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[Transcript] Sweetness of Salah – TakbiratulIhraam: Farhan Abdul Azeez (Part 7)

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TakbiratulIhraam is the takbir we say ‘Allahuakbar’ to get into Salah. When we do so, we are then entering into this direct conversation with Allah (swt).

Ihraam:

  • The word Ihraam has been derived from the word Haram, meaning ‘A sanctuary’ – a place where you find comfort, rest and peace. When you do Ihram, you are leaving off the worries of the duniya and entering into a state of comfort. And literally Ihram means to disengage from something.
  • Ihram word is used mostly in Hajj, where you wear the Ihram. Ihram is not just the clothes that are worn during Hajj, it is the state….when you are entering the Ihram you disengage with everything from this world – no nails cutting, hair cutting, etc. And you focus only on Allah (swt) from that point onwards. We repeatedly say ‘LabaikAllahummalabbaik” meaning “until the end of Hajj”
  • Even our hand movement (of raising our hand to ears) is like we are throwing the world behind us. And we say ‘Allahu Akbar’ and we enter into prayer. It is beautiful.
  • When we do so, we should leave the world behind us. It should not be like we say ‘AllahuAkbar’ (Allah is greater) but in our heart and mind we keep thinking about any worldly matter that bothers us, it is like we are lying because what is on our lips is different than what is in our hearts. Allah (swt) is greater than anything in this whole world and we should focus only on Him.
  • Prophet Mohammed (saw) says that when we say ‘AllahuAkbar’ and start praying, shaitan comes to us and whispers in our ears…..remember this , remember that…..he makes us think of so many things and does so till the time we forget how many rakats of salah have we performed.
  • There is a funny incident: A man comes to Abdul Hanifa and says that I need your help. He has hid some significant amount of wealth somewhere and can’t remember it, what can he do. Abdul Hanifa tells him that after tonight’s Isha prayer, you pray for the whole night to Allah (swt) and then you shall remember it. So the person stands for his prayer and in the very first rakat only he remembers it! shaitan reminds him that to avoid him from performing prayers to Allah(swt) all night long.

Lowering your gaze:
When we pray we should lower our gaze, we should look at the place of prostration. We lower our gaze because:
1)      Prophet Muhammad (saws) said we should do it.
2)      But we also do it because lowering your gaze is a sign of love. Out of the love that we have for Allah(swt) we lower our gaze.
3)      It is also a sign of humility. We stand humbly before Allah (swt).
Sajdah is the most beautiful part of Salah. So when we are looking down at the place of prostration, it is as if we are longing to get to the place of prostration.

Dua’s:
When Prophet Muhammad (saws) stood for Salah he said either of these Dua’s.
So you choose which Dua you want to say when you start your Salah based on what you are feeling. This way we are not on auto mode where we say the same prayer always instead we think about how we are feeling and choose the appropriate Dua.
Dua1: This Dua is for Allah (swt). When you want to thank Allah (swt) or praise Allah (swt), you say this Dua. Allah (swt) loves this Dua more than any other speech. So when we enter Salah the first thing we say is what Allah (swt) loves to hear the most. The one who loves Allah will love to say the words that Allah loves to hear.

TakbirDua1

Dua2: You can also say this Dua. This Dua affirms your commitment to Allah (swt). When you feel like you have to affirm your commitment to Allah (swt) you can say this Dua.

TakbirDua2

Dua 3: This Dua is about forgiveness. When you have committed some bad deeds then you can start your Salah with this Dua. And when we commit sins shaitan comes to us and says ‘Don’t pray. You have committed these bad deeds, how can you stand before Allah (swt)’

TakbirDua3

ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPT

TakbiratulIhraam is the takbir we say ‘Allahuakbar’ to get into Salah. When we do so, we are then entering into this direct conversation with Allah (swt).

Ihraam:
The word Ihraam has been derived from the word Haram, meaning ‘A sanctuary’ –  a place where you find comfort, rest and peace. When you do Ihram, you are leaving off the worries of the duniya and entering into a state of comfort. And literally Ihram means to disengage from something. Ihram word is used mostly in Hajj , where you wear the Ihram. Ihram is not just the clothes that are worn during Hajj, it is the state….when you are entering the Ihram you disengage with everything from this world – no nails cutting, hair cutting,etc. And you focus only on Allah (swt) from that point onwards. We repeatedly say ‘Labaikallhummalabbaik” meaning “until the end of Hajj”

So here when we say takbiratulIhraam, we are disengaging with the worldly matters and entering the sanctuary and peace and relaxation of Salah. Even our hand movement (of raising our hand to ears) is like we are throwing the world behind us. And we say ‘Allahu Akbar’ and we enter into prayer. It is beautiful.

When we do so, we should leave the world behind us. It should not be like we say ‘AllahuAkbar’ (Allah is greater) but in our heart and mind we keep thinking about any worldly matter that bothers us – matters related to work, wealth, family, studies, etc. it is like we are lying because what is on our lips is different than what is in our hearts. Allah (swt) is greater than anything in this whole world and we should focus only on Him.

Prophet Mohammed (saw) says that when we say ‘AllahuAkbar’ and start praying shaitan comes to us and whispers in our ears…..remember this , remember that…..he makes us think of so many things and does so till the time we forget how many rakats of salah have we performed. Weirdest and smallest stuff/matters comes to our minds when we stand for Salah –shaitan is the one putting those thoughts into our minds to divert out attention from focusing only on Allah (swt).

There is a funny incident: A man comes to Abdul Hanifa and says that I need your help. He has hid some significant amount of wealth somewhere and can’t remember it, what can he do. Abdul Hanifa tells him that after tonight’s Isha prayer, you pray for the whole night to Allah (swt) and then you shall remember it. So the person stands for his prayer and in the very first rakat only he remembers it! shaitan reminds him that to avoid him from performing prayers to Allah(swt) all night long. So when we pray we should ignore shaitan and his mischief and focus only on Allah (swt).

Lowering your gaze:
When we pray we should lower our gaze, we should look at the place of prostration. We lower our gaze because:
1)    Prophet Muhammad (saws) said we should do it.
2)    But we also do it because lowering your gaze is a sign of love. Out of the love that we have for Allah(swt) we lower our gaze/
3)    It is also a sign of humility. We stand humbly before Allah (swt).
Sajdah is the most beautiful part of Salah. So when we are looking down at the place of prostration, it is as if we are longing to get to the place of prostration.

Dua’s:
When Prophet Muhammad (saws) stood for Salah he said either of these Dua’s. So you choose which Dua you want to say when you start your Salah based on what you are feeling. This way we are not on auto mode where we say the same prayer always instead we think about how we are feeling and choose the appropriate Dua.

Dua 1: This Dua is for Allah (swt). When you want to thank Allah (swt) or praise Allah (swt), you say this Dua.“How absolutely perfect You are, Oh Allah, and with your praise (I continue).Most blessed is Your name and exalted and high be Your Majesty, and there is absolutely none worthy of worship except you”. Allah (swt) loves this Dua more than anyother speech. So when we enter Salah the first thing we say is what Allah(swt) loves to hear the most.The one who loves Allah will love to say the words that Allah loves to hear.

Dua 2: You can also say this Dua. This Dua affirms your commitment to Allah (swt). When you feel like you have to affirm your commitment to Allah (swt) you can say this Dua. “I have turned my face sincerely towards He who originated the heavens and earth and I am not of those who associate (others with Allah).Certainly, my prayer, my sacrifices, my life, and my death are solely for Allah, Lord of the worlds, He has no partner, with this I am commanded and I am of Muslims”

Dua 3: You could also say this Dua. “Oh Allah, put a great distance between me and my mistakes, as great as the distance You have made between the East and the West; O Allah, cleanse me of my sins as a white garment is cleansed from filth; O Allah, wash away my sins with water and snow and ice.” This Dua is about forgiveness. When you have committed some bad deeds then you can start your Salah with this Dua. And when we commit sins shaitan comes to us and says ‘Don’t pray. You have committed these bad deeds, how can you stand before Allah (swt)’

But when we make mistakes and do sins we should rush to pray to Allah (swt). This is how Allah would wash away all our sins. Start with this Dua and pray to Allah to wash away all our sins.

Transcribed by Rifat Wakeel ♦ To Read more about the Transcriber CLICK HERE
Edited and Drafted by Noorain Fathima  ♦ To Read more about the Editor and Drafter CLICK HERE

Prophet Muhammad - "Convey (knowledge) from me even if it is just one ayah" [Bukhari 3461]

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