Ramadan 2015: Come lets Pray!
Subhanallah It’s the 8th day in Ramadan already. Hope In Sha Allah you have all settled into a Ramadan routine (what’s that you say?) and are in the steam of things with your Quran reading and other targets for this month.
Assuming that we would have all started reading the Quran by now, I thought we could look at one of these Ayaats to discuss with our family.
In the first 5 Ayaat of Surah Baqarah, which is the second Surah in the Holy Qur’an, Allah SWT explains to us the qualities of the Muflihoon .Now who are the Muflihoon? They are the ones who will emerge victorious at the end of everything, our life in this world and this world itself.
The third Ayah of Surah Baqarah explains some of the qualities of these Muflihoon.
‘(They are those) Who believe in the unseen, stand in prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them.’
So you see PRAYER should be so essential a part of a true believers life if he wishes to emerge victorious. Let us closely examine the phrase ‘yuqeemunasswalaat’ which roughly translates to ‘STAND IN PRAYER’.
The word Yuqeemuna comes from the root word ’Qaama’ which means straight, upright or stand. If you think about it, how do we Pray? Not only do we stand up straight physically in prayer but by indulging in prayer we are also straightening our ways.
The word ‘Swalaat’ comes from two root words.
- ‘Swaloo’: means to loosen or bow down. This is directly related to submitting your body and soul to Allah swt and bowing down to Him while praying.
- ‘Swalee’: which means to burn. While praying we are burning away our sins.
This shows that every word used in the Quran has a purpose. It gives us specific instructions and describes to us exactly what is intended there.
We would all like to encourage our kids to start praying regularly. Instead of approaching prayer as a task to be completed we can show them why we do it. What benefit lies in Prayer? Help them understand that we do it for the sake of Allah SWT and He has instructed us to do so in the Quran in many places.
Know that our sole aim in this Dunya should be to attain Taqwa. We can only strive to attain taqwa by maintaining strong connections with our Creator SWT. When we pray, we are engaging in dialogue with Allah SWT. We get closer to him as we fall in prostration during Sujood. We speak of our problems to him directly. We seek comfort in being close to him just like we would feel when our parents hug us.
So on the To Do List for today: Read the Ayah and the translation together. Discuss what prayers means for every member in the family. Get the young ones to observe you while praying (even at the risk of them using you as a climbing frame )
Here’s hoping you have a fulfilling fast today and attain khushoo in Salah at all times In Sha Allah
Until next time, Assalamu Alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.