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  1. Music Played in House

    Salam, I have a question In Wasail al-Shia we find - "Amir ul-Mu’minīn Imam ‘Ali (a.s.) says, “Angels do not even enter a house that has wine, drum, tambourine or a flute. Even the prayers of the inhabitants of this house are unacceptable. They are deprived of barakat.” I don't listen to music at all and I know it's haram, but my family members play it and I ask them to stop but they don't. Does this mean my prayers are not accepted? I know of the Quranic verse which says that no soul shall be punished for another's actions... but the hadith is very clear..
  2. prayer request

    please i Need ur prayers for my mother's health she diagnosed with breast cancer. stage 4 ..... may Allh give her long and HEALTHY life 'Ameen
  3. I am looking for a book or text about : what is being said in Salaa For example Allahu Akbar : and its meaning and some information I want to understand these holy words much better and correct current mistakes I prefer a book from al-islam.org a (old) forum on this website is a good second option or some other shia place May Allah grant you succes and thank you
  4. Why we shouldn't skip prayers!

    I know many of us (believers) have been through this, and I personally experienced my boat sinking and I know it is tough getting it back up. But if you won't understand why you have to get back up then you're definitely going to drown. My point of bringing this topic up is not to scare you away by telling you about the torment of hellfire or the agony in the grave, surely I'll do that by the end of our short exchange, but before everything else I want you to know what benefits and positive change prayers can bring to your life! BENEFITS OF PRAYING There are actually a lot; me and you could go on and on about how practicing Islam can benefit you and the people around you, but this once, let me just mention a few of those that I experienced first-hand. Health Prayer can be a source of exercise for most people. It keeps check on your physical fitness. All the obligatory acts in prayers benefit greatly to ones health. For example, going to ruku and sajda and tash'had saves one from back pain and knee-joints pain. Prayer also wards off many illnesses. Down to Earth When you go down in sujood, it gives you a feeling of how small and insignificant you are in front of all the blessings and creations of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى. He made so much, and still blesses you and showers upon you from good. Prayer kills your ego and brings you closer to Allah and the reality. Focusing on how you're alone in this world, and how only Allah is your supporter and benefactor even in the time of adversity. Strengthens the heart and the belief Prayer gives you the strength that you are lacking when facing adversity. It becomes a driving force when met with a lot of short-comings. It strengthens ones resolve to keep moving forward and facing new challenges while knowing that Allah never burdens a soul more than what it can bear. Closeness to Allah When we recite the verses sent down to us Humans by Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى, we naturally feel close to Him. His words are the reflection upon our own-selves. When we make dua to Him and kneel down to Him, it shows that we are ready to give in our desires for pleasing Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى. And that: He is the only "one" we can turn to in the time of adversity... There's nobody else, is there? Countenance and Spiritual Pleasantness Did you know that prayers make your face and spirit brighter? Who wouldn't want their face glowing with happiness and zeal. This not only allows others to look at you in good light but also brings a smile to their faces (especially your family). And it takes off a lot of tension from their shoulders (for some reason). Keeps you away from sins and keeps sins away form you Now this is note-worthy, because both sound just about the same. So where lies the difference? The difference is that there in you will come a sense of responsibility and a sense of accountability once you start praying. You will become more aware of your performance near Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى, and you'd want to please him more and more. Who wouldn't want beautiful reward from Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى?And alternatively, Allah will keep you away from sins with his authority over you if he finds your actions pleasing. And no doubt, he is the most merciful and the most benevolent. Along with oft-forgiving. Gets rid of laziness and grooms punctuality Most of the time we are extremely lazy when it comes to our responsibilities and obligations. But once we start being punctual in prayers habitually, we (Insha'Allah) will become more aware of the limited time we have and the utilization of it. Prayer somewhat grooms the instinct of time within you. When you start praying five times a day, you'll begin to realize if you're spending the remaining time the right way. You will have thoughts like: Am I fulfilling my religious obligations correctly? Is Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى going to be pleased enough with the current me? Have I been listening to every words my parents say? Have I done the job that I must in time? Sense of Accountability I know I am kinda repeating myself here, but I couldn't just skip this point. Because this one is very significant when it comes to prayers. In our daily life, if we skip a prayer, do you know how many things go wrong then? How many times we attempt sins and bad acts? Have you ever reflected upon them?Prayer gives you a chance of reflection. And in the future it keeps you intact and in-check that you don't fall astray to bad acts from Satan. Keeps you pure and clean Before going to prayer, you remember, that you have to be Tahir (pure from any impurity). Thus this single remembrance can keep you more than enough clean and pure. Also, performing ablution three-to-five or more so times a day, protects you from Satan and his devilish whispers. Takes away nightmares and bad dreams I am sure many of us had nightmares or dreams that were bad, something you wish you'd never seen. But if you sleep after doing a wudu, and with faith that Allah and His angels will protect you from such dreams (that come from Satan), you'll be protected. WHAT DOES THE QURAN SAY ABOUT PRAYERS? I hope this thread will open your eyes to the importance of prayers and will bring you closer to Allah. If I made a mistake somewhere in the text, then it is solely from me. Forgive me, as I am only human. P.s. Thanks to my brothers and sisters here, they gave me confidence enough to post my material here. lol. I have some serious confidence issues. :P Anyways, thanks to everybody for reading and supporting! Jazak Allah Khair. Hope it will be helpful to at least a single soul!
  5. Salam, I need proof from only shia books about combination of daily prayers.
  6. You want four wives when you cannot even handle five prayers concentrate on yourself then think about Sunnah Marriage is beautiful relation to make. It is a fulltime job. Where you have to do a lot of compromise, sacrifice, respects, patience, bonding, understanding, friendship and most of all trust and faith. When we see a person, we may attract to her/him through his/her smile, looks, appearance, talks, status. It could be anything. Some go for friendship, some go for serious terms and some go for marriages as quote says, “A successful marriage built daily. Your children are watching your marriage. Be mindful to set a good example. To model them in their future marriage.” Muslims from London, UK can perform umrah with his wife. When we talk about marriages and relations. All country and its religion have its own perspective regarding to culture and inheritance. When we talk about western modern European. They have very simple theme about marriages. If you are not settling, down then just move on. There is no limitations in their religion about concern and relations. However, in Islam, you would find sincerity, loyalty and ever-bounding feeling. . God says about marriages,” "They (your wives) are a clothing (covering) for you and you too are a clothing (covering) for them." (Surah 2, Verse 187). In Islam you still have right to get married again with the permission of your wife or another reason, if you want a child. You are allowed to get married again with the clause that if you can do justice between them as Allah says,” "Marry of the women, who seem good to you, two or three or four; and if ye fear that ye cannot do justice (to so many) then one (only) or (the captives) that your right hands possess." This verse plainly allows a man to have up to four wives (Allah conveniently granted Muhammad an exception... on authority of Muhammad, of course). According to the Hadith, the "justice" spoken of merely refers to the dowry provided the bride, not the treatment accorded following the wedding”. Sunnah allows you to get married four times. More than four times is not permissible. As well as Allah says about prayers. They are obligatory to you. If you are keen or eager to get married repeatedly, firstly concentrate on your fard. Then think about Sunnah. As Quran says about marriages, “And of His signs is that He has created spouses for yourselves from your own selves so you might take comfort in them and He has created love and mercy among both of you. In this there is evidence (of the truth) for the people who (carefully) think." (Surah 30, Verse 21).feel yourself obliged and fortune to have lawful Muslim wife. Go at Allah’s home and make dua to live together in this or next world.
  7. Guys I randomly fell on an article online of a photographer who was in Syria during the latest attack and it just broke my heart. He was there he saw everything the picture of him crying describes the level of horror the country is going through. I feel bad because I am currently bothered about what my life isn't offering me and not giving me what I want whereas they are people and children living hell on earth. I feel like a very selfish person but at the same time, I don't know how to help. Even if I want to give zakat I want to give a good amount but as a student who lives at their parent's house, I don't really have something to give except prayers. Does someone feel the same ? What is the best way to help people in need when you are just a teenager? I beg Allah to help all the Syrians and all the people in need especially children and women. I beg for Allah to send blessings upon them and to give them a safe land Ameen
  8. Wudu (Ablution)

    Asalam Alaikom Brothers and Sisters, I have a question in regards to wudu. Today i received an injury on my right palm. The doctor said that I'm unable to wash the area. However, now my concern is that I am unable to perform wudu for my obligatory prayers. To my understanding and research I am able to perform wudu al jabireh, but that requires using my right hand to pour water on my face, arms etc. My question is, am I able to perform wudu using my left hand? If not, please provide me alternative ways. I do taqleed of seyid al Sistani. Wasalam, Servant of God
  9. Hello, So here is my story I was born and raised in France and I never practiced islam before last ramadan. I started reading the quran because I was home for the summer, class was over and did not have a job. As I had a lot of free time I started praying and I was pushed to pray because eventhough I wasn't practicing before I was raised a believer and I knew about Allah. Since I wasn't in a place I wanted in life I started making duas. One year later I feel like nothing has changed and I'm still (if not more) depressed about my life I'm not sure where I'm going I feel like it's just a mess and what I wanted my prayers to bring me was guidance. So today I feel like all my duas and prayers were useless and it's quite hard for me to keep up praying and reading surats and hadiths everyday because inside im very sad and at the beginning I thought Islam would be the cure for my depression. Today Im still doing all this thing but I don't understand why because I am afraid I have become hopeless I guess I'm praying just to have nothing to lose in the end I don't think I'm bad person I even tried to help people as much as I can I really tried to make everything work for me like adding zakat, paying people food, fasting.. What do you suggest me to do ? What would you do at my place? I feel like I need a miracle
  10. Innovation

    Salam, here is some good news for those who worry about the bad influence of ever increasing array of smart gadgets on our community, especially the young. Take a look at the world's first SMART SHIA ADHAN CLOCK by eAhlulbayt which has gone viral recently. It aims to change the mindset by introducing the light of sublime sounds of Azan, Quran, zikr and duas into homes, signalling to the entire family that Allah swt is our topmost priority in life. The beautifully designed device helps you stay on top of your worship with highly customizable features: Timely Azan Zikr/Azkar Reminder Holy Quran Recitation Duas and Ziyaraat Expandable Memory Software to control and set every feature according to your preference The first batch was sold out within a few months and greatly appreciated by our global Shia community from 19 countries with highest ratings in most reviews. Why not try a product that has unlimited upside potential: Tranquility in this life (that comes only from Remembrance of the Creator) and, more importantly, eternal heavenly rewards to accompany us the next world? Make eAhlulbayt your preferred choice of gifts to your family and friends on all occasions, from "Birthdays to Weddings, Eid to Anniversary gifts, prizes at community events to fund raising projects” We are open for orders at Smart Azan Clock Don’t miss order now! For more details on product see: You Tube, Facebook Many thanks! eAhlulbayt
  11. S/a, I had gone on a business trip/family vacation for a few days. I had my wife and 4 kids with me. Before my travel, I had firmly reinforced my intentions of praying all my prayers on time. This has previously been a weakness for me (praying during travel), but since my spirituality has increased over the last time I traveled, I thought I would fare well. Unfortunately, I failed! :-( My first day was okay, but the remainder 6 days were not! I have been trying to search the reasons for me failing so easily and trying to see what I can do for the future so I do not repeat this poor behavior. So far, I feel the following factors contributed to my failure: quiet place to pray (I was in a VERY busy city and it seemed like there was people everywhere) clean place to pray (issues of najis/unclean areas) "inconvenience" of doing wuddhu - both with dress attire and having to do wuddhu in public areas fear of persecution in this political climate (go figure how much I depend on God!) responsibility of 4 kids being extremely tired and exhausted at end of day (to at least do qadha) being outside the comfort of home (or place I am familiar with) etc Can anyone suggest what I can do to make my connection with God be as strong during my periods of travel? Thanks. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- *Ironically, I found this (below) in my email on my arrival (it has started helping me and hope it helps others too): Quranic Reflections 6:16. Āyat 66:8 – Turning to Allah (swt) يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا تُوبُوا إِلَى اللَّهِ تَوْبَةً نَصُوحًا Yā ayyuhalladhīna āmanū tubū ilallāhi tawbatan nasūha. O you who believe, turn to Allah a sincere turning (Sūratut Tahrīm, No. 66, Āyat 8) This verse is an invitation to turn back to God after having turned away from Him. For all those who have become distracted from God, have disobeyed Him, and have not made Him the focus of their lives, God calls them back to Him. He asks them to repent for the distance they have created between themselves and their Lord. It should be a sincere repentance based on awe of Allah (swt) and a disappointment with the self. The word nasūhā implies sincerity as well as a firm determination. Its purity prevents a person from returning to the pollution of sin. Turning back to Allah has to have the following qualities: a) Feeling remorse with the heart at having turned away b) Apologizing and seeking forgiveness with the tongue c) Stopping sins and all that turns one away from God d) Intending to continue quality (c), above. When the world is full of distractions and the human being is so weak, it is very easy to turn away from God. This does not only mean committing sins. Sometimes it is possible that a believer is not disobedient. But he is apathetic in his obedience. His connection with Allah is weak despite performing his wājibāt (the required obligations). This distance from God weakens his resolve and creates emptiness in life which he seeks to fill with other things. Allah tells him to turn back to him, sincerely and strongly. Such a turning back is valuable and can transform his life. It is incredible that the human being in all his weakness and smallness turns away from His creator. God in all His greatness and majesty calls him back. Why? After having created him, having blessed him with so much, giving him guidance so he can turn to Him, God still is patient with Him. He does not give up on him and invites him to come to Him. Imam Ali (a) says: Be obedient to Allah and love His remembrance. Picture to yourself that you are running away while He is approaching you. He is calling you to His forgiveness and concealing your faults with his kindness while you are fleeing from him towards others. (Nahjul Balāgha, Sermon 220) In Du‘ā al Iftitāh, recited in the nights of Holy Ramadān, we say: [O Allah] I have not seen a more generous master, patient with a wretched slave, than You are with me. My Lord, You call me and I turn away from You, You show affection to me and I show hatred towards You, You display Your love for me and I do not respond, as though I am above You. But this does not prevent You from having mercy on me, being good to me, and favoring me, through Your Generosity and Nobility Such is the Merciful God we worship. As we enter the season of worship during the months of Rajab, Sha’ban and holy Ramadhan, turn back to God with sincerity and determination. Recite this verse to remind yourself of God’s invitation and accept the call to turn to Him. Life will become much more meaningful and enlightened.
  12. Salam aleykum I am a single revert I am Sunni, but consider myself just muslim .I really want to get married, and am wondering if it is permissible for me to marry with a Shia guy, should I learn the shia way of praying, or can we still pray together .Also please pray for us to get married My only doubt is that he may not think I am good enough to be a part of his family, and I want to be more practising-I think he is much more western than me. I have been through many things made a lot of mistakes, but I never give up trying to be a better muslima. Sometimes I worry that nobody would want to marry with me because of my past.I did not have a stable home life, I also was abused by my own brother when I was still a child.InshAllah I will have a good husband even if this one is not meant to be for me, and all us sisters find very good husbands
  13. 11 years of missed prayers

    Salaam everyone, inshaAllah you are well. I am 20, female. Baiscally, I have missed around 11 years of prayers (counting from age 9). I have prayed in between but not regularly. Also I doubt my prayers were right/accepted. I finally learnt my salaah properly recently. So now I have around 11 years of missed prayers. What is the quickest and simplest way of catching up on these prayers? I follow Sistani if that's any help. JazakAllah Khairun !!!!!!!!
  14. Asalaamu alaykum my beloved brothers and sisters! May Allah shower you with blessings and mercy and grow your hearts with love for Him and Ahlulbayt AS my question is for anyone who can help me find out the title of the precious book that these duas come from its a speacial duas assigned for every day of the week and at the end comes a table: heres is one of them i have save on my phone alhamdul'Allah to make my question clearer: Saturday dua ﷽ Syeda Fatima(sa) Du’a 27- Dua for (Saturday) دعاؤہاؑ فی یوم السبت بِسْمِ ٱللَّهِ ٱلرَّحْمٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ O Allah open for us the treasures of your mercy. Give us compassion O Allah. Do not punish us in this world and the hereafter. Provide us from your abundant bounties a pure and good livelihood, and let us not be in need or want of anyone other than you. Increase our thankfulness to you, turn to you in need and want and be prosperous without the help of anyone except you. O Allah be generous to us in this world, surely we seek refuge with you from circumstances when you would turn away your face from us as we only ask from you. O Allah send your blessings on Muhammad and on the family of Muhammad and give us what you love and make it a source of strength for us, O the most merciful. اَللّٰہُمَّ افْتَحْ لَنَا خَزَائِنَ رَحْمَتِکَ، وَ ہَبْ لَنَا اللَّہُمَّ رَحْمَۃً لاَ تُعَذِّبُنَا بَعْدَہَا فِی الدُّنْیَا وَ الْاَخِرَۃِ، وَ ارْزُقْنَا مِنْ فَضِلِکَ الْواسِعِ رِزْقًا حَلاَلاً طَیِّبًا، وَلاَ تُحْوِجْنَا وَلاَ تُفْقِرْنَا اِلٰی اََحَدٍ سِوَاکَ، وَ زِدْنَا لَکَ شُکْرًا، وَ اِلَیْکَ فَقْرًا وَفَاقَۃً، وَبِکَ عَمَّنْ سِوَاکَ غِنًا وَ تَعَفُّفًا. اَللّٰہُمَّ وَسِّعْ عَلَیْنَا فِی الدُّنْیَا، اَللّٰہُمَّ اِنَّا نَعُوذُ بِکَ اَنْ تَزْوِیَ وَجْہَکَ عَنَّا فی حَالٍ، وَ نَحْنُ نَزْغَبُ اِلَیْکَ فِیْہِ. اَللّٰہُمَّ صَلِّ عَلٰی مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ، وَ اَعْطِنَا مَا تُحِبُّ، وَاجْعَلْہُ لَنَا قُوَّۃً فِیمَا تُحِبُّ، یَا اَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمیْنَ. اَللَّهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلَىٰ مُحَمَّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمَّدٍ ZIARAT FOR SATURDAY - HOLY PROPHET (saw) O Allah! Send blessings on Muhammad and on the children of Muhammad. In the name of Allah, the Beneficent the Merciful. I testify that there is no god save Allah; He is One; there is no associate (partner)with Him. I testify that you are His Messenger, and you are Muhammad son of Abdullah; and I testify that you had delivered the Message of your Lord, advised and warned your followers (Ummah) like a sincere friend, and strived, leaving no stone unturned, against heavy odds, in the cause of Allah, with wisdom and good advice. Strong and powerful support from the Truthful (Allah), was put at your disposal; (and) you had been kind and compassionate to the believers, (but) was harsh with the disbelievers, and had sincerely served Allah, till the inevitable (what was certain) came unto you. So Allah made you reach the highest stage of glory and honour. (All) praise is for Allah (only) who saved us through you from the polytheism and going astray. O Allah! Send blessings on Muhammad and on his children. Thy blessings and invocations of thy Angels, (of) Thy Prophets and Messengers, (of) Thy pious servants, (of) the people of the heavens and the earths, and (of) those who glorify Thee, (O the Lord of the worlds), from among the ancient and the present, be on Muhammad, Thy servant and Messenger, Thy Prophet, Thy confidant, Thy volunteer, Thy intimate friend, sincerely attached to Thee, purified by Thee, Thy favourite, the best essence from Thee, chosen in preference by Thee from Thy creation, and gave him surpassing superiority and eminence in wisdom and character, subtle ways and means, highest stations, and put him on the pedestal of (praiseworthy) fame and fortune; found his position enviable the men of old and the men of later time. O Allah, Thou said: “And if, when they had wronged themselves, they had but come unto you and asked forgiveness of Allah, and asked forgiveness of the Messenger, they would have found Allah forgiving, Merciful.” O my Allah, therefore I turn repentant to Thy Prophet (S.A.), asking pardon for my sins, (so send blessing on Muhammad and on his children), and be kind to me. O our chief, direct yourself, and your “Ahluh Bayt” towards the Most praised Allah, Thy Lord and my Lord, in the matter of my request Recite 3 times: for verily we are Allah’s and verily unto Him shall we return. Then recite: With love and longing for you, we move, O dearest friend, in your direction, because the misery has increased, since revelation (Wahi) has been cut off, and we lost you. Verify we are Allah’s; and verily unto Him shall we return. O our Chief! O our Messenger of Allah! Blessings of Allah be on you and on the pure and pious people of your house. Today is Saturday, your day, and I in its hours, take refuge with you ; seek your nearness, (so) receive me with open arms, let me be near you, because you are very kind, love to be hospitable, chosen and assigned to give asylum and refuge, (therefore) make me feel at home, a most generous friendly welcome, take us under your shelter, a most reliable protection; in the name and for the sake of your belief in Allah, and your Ahlul Bayt’s belief in Him, and the status He has assigned to them, whereby you (all) took into your keeping His Wisdom, Verily He is the most kind of all who show kindness. Salwat Look at this chart and observe it closely in'sha'Allah it brings good and wealth. Please it would mean the world to me if one knows what the totle of the book is i tried googling it up still didnt help and the friend who has sent these duas to me i no longer can contact them may Allah reward them and reward you all ameen! jazakum Allah alif alif khair <3 salawat
  15. Is there any way, prayer or dua I can make to get my past missed prayers to be forgiven?
  16. Salam. What's the best thing to do in your opinion regarding breaking iftar before or after prayers? I thought of doing it after prayers, because otherwise I would lose my concentration (think about the food), and I would also like to read duas etc. which would take like, 15 min extra, and I would delay the sitting with my family. But then we have the talk about "praying on time". Hm.. I don't know what I exactly should do. Maybe pray maghrib first, short duas, and then eat, and then pray again. But, what do you do?
  17. In the Name of the One, All-Compassionate, All-Merciful Assalamu Alaykum I have had some experiences in my life and I believe I may convert to Shi'ism. Today I have been trying to learn the Shia salat and it seems every website and video I'm looking at gives different directions. I hope I can get some help from you all. It is important for me to know the English for what i'm reciting. So I could use help with this also. Is this one accurate? This one seems very complex for salat. Can someone tell me about it? https://youtu.be/Bvf7Cea33tw Peace and blessings to all, Noor
  18. Hello, I am conducting research on the differences between how Shia and Sunni Muslims conduct their prayers. I am curious as to WHY these differences arose, and if possible please link your source (as I need to cite them). Also, if anyone would be willing to partake in an interview through email, either Shia or Sunni, it would be greatly appreciated. Kind Regards
  19. As believers, we strive to be mindful of Allah as much as possible during the course of an ordinary day. This remembrance can come mentally, through appreciation of His divine favors. It can come from the tongue, through the repetition of dhikr, or recital of supplications and Qur’an. But, Allah in His infinite Wisdom has made something more than this obligatory on us. Every 7 hours, during sunrise (fajr), midday (zuhr and asr), and sunset (maghrib and isha), He calls us to the door of His mercy with the call to prayer. Between these periods, we remain drowning in our negligence and worldly concerns. With each adhan, we are given the opportunity to return to Him. Imam Jafar Sadiq (as) writes in “Lantern of the Path,” that “Allah summons you by His favor to show you mercy, to put you far from His punishment, to spread some of the blessings of His kindness over you, to guide you to the path of His pleasure, and to open to you the door of His forgiveness.” In the adhan, we recite, “Hayya ‘ala-l-Falah,” translated to “come to success (or salvation).” The call to prayer calls us to become recipients of divine blessings and mercy and is a call to purify and elevate ourselves. Salat puts the “practice” into being a practicing Muslim. With it, we unite our physical bodies with our minds and souls. Each station of the prayer prepares the worshipper for the next station. First we cleanse ourselves. Then we stand in front of Allah and declare that our worship is for His sake alone. Then we bow. Finally, we reach the prayer’s apex through the physically lowest station of the prayer – in the sujud (prostrations). Imam Ali (as), who we are remembering these days, likens the sujud as the code to the four stages of human life. The Imam (as) says: ”The first sujud means that I was mud clay in the beginning, and as I raise my head from sujud, it means that I came to the world from the soil. The second sujud means that I will again return to the soil, and as I raise my head from sujud, it means that on the Day of Resurrection I will rise up from the grave and be summoned.” [Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 82, p. 139] If we are struggling with praying 5 times a day, let’s remember this one short act of worship is the greatest act to draw closer to Allah. If we find ourselves praying late or delaying prayers, let’s strive to remember we don’t pray because Allah needs our prayer, we pray because we need Him. If we had an appointment with someone important to us – our significant other, a scholar, the President of a country – wouldn’t we be on time? Why then aren’t we on time with Allah? If we find our minds wandering during our prayer, let’s strive to recall in whose Presence we are standing. Can we struggle to discipline our minds and quiet the noise for 5 minutes? During these days we remember how Imam Ali (as) appeared to onlookers as though he was in a coma when he was in his sujud. We remember he became so unaware of the world around him that his companions would use the opportunity to remove arrows from his foot, or remedy his wounds. This same individual attained martyrdom on the night of the 19th of this month when his killer struck him during his sujud, and he would leave the world the same way he spent his time on it, in submission to Allah. When we remember his death these days, let’s also strive to remember how he lived and the importance he attached to prayer. Let’s remember and ponder on the place where he attained martyrdom. Let’s make our salat count. Let’s remember that in sujud, the moment we are lowest, when our eyes are shut to the world around us, and we whisper to Allah with no barrier, is the moment of our greatest humility and simultaneously, greatest worship. It is perhaps for this reason that the Imam (as) said, “If the worshipper knew to what extent His (Allah’s) Mercy surrounded him during Prayer, he would never raise his head from the state of prostration.” Although the steps of prayer seem repetitive, they function the way a ladder does. The steps of a ladder are also repetitive but each step can take you higher and higher. Done properly, with the correct presence of heart, the prayer can also take us higher and higher. Within this one prayer, the human being can learn submission, discipline, purity, and humility, and can slowly break down the ego. If we learn to take joy from our prayer and pay attention to it, each sujud can become a step higher in reaching closer to Allah. Sister Nasrin Shakib, the Elhaam (Inspiration) Magazine
  20. Aslamualaykum wa rahmatullah brothers and sisters. So I have been reading many posts. It seems that there are many people who wish to marry but cannot. I really wish to explore what may be stopping marriage, discuss, perhaps suggest some duas/amaal that scholars have done. I then want to see what people's criterias are and why it is so hard to find potentials. I wanted to see if perhaps by discussing them, we can find solutions inshaAllah. Sometimes through exploration, seeing the situation from a neutral perspective from all sides, something can come up. Alternatively, perhaps it can be explored through PM if you wish to share, but not publicly. I hope it is an interesting discussion and hopefully others will be able to learn from each other. It's up to you if you wish to share this. I hope I can be of some help inshaAllah. Ma'salaama Fresh-imaan.
  21. Sallam Alikum, Insh'Allah you all have a blessed week, I just have a few quick questions about Night Prayers. 1. When one wants starts praying night prayers, does he have to pray it everyday? Or can we have days where he/she prays it? Like 2 days a week? Or one someone is committed to the Salah they must try to pray it everyday? 2. Does anyone have advice about how to make sure to wake up for salah? 3.For the people who do pray it, how do you make sure you get up? 4.And what time do you usually perform it insh'Allah? I think that's all I have for now, may Allah accept our prayers and duaa's. JAK.
  22. Morning Prayer

    Are we obliged to wake up for Morning prayers? Or can we sleep and if we wake up during the time of Fajr then we pray Or can we sleep past the time of morning prayers and wake up at 9am and then do the prayers? Currently what I am doing is that I am not setting any alarm clocks, I go to sleep and I wake up when I naturally feel rested. If I set up an alarm, it will wake me up before I am rested and then I will feel tired the whole day. So now when I wake up I pray but I don't set an alarm to wake me up on time, most days I wake up when the sun has risen. So am I obliged to set up an alarm for morning prayers? or can I sleep until I wake up and then pray?
  23. Salamun Alykum, What is the pattern and time for sunnah/nawafil nimaz/prayers in Shia Islam. Please explain briefly as I am confused, as I came across a hadith of 11th Imam(a.s) that a Shia should read 51 Rakat nimaz in a day and when I summed up 17 Wajib and Sunnah 2+8+8+4+4 and 11 nimaz shaab it comes 54 Rakat.Also please explain about the pattern Please explain, Iltimasi Dua,
  24. My Knees Hurt

    I am physically fine in other situations Only in prayer when I am in the sitting position, my knees lock very badly, and when I move to prostrate my knees open and there is a sharp deep pain within the back of my knee, it feels like a bone pain. It is very painful. In the first rakat where I only sit for a few seconds before getting up, it doesn't lock, in the second rakat when I have to sit for a bit longer, the locks happen and it is impossible to straighten my leg, sometimes I literally have to drop myself to my side in order to avoid the pain, it feels like as it my bones get ripped apart when I open my knee to prostrate or get up. I hope you know what I mean by "open my knee". I am talking about when my legs are folded whilst sitting, then as I straighten my leg to get up or when I move to prostate, the lock occurs, and the pain starts. Help please, how can I heal this knee? should I stop doing my prayers in the usual way for a while and adopt a different sitting position? This has been going on ever since the beginning of ramadan, I have continued with the normal way of praying so far.
  25. Before December 1st I wasn't religious and to be honest I never considered my self a Muslim. I was then told that I should pray every single prayer twice for the whole of this year to pay back the others from last year. Is this necessary because I wasn't religious back then but apparently because I live in a Muslim family I was "ignorant" and I have to pay them back. I didn't pray because I can't be bothered but because I never believed back then. So do I have to pay them back because that is very time consuming.
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