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Do Not Neglect Salat

16th of Rabi’ At-Thanni

Suuratul- Maryam Verse 59

 فَخَلَفَ مِنۢ بَعْدِهِمْ خَلْفٌ أَضَاعُوا۟ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ وَٱتَّبَعُوا۟ ٱلشَّهَوَٰتِ ۖ فَسَوْفَ يَلْقَوْنَ غَيًّا ﴿٥٩

59. Then, there has succeeded them a posterity who have given up As-Salat[i.e. made their Salat (prayers) to be lost, either by not offering them or by not offering them perfectly or by not offering them in their proper fixed times, etc.] and have followed lusts. So they will be thrown in Hell.

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Tafsir Ibn Kathir Volume 6, Page 282

After Allah mentioned the party of blessed ones — the Prophets and those who followed them by maintainig the limits set by Allah and His commandments, fulfilling what Allah ordered and avoiding His prohibitions — then He mentions,

خَلَفَ مِنْ بَعْدِهِمْ خَلْفٌ

“there has succeeded them a posterity”

This means later generations.

﴿أَضَاعُواْ الصَّلَـوةَ﴾

“who have lost Salah”

Losing their prayers is when they do not consider the prayers obligatory. Therefore they lose, because the prayer is the pillar and foundation of the religion. It is the best of the servants’ deeds. Thus, these people will occupy themselves with worldly desires and delights, and they will be pleased with the life of this world. They will be tranquil and at ease in the worldly appetites. Therefore, these people will meet with Ghaiy, which means loss on the Day of Resurrection. Al-Awza`i reported from Musa bin Sulayman, who reported from Al-Qasim bin Mukhaymirah that he said concerning Allah’s statement,

﴿فَخَلَفَ مِن بَعْدِهِمْ خَلْفٌ أَضَاعُواْ الصَّلَـوةَ﴾

“Then, there has succeeded them a posterity who have lost the Salah”

“This means that they will not keep up with the proper times of the prayer, because if it meant complete abandonment of the prayer, this would be disbelief.” Allah said,

﴿فَسَوْفَ يَلْقُونَ غَيّاً﴾

“So they will meet Ghayy”.

`Ali bin Abi Talhah reported from Ibn `Abbas that he said “This means loss”. Qatadah said, “This means evil.” Allah said,

﴿إِلاَّ مَن تَابَ وَءَامَنَ وَعَمِلَ صَـلِحاً﴾

“Except those who repent and believe and work righteousness”.

This means, “Except those who recant from giving up the prayers and following the desires, for verily, Allah will accept their repentance, give them a good end and make them of those who inherit the Garden of Delight (Paradise). ” For this reason Allah says,

﴿فَأُوْلَـئِكَ يَدْخُلُونَ الْجَنَّةَ وَلاَ يُظْلَمُونَ شَيْئاً﴾

“Such will enter Paradise and they will not be wronged in aught”

This is because repentance wipes away that which was before it.

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Make us Perform As-Salaat

Suuratul – Ibrahim Verses 40 and 41

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رَبِّ اجْعَلْنِي مُقِيمَ الصَّلَاةِ وَمِنْ ذُرِّيَّتِي ۚ رَبَّنَا وَتَقَبَّلْ دُعَاءِ﴿٤٠

 رَبَّنَا اغْفِرْ لِي وَلِوَالِدَيَّ وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَوْمَ يَقُومُ الْحِسَابُ ﴿٤١

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40. “O my Lord! Make me one who performs As-Salaat, and (also) from my offspring, our Lord! And accept my invocation.

41. “Our Lord! Forgive me and my parents, and (all) the believers on the Day when the reckoning will be established.”


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Let us Pray!

Indeed, all praise and thanks are due to Allaah. We praise Him; seek His help and His forgiveness. We seek protection from Him from the evils of our own souls and from our bad deeds. Whomever Allaah guides, no one can misguide him, and whomever He sends astray, there is no other guide for him. I testify that nothing has any right to be worshipped except Allaah alone, having no partner, and I testify that Muhammad is His servant and Messenger-may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him, his family, companions and those who follow them in goodness until the Day of Judgment. To proceed:

Assalaam alaykum wa rahmatullaah wa barakatuuh.

Alhamdulillaah, I’ve completed the theme on the beautiful names of Allaah and I found it very inspiring and sometimes overwhelming reading about His names, their meanings and manifestations. I hope you found the posts useful too. InshaAllaah, I pray we all go on to learn more of His names. One other lesson I took away from last month’s theme is the importance of the Islamic (lunar) calendar. Given that Allaah, exalted is He, associates it with being part of the right religion [al-Tawbah 9:36], I have decided to change my daily juz recitation to rhyme with it.

For this month’s theme, I thought that what better way would there be to take the knowledge that I have just acquired, than to immediately put it into practice and act upon it. So as Allaah says:

﴿وَللَّهِ الأَسْمَآءُ الْحُسْنَى فَادْعُوهُ بِهَا﴾

And (all) the Most Beautiful Names belong to Allah, so call on Him by them (7:180), and,

﴿قُلِ ادْعُواْ اللَّهَ أَوِ ادْعُواْ الرَّحْمَـنَ أَيًّا مَّا تَدْعُواْ فَلَهُ الاٌّسْمَآءَ الْحُسْنَى﴾

Say (O Muhammad) “Invoke Allah or invoke the Most Gracious, by whatever name you invoke Him, for to Him belong the Best Names.” (17:110)

وَقَالَ رَبُّكُمُ ٱدْعُونِىٓ أَسْتَجِبْ لَكُمْ ۚ إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ يَسْتَكْبِرُونَ عَنْ عِبَادَتِى سَيَدْخُلُونَ جَهَنَّمَ دَاخِرِينَ﴿٦٠

 And your Lord said: “Invoke Me, I will respond to your (invocation). Verily! Those who scorn My worship [i.e. do not invoke Me, and do not believe in My Oneness] they will surely enter Hell in humiliation!” (40:60)

This Safar, I’ll be seeking out and using the concise yet complete duas that occur in the Holy Quran and which invoke Allaah by one or more of His names. I ask Allaah, exalted is He, to accept our duas, to forgive our sins and gladden our hearts both in this world and in the hereafter.

PS: As we are already a number of days into the month of Safar, I’ll try to catch up on my recitation by reading and posting on two ajzas per day for the next 8 or more days inshaAllaah.

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Sacrificing Sleep……

Suuratus – Sajdah Verse 16.

تَتَجَافَىٰ جُنُوبُهُمْ عَنِ ٱلْمَضَاجِعِ يَدْعُونَ رَبَّهُمْ خَوْفًا وَطَمَعًا وَمِمَّا رَزَقْنَـٰهُمْ يُنفِقُونَ ﴿١٦

فَلَا تَعْلَمُ نَفْسٌ مَّآ أُخْفِىَ لَهُم مِّن قُرَّةِ أَعْيُنٍ جَزَآءًۢ بِمَا كَانُوا۟ يَعْمَلُونَ ﴿١٧

16. Their sides forsake their beds, to invoke their Lord in fear and hope, and they spend (charity in Allah’s Cause) out of what We have bestowed on them. 17. No person knows what is kept hidden for them of joy as a reward for what they used to do.

Tafsir Ibn Kathir Volume 7, Page 615.

Then Allah says:

﴿تَتَجَافَى جُنُوبُهُمْ عَنِ الْمَضَاجِعِ﴾

(Their sides forsake their beds,) meaning, they pray the voluntary night prayer and forego sleep and resting on a comfortable bed. Mujahid and Al-Hasan said that the Ayah

﴿تَتَجَافَى جُنُوبُهُمْ عَنِ الْمَضَاجِعِ﴾

(Their sides forsake their beds, ) refers to voluntary night prayer. Ad-Dahhak said, “It refers to Salat Al-`Isha’ in congregation and Salat Al-Fajr in congregation.

﴿يَدْعُونَ رَبَّهُمْ خَوْفاً وَطَمَعاً﴾

(to invoke their Lord in fear and hope,) means, in fear of His punishment and in hope of His reward.

﴿وَمِمَّا رَزَقْنَـهُمْ يُنفِقُونَ﴾

(and they spend out of what We have bestowed on them.) means, they do both obligatory and supererogatory acts of worship. Their leader in this world and the Hereafter is the Messenger of Allah . Imam Ahmad recorded that Mu`adh bin Jabal said, “I was with the Messenger of Allah on a journey one morning, walking near him. I said, `O Prophet of Allah, tell me of a deed that will grant me admittance to Paradise and keep me away from Hell.’ He said:

«لَقَدْ سَأَلْتَ عَنْ عَظِيمٍ وَإِنَّهَ لَيَسِيرٌ عَلَى مَنْ يَسَّرَهُ اللهُ عَلَيْهِ، تَعْبُدُ اللهَ وَلَا تُشْرِكُ بِهِ شَيْئًا، وَتُقِيمُ الصَّلَاةَ وَتُؤْتِي الزَّكَاةَ، وَتَصُومُ رَمَضَانَ، وَتَحُجُّ الْبَيْت»

(You have asked about something great, and it is easy for the one for whom Allah makes it easy. Worship Allah and do not associate anything with Him, establish regular prayer, pay Zakah, fast Ramadan and perform pilgrimage to the House.) Then he said:

«أَلَا أَدُلُّكَ عَلَى أَبْوَابِ الْخَيْرِ؟ الصَّومُ جُنَّةٌ، وَالصَّدَقَةُ تُطْفِىءُ الْخَطِيئَةَ، وَصَلَاةُ الرَّجُلِ فِي جَوْفِ اللَّيْل»

(Shall I not tell you of the gates of goodness Fasting is a shield, charity wipes out sin, and the prayer of a man in the depths of the night.)

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