We had Imam AbdulNasir Jangda from Dallas, TX down alhamdulillah. He’s an instructor with Bayyinah Institute and he gave a talk for his upcoming class ‘Meaningful Prayer’. In his khutbah he spoke about a famer and how he as to work hard, be patient, and have tawakkul in Allah. Here are my notes from the lecture in the eveing:
The Prophet (S) embodied the essence of true leadership.
It’s like parenthood – how the parent is completely invested in the well-being of the child. The Prophet (S) was the same for the Ummah. He (S) cared more for the Ummah than a mother would for her child.
Because of his love, he would sit back in his masjid, (S), and just watch his Ummah coming and going. One time a man came and said salaam to him after praying. The P (S) said Go back and pray for you have not prayed – this happend 3 times. Then the man asked what is wrong and the P (S) taught him the correct manner of praying.
(One hadith has the P (S) saying I have been sent as a teacher. The word ‘Innama’ in Arabic gives a meaning of exclusivity – so he was sent only as a teacher, (S) Every task he conducted was as a teacher, kinldy, gently, lovingly).
Now, why did the P (S) tell him to go back 3 times? If a teacher told you that you, you’d be offended. But the P (S) said it in a kind manner, and the man was open to learning, he wanted to receive the advice. It also showed the importance.
So, Salah – it’s so basic, so natural, that people don’t think we need to learn about this, let alone in a class. It’s a personal thing – people don’t think others can teach it. They assume there is no improvement – which is a MISTAKE.
Later on, Hudayfa (ra) was sitting back in the P (S)’s masjid after his death. He saw someone praying. After he finished, he asked him how long he had been praying. The man said 40 years. Hudayfa (ra) said if you die like that, you will not die on the religion of P (S). SubhanAllah.
Khushoo’: In Pursuit of the Elusive Myth
It’s the end result of a lot of different elements
– Change in lifestyle (outside of salah)
ex comitting sin, wasting time, etc, get in the way of khushoo’
Imam Ash Shafi’ee was told “Knowledge is NoorAllah and the NoorAllah is not given to sinners.”
The P (S) said that Salah is a Noor.
In the Qur’an, we find the story of the DOJ when the believers wll have a Noor to cross the bridge and others (munafiqoon: inside+outside don’t match) won’t have it.
–> Imagine it: treacherous terrain without a light to guide you…
So, the Munafiqoon will say let me share the light with you. Then a wall will seperate the two but there will be a door (so the conversation continues). The Mercy of Allah is on one side the Punishment of Allah is on the other. The Munafiqoon will say don’t you remember me? The believers will say yes, but you let yourself get distracted.
Doubts creep in and get a person farther from the straight path. People persist in sin and say ‘Allah swt knows my intention’ etc.
‘Amaney’ – its actual meaning is a false sense of security. This is what these people have.
And as they say, ‘Too little, too late.’
You can’t flick a switch and become ‘Super Khushoo’ Man’
Preparation of Salah
In the Sunan of Abi Dawood, there’s a whole chapter on this.
Make Salah prep into an event.
Getting ready for work, most people get up an hour earlier if it takes them 15 mins to get to work. (Funny: Shaykh said he once asked sisters in a class for how early one should get up and the response was 2 1/2 hours. He was like Astaghfirullah! lol And he doesn’t ask sisters anymore lol).
The Salatul Fajr phenomenon: Stop, Drop, and Roll.
(Pray, drop in bed, roll over, and sleep lol)
Or the Yo-Yo.
(Roll out to pray, roll back in lol)
We have the importance of work but why not the importance of salah?
Young children pick up the importance of work and salah (they will start doing the next step before you!)
Wudhu’: The Hurricane –> lol involves 15-20 seconds of water spraying everywhere.
Be particular about your wudhu’ because the places on your body which wudhu’ touches are saved from being burned in the Hellfire.
Begin to appraciate, understand, contemplate that which we say in salah.
The beauty and depth of it is in Arabic – it begins from there.
What does it mean? We would say ‘God is the Greatest.’
That’s the wrong answer.
Quick Arabic grammar:
Superlative: to say it is greatest: ‘alim
Comparitve: to compare the two: x … ‘alama … y
The Most knowledge: ‘Aleem.
Which does ‘Akbar’ sound like? It doesn’t sound like ‘aleem does it?
It is a specific form of the word called ‘Ismul tafdheel.’ It’s a comparison but the object is left out. This demands an object but the purpose of it is to mean anything and everything.
So, it actually means ‘Allah is greater than…’ and the fact the object is left out symbolizes anything and everything. So, in the end, it means ‘Allah is greater than anything and everything. SubhanAllah we begin our prayer with that. How apt it that? walhamdulillah.
The face is the nobility of the human body.
Even for animals, we are forbidden to strike it.
In sujood, we take the most noble part of the body and put it on the ground… and say:
Subhana Rabbil ‘ala.
‘Ala: means to be high, exalted.
Again, it is like ‘Allahuakbar’ meaning the Allah is higher, exalted than everything and anything.
So much meaning: we can only improve by learning.
Take advantage of it all, especially at the time of Ramadan!
(lol he gave the example of if you run 4 miles one day, what happens the next day? YOU DIE! lol so you can’t do it all at once!)
Walhamdulillah. I hope you enjoy
Let me know if there are any mistakes!