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Guide to Salat (Prayer)

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There are many books dealing with the subject of Salat in both Arabic and Urdu. Many of these books are well written and provide an informative and comprehensive view of how Salat should be performed according to the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (S). Unfortunately, there are very few books in English which deal with the subject in the same informative and comprehensive way. The books, which do exist, have three main disadvantages:

Firstly, literature concerning Salat available in English is either so brief that it does not cover essential points in nearly enough detail, or it is so bulky and detailed that it becomes difficult to use it for quick reference, and essential points may get lost in the unnecessary detail.

Secondly, the text of the Salat lacks the quality of direct research from the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (S). There are also books which contain material without any reference to the original sources.

Thirdly, the majority of books have been written according to the views held by certain schools of thought and for this reason some people hesitate to follow them.

Because of these weaknesses in existing literature in English, we felt that the need existed to produce a medium sized book on Salat which would approach the subject according to the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad (S). The Prophet, himself, said: "Pray as you have seen me praying."

Such a book needs to contain all the essential details of Salat without being too bulky or complicated so that the reader can use it as a point of reference on a journey or at home.

It was also felt that a comprehensive book on Salat in English would be useful for converts to Islam and for such Muslims who do not fully understand Arabic and Urdu languages. Keeping in mind the needs of our brothers and sisters, every effort has been made to produce this book in simple and easy language.

During our research, we sometimes found that differences occurred between established practices in various prayer books. In these circumstances we referred to authentic Ahadith of the Prophet Muhammad (S), so that the points could be clarified as much as possible. This was, because, for a true Muslim there is no greater proof for settling arguments than authentic Ahadith and practices of Prophet Muhammad (S).

We hope that Allah will accept this humble attempt because without His Support and Help we would never have been able to do this work. Finally, we ask all our Muslim brothers and sisters to study the text and to strive to offer Salat (prayer) according to it. If anyone finds anything unacceptable or to be against the Sunnah of the Prophet (S) we would be grateful if they would inform us.

Muhammad Abdul Karim Saqib

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Prayer According to the Sunnah

prayer chart, islamic prayers, islam and prayerA complete, comprehensive book covering almost every aspect related to prayer (Salah) according to the Quran and authentic Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (S). It is a must for every Muslim to learn and educate themselves about this basic and most important pillar of Islam that everyone is required to do 5 times everyday.

Main chapters of this book:  
  • Obligation, eminence & Importance of Salah
  • Purification
  • Ghusl (Complete Bath) & its legislation
  • Wudu (ablution)
  • Tayammum (dry ablution)
  • Dress of the Worshipper
  • Injunctions related to visiting Masajid (Mosques)
  • Timings of Prayers
  • Adhan and Iqamah
  • Congregational Salat
  • The Qiblah (direction of facing in prayer)
  • The Sutrah
  • Khushu in Salah
  • Regarding the Prophet's Guidance in Prayer
  • Adhkar after Taslim
  • Sujud As-Sahw (prostration of forgetfulness)
  • Qunut
  • Voluntary Prayers
  • The Witr Prayer
  • The Night Prayer
  • Duha Prayer
  • The Abridged Prayer
  • Jumuah (Friday) prayer
  • 'Eid Festivals
  • Istisqa' Prayers
  • Prayer during a Solar Eclipse
  • The Prayer of Fear
  • Salat-ul-Istikharah
  • The Funeral Prayer

OBLIGATION, EMINENCE AND IMPORTANCE OF SALAH (PRAYER)

Salah (or prayer, plural: Salawaat) has an exalted status in Islam that is unrivaled by any other act of worship. Salah is the Pillar of Islam, on which the religion is firmly established. The Messenger of Allah (S) said: "The head of the matter (religion) is Islam, its pillar is the prayer and its highest peak is Jihad for Allah's cause" Tirmidhi, Hadith 2616.

Salah constitutes the physical, mental and spiritual submission to Allah which starts by pronouncing "Allah is Great" and ends with the Salam (salutation of peace). It is the concrete proof of our submission to Allah. It fulfils our very purpose of creation. Allah makes it very clear in the Glorious Qur'an that the very purpose for which He has created us is to worship Him throughout our lives. He tells us: "And I have created not the jinn and men except that they should worship Me (Alone). I seek not any provision from them nor do I ask that they should feed Me." Adh-Dhariyat Surah 51, V.56-57

"So glorify the praises of your Rabb (Lord) and be of those who prostrate themselves (to Him). And worship your Rabb (Lord) until there comes unto you the Hour that is certain." Al-Hijr Surah 15, V98-99

Salah is an obligation to be fulfilled throughout one's life and must be established even in times of fear. Allah said: "Guard strictly (the five obligatory) Salawaat, especially the middle Salah ('Asr). And stand before Allah with submission and do not speak to others during the Salah. And if you fear (an enemy), perform Salah on foot or riding. And when you are safe, perform Salah in the manner He has taught you, which you knew not (before)." Al-Baqarah Surah 2, V.238-239

The Prophet said: "Order your children to be punctual in Salah when they attain the age of seven years and when they attain the age of ten years hit them for abandoning Salah and provide them with separate beds." Abu Dau'd, Hadith 495. Buy this Book

Prophet's Prayer Described

A more scholarly description of the daily Prayer, this book would be considered a more advanced study of the daily Salat. With numerous references to classical sources, each aspect of Salat is presented from the lens of the time of the Prophet (PBUH) himself. Buy this Book

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From the greatest bounties of Allah, the Mighty and the Majestic, is the door of repentance has been opened to begin the journey of return; a journey that brings back broken hearts, pouring with tears and with humbled foreheads. Verily man was created weak. Allah the Exalted says, "And man was created weak." (4:28).

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