Channel: Mohammed Faqih
This Jumuah was delivered at the Islamic Institute of Orange County, Anaheim, California.
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According to Pew Research Center,
of adults in America,
on a daily basis,
at least once a day.
unless you've seen percent pray weekly,
six, or even a lower number that prays monthly.
And then 23%.
seldom or never.
Of course, there's 1%, that did not even respond.
Now, what does pray here mean? We're not talking about the five daily prayers, we're talking about praying once or twice a day, including one putting his hands together and asking God for some guidance, or some something that they want to be done.
a request from everyone just to pay attention for the next 20 minutes and not be distracted with anything.
Right? Because I'm going to be talking about
praying to Allah subhana wa Tada.
And the title that I chose for this footwear today is your wish is my job. And I'm going to explain that what that means to you at the end of charlatan.
But what caught my attention, brothers and sisters is the fact that Muslims are not necessarily
one religious group that prays the most.
In terms of drop, now prayer includes both.
And what we know as Salah, because Allah is,
is a form of God, is prayer. And there are also when we ask Allah Subhana Allah and begging for anything that is also.
And the main thing that we pray for insula is what
guidance and we're told to pray for that.
Right? At five different different times, totaling total number of 17 times.
It's because it's the most important thing that one should be praying for guidance from the last panel with that.
So according to Pew Research Center, right, Muslims, only 69% of Muslims pray on a daily basis that includes making drop, I'm sure
if we do a study on how many people pray the five daily prayers, the number is going to be much less it will be a lot lesser than than this.
So, why is this important? Why is praying important to us? First of all, Allah Subhana who were to Allah created us for one main purpose.
That purpose is as Allah subhanaw taala clearly states in Surah At the end of sorts of various Allah subhanho wa Taala
I have not created
in humans and Jim,
except to worship me. That's the main purpose. That's the primary purpose of each and every single one of us, including our brothers from the gens.
This is what our lives should revolve around the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So now,
this is the first point, point number one, we were created to worship Allah subhana wa Tada. This life is all about worshiping Allah azza wa jal, every aspect of this life can be dedicated for the worship of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Even what we do for our livelihood can be considered a form of Riba. If we did it is dedicated for Allah azza wa jal, and we go about it in a fashion that pleases Allah subhanho wa Taala. Even when you get up in the morning and you go to work that can count for you, when you drink water, that can count for you when you enjoy a meal that can count for you as a form of rebellion, even when you go to sleep. That may count for you as a form of data.
Someone might say where do you find that we have to dedicate everything a wise person will do that?
If you can enjoy life, and at the same time be rewarded for it? Why not? I'll give you two pieces of evidence number one, Allah azza wa jal in the answers in the Prophet is our role model an example say,
in masala tea, that my prayer
right Be it the five daily prayers or any solid one of Suki
and my worship or sacrifices,
in my living,
when my mighty, and my dying lillahi Rabbil alameen to Allah, the Lord of the worlds
lasher ecola he has no partners will be there. And I was ordered to do so. I was highlight this underlying this will be a mirror to and I was ordered of that or to do that. Well, Anna Whedon muslimeen and I am the first of the Muslims and the first of those who would submit to Allah azza wa jal.
This is what the prophet said was was to dedicate every aspect of your life or a loss of habitat should be worshipped.
now on the process on the low water he was seldom taught was a habit that there's this comprehensive
concept of Riba worship, that
is not all only does not pertain only to the rich, ritualistic acts of worship, but it extends beyond that in the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam in a Hadith, in multiple actually.
Multiple narrations, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam taught the Sahaba that even when you smile, that can be soda, it will be an act of charity, and that is worship, right? And then the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, even when you put a morsel in the mouth of your wife, be it symbolic or metaphorical, metaphorical example, or literally, if someone actually is trying to be romantic, and feeds his wife, or if a wife does that for her husband, which by the way, just a side note is sooner, because the processor was telling us to do that. For those of us who think that it's not manly or that it's not, you know, it's a sign of weakness or that there's something wrong with
it, though. That's not what the Prophet taught us. So anyways, even though when one does that, that is satanic worship, you get rewarded for it. That's a good deed. And then the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam says, and when a man
has his intimate with his own wife,
with a woman who loves him hearts, Allah blessed him with he will be rewarded. So some of us how does that oh messenger of Allah, how could somebody be rewarded for fulfilling their own physical desire? and Hannah? So the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam says, Would he be sinful if he was to do that?
In an unlawful prohibited manner?
And they said, Yes, that would be considered a sin held against him. He said, likewise, when somebody fulfills it
in a manner in a manner that Allah Subhana Allah to Allah has allowed that person will be rewarded for it.
So this is our understanding of a bad right okay.
Now, when it comes to do
prayer, and this is point number two,
the Messenger of Allah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam was reported to have said, Abdul
is a badger.
In other words, the essence of a bother the essence of worship is
in other words, he or she who do not pray to Allah subhanaw taala and make dua, then they do not worship Allah subhanho wa Taala. Truly well.
said, Pray to me, ask of me supplicate to me, and I will respond to you, I will answer you, I will give you Why not? Well, actually, to begin with has given us a lot of things that we have without even asking for so do you think that when you ask Allah azzawajal Allah will not give you
you examine your own life, Count your blessings, how many of these fortunes and blessings that you have come to you without you asking?
I'm certain that the vast majority of what you and I are enjoying come to us without us asking for. So you you think that that one thing that you desperately want from a loss of habitat when you asked for it properly, allow will not give it to you? Why not?
So says Allah Subhana Allah says, pray to me. So he will come and he promised that he will respond, He will answer then Allah subhanaw taala warns us and says, in a stuck Girona, a Bagga t those who are to act to worship me. So Allah calls us to pray to him and then he says those who don't wish those who fail to worship me, said
they will enter Hellfire desert in humiliated.
So you see the point here. So clearly, Allah subhanaw taala reinforces this idea that is the essence of a better
is the essence of a god. Now
how often should one pray
as a Muslim you and I should be praying every day.
Everyday Muslims, as someone that understands Islam, understands his purpose in life should be praying every day should we make into our everyday the least that is expected from each and every single one of us is to pray five times a day. And Allah, Allah subhanho wa Taala Taurus and order us to make one of the most beautiful and most powerful draws in the Quran, a deal of fear, all
right, that's the least you're going to get out of your Salah. And if you memorize the prophetic prayers and supplications and you practice them, then you're going to say even more.
So Allah subhana wa, tada wants us to pray.
Allah subhanaw taala makes it an act of worship to pray to Him. Subhana Allah subhanaw taala will be offended if we do not pray. So why is it that we don't pray? I'm not going to even say why is our grant not accepted? Because many people come and ask this question. The question should be why aren't we praying? And if we're praying, why aren't we praying properly? That's a question that you and I have to ask ourselves. Why do we have to wait until something goes wrong? And then we pray? Why do we have to wait until we lose something? And then we pray for it? Why do we have to wait until we're desperate? And then we pray? Why do we have to wait until somebody
is got you know tells us that they're going for hedgerow and then we asked him to pray for us?
And why do we expect others to pray for us if we're not going to pray for ourselves?
The most powerful, the most sincere is that you desperately and sincerely make for yourself your own blood for yourself is the most sincere.
So we need to teach ourselves to do this. And take advantage of this beautiful invitation. This generous invitation. There are lots of how data has extended to us. The month of Ramadan is few weeks away the month of June. We should not also wait until the to a few weeks, right maybe what six, not even seven weeks,
but about seven weeks away, not only the two full months. Now, some people wait until Ramadan. And then in the middle of the verses that talk about fasting a loss of habitat also gives
The invitation came in response in reply to the, to an inquiry from the companions of the Prophet. They came and asked the Prophet, how far is our Lord from us? How close is he to us?
Should he be shouting? Or how do we how should we submit our our prayers and needs and supplications and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam received the answer from Allah Himself. When they asked the Prophet Allah answered them, what?
If my servants ask you about me, then let them know that I'm close?
Either I answer the call of a person who prays to me whenever he calls upon me,
a loss of handler, this is serious.
Allah subhanaw taala God Almighty, exactly what he said,
call on me and he, he ordered us and then he promised us
when we fulfill the order, here fulfill the promise, so simple as that. So Oh, Allah guide us to that.
Now, I must say that some of us feel ashamed of themselves. They say to that, you know, some of us we feel like, I do want to pray, I even want to pray five times a day. I want to make dua and raise my hands, but I'm just too ashamed of myself. I'm a sinner, I'm very sinful, I have a lifestyle, or I have a job, or I have an income or I have
that is not consistent with and ashamed to stand before the Lord asked him and beg him.
Perhaps, if you're one of us,
who feel this way,
then you want to pray.
And perhaps part of the prayer should be asking Allah to get you out of this situation.
Right? So why why should you Tell us please move forward brothers, squeeze in and fill in all the gaps. Why should you say to yourself, why should you allow
Satan to deceive you and say, listen, you're very simple.
You're not pure enough.
So therefore, don't pray. Be ashamed of yourself. Don't do that.
Maybe your prayer supplication should be or Allah guide me, or law. Grant me repentance, facilitate repentance.
have me changed my lifestyle
helped me quit my sins, or this particular sin
helped me overcome this weakness or this shortcoming that is getting between me
to come back to you, but this is holding me back.
From my wins and my desires,
and just ask a lot as they're just desperately and beg him for it.
capitalize on these very special bonus which is most likely to be accepted.
After you perform a data after you finish your prayer,
after you give sadaqa when you are done with an old
fasting, you ask Allah is most likely to be accepted.
In the middle of the night, if you get up and ask Allah subhanaw taala for anything you do has to be accepted.
If you're traveling, you have to raise your hands and you're asked a lot for something you're most likely to be accepted. If you're a parent, your prayer or your draft where your child is accepted. If you're a righteous child, your prayer and your draft for your parent is accepted.
While you're praying, whether it's mandatory or voluntary prayer, and your sujood prostration.
That's the closest you can be to the Lord Ask. Ask Allah subhanaw taala.
Last but not least,
one of the greatest ways to have your dream
accepted is to pray for
your Muslim brothers and sisters. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said when a Muslim prays for a specific person and other Muslim in their absence, not to their face, because anyone can come to you and say, Oh, I love you. May God bless you and all of it No, in their absence. When you pray for them. A loss of Hannah with Anna sighs an angel that will stand by you and says well
May you be giving us
So you are the person who's not there. And guess what? There is an angel that stands there and says, may God bless you the same every time you pray for any of your Muslim brothers and sisters.
you and I have those who listen and follow the business. They listen to Apollo
began you your day. Anytime you ask Allah subhanaw taala by praising Allah azza wa jal and call upon the Beautiful Names of Allah Xhosa.
And make sure that you
in the middle of your job or in the beginning, and at the end of your day, you invoke God's peace and blessings upon His Prophet Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wasallam.
When you do this, you will draw his most qualified to be accepted and heard by Allah azza wa jal, one of the greatest scholars was said, when you pray for the Prophet when you say Allahumma salli, ala Muhammad when you invoke God's peace and blessings upon the Prophet and his family, right? This is one of the commandments of Allah azza wa jal, we're reminded of it almost every Friday.
When you do that, that is accepted, Allah will not turn that down.
And he says that if you begin with that, and you end with that Allah subhanaw taala, will accept the beginning of the end for sure. And allow us to generous and to kind to leave whatever is in between.
So you have a personal
issue that you're struggling with, or something that you really need or want, you can even pay for your rights not only for your needs, as long as it's permissible. As long as it's not going to harm anyone, you ask Allah subhanho wa Taala and you follow some of these guidelines, or all of them, your data is most likely to be accepted.
I want to extend an invitation to all of you.
And I want to say that inshallah to Allah, a group of us here from this machine Military Academy, we're going to be leaving for almost Allah tala tomorrow. And I know that people come and say, pray for me pray for me, I'm just going to make a general prayer, I'm not going to make any specific prayer Unless
Unless you do three things for me. And this is your take, take away from from today. Number one,
wherever you can make one request inshallah tada one particular, choose whatever is the most important to you. Say, I want this one particular.
Right. I'm afraid that if you give me a whole page or list of things, I won't be able to do it. But one specific job right. Wherever you ask me to pray for in Charlotte, Allah, I'll pray for you during this journey, but you will have to promise me that starting today and until next Juma, every single day you will be praying for the same thing yourself, yourself, you're going to be praying for it.
it will be very hard for you to be accepted. If you do not maintain the five daily prayers. So make sure that whatever is
being heard or answered that you take care of that. So if someone is doing a report from a muscle
and make sure that you maintain your five daily prayers. That's number two. Number three, try to do something extra Ramadan is again is approaching perhaps maybe we can start getting into the sea, the spirit of Ramadan, maybe you can start
fasting so maybe you can fast Monday and Thursday or do something extra like getting up in the middle of the night for the next week. By every night getting up in the middle of the night prior to praying your wizard and asking Allah Subhana Allah for forgiveness. And I promise you I shall as the origin if you text me You are one single bla bla bla I will specifically make that draft for you in sha Allah azza wa jal come and ask me for that number. You can text the netlist without exception all of our donors and
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