Saturday, June 18, 2011

-86- The 26 Merits of Salah


The 26 Merits of Salah
by Shaikh Abdullah Faisal

(evening dars: 6.18.11)





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Salah
-- the most important act of ibadah (worship) after Shahadah

THE 26 MERITS OF SALAH
1 It prevents you from Fahsha and Munkar

Verily, As-Salat (the prayer) prevents from Al-Fahsha (ie great sins of every kind, unlawful sexual intercourse, etc) and Al-Munkar (ie disbelief, polytheism, and every kind of evil wicked deed, etc) Surah al-Ankabut, 29:45

Fahsha = illegal sexual intercourse
Munkar = all types of sins

2 It is the best deed after the Shahadah ayn
--laa ilaha ila Allah Muhammadun Rasool Allah

3 It washes away your sins
--from salah to salah jummah to jummah Ramadhan to Ramadhan
-- it washed away your sins if you abstain from the major sins
--Hadith Rasool the man who has a spring

Abu Huraira (radhiallahu anhu) states that he heard the Holy Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa salam) say “Suppose if one of you had a running canal at his door and takes bath in it five times every day, then would any dirt be left on his person The companions submitted In such a case no dirt would be left on his person The Holy Prophet salallahu alayhi wa salam remarked “similar is the case of the five obligatory prayers Allah remits all sins in consideration of these prayers

4. It is a light for the one who performs it Both in this life and the next
5. It causes you to gain intercession of Muhammad
--and therefore it causes you to enter the paradise
--in order for you to enter paradise, you need the intercession of Muhammed
--and you gain this by establishing salah

6. It causes you to gain the dua of the angels
-- The person who establishes salah the angels make supplication for that person

7. For you to sit in your place of Salah waiting is like you are doing ribaat
--ribaat = watching the borders of the Muslim State

8. The Salah raises your status in the Sight of the Allah The Creator and the creation

And mention in the Book (the Quran) Ismail (Ishmael) Verily! He was true to what he promised, and he was a Messenger, (and) a Prophet Surah Maryam, 19:54, 55

And he used to enjoin on his family and his people As-Salat (the prayers) and the Zakat, and his Lord was pleased with him Surah Maryam, 19:54


--this ayah tells you when you establish salah it raises your status
-- in the sight of ALLAH and in the sight of your fellow human beings

9. It makes Allah love you and the people love you

The Dua of Ibrahim: “O our Lord! I have made some of my offspring to dwell in an uncultivable valley by Your Sacred House (the Kabbah at Makkah); in order, O our Lord, that they may perform As-Salat (Iqamatas- Salat), so fill some hearts among men with love towards them, and (O Allah) provide them with fruits so that they may give thanks Surah Ibrahim, 14:37”

--non-cultivatable valley nothing grows there !
--the scholars of Islam use this ayah to say
--that the people will love you if you establish salah

Whenever a man and his wife do not pray, they always end up in divorce
--a family that prays together, stays together
--when a couple prays together their love grows

10. Your salah is a covenant between you and Allah ta'ala

And We shall drive the Mujrimoon (polytheists, sinners, criminals, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah, etc) to Hell, in a thirsty state (like a thirsty herd driven down to water), None shall have the power of intercession, but such a one as has received permission (or promise) from the Most Beneficent (Allah) Surah Maryam 19: 86-87

The only one who will receive the intercession

--is the one who fulfills the covenant
--the covenant is to establish the salah
--the one who will receive this intercession is the one who established salah

11. It is the greatest form of dhikr
--there is no doubt that your salah is the greatest form of dhikr

"Verily! I am Allah! La ilaha illa Ana (none has the right to be worshipped but I), so worship Me, and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) for My Remembrance Surah Ta-Ha, 20:14

--ALLAH's commandment to Musa proving that salah is the greatest dhikr

12. It teaches you punctuality
--all prayers have a prescribed time

13. It teaches you community cohesion, unity
--when you go to the masjid to pray, you mix with your brothers and sisters

Shaikh in Capetown, South Africa:
--The salah teaches you unity and uniformity
--if you keep your line straight,
--Allah will make your line like the lines of the angels
--so by keeping your lines straight, not crooked,
--this means that your salah is teaching you
--to be organized and it teaches you unity (community cohesion)
--you see you bros and sisters on a regular basis

Narrated by al-Bukhaari (690) and Muslim (433) from Anas, that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said “Make your rows straight, for straightening the rows is part of the perfection of prayer” According to the version narrated by al-Bukhari “… is part of the establishing of prayer”

14. Your salah teaches you humility
--when you pray with your head on the ground:
--this is the ultimate act of humility (to bow in that manner)
--so your salah teaches you unity

15. Your salah teaches you brotherhood and sisterhood
--you pray shoulder to shoulder with all races,
--black white yellow brown, Arab and non Arab
--when Malcolm X when to hajj, he realized that
--what Elijah Pole was teaching was wrong
--he realized that the racism taught by Elijah Pole was wrong
--so your salah teaches you true brotherhood and sisterhood

16. It causes you to be blessed by ALLAH

"He (Iesa (Jesus)) said Verily! I am a slave of Allah, He has given me the Scripture and made me a Prophet;" "And He has made me blessed whosesoever I be, and has enjoined on me Salat (prayer), and Zakat, as long as I live" Surah Maryam 19:30-31

Therefore Salah is a means by which you are blessed by ALLAH

So sometimes when you find a person suffering in life:
--maybe the reason why the person is suffering is because the person does not establish salah

17. It causes you to attain yaqeen, certainty
--yaqeen is the opposite of doubt (ie when you doubt your faith)

So glorify the praises of your Lord and be of those who prostrate themselves (to Him) And worship your Lord until there comes unto you the certainty (ie death) Surah al-Hijr, 15:98-99

18. It enhances the love between husband and wife
--whenever you pray as a couple, husband and wife,
--if your wife prays shoulder to shoulder to you
--the salah is accepted
--if she prays behind you the salah is also accepted
--when you pray, as a couple together, it enhances the love between both of you
--couples who don’t pray, they always live like the animals in the African jungle
--they always end up in divorce
--because their union is not blessed
--a family that prays together, stays together

19. Salah is an investment between you and ALLAH
--and you will reap the rewards in both worlds (in this life and the next)

ALLAH refers to salah in the Quran as tijaara
--the first thing ALLAH will ask you about on Judgment Day is your salah
--if your salah was messed up, ALLAH won’t bother to look at your zakat
--or your sawm, hajj, etc
--if your salah is good, ALLAH will look at your other good deeds

Verily, those who recite the Book of Allah (this Quran), and perform As-Salat (Iqamatas-Salat), and spend (in charity) out of what We have provided for them, secretly and openly, hope for a (sure) trade gain that will never perish Surah Fatir, 35:29

Hadith the difference between a Muslim and a kaafir is the salah
--your salah is an investment
--tijaara- a trading investment, a transaction
--ALLAH used the word tijaara to describe salah
--if your salah was intact, Allah will look at your other acts of ibadah

The difference between a man (Muslim) and shirk and kufr is the abandoning of salah (Sahih Muslim Kitab ul Iman Book 001, Number 0147)

20. Salah is a gift given to the Rasool (saws) on the night of al Isra wal Miraj

"The first thing which will be judged among a man's deeds on the Day of Resurrection is the Prayer If this is in good order, then he will succeed and prosper, but if it is defective, then he will fail and lose" [Tirmidhi]

Allah burdens not a person beyond his scope Surah al-Baqarah, 22:86

21. Salah is a gift given to you via the Prophet Muhammad:
--on the night of Isra wal miraj, the prophet took back 3 gifts

1. the gift of salah
2. the ayah 22:86
3. the multiplication of good deeds

When you do ONE good deed, ALLAH writes it down as ten good deeds
--or 700 good deeds

22. Salah is a mercy from ALLAH to the ummah of Muhammad PBUH
--you were commanded to pray 50 times a day initially
--then the Rasool passed by Musa, and Musa asked the Rasool
--to ask Allah to decrease it
--due to Musa's experience with his own ummah

The Prophet (pbuh) kept going back again and again,
--until ALLAH reduced the salah to 5 times a day
--therefore ALLAH says he will give us the reward of praying 50 times a day
--if we establish the salah 5 times a day

23. It’s a regular exercise that reduces the cholesterol level
--your 5 daily salah is the minimal amount of exercise
--that is needed to keep your cholesterol levels down
--high cholesterol causes many problems in the body, salah reduces this
--the 2 rakat Sunnah before Fajr salah (the Rasool NEVER missed these)

24. Your salah is a demonstration of your love to ALLAH and to his Rasool
--when you read the Quran, ALLAH is speaking to you
--when you pray, you speak to ALLAH
--it’s a demonstration of love to the Rasool because you pray the same way he prayed
--you establish your salah in accordance to the sunnah of the prophet
--why did you do this? because you love the prophet
--the Rasool said "pray the ways you see me pray"
--therefore you if pray the way the Rasool prayed,
--this is a testament to your love to the Rasool

25. It is the closest you can get to ALLAH
--so the Prophet Muhammad said "the closest a person can get to ALLAH
--is when you are in sajda"
--"when you make a dua to ALLAH in sajda, ALLAH will answer your dua"
--the shaitan is jealous of you when you are in sajda
--there is no other position in salah that brings you
--closer to ALLAH than when you are in sajda

ALLAH loves you the most when He sees you in sajda

“A servant is nearest to his Lord when he is in sajda, so increase your supplication when in sajda" (Muslim)

When you are in sajda, you can beg ALLAH for anything,
--in any language, because this shows your humility
--kuffar do not make sajda, and even if they do they make it to false idols
--the Catholics make sajda to the cross and to statues
--YOU the believer make your sajda to ALLAH and ALLAH alone

"Offer your salat (prayers) the way you see me offering them" (Al-Bukhari)

The Rasool said "if it were permissible for a human being to bow down to another,
I would have commanded the woman to bow down to her husband"

If I were to command anyone to make prostration before another I would command women to prostrate themselves before their husbands, because of the special right over them given to husbands by Allah [Hadith Sunan Abu Dawud]

26. The salah is the legacy of the prophets
--when the Rasool when to Isra wal miraj, he led the other prophets in prayer
--he lead them in prayer, and they prayed behind him
--their salah and his salah was the same exact salah
--there is no difference between the salah of the previous Prophets

"He (Iesa (Jesus)) said Verily! I am a slave of Allah, He has given me the Scripture and made me a Prophet;" "And He has made me blessed whomsoever I be, and has enjoined on me Salat (prayer), and Zakah, as long as I live" Surah Maryam, 19:30-31

--the above ayah is the evidence that salah is the legacy of every single prophet
--the evidence is Surah 14:37 (when Ibrahim pbuh abandoned his family by the kaba, he said):

"O our Lord! I have made some of my offspring to dwell in an uncultivable valley by Your Sacred House (the Kabbah at Makkah); in order, O our Lord, that they may perform As-Salat (Iqamatas-Salat), so fill some hearts among men with love towards them, and (O Allah) provide them with fruits so that they may give thanks Surah Ibrahim, 14:37

When Abraham abandoned them at the valley, he made this dua:

"O our Lord! I have made some of my offspring to dwell in an un-cultivable valley by Your Sacred House (the Kabbah at Makkah); in order, O our Lord, that they may perform As-Salat (Iqamatas-Salat), so fill some hearts among men with love towards them, and (O Allah) provide them with fruits so that they may give thanks Surah Ibrahim, 14:37

So, Abraham pbuh commanded his family to establish the salah

"Verily! I am Allah! La ilaha illa Ana (none has the right to be worshipped but I), so worship Me, and perform AsSalat (Iqamat-as-Salat) for My Remembrance Surah Ta-Ha, 20:14

There is no doubt whatsoever that salah is the legacy of ALL the prophets