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A Timeless Miracle Called Salaah

DR.PASHA | September 14, 2011 | Section: Articles | 1416 reads


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Roots of Democracy and Freedom in Islam

What a miracle!

And what an empowerment of individuals – of both genders – with regard to something so critical to their own personal salvation!

Designed not in the early or late 20th Century, but 1400 years ago, in the 7th Century.

And did anyone notice how deep the roots of democracy, personal freedom, individual choice and decision-making run in Islam?

Another Miraculous Detail of the Salaat in the Qur’an

Question:

Which direction should we face when doing Salaah?

Answer from the Qur’an:

(c) Fawalli wajhaka shatral masjidil haraam – turn your face in the direction of the sanctuary of Allah’s mosque. This address is directly to the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam.

(d) Fawalloo wujoohakum shatrah – all of you turn your faces in the direction of the sanctuary of Allah’s mosque. The address here is equally directly to the Muslims – you, me and everyone else everywhere for all time to come.

Allah talking to you directly in the Qur’an even as he talks to his Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, directly in the Qur’an?

How much more powerful and personal can it possibly get?

Some More Miraculous Details of the Salaat in the Qur’an

Question:

What about Rukoo’ – the act of bending your body 90° degrees at the waist, while firmly grasping your kneecaps with your palms and outstretched fingers, with your back and elbows perfectly straight?

All this, of course, while we are in the process of performing our daily Salaah – what we so unthinkingly refer to as prayers.

Does the Rukoo’ have a basis in the Qur’an? Not necessarily in all its technical details outlined above, but at least in principle?

And what about Sajdah – the act of what people generally call prostrating, but which in Islam requires touching the ground with your forehead, nose, knees and open palms and fingers, but not your elbows or forearms, all at the same time?

Does Sajdah or Sujood – another name for it – have a basis in the Qur’an, if not in all its details, at least in principle?

Well, let us let the Qur’an talk to the believers in another example of its miraculous direct-address format.

Answer from the Qur’an:

Yaa-ayyuhalladheena aamanur-ka’oo wasjudoo!

Paraphrase: Believers, perform rukoo’ and perform sajdah!

It Is God, Not Muslims, Who Produced This System

How much clearer, and how much more miraculous, does it get?

It is not Muslims who produced or made up this system of Islam. For, they could not, even if they tried. No one can.

Instead, it is God Almighty and God Almighty’s messenger, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, who perfected this system of Islam. For, only they could.

And they did not produce this amazing system of Islamic “prayers” just for “Muslims” – those who may have been born in Muslim homes.

But they produced it for all of humanity that may turn to God and to Islam.

For, God is everyone’s God and the Prophet, Sallallahu Alaihi wa Sallam, is God’s mercy to all the worlds.

Don’t Know What to Say

Folks, frankly I don’t know what to say. If all this does not strike you as miraculous, then there is nothing that I can do about it. For my part, I am speechless with awe and wonder.

What Else To Say But Subhanallah?

Let me Quote …

These things, and a million other things like them, fill my heart with wonder, awe and amazement, every time I behold them.

Perhaps not unlike the poet Wordsworth, whose heart danced every time he saw the daffodils sway in the breeze.

It is that same feeling, compounded a billion-fold, that I get when I gaze at the wonders of the Qur’an – at all those miracles that lie scattered all through the pages and passages of Allah’s book.

I used to say Subhanallah then. I say Subhanallah now.

What else can I say? And, frankly, what else can anyone say?

But Before I Go

Let us look at one or two more examples of the miracles of the Qur’an, specifically as they relate to your daily Salaat.

1. Question: What should we say when we are in Rukoo’?

Answer from the Qur’an:

How about Fasabbih bismi rabbikal ‘azeem?

Please check to find your own translation. I don’t know how to translate Sabbih.

2. Question: What should we say when we are doing Sajdah or Sujood?

Answer from the Qur’an:

How about Sabbihisma rabbikal a’alaa?

Please check to find your own translation for this one too, because I still don’t know how to translate Sabbih.

Rejoice Muslims – And Try To Do Better!

So, Muslims, rejoice and feel good, your Namaaz was made in Heaven. It was lovingly fashioned by none other than the hand of God Almighty himself.

And he saw to it that you, such as you are, will continue to practice his Qur’an so long as you continue to practice your daily Salaah.

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

That is why Salaah is the first to come and the last to go in the life of Muslims, whether as individuals or communities.

Yes, there is a great deal more in the Qur’an than Salaah – much, much more.

There is a whole way of life waiting to be explored, internalized and implemented, in the life of everyone everywhere.

But you have to start somewhere. And your Salaah, which quintessentially contains the seeds and the blueprints of that divine way of life in miniaturized and encrypted form, is as good a place as any to start.

 

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