When you begin your Salaah…
From the moment you say “Allahu Akbar” it is as if you have knocked at the door of your Creator. You leave behind the world, and you are now facing your Lord. Clouds of Allah’s mercy form, good deeds fall on you like rain, and angels gather around you crying out,
“O worshipper if you could see who is in front of you and who you are talking to then I swear by Allah you would not finish your Salaah until the day of Judgement. You would stay in Salaah until you die.” (Hadith)
Salaah, derived from the word “Silatun”, means to bring or join together. Salaah joins the slave to his Lord and creates a bond that cannot be obtained through any other form of worship. When you engage in Salaah and you are facing your Lord, you have all of His Attention. It is unfathomable, the Lord of the worlds, our Creator, Allah – looking at me? I share the world with 7 billion other people, but at this moment, His attention is on me? Allahu Akbar.
When you direct your attention elsewhere during your prayers, Allah Ta’ala says, “O my servant, I am in front of you and you are not looking at Me. Have you found something even better than Me? That you have left me and become attracted to it?” Knowing this, we have to perfect our Salaah so that when we offer it to our Lord, He will be pleased with us Insha’Allah.
While you’re travelling, you’re cashing in…
We know Salaah to be a worship to Allah but it is so much more than that. “Salaah ensures;
- daily bread,
- promotes health,
- drives out diseases,
- strengthens the heart,
- brings light and beauty to the face,
- pleases the soul,
- refreshes the body,
- cures laziness,
- relieves the mind,
- feeds the soul,
- illuminates the heart
- guarantees Allah’s favour,
- keeps shaytaan away
- And brings us closer to Allah.
Salaah is a guarantee for all that is desirable and a protection against all that is undesirable for both body and soul, in this world and in the hereafter.” (hadith)
We pray to thank Allah for the innumerable bounties He has given us. Man has five senses; sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch. For these five senses Allah (SWT) has prescribed five daily Salaah’s. It is mentioned in the glorious Qur’an,
“And if you count the favours of Allah, never will you be able to number them.” (Surah Ibrahim: 34)
When you end your journey…
When you make “Salaam” at the end of Salaah it indicates that you have gone somewhere else and are now returning from your spiritual journey. You are able to feel the peace and embrace your new-found strength to continue with your day until the next time for Salaah sets in. The time alone with Allah (SWT) gives us courage to go on with our day no matter how tough it becomes. I think of the stories of the pious and now I understand why many spent their nights engaged in Salaah for the pleasure of Allah …why they sacrificed their sleep and body for hours and hours…it’s because we need Allah… to quench our soul. How fortunate are we, that the gift of Salaah helps us achieve this?