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Friday, June 11, 2010

Staying sane through Solat by Zainol Abideen


In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.
May peace, mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you!

I wish and hope that you are in the best of Iman, Health and Wealth, Insya Allah.
The last wish is of general human need but the first and second are just so important to us that we'd really feel so miserable if we are to be without either one of them.

That is from my perspective of course but I gather that this is what most of us who as Muslims value so much?


Iman @ Faith is what keeps most of us going when the odds are against us. It is the only thing that keeps many of us remain positive in our lives although the prevailing circumstances and situations would be so challenging to us that if we were to be of those without faith, the easy way out would be to terminate our presence here on Earth as a desperate measure to escape those who hound others to such a tragic end.

Yes, I'm talking about those who without Iman @ Faith chose to just kill themselves for they had lost hope in their miserable lives.

People who despite having wealth and good health chose to end their life because they found their existence to be meaningless or frustrated with whatever had taken place in their life to hurt or frustrate them to such an extent that they just could not cope with the mental anguish that beset them driving them nuts so to speak?

As Muslims, suicide is forbidden to us. It's Haram. You commit suicide? You get a one way express ticket to Narr al Jahannam! No dilly dallying about it.

Allahu Ta'ala forbids us to despair of His Benevolence.

In Surah An Nisa Chapter 4 Verses 29 to 30, Allahu Ta'ala decrees :

29. Ya ayyuha allatheena amanoo la ta/kuloo amwalakum baynakum bialbatili illa an takoona tijaratan AAan taradin minkum wala taqtuloo anfusakum inna Allaha kana bikum raheeman

O you who believe! Eat not up your property among yourselves unjustly except it be a trade amongst you, by mutual consent. And do not kill yourselves (nor kill one another). Surely, Allah is Most Merciful to you.
30. Waman yafAAal thalika AAudwanan wathulman fasawfa nusleehi naran wakana thalika AAala Allahi yaseeran

30. And whoever commits that through aggression and injustice, We shall cast him into the Fire, and that is easy for Allah.

Sadaqallah hal adzhim.
Truthful indeed is Allah the Most Majestic.

Dear brothers and sisters,

Allahu Ta'ala forbids us from destroying ourselves and warns us that whoever commits injustice and aggression towards others unjustly then he or she will be thrown into the Hellfire in the hereafter.

This is Almighty Allah Himself warning us! You don't mess with the Creator. His Promise is not negotiable.

If He Says that those who commit injustice and undue aggression here on Earth against others like those who kill themselves or others in the process like the case of the suicide bombers, etc., then their end will not be Paradise but Hellfire.

Who's saying this? Not Zainol Abideen on his own but Allah Azza Wa Jalla!

So, be warned. Live life as it unfolds before you and remember to seek salvation in our remaining moments of our life by performing our daily Solat's @ prayers.

The Solat is the easiest act of prayer that any rational human being can carry out without fail.Today, is Friday.

Allahu Ta'ala commands us to gather at the congregational prayer :

62:9 Sahih International
9. Ya ayyuha allatheena amanoo itha noodiya lilssalati min yawmi aljumuAAati faisAAaw ila thikri Allahi watharoo albayAAa thalikum khayrun lakum in kuntum taAAlamoona

O you who believe (Muslims)! When the call is proclaimed for the Salat (prayer) on the day of Friday (Jumu'ah prayer), come to the remembrance of Allah [Jumu'ah religious talk (Khutbah) and Salat (prayer)] and leave off business (and every other thing), that is better for you if you did but know!

Tafsir al-Jalalayn
O you who believe, when the call for prayer is made on Friday, hasten, set off, to the remembrance of God, to the prayer, and leave aside [all] commerce, suspend [all] such contracts. That is better for you, should you know, that it is better for you, then do it.

Yet there are many who fail to observe this commandment of Allahu Rabbul Alamin and while away their time at the shopping malls, hypermarts, bistro's , cafe's , restaurants etcetera without a morsel of remorse of feelings of guilt or sense of loss.

At my local masjids, I have seen many who waste their times by sitting at the Friday temporary stalls set up along the roadside at Masjid Saidina Othman bin Affan at Bandar Tun Razak.

Ever since the Masjid Al Najihin was officially opened at Bandar Sri Permaisuri, I have been frequenting it and so, have not had the chance to advise and call the food traders to hurry up to join the jamaah on my way to the masjid there at Bandar Tun Razak.

I just don't understand the mentality of those traders who set up their stalls besides the masjid to do business selling food to the jamaah but fail to do their duty which is to perform their solat's together with the congregation and only then carry on with their trade after the prayers?

What's so hard about doing business before or after the congregational solat? Don't these numbskulls learn about the basics of our faith? Obviously they don't from the looks of it!

Allah Azza Wa Jalla So Knows us only too well! He revealed these verses in Surah Wal Asr way before the current M.I.N.O's were even born yet here they are fulfilling the predicts of those verses to the very letters!

Surat Al-`Aşr (The Declining Day) -

1. Waal `Aasri
1. By (the Token of) Time (through the Ages),

2. Innall-insana lafee khusrin
2. Verily Man is in loss,

3. Illaall latheena amanoo waAAamilooss salihati watawasaw bill haqqi watawa saww biss ssabri
3. Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy.

Surah Al Asr, Chapter 103 Verses 1 to 3, Holy Quran Al Kareem.

Let's face it! People nowadays especially the majority of the ignorant ones amongst the so called Muslims of this country are just not so bothered about what the Holy Book tells us to do or refrain from.

There are only a very small minority amongst those who can be called as practicing Muslims in this nation that puts up a pretext of being a Muslim nation when in actuality it isn't.

There is just no basis for a country that ridicules the true Syariah of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala to claim that it is one when in reality even the so called scholars of this nation know for sure that we are so far away from coming close to Darul Islam that this hedonistic nation claimed to be by the declaration of the 4th former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed several years ago.

For true Muslims who understand the real situation within this pretentious nation, the only solace they can find to survive the treachery of its hypocritical leaders is through their solat.

Only by surrendering their self's to the Mercy and Forgiveness of Allah the Almighty can their souls be at peace within themselves.

The Muslim Solat is so much more effective than any other human method of therapy for it is based upon the true commandments of Allahu Ta'ala and the Sunnah @ Example of the Noble Blessed Final Messenger of Ar Rahman, the Seal of the Prophets, Muhammad al Mustafa, the Chosen One.

Have you come across those Muslims who are often in prayer? Their peaceful demeanor, their ever smiling faces, genuine care and concern for others often are the usual traits that you'd find in them, the Allah worshiping good Muslims, both male and female Mukmins of the world.

I often come across scenes depicting frustrated, depressed individuals of the Western world having to go to their personal or government referred psychiatrists in order to be able to cope with whatever mental anxieties or psychological disturbances they are going through as a result of certain tragedies or calamities that they face in their lives?

Manic depression and criminal tendencies as a result of being unable to handle whatever personal emotional and mental conditions arising from a tragedy, betrayal, trauma and many other personal situations give rise to the need for these people to have to undergo psychiatric treatment or therapy in order to at least maintain a level of sanity without going crazy and endanger themselves or others.

The absence of a spiritual balance in the lives of these often agnostic or atheistic people is often the reason why they can go stir crazy at any given time for being unable to turn to God and seek their peace either spiritually or be in the physical realm of tranquil surrender to the Almighty and seek His Blessings and Grace?

For the average Muslim, we are always in contact with our Rabb, Allahu Ta'ala through our daily and constant prayers and dhikr.

We surrender ourselves to His Mercy and we seek His Maghfirah @ His Forgiveness. The knowledge that He is willing to forgive all our sins through our repentance acts as a constant fountain of hope and salvation that leaves us refreshed and recharged, full of hope and peace within ourselves.

In Surah Al `Araf, Chapter 7 Verse 205 Allahu Rabbi commands us to worship Him:

205. Waothkur rabbaka fee nafsika tadarruAAan wakheefatan wadoona aljahri mina alqawli bialghuduwwi waal-asali wala takun mina alghafileena

205. And do thou (O reader!)
Bring thy Lord to remembrance
In thy (very) soul,
With humility and in reverence,
Without loudness in words,
In the mornings and evenings;
And be not thou
Of those who are unheedful.

Sadaqallah hal adhzim.
Truthful indeed is Allah the Most Majestic.

Solat is the key to Muslims sanity. We are at peace with ourselves and the world we live in no matter what challenges comes our way. Even if we are killed by those who mean us harm, our Ruuh @ Soul is at peace in the realm of Al Sakinah.

The Sakinah promised by Allahu Ta'ala to those who carry out their solats without fail and keep their part of the oath of faith towards Him, the Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.

All you have to do to attain this peace is to purify yourself by performing the solat. The solat is our platform to attaining this much needed peace and tranquility within ourselves and is the key to our survival.

Surah Al `A'raf Chapter 7 Verse 170, Holy Al `Qur'an Al Karim :
7:170 Waallatheena yumassikoona bialkitabi waaqamoo alssalata inna la nudeeAAu ajra almusliheena
7:170 And as to those who hold fast to the Book (i.e. act on its teachings) and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat), certainly, We shall never waste the reward of those who do righteous deeds.

So decrees Allahu Rabbul Alamin that He promises to reward the Mukmins @ Firm Believers who live their life's according to the Commandments of His Guidance in the Last and Final Testament that He revealed to mankind @ The Blessed Qur'an and keep up with the Solat @ prayers.

This is Allah the Almighty God promising us Mukmins of a rewarding future in the hereafter if we hold firm to the teachings and commandments in our Holy Quran and keep up with our solats.

Be among the righteous and invite one and all to His Benevolence! Insya Allah.

I will share more with you as to how to perform the Solat in the following articles.

Insya Allah.

Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

1 comment:

norzah said...

I remember the young days when I used to neglect, postpone or entirely miss my prayers, Akhi. It was not due to a lack of stress that must be relieved thru prayers but the rigmarole stressed by the Guru before the performance of a prayer. Take a bath, change your clothes, wear a cap, get a syajadah, go to a quiet place etc etc. In the middle of work, those little thingsseem to be a real put-off. Only years later that I find how easy it is to pray. Just stop work, take the ablution (as long as your body and clothes are clean), find a clean place and pray. The rest is NOT important (like changing clothes, wearing a cap etc).
The trouble is many gurus make simple things sound so difficult. Discussion on the water fit for ablution may take hours. The dress code when described in detail is formidable. So is the prayer's routine. Allah says, make it simple, but the imams make things sound so difficult and formidable. Especially for the girls. Can we do something about that?