your mind has pivoted to it's not just your physical body spinning up. And so this is the discussion that they have about the importance of turning away
Don't turn away, don't turn away. Focus as much as you can be present as much as you can recognize who you have an audience with. In this moment, it's only five minutes to try to last, try to focus. Don't be distracted, don't play with stones, don't play with your phone, don't, don't touch anything. Don't worry about anybody else's feet, where they're at their mistakes. Don't pay attention to any of that, in this moment, just focus on your prayer. Right. The second part is, with regards to the little envelope has two dimensions, who has the outer dimension and has the inner dimension. And so the inner dimension or the outer dimension, rather of the loop? Is what you do you
wash your hands, wash your, your rinse your mouth, and your nose and your face. And we are told that while you're doing that, there are sins that are falling, with every single drop. But every single drop the sins of your, your hands are falling, and sins from your mouth are falling from your face or falling from your arms or falling into your head or falling from your ears or falling in from your, your feet. They're just being rinsed off. And so even in that moment, when you're making will do this is this is you being conscious, right? This is us being conscious of what's happening. Now we're in preparation, just imagining these things falling off of you in this moment, is a lot
different. It's a much more different experience than a person who's just splashing water around as they get to the prayer. Right, even that will do itself becomes a highly spiritual experience. I'm watching these sins often. And then you have beyond that is the repentance aspect. And that's the inner dimension that comes with Google. I'm repenting from whatever because I'm realizing that in 20 seconds, I'm going to be standing in front of all laws again in one minute, I'm going to be standing comfortable Plaza so let me be repentant. Let me ask a lot as if for forgiveness, and hence a lot of pairs between baja and Toba because the hot off is the physical purification and Toba is the
internal purification a Lazarus is in love with Toby we are hearing Allah says Allah loves those who repent and then a loves those who purify themselves. And so you see both of these with regards to a little and in fact it as soon as that after you make will do after you make fool Don't you say Allah whom you say Allah how much I need me to throw at him. I mean, I'm multiple hearing Oh, a lot make me of those who repent and purify themselves. Okay, so this is the physical and spiritual purification, the physical food watching and the spiritual can repentance. And once a person is purified themselves physically and spiritually, then that person is granted to stand in the presence
of the king. And then you approach the Salah by facing the Qibla. Like I mentioned, I didn't ever say I didn't say anything and everything
I said is the son of a saint, even it
and I didn't said I believe is the only person from a loon bed who survived the massacre of Gabbana.
And he had all the Alon who was a child at that time, and he happened to be sick in the tents. And so he survived the massacre of Caterpillar and he went to Medina, he lived there, his entire life on the line. And he was known as an incredible worshiper. And when he would make will do his face would become pale. And they would ask him, like what just happened to you?
They would visibly see
a physical change when he would make mobile and he would say welcome to the ornaments of the fubini de vida de se will be to you. Do you know who I'm going to be standing in front of in a little bit?
Right, there's none of that there's not a single one of us who would go and stand in front of a head of state without being a little bit nervous. A little bit stressed out.
So he would actually feel that when he's standing in front of a buffet.
Okay. Anyone else want to read? Yes. Okay, great.
I don't have the book. So
that's my first question. Second question is, can you explain the exception for women who have young kids? What do you mean the exception so women who have young kids were like crawling or walking around, there's toddlers and the women are distracted during prayer.
Well, sort of distracting what's what's the consequence of that?
I think that with the rights to women being distracted in the prayers, I think I'd rather have the other moms respond, as opposed to myself responding. Anybody have any suggestions? With regards to that?
Are you asking what the consequence is? Or how it can be remedied? Right.
I guess how do you approach that? Okay. I can't really approach that as a mom, I can't tell you guys. I'd rather you guys chip in.
I mean, the consequences. The general the general consequence, always, always you we're commanded to MIT to have as much fuel as possible.
You know, I remember hearing a story of
what's his name? Sorry. I
said, Never mind. It, Han. He was telling the story of how the first time his daughter walked.
And he was saying that he was praying and he was received reciting something.
And his daughter
had never walked, this is his first child. And all of a sudden, in front of him, she stands up and starts walking.
And he was like, you know, for a parent. That's like an incredibly amazing, big, huge moment.
And then, what's the next verse? He's reading in this a lot? Yeah, usually the nominal data Keiko might have what I would recommend the karela is literally the verse that he regret, oh, you will believe Do not let your wealth and your children distract you from the soul of law. If it can hold a common hospital and and whoever does that, then they are losers.
And so he was just like, that was an even bigger moment, right? Because it just happened. Or that verse was what he happened to recite next. And so we're all commanded to
focus as much as we can to not let our wealth and our children distract us. But I'm very, very cautious of trying to pretend that I can tell you how you should deal with your children, because I honestly don't have experience with that. So I'd rather people who do have children.
Explain being dad, when I was single father for a while my daughter is now with her mom. And she's much older now. But when she was little, I said, take her with me. And I'll go pray. And I could hear her with the other kids running around and doing stuff. So kids, they take advantage of that time, because they know you're focused. And to other things.
One of the reasons why some of the would not recommend shortening the prayer with people when a congregation is the anxiety that a mother would feel when the baby cries very true. And that's mentioned in a heartbeat about anxiety and a mother feels.
So those another thing also patients which are children in prayer,
and his grandsons Hassan who's
saying this, the play on his back and he was patient with that he's to stay in prostration longer, so they wouldn't fall off his back. So all of that having patience with children, is people should be like that, because some in some massage, people get upset and they say, don't take your kids, my kids will never have a love for the team. If you don't take them and let them be in that environment, you have to be paid, we have to have more patience with them. Because they make it so that some of the sisters can go to programs, because there's no babysit and things like that. And as long as that natural, religion is natural, it's a natural way of life. And so we keep making it like
this, not that you're going to lose your kids. That's because your kids got to be a part of it. It's got to be something natural, not something you're forcing them to come on, let's pray something they got to see and feel. And it comes it comes very natural human if you treat it that way. Very good.
Any other suggestions?
From the mums?
I would add to that the promise of the lightest of use to carry his children in the prayer. So if you have somebody who's like a young young child, he used to carry like you mentioned he used to have his Hasler center right is back but well, my movement is enough. his granddaughter used to come into the obligatory prayer and used to lead the prayer carry here.
And then, you know, when he would put her down to go into suit, he would pick her back up and he would lead her he would leave the congregation with the rest
of the rest of the pair. So this is also just keeping her
Aside from the kids, I have heard from various people that it's okay to pray while you're traveling. You know, within a car, obviously as passengers you can some people have done that, but I've never heard
I heard this recently, but I've never actually seen it happen. But a driver actually saying that he could pray while driving, which makes no sense.
Okay, so bring in the car, I don't believe that praying in the car is permissible, unless it's a voluntary prayer, because concessions are made for voluntary prayers, the process of Mr. Pray voluntary prayers sitting down, but even then that initial take beat you make standing up, and then you kind of sit down for the rest of it. And that's why you'll find For example, I used to have a friend of mine in high school, sorry, in college he was from from India. And it was very interesting to me because he would pray the normal prayer without standing up with us. And then the sooner prayer he would, why he's still sitting down and go along, but I'm like, What are you doing? I've
never seen this before. And he said, this is the way that we learned how to pray some new prayers. Anybody ever seen that before? Yeah, it's permissible to do that. Okay. I'm
telling the story. I'm building it up.
But the when I did some investigation, it turned out that the reason why they did that was because who's teaching you how to pray. It's like your grandfather, your grandmother, and they had, you know, they're advanced in age. And so they would pray their son in the prayers sitting down, which makes sense, but the children are learning from them. Right? And so it just becomes a lead issue. And so you have these young people who are praying, there's some nippers sitting down, which is half the reward, by the way, right? It's not as reportable as praying is standing up for profits lesson and did it later on, as I said, when the people exhausted him, but the point being here is that with
the Sunnah prayers, there's a lot of leeway like fixing that they blow the profit center and we pray soon, the prayers on a donkey and the donkey is just gonna take you wherever it goes. And so praying the Sunnah prayers, while driving in motion is a lot easier than praying a prayer, especially because
being in a car is different than being on a plane. Being on a car, you have the choice to stop at a rest stop, at any point of time, catch the prayer, you're in control, it's a lot different. The concessions that I've heard are not about being in a car, they're about being on a plane. And with a with a driver of the car.
I mean, is it possible to pray while you're driving, I don't see it, because they've stopped concentrating.
I'm not even looking at it from that aspect, I'm looking at it from the aspect of, you need to you need to stand up,
which I believe is a it's a pillar of the prayer
for the driver and the passenger, I don't believe it permissible for a person to sit down and
we're driving to unless I'm driving to Dallas on Thanksgiving weekend, and it's like seven hours traffic or something like that. If it's bumper to bumper traffic, you can't literally get out, then it becomes a different issue. But if a person
if a person has the opportunity to actually stop then yes. Um, I have a question about. So like, when you're in the measure, then you're praying, you're farther and with the congregation, and then you get done. And it's time to pray some. And some people like to like switch places, what's the thing behind that? The thing behind that is just having more pieces of the earth to testify for your prayer on the Day of Judgment. So that is an actual thing. Like it is an actual thing to decide, and you have more the more earth that testifies for you, the better.
I think maybe mentally or psychologically, but I mean, how effective is that?
There was a man came to the mosque and he
prayed on his part. And
Omar, like told him that, you know, it's better to like pray your nations have been destroyed for during the Civil War.
really understood that. So if you guys can google it now that would be helpful. See what you come up with? Yes. What are you saying?
No, I said that the concessions that I heard were about planes, not about cars now.
People recently so but again, if it's, well, here's here's a couple of points to keep in mind. One is that
take advantage of the gem of hustle. That's number one. Right? Yeah, you're traveling. So if you're on a bus or anything like that, take advantage of that. Number two, so that should be your that's what you should try to do is that if I can pray gem and hustle up before I leave my city or you know in a comfortable place, that's the number one option.
And then if not, obviously, you can, yeah, you can play it on a bus. You can play it on anything where you're not in control. But with the rest of the car. Like I said,
I don't see it as long as you actually have control with regards to your being kidnapped. I can't really help you just pray sitting down. Yeah.
Yeah, for sure is concentration, humility, brokenness. Just that focus in the prayer.
That's what we're talking about. That's what this entire class we're doing this series is just how do we increase our focus, concentration, and humility in the prayer?
Yeah. So I can't stay
sick, and I have to pray. So it is still considered
dental school, if I choose to sit down, it's considered Yes. For the voluntary prayer.
If you're sick, and you can't, I mean, there's never a point in time where you can't pray because the Prophet civilizing him said, If you can't pray standing up, then pray sitting down, if you can't pray sitting down, then pray line down. So there's never a point in time there. The Prayer is the one act of worship in which there is never an actual, like, where you don't have to do it. It doesn't exist like that. If you're not, you're not financially,
if you don't have the actual wealth over a period of a year, then you don't have to hedge financial ability health, you don't have to hold on, physically unable to you don't have to prayer, traveling resident in fear, insecurity. in all circumstances, you have to pray. However, with our breasts issue about full Say, for example of a person
is not able to pray in the manner that they used to pray, they still get the full reward. So the prophets Elias, ss, for example, whoever travels
or is sick, then they receive the reward of the prayers that they used to pray when they were healthy and a resident. So say, for example, if I live in this area, and every Tuesday night, I pray, Asia at Main center, that's my
routine. And I traveled for the summer, I'm getting the reward of praying a shot at Main center every Tuesday night, because that's
what the profitsystem told us. And that's about generosity.
That's a great question.
That's a great question.
Her question is of a sister doesn't pray because of her cycle? Does she still receive the reward of someone who prays her prayers?
That's a good question. Sure, come on, how would you handle the current situation like praying in public is, in some cases, it seems like it may be uncomfortable for people to handle that. So you may need to pray to the airport to decrease your job. Well, the good thing about the South is that airports here have chapels. So I always look out for the chapel. And I go, and I pray in the chapel.
It's what they're there for.
And with regards to praying in public, you really just try to find a
secure place a place where you will be comfortable because you don't want to pray a prayer. That's going to have no time. I mean, I know for sure, no, anything, right? So you want to make sure that you and you plan for the prayer as best as you can. I don't, I don't.
That's pretty much all I can I can think of doing. So if there's more than like a group of people. Did you have somebody be like a sutra? Like, you know what, keep watching other people. You could aim.
You could do that. I remember doing that. Once we were driving through
the middle of Arkansas. We'd like creating like a gas station, just randomly. And then just like, Listen, guys, we're not all gonna play at the same time. We're gonna have to split this group up.
And that's what we ended up doing. Because it was a very real concern. So yeah. Did you like that prayer? where like,
you had no arms or anything to carry.
All right. Yeah. So did we need a reader though?
I asked for a reader from the sister side. So they responded with 10 questions rapid fire.
Page 45 at the top where it says the brownie records
on the authority of Appu.
Look left and right in prayer than Allah. Allah mighty and magnificent revealed to the believers who are successful. Those who are humble in their care for the Messenger of Allah
humbled himself and would no longer look left to right. Others have recorded this some events in May Allah have mercy on him as a more sold report. And this is more authentic in my child records the hubby's of owns Salama mother University said during the time of the publishers,
and the people circuit their case has not broken up basically, then the messenger of a law passed away. And Abu Bakar became the leader and the peoples to prepare their case would not be on the face of their foreheads on the ground, then aboubaker
passed away and owner of your law firm who became the leader, when the people stood for prayer that gays would not go beyond the place of Qibla. Then, with 911, a farm
became the leader and the tribe of the elation happened and people began looking left and right. So as you can see, that's a weak narration. And so
for now, we're just taking that with a grain of salt to
the party reports on the authority of Ayesha
who said, I asked
about looking here and there and
So every time a person is looking around in the prayer, these are things that shavon is stealing from your prayer. So his goal whenever you enter into a prayer is for you to walk out of that prayer, having received zero credit.
And so, you know, it's like, it's like a video game where you've got two fighters and you go into the prayer with a full health bar. And his job is to just pound at you and pounding and pounding and pounding you. And every time your health bar is just getting less than less than less than less. Every time he's just snatching things away from you. He's just making you think about this. And you're just and then he goes for the you're in the red, right before you Ks k owes you.
And that's when you, you know, coming out of the pair not having realized within two or three or four six. Yeah.
Yeah, so that's exactly the type of stuff that we're going to be discussing, inshallah Tada, both of them have the most important things is that at the beginning, when you first enter into your prayer that you focus on saying or to be lamination. And watching some sometimes we just jump right into sort of the fat, blood, I mean, but when you're saying I read the lamina, chanela gene, what you're doing is you're creating a fortress for yourself, and you're saying, oh, a lot, I can't handle this battle, I don't have the capability or the experience or the know how or what have you, I need you to take care of Shetland pony. So that's that. One of the things we'll also be talking about is that
every tick bead, what you're doing is you're seeing a lot with foot and what allow it but means and so knowing the meanings of these words, and focusing on the meanings of these words is important. Because when you're saying a logo, it says a lot more than me.
God is greater than greater, or God is great, but also God is Creator God is greater than what God is greater than exactly what I'm thinking about in this moment. And the reason why you're seeing a law or so many times throughout the prayer, it's like a camera that keeps refocusing, keeps refocusing keeps you focusing, you keep having to remind yourself that a lot like apart from whatever it is that is pulling away from you at that moment. Okay, so that and, again,
the importance of variety is crucial, I can't
overstate it enough. And then the last thing, as a as a tip is, you will receive in your prayer, what you put in before the prayer. So it's almost like, again, a fighter who's going into the rink, not to compare so lots of fighting all the time, but it's that fighter, they'll always say the fighter have lost the battle or won the battle, not in the ring, they lost it or when it went in training. You know, for the three weeks up to the fight or the six weeks up to that fight, that's where they win or lose the battle. And so when you're entering into the slot, if I if my in between these two slots, I've been doing everything possible. That goes against it just completely sinful
and immersed in all of that and stuff like that, but I'm
I'm not going to walk in and have this amazing salon, right just after doing a lot of how I'm stuck.
And so they all feed into each other. Right? And so I pay attention to what I do before the soda so that when I enter into the salon, I actually have a stronger experience. Right? So it's it's more of a holistic approach.
The amount of the salaries and records
that the profits will
allow will remain earning to the servant in his prayer for as long as he does not look away. If he looks away, he will turn away
and turn up
required to hubby's have
it been a shoddy pocket.
A lot ordered yet here in Korea with five statements that he acts by them and enjoying the children of Israel to act. One of them was and I enjoyed you to the care of his face to the face of his service for as long as he does not look away. So when you pray to not look here and there. So Allah as we did is facing you in the prayer as long as you don't look away. And then when you look away a lot as it looks away. Right? So again, being cognizant of the fact that you are in the company of the King of kings, the Creator of the heavens and earth, the one who has the resources and the ability to graduate everything it is that your heart's desire and protect you from everything that
you fear. And so who cares about who just walk into the machine and who cares about, you know, whatever it is, it's distracting us. And again, you know, the beautiful thing about our salon I'm sure this is something that our you know, our guests who just witnessed our Silva noticed, is really how short they are. It's a 10 minute service, eight minute service, 12 minute service, more or less, right? So focusing for that time.
There are many hobbies of this meeting.
I heard a blu ray.
Yep. Yep, thing when you pray to not look here and there because he is privately talking to his Lord, his Lord is in front of him and he is privately talking to him. So do not turn here and there. I thought, Allah have mercy on him, went on to say it has reached us that the Lord
to whom do you look, I am better for you.
And that's a very powerful statement, no matter what it is that's distracting you a lot of it is better for you. And no matter who it is,
that you're looking towards a lot as good as better. You don't I was just thinking about something.
The year of sorrow was the year in which the province of the lightest Eminem lost his wife lidija, and his uncle obatala. And these were the two greatest pillars of support for the profits of the lightest,
his loving wife of
who she herself never, ever, ever, you know, studying the life of a DJ, she never once had an argument with those little loss of life. So Devon, so God gave her the promise of a house in paradise that has no noise and no exhaustion. And the scholars, they looked at that and they said, a lot always rewards in accordance to a person's deeds, the rewards are always appropriate. Whether it's a good reward or punishment, it's always appropriate. So Phil Allen, he said to his people, he said, don't I own the dominion of Egypt? And don't these rivers flow underneath my feet?
And they said he would rather learn how to generate data. That's what Ron said so he drowned in those waters. Right. So the reward the repercussions are always appropriate. A lot as Oded with regards to Khadija. She's promised the house with two qualities by exhibiting a house that has no muscle, and it has no noise, no fatigue and no noise. And they said number one, the reason for no noise is because in the dunia she had a house that had no noise there was no commotion, no yelling, no arguments was also the loss of the lighters and then she just gave him 100% unwavering support in a way that nobody else ever did. And number two, there was no exhaustion and no fatigue because
she'll the line has everybody who
knows that she exhausted herself she exhausted her resources and she herself
everything her reputation, her her life, her body even she passed away shortly after the boycott of of Ladakh, you know, they for three years they were
they were living in, in
a boycotted community. You know, actually
To food, no access to anything, so our livelihood, so
a digital Dylon had that great because their support for the prophet SAW sent him and I will thought of himself, the one who protected the prophets, I said them and raised him. And he loved cellulitis. And
he passes away. And depending on the historians, the eternity passed away a few months away, or they passed away
a few days between each other. Either way, it was a very, very compressed series of events, very difficult blows for the province and the lightest and
and if you've ever lost a single loved one, or a parent or someone who's just been a very, very close figure to you, very difficult, you want to shut yourself down in the world that stopped for two years right before you recover the promise that I said that his loses his wife and his father within, I'm sorry, with his father figure, his uncle, within a few months of each other, or a few weeks of each other. What was he given and replaced for that?
I just saw with him. And then what was he granted in an Islamic knowledge,
and that's very powerful.
In replace of Khadija and I will call it what is asked of us that I'm given, he's given the five obligatory prayers.
He's given these things, and a lot of this is was fitting into the subject matter can be allotted a lot of questioning a lot as it says, seek assistance in two things, patience and prayer.
Let these two things be what carries carry you through your life. But it's something that's incredibly difficult, incredibly burdensome, incredibly hard. But in the haisla caveolae, it's great, it's it's large, it's difficult, except for harshing those people who have pushed you, when you have for sure when you reach this level that we're discussing, and that it's all lies within it'll make us all love that person, the salon will no longer be a burden on them, it will be a platform for them, it will be something that carries them it becomes something that conference and it becomes something that gives them the strength to go through life's difficulties. Okay.
This room I was reminded by this by him when he says I am better for you than the one you look away to. And so the promise of the lesson even with the loss of hydrogen, Apple todich he was given
the salaat he was given the soda and that was better for him. And another beautiful statement which is the statement of that was set to it and I've asked at the death of his father. It was said to him alive or dead is better for you than an Ibis and a lot as it is better for it I best than you
and that's something very deep as well that whoever your loves was is who succumb to the other side. A lot is better for them than you are and a lot as you get is better for you than they are
we have two minutes left so
I think Let's just end here inshallah.
Yeah, that's when you say a stop loss suffered a loss. I feel like that's a beautiful actually aspect. Right after the prayer we're commanded to say a stuffed with love stuffed full of stuff or Bob because in reality, no matter how perfect prayer we pray, we still fell short from what Allah has been deserves. And so we are told, say stuff like three times after. And then also, we are taught that sooner prayers make up for the lapses in our obligatory prayers. And so sinner prayers are important as well, that we don't just pay the obligatory prayers, but we pray this in the prayers to make up for any lapses in our deficiencies in our obligatory ones. Yes. So if you're
praying and you're not sure whether you pray for or three, right? Do you redo that prayer? Because that happens to me all the time. I guess I'm not focused enough. No, I'm smiling because you reminded me of you know how those Kermit the Frog memes are very popular.
With one Kermit wearing a hoodie.
So there's one exactly about the scenario that you're talking about. Very popular. Good Kermit a saint himself. I don't know whether I prayed three or four.
I think I prayed three and then evil Kermit a saint and you just prayed for a couple of luck.
But the default is you always base
on what you're certain of. And so if I'm not sure whether I pray three or four, what am I sorry enough that I pray three or that I pray for 33
you base it on what your you're certain of, say, for example, I'm not sure whether I'm on my third record or my fourth, what I'm sure of is that I'm at least on my third, zoom say,
I'm at least for sure. I know I'm not. I know I prayed one already. I know I prayed to what I'm not sure of is whether I'm at my third or whether I'm at my fourth. So I always go down to what I'm sure of which is that I'm at three and then I pray a fourth one just in case. So it's like in case you've already prayed for so that would make it by then. Well, you're not sure right? So you don't know. So you you will you're required to do is be based on certainty and not basing it on doubt what I'm sure of what I'm 100% sure of is that I'm at three and so that's what I'm required to. Yes, this may be a long answer but like as short as you can know that Allah has truly accepted your prayer you don't
see how easy that was
you never know
the light now but he said if I knew that Allah so did only accepted one such different like that would mean the world to me because a lot as I guess as in No Man's cup of love minimum Allah has revealed only except for the people of death. So you don't really know
we have no idea
what we try
two things prayer and patience.
Yeah, it meaning it also loves to send them a number of things and one of the things he said was that I don't pray
that I pray with it before I go to sleep. And so with it you can pray at any point in time you can pray right before you can pray right after this shot and then you're the rest of the night your theme just becomes to rock out to LA to LA or you pray to regard Tula Tula after Isha and then you pray with it as close defended as you want which is what you know he says the profit system used to do that when he would fear fidget arriving he would pray water and then that was it. What's the key here the key is that you you know are
you develop habits that don't let shaytaan play with you when it was worth it is is
is not an obligatory in the wider sense because the prophets lesson and there are only five obligatory prayers which is vegetable hold awesome motivation. But with it is a very, very, very, very, very highly recommended thing to the point where some of the scholars considered that a person who didn't pray with it to be like an evil person with it is the least whichever you can pray as well.
Even if it's just one but which literally means odd so you pray one or three or five or what have you.
My point here being is that a person sometimes they'll say to themselves, oh, I'm just gonna pray with it. Before fetcher and then they sleep through the entire night right? So if that's what you know of yourself, that's just better easier to just pray it right after I should be done with it. And then if a lot has to get wakes you up in the middle of the night and we just pray tu tu tu tu
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