Showing posts with label prayer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label prayer. Show all posts

2016/05/18

The Qur'an is a confirmation that the Secret is true and valid

The book "The Secret".
"All powers is from within and
therefore under our control."
Robert Collier 1885-1950
The Qur'an and The Secret

While dissecting the Qur'an and really reading the words in arabic, questioning the interpretation of the translator into English and Swedish (my mothertongue) and trying to find the real meaning behind the ayah, you'll notice after a while, comparing with the book the Secret, that Allah is what the Secret calls the universe or the Source, and that prayer is nothing without the intention behind it, and the focus you have, just like the Secret is contending.

There is nothing that belie the Secret, from the view of a Muslim. I have been reading the Secret and trying to dissect it meticulously, but the Qur'an actually confirm what the Secret has to say. Nothing it says goes against the Qur'an.

This might be surprising for a lot of people. Could there be more out in the world than the Qur'an, having the same truth?

Of course. The Qur'an is only a reminder of the truth that is out there, open for everybody to see.

The Qur'an is amazing. Having all the details we need. But life is more than the Qur'an, but the Qur'an is true. What it contains is all correct.

I love the Qur'an.

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2012/10/27

Several stages of Iman.

There is several stages of Iman. One of these are that of the prayer. Perhaps you already do the prayer at time, within the proper time. You have done that and that is good, but at the same time you don't do the prayer within the first time of the prayer. You delay it until the last part of it. So the next stage of your iman has to be to pray within the proper time and also within the first period of the proper time. This is more difficult than you think.

You are very knowledgable about islam and you know what to do, but you don't do it. You feel that Allah will accept your repentance because in your heart you are close to Allah. But the fact is that you are far away from Allah. Most people are far away from Taqwa. They continue to eat what they use to eat, sleep late at night even though it is sunnah to sleep early. They sleep not only during the morning and sometimes miss the morningprayer, but they never pray Qiyamah, the night prayer, even though they might stay up all night.

Most people don't read the Qur'an during the night. They are very few. And those who to that and persist upon it, they are rare. So if you are amongst those, inchallah you will have your prayer accepted.

The next part of the faith must be that you just not only pray at time and within the first time, you also add to it the sunnah, i.e. rakat before and after the fard-prayer i.e. the obligatory prayers. That is not only hard to do, but sometimes with a lot of things around you, you don't have the time, nor do you love to do that.

Ponder this. Even though you know what to do and how to do it, whether it is start exercising, eat properly, get the car you want, the promotion you long for or the family you dream of, you don't always discipline yourself to do what it requires of you. It needs a lot of hard work. It needs support and motivation. Most the time when you start something new you stop quickly. You persist perhaps one day or a quarter of a day, then you are tired, or fatigued and then you stop doing it and don't try until much later again.

When somebody starts something new they need a tutor or someone who can help them get through the first period of time. It takes about 40 days before you change your behaviour. That is why you can't do it alone, not at the beginning. You have to have somebody who you can talk to, somebody who intervene between you and your own self. This somebody must understand the importance of the intervention, even though he or she don't do what you want to do. But it is much easier if you find somebody who actually does what you want to do. They will remind you and help you on the way to success. Because do the prayer is success. And who doesn't want success?

2012/07/29

Why do I pray and do I really have to pray ALL the time?

During the month of Ramadan, the increase of prayer is significant. The mosques all over the world are filled with worshippers. Some of them pray the whole year too, five times a day and more. Some of them pray only four or five times a day and some of them do not pray at all during the rest part of the year. For the latter ones, Ramadan is like Christmas. Prayer is not something you do all the time, it is only a feast that everybody around you does they think. Some of those who did not pray regurarly repent, but most of them continue to live like they did before. Many Muslims do not have taqwah, fear and love for Allah, in their heart, but they are still Muslims. Those are the people who do not pray,  drink alcohol, wear inappropriate clothes etc. 


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The prayer is a type of worship consisting of specific statements and actions. It is begun by pronouncing the greatness of Allah, and is concluded with salutations of peace. The prayer is the essence of Islam. 


To state it simply, prayer must exist, for without it Islam can not stand. The Prophet, upon whom be peace, said, "The head of the matter is Islam, its pillar is the prayer, and the top of its hump is jihad /struggle/ in the way of Allah." It was the first act of worship that was made obligatory by Allah. Its obligation was revealed directly to the Prophet, during his asscension to heaven. Said Anas, "The prayers were made obligatory on the Prophet, upon whom be peace, the night of his ascension to heaven. At first, they were fifty in number, but were reduced several times until they were five. Then it was proclaimed, 'O Muhammad, the order is not changed. These five are (equivalent) to the fifty."


As to the authenticity of the report, it is related by Ahmad, an-Nasa'i and at-Tirmidhi, who said it is sahih. 


Every prophet have worshipped Allah, and even Jesus /Eisa/ peace be upon Him prayed every morning and evening and more. He also prayed like the Muslims, with the forehead on the ground. 


Okay, I understand why I have to pray and where it comes from, but must I persist in praying? 


Salah is the first act that I will be held accountable for. 'Abdullah ibn Qart related that the Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, said "The first act that the slave will be accountable for on the Day of Judgement will be prayer. if it is good, then the rest of his acts will be good. And if it is evil, then the rest of his acts will be evil." (Related by at-Tabarani.)


It is the last thing that the Prophet, upon whom be peace, recommended to hos nation before he died saying, "Prayer, prayer and what your right hand possesses." It will be the last thing taken away from the religion. When it perishes, Islam will perish.


The Messenger of Allah, upon whom be peace, said, "If islam were stipped away, piece by piece, people would hold tight to the next one. The first thing taken would be ruling and governance, and the last thing would be prayer." (Related by Ibn Hibban from the hadith of Abu Umamah.) In many verses of the Qur'an, Allah follows up prayer with the remembrance of Allah. "Lo! Worship preserves (one) from lewdness and iniquity, but verily, remembrance of Allah is more important." (al-'Ankabut:45) "He is successful who grows and remembers the name of his Lord, so pray (al-A'la: 14-15; " So Serve Me and establish worship fr My remembrance" (Taha: 14). Sometimes He mentions prayer along with zakah: "Establish prayer and pay zakah" (al-Baqarah: 110). And at times, with patience: "Seek help in patience and prayer" (al-Baqarah: 45), and with Hajj: "So pray unto your Lord and sacrifice" (al-Kauthar: 2); "Say: Lo! My worship and my sacrifice and my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the Worlds. He has no partner. This am I commanded, and I am the first of those who surrender (unto Him)" (al-An'am:162-163). At other times, Allah begins the acts of piety with prayers and ends with them, as in the verses about the ma'arij (ascension to heaven): "Successfull indeed are the believers who are humble in their prayers," and the verses, "And who pay heed to their prayers. These are the heirs who will inherit Paradise. There will they abide" (al-Mu'minun: 1-2, 9-11).


I understand that the prayer is obligatory and it is important to pray. But do I really have to pray ALL the time?


The importance of salah is so great that one is ordered to observe it while travelling or not, while one is safe or in fear: "Be guardians of your prayers, and of the mid-most prayer, and stand up with devotion to Allah. And if you go in fear, then (pray) standing or on horseback. When you are safe, remember Allah, as He has taught you that which (heretofore) you knew not" (al-Baqarah: 238-239). Allah explains how to pray during fear, safety or wartime: "And when you are among them and arrange their prayers for them, let only a party of them stand with (to worship) and let them take their arms. then, when they have performed their prostratios, let them fall to the rear and let another party come to pray with you, and let them take their precautions and arms. They who disbelieve long for you to neglect your arms and your baggage, that they may attack. Is is no sin for you to lay aside your arms, if rain impedes you or if you are sick. but take your precautions. Lo! Allah prepares for the disbelievers shamful punishment /in the here-after/. When you have performed your prayer, remember Allah, standing, sitting and reclining. And when you are in safety, observe your prayer properly. Prayer at fixed hours has been enjoined on the believers" (an-Nisa': 102-103)


Allah also strongly warns those who tamper with their prayers or are heedless. Says Allah in the Qur'an, "Now there has succeeded them a later generation who have ruined their prayers and have followed lusts. But they will meet deception" (Maryam: 59); "Ah, woe unto worshippers /Muslims/ who are heedless of their prayers" (al-Ma'un: 4-5).


Prayer is one of the most important acts in Islam, and thus it requires a special guidance. Ibrahim peace be upon Him asked his Lord to give him descendants who abided by their prayers: "My Lord! Cause me and (some) of my offspring to remain constant i prayer. And O our Lords! Accept my supplication" (Ibrahim: 40) 


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2012/07/23

12 Reasons to read the Qur'an

"Whatever task is not begun with Bismillahir Rahamnir Raheem remains incomplete and unfinished".

Why should you read the Qur'an?

Here are 12 tips.

But before that, read what you should think about when reading the Qur'an.
  • It helps to read the Qu'ran first in order to understand and reflect upon the Creation and the Creator, not to debate. 
  • Cutting and pasting from one of the websites that point out Qur'an errors is not good enough. 
  • You must read the Qur'an to know what you are talking about. 
  • Don't make the mistake that many make: To send a link or just cut and paste without even reading the words is one of the worse thing you can do. You will be very embarrassed. This will make your discussionpartner suspicious and maybe think that you are not honest, even a liar. 
  • Know your Qur'an before you preach it or worse debate it. 
  • Debating is for scholars, not for everyone (even though you want to defend yourself or islam). 
  • If you debate with somebody that does not want to reason logically about the science of Qur'an, then stop. What is the point? 
  • Use only the arabic Qur'an, never a translation (interpretation) because every person has its own interpretation and understanding of the verses even if it is Yusuf Ali, Pickthal or Shakir who have translated it. 
  • Go back to the source. 
  • Learn arabic (or arameic if you want to debate the Bible). 
"The best of you is he who learnt the Holy Quran and taught it to others." (Bukhari) 

So Why should you read the Qur'an?
1. Undoubtedly, the heart gets rusted like metal gets rusted when water goes over it. The People asked, "How can they [hearts] be cleaned." The Prophet replied, "To remember death in abundance and to recite the Holy Quran." (Mishkat) 

2. Whoever is an expert in reciting the Holy Quran is with the Kiraman Katebeen and whoever reads the Quran with pauses and it is difficult for him, that is, his tounge does not move easily and he recites with difficutly for him there are two rewards. (Bahar-e-Shariat) 

3. Learn the Quran and read it because whoever learned the Quran and read it and did Qayam with it is like a bag filled with Musk whose fragrance is spread everywhere and whoever learned the Quran and slept that is he did not do Qiyamul Layl is like a bag which is filled with Musk and its mouth has been closed. (Tirmizi, Ibn-e-Majah, Nisaee) 

4. Read the Quran when you heart feels affection and attachment and when your heart becomes bored stand up that is stop reciting the Quran. (Saheeh Bukhari and Muslim) 

5. Surah Fatiha is a cure from every illness. (Darmi, Bahiqi) 

6. Do not make your home a graveyard, the Shaitan runs from the home in which Surah Baqrah is recited. (Sahih Muslim) 

7. Whoever memorized the first ten ayahs of Surah Kahf will be saved the Dajjal. (Sahih Muslim) 

8. Whoever recites Surah Kahf on the day of Jummah, there will be a Nur brightened for him between two Jummahs. 

9. Everything has a heart and the heart of the Quran is Surah Yaseen, whoever read Yaseen, Allah will write the reward of reading the Quran ten times from him. (Tirmizi and Darmi) 

10. Whoever reads Surah Yaseen for the pleasure of Allah, his past sins will be forgiven so read this near your deceased. (Bahiqi) 

11. Surah Tabarak (Surah Mulk) saves one from Hell. 

12. Whatever task is not begun with Bismillahir Rahamnir Raheem remains incomplete and unfinished.


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2012/07/10

What 64 000 thoughts is it that I am trying to change?

What are my thoughts during a day like this? I think about many things. 64 000 thoughts is normal for a person to think every day. Most of the thoughts are the same as those I had yesterday and the day before that. 


What I am thinking about as an average Muslim woman? 

The first thing that I think about is a Swedish song I heard as a young girl. "Härligt, härlig, men farligt, farligt" It really takes years to get rid of these songs in my head. I do not listen to music on the radio, not normally. I avoid television and many movies. But I really love to watch television and movies. There are so many things on television that amazes me. 

Okay. Then what? I try to change my thoughts into dhikr. I pray to Allah: Send Your Peace And Blessings To Our Beloved Prophet: "Allahumma salli wa salem wa barik ala sayidina Muhammad :pbuh:". 

This is a good doua. You have a lot of reward to say this a thousand times a day. If you change 1000 thoughts into this thought, then you have achieved a lot. 

So I started. 

"Allahumma salli wa salem wa barik ala sayidina Muhammad :pbuh:". 

I was interrupt A LOT:

"Allahumma salli wa salem wa barik ala sayidina Muhammad :pbuh:". 
"Allahumma salli wa salem wa barik ala sayidina Muhammad :pbuh:". 
"Allahumma salli wa salem wa barik ala sayidina Muhammad :pbuh:". 


I continued, but thoughts of other kinds went through my mind.
"Facebook-Muslim- woman in Stockholm without any money tries to have help after being robbed".
How did she manage the situation? Did she go to the police? Did she talk to her parents? Yes, she did talk to her  Swedish parents who could not (did not want to) help her with her two infant kids on the train-station. Subhanallah. 


"Allahumma salli wa salem wa barik ala sayidina Muhammad :pbuh:". 

I thought about my blogs and what to write next time. 


"Allahumma salli wa salem wa barik ala sayidina Muhammad :pbuh:". 

I thought about the dish and when to clean it up, and what to do as lunch to my children. I thought about not being LAZY during the fast - but how? With not being lazy with prayer, dhikr and doua perhaps.What did they do on the prophet Muhammad's time  :pbuh:?  They did djihad, but what else? What did the women do? And the other men? 

"Allahumma salli wa salem wa barik ala sayidina Muhammad :pbuh:"

There is some dirt on the wall. Who is going to pay for this when we move? Us or nobody? How lovely it is to stay in Sweden during Summer. You should not lie, steal or take ribah. 

"Allahumma salli wa salem wa barik ala sayidina Muhammad :pbuh:"

I was a really horder of things. As I had a lot of things that I did not want to have, the whole family thought I was a good candidate to receive more of their stuff they did not want to have. My sisters, my mother, my father and my grand-mother. And I accepted everything. Now I am trying to get rid of everything. That's it. I am no more a bin. 

"Allahumma salli wa salem wa barik ala sayidina Muhammad :pbuh:"

How lovely to be a tree in the rain, feeling the rain on its leaves! I have to do the laundry. My husbands surgery tomorrow. I have to prepare the linnen in the beds and change them until tonight. Pizza. Kebab. Kebab on the pizza. Mmm. 

"Allahumma salli wa salem wa barik ala sayidina Muhammad :pbuh:"


Now, it is raining again. 

Mashallah. How do I feel? Quite. Ohh, the window in my kitchen opened by the wind. It scared me. Djinn, angels. Swimming-school. Doctors, Architectes, Building-workers, Archeologes. 

"Allahumma salli wa salem wa barik ala sayidina Muhammad :pbuh:"

If I continue to say this I will inchallah dream a pleasant dream about the prophet :pbuh:. Water. Pure. Inventors - cool - who invented the screw must be very cool. And the one who found out how to make plastic things - who was it? He must be very intelligent. And who invented the windows and when? Shall I work with my kids now? With their french and the books?

"Allahumma salli wa salem wa barik ala sayidina Muhammad :pbuh:"


Break time after 500. 

Now I am back. I have given the children food to eat and washed up the dishes. I want my children to be better than I was and am. I want to give them the chance to choose whatever they want to do in life. I was only good at art, music and sports-activites in school. Now I am really good at technical stuff and how to find out how technical things work. 

"Allahumma salli wa salem wa barik ala sayidina Muhammad :pbuh:"

Now it is raining again. It is hard to do dhikr when my children are present. I am cold and want to close the door to the veranda. 

"Allahumma salli wa salem wa barik ala sayidina Muhammad :pbuh:"

It is really nice to hear my children sing in Arabic. I am really proud of them to have learnt arabic so fastly. How is it possible to learn these hard words? I can't hear the difference. Arabic and finnish is almost the same when I hear them. (That was what my children found out too, when listening to a finnish program on the radio). 

"Allahumma salli wa salem wa barik ala sayidina Muhammad :pbuh:"

It is hard to do dhikr while listening to my children singing. 

Can't they stop for a while? Now when they have stoped, the song is in my head instead. Thank you very much! :-)

"Allahumma salli wa salem wa barik ala sayidina Muhammad " :pbuh:

Atheists: You say that there is no life after this, but if we after this life does not find anything, then we are even, but if we DO, they you will lose. 

"Allahumma salli wa salem wa barik ala sayidina Muhammad " :pbuh:

I want to purify my body, my thoughts my heart, my clothes, my house, my properties, my money! 

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2012/06/30

Goals to achieve in life!



Number 26


I hope that I, in my journal, would write all of this some day: 


1. I learned a whole Surah in the noble Qur'an today!  
2. I read a book in arabic today!
3. I prayed all my prayer today and more!
4. I have dreamt a beautiful dream tonight!
5. I was the cause for somebody to convert to Islam today!
6. I inaugurated a mosque today!
7. I was present at an inauguration of a school for poor people today!
8. I finished writing the book today
9. I have fallen in love with my husband today - again
10. I have got my book published today. 
11. I gave some money to the needy and poor today.
12. I fasted today. 
13. I visited Mecca today 
14. I visited Medina today
15. I performed the last day on Hajj today
16. I hired somebody today
17. I managed to run 6 miles today
18. I have got a big order today
19. I improved the quality of the water today
20. I have achieved all the goals I have set
21. I celebrated a 50-year marriage
22. I read the whole Qur'an today
23. I visited the North Pole today
24. I took care of my family today and made wonderful dinner and company
25. I wrote a nasheed today
26. I have got a baby today
27. I took care of an orphan today


Clearly I have managed to achieve some goals like number 24 and 26, but the rest is something I have to work on. 


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2012/06/29

Djihad - beyond your limits


"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. So if you are feeling uncomfortable right now, know that the change taking place in your life is a beginning, not an ending". - Neale Donald Walsch


Djihad - to do fajr in time
Djihad - To say the truth about Allah to people even though you are afraid of being ridiculed.
Djihad - To have the best character
Djihad - to be righteous with your body, mind and soul!
Djihad - to choose a good and righteous husband even though he is not the most famous or rich one you know.
Djihad - to put your heart into worship
Djihad - to stay patient even though your prayers are not accepted yet!
Djihad - to choose Hajj instead of a trip to Hawaii
Djihad - to stay patient even though the water is boiling up to your ears...
Djihad - to stay stable even though everybody around you shakes....
Djihad - to be happy in sickness and sadness
Djihad - to put all your strength to write a book that will benefit you.
Djihad - to have patience even though you are treated badly.
Djihad - to have patience like prophet Yusuf aleihi salem when was put in the well.
Djihad - to be a woman even though everybody wants you to be like a man
Djihad - to be a man even though everybody wants you to be like a woman
Djihad - to stay different, even thought everybody wants you to be like them
Djihad - to put all arrogance down and repent
Djihad - to participate Jumu'ah even though you can't
Djihad - to strive further with all your strength
Djihad - to say the truth when everybody is hearing even though it is hard.


Djihad is about having patience and try a little harder!


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