Sunday, June 12, 2011

Satisfy Your Greatest Need




We have now finished our recitation; we pause momentarily, then begin the bow as we simultaneously call out “Allahu Akbar” (Allah is greater!)- A reminder to refocus should we have drifted, a reminder that…We stand here on earth in prayer, while Allah looks upon us from above the seven heavens. Our Salah should thus be a beautiful one, especially our Rukuu’ (bowing), for Allah is beautiful and loves that which is beautiful and complete! We will not meet anyone this day, greater and more grand than Allah.

So let us beautify and perfect this prayer to Him:
- Let the palms rest on the knees, fingers apart.
- Straighten the back and keep it level with the head.
- Maintain a calm hold till every part and joint is relaxed and has peacefully set in place. “Subhana Rabbiyya- Al-Adheem” (How perfect My Lord is, The Supreme!). Focus on the pronoun that means “My” (in Rabbi). It adds that element of bonding, that ingredient for connection and love. He is My Lord (Rabbi) who has raised me in His care, clothing me, feeding me, healing me, nurturing me. A heartfelt “Subhana” meaning- far removed is He from any imperfection!

“Subhana Rabbiyya- Al-Adheem” a second and third time as our hearts are humbled in submission before Him. Realize His Majesty, recall His sovereignty. I place all my hopes with You, My Lord.

Many of us perform this part of the prayer mechanically, devoid of any emotion or connection like that felt when reciting Quran or when down in prostration. But in reality, Rukuu’ is an intense symbol of worship and servitude to our Lord! In it lies the essence of tremendous humbleness and humility!

The Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam once saw a man rushing through his prayer, pecking up and down his rukuu and sujood. He said, “If this man dies (with his prayer) in this state, then he dies belonging to a creed other than the creed of Muhammad.” Thus, our rukuu should be performed calmly, peacefully, according to the Prophet’s example.

This worldly life is full of hardships and aches. We laugh one day, only to cry the next. Its demands and toils leave us thirsty and tired. What can quench this thirst better than prayer? The Prophet sallahu alaihe wassallam said, “The one who does not complete his rukuu’ properly, is like one who is starving and eats just a date or two. It does nothing to satisfy his hunger!” Let us then, find our comfort and relief in our rukuu and sujood.

17 times each day, we bow... Our love for Allah has to grow with that. And when you love Him, He will love you even more for He is the Most Kind, the Most Generous. And who can ever harm you… when the Creator Himself, loves you?



-- From the newsletter of 'Believer's Path' - written by Zakia Usmani 

5 comments:

Mohammad Zafar said...

Assalamu alaikum,

"The Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassallam once saw a man rushing through his prayer, pecking up and down his rukuu and sujood. He said, “If this man dies (with his prayer) in this state, then he dies belonging to a creed other than the creed of Muhammad.” Thus, our rukuu should be performed calmly, peacefully, according to the Prophet’s example"

The above hadees that is mentioned, is that mentioned for this situation (ruku)..I doubt seriously (i may be wrong), need to verify this.
What I feel, is the body reflects or obeys the mind and hence the Qushu and Quzu totally depends whats going on in ur mind. And the state of mind cannot get the Qushu until we get a feeling of "Azmat e Ilahi - Respect towards your Lord", "Love of Allah" and "Qashyah - Fear of Allah" basically all the time, specially before standing in front of him.

There is one more AND to that, its the "Yaqeen - Belief" which drives these above emotions (toughest part to learn not impossible).

May Allah The Most Merciful give us toufeeq to pray as he wants.

I didnt understand this 17 bows anyways...I May be wrong to ask u this...but howz that...:((


JazakIllah

Uni said...

@Mohammad Zafar
The Hadith refers to a salah being performed very very quickly with incomplete ruku and sujood. Hence, it is applicable to rukus.

I agree with your state of mind theory. I heard a lecture recently in which the scholar said that unfortunately, today, the maamlaat are such that we can hope to ACT with khushu and hope that it enters the heart (other way round).

So it can be done both ways. Main aim: Khushu in prayer.

Ameen to your dua'a.

Oh. 5 times salah:
Fajr: 2 (hence 2 rukuhs)
Zuhr: 4 (4 rukuhs)
Asr: 4 (4 rukuhs)
Maghrib: 3 (3 rukuhs)
Isha: 4 (4 rukuhs)

Total: 17 rukuhs, per day.

Mohammad Zafar said...

I calculated
Fajr: 2 (hence 2 rukuhs)
Zuhr: 4 (4 rukuhs)
Asr: 4 (4 rukuhs)
Maghrib: 3 (3 rukuhs)
Isha + witr : 5 or 7 (4 rukuhs)

So its either 18 or 20....

Never mind...

You are right..Main aim is khushu.

Jazakillah.

Uni said...

@Mohammad Zafar
Sure. That works too !

BarakAllah!

Tauqeer said...

Thank you for this.