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The Spiritual Workout

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Wonderful post mashAllah thanks a lot.

I agree with not looking too far, there is a great impact on the soul by just practicing "the basics" if we wanna call it that way which in reality may be difficult enough that does not let us grow spiritually. Just by praying our 5 daily prayers on time and with attentiveness and reflection, refraining from lies or unkind/inappropriate behavior, listening/reading Qur'an even if it's one ayah a day but reflecting upon it....... and of course eating what is halal....... will make a significant difference in the spirit, then the spirit craves for more prayers and dua'a and the more times you win against your nafs when it wants to sin, the stronger you become. 

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Thank you brother, this is gold.

One thing you mentioned is really true, certain Hindu, Buddhist monks, and those monks of East Asian religions are indeed at an incredibly high spiritual level, are these Sufi-like practices evident in Christianity and Judaism?

It is thought-provoking how some people particularly those of Eastern Asia are deep into human enlightenment and spirituality, they do with such sincerity, with such purity, yet they haven't reached Allah, nor do they worship Him. Ah, such potential is at a loss still, for they are missing an all-important aspect of spirituality.

Two basic questions:

1) I'll look into this book, however, what should be my niyah when praying this?

2) The munajats, what of them? Are they for a specific purpose? If so, for what purposes? 

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(Salam) 

With these prayers your niyyah is simply "Nawaitu an usali rik'atain qurbatan ila Allah Ta'ala". I am sure you already know that you do them in sets of two. So if it is 6 Rika'as you say the niya three times, once for each set.

Munajat in English is: soliloquy or a monologue. Each of the posted monajat are for a certain occasion. For example: Munajat Al-Shakireen is a soliloquy thanking Allah for anything and everything you have. You can choose any of them to do because honestly, all of these munajats should be done on a daily basis. At least thats what I think. Let me explain. We should be thankful on a daily basis for the food we have, the shelter, our health, clothes, eye sight, voice, hearing, etc. so we can recite Munajat Al-Shakireen after prayers or when we wake up in the morning or just before we go to sleep. Another example is Munajat Al-Taibeen. If we sin, which unfortunately we do a lot of, we can recite this munajat in order for us to show Allah that we are indeed sorry for what we have done during the day and during our life time as a whole. Munajat are a very important aspect of our life. It is a further connection to Allah. It is a conversation with Allah. 

I hope this helps.

I will be posting a lot more about normal prayers and what should be done as a mustahabat for concentration during Salat and such soon. I am just really low on time because I'm trying to settle in with university work. Forgive me if I have done less than I should.

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Asalam Alykum,

A lot of Asian practices are quite spiritual. When I was studying ninjitsu, we had to do a mini bow and then it was practicing meditation. So much meditation all the time. Doing hand gestures and so much of meditation that I started sensing rain drops.. It is such a beautiful feeling. A minute seems like an hour long. I really look forward to the second post because I did try to bring that focus to prayers and though I have been some what successful, something always happens to mess up my progress. Just the other day I was sitting in Salah and I did a lot of prayers. I don't remember how many but my left calf muscle just gave in. Its been a week now and when I pray, it stops my movements.

By the way Muditz786, I am doing my prayers of life as well. What I do is that I do Nawafils as usual and then do the make up of missed prayers thereafter. I have read some people say that Nawafils are not accepted if you have missed prayers etc but so far since Allah has not commented on it not being accepted so I do what I do. If he accepts it fine. If he doesn't that he knows I tried by best.

Additionally, if someone is interested, I started incorporating the meditation aspect in Salah by controlling breathing and consider Salah as a request to Allah. To clear my mind I first started to breath in from the nose and breath out from the mouth and slowed my mind down. I started to imagine that my soul was covering my body and that my soul was me and the body was there just to aid the soul.

Really really looking forward to the follow up post. Thank you!!

Ma'Salam

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On 1/19/2014 at 12:58 AM, GreyMatter said:

Thank you brother, this is gold.

One thing you mentioned is really true, certain Hindu, Buddhist monks, and those monks of East Asian religions are indeed at an incredibly high spiritual level, are these Sufi-like practices evident in Christianity and Judaism?

It is thought-provoking how some people particularly those of Eastern Asia are deep into human enlightenment and spirituality, they do with such sincerity, with such purity, yet they haven't reached Allah, nor do they worship Him. Ah, such potential is at a loss still, for they are missing an all-important aspect of spirituality.

The problem with following deviated paths of spirituality is that it is clear that there is only one path of irfan, and that is the path set out to us through the Ahlul Bayt (as) . Imagine the entire concept of spirituality to like one who fires a bullet when hunting. When he fires the bullet, he would need to make sure that at the start, it is "on the straight path". This is clear in that one slight deviation in its direction, and it ends up a large distance astray. Likewise, when one is attempting to follow the path of irfan, he needs to make sure that he has a teacher, in that one slight deviation will most certainly lead one to be far astray from the truth. It is clear therefore, that the reason why these Eastern "religions" are so far astray is for this reason- they followed a path which was in the entirely wrong direction from the start. These ideologies are based on doing things without a greater purpose. For example, a man could have been standing in the same spot in perfect silence for 10 days- what has he achieved? There are also ideologies which tell us to spend our lives on water fasts, to the point of near death- this is certainly not the path of the Ahlul bayt (as) . Throughout history, many people have been scared of the path of irfan- for example, Sayyid Qadhi Tabatabaei (ra) received a new student, Ayatollah Bahjat (Ra) in Najaf. However, due to the fear people had of following this path, Ayatollah Bahjat's father told him to return from  Najaf, saying that his son was on a path of deviancy and sufism. It should be clear that this is not the case, but rather that it can be dangerous for a person without a teacher to follow this path.

The most important step is to perfect our wajibat- make one's 5 daily prayers the be all and end all of his life. These are not the words of my sinful self, rather those of the leader of the Qom Hawza, Sheikh Waheed Khorsani (ra), and many other great scholars. Never let anything get in the way of your prayers- be it school, work, family or socialising. Make your prayers the set points in your days, such as if a friend asks to socialise with you, say to them only after salat duhr or salat maghrib, never missing your wajib prayers for anything. Additionally, I would recommend Adab As-Salat by Imam Khomeini (qas) in order to understand the importance of things like purity in intention. We cannot gain proximity to Allah unless we make the wajib salat our priority in life, and all worldly matters a secondary aim.

Also, as mentioned by the OP, we have countless prayers and amal which are recommended to us by the Ahlul-Bayt (as) . The book of Mafatih al Jinan covers most of these, and it includes things such as the 34 Daily Nawafil prayers and Amaal for certain days, both within the week and the Hijri calendar. Of course, these mustahabat are useless without a prior base of fulfilling your wajibat correctly, yet it is by no means that we haven't been provided with the knowledge of how to gain spiritual success. Keeping to what the Ahlul Bayt (as) taught us, not following any deviated practices in matters relating to spirituality, and it is certain that one will succeed on his goal. 

Wasalam

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(salam)

Good post my brother. Also,one thing we must all remember is to be sincere. No matter how many rakaah of Salah we pray, it will not matter if our hearts aren't sincere. Even one day of fasting with the sincere niyyah of gaining proximity to Allahسُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى may InshAllah, cause a worshipper to ascend to a purer level.

Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq (a), while explaining the utterance of God Almighty, "
That He might try you (to see) which of you is fairest in works." (67:2) said: "It does not mean one of you whose deeds are more numerous but one who is more rightful in his conduct, and this rightness is nothing but fear of God and sincerity of intention (niyyah) and fear." Then he (a) added: "To persevere in an action until it becomes sincere is more difficult than (performing) the action itself, and sincerity of action lies in this that you should not desire anyone to praise you for it except God Almighty, and intention supersedes action. Lo, verily, intention is action itself."
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You are wrong brother

Imam Ali said "there is as many paths to God as the breathes the creatures take" so to say that the path to God is so limited as you described is ultimately wrong period and goes again what the Imam has said

Imam Ali spoke about the path of worshipping God and not irfan... Trust me when I tell you that the REAL path of irfan and ultimate spirituality is the path of Allah ONLY. So to say that a buddhist and a Muslim would reach the same level of TRUE form of spirituality defeats the whole purpose of being a Muslim. You're basically suggesting that anyone could meditate and do qi gong and remove the true veils. But no. The true veils can only be removed by following what Allah has gave us.

Furthermore, if we take up other practices, we really don't know what we're meddling with. Who knows the true origination of all these spiritual moves and breathing forms?

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Concentration in Salat (Part 1)

 

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صلّ الله عليك يا سيدي ومولاي يا رسول الله

صلّ الله عليك يا سيدي و مولاي يا ابا عبد الله

 

Respected brothers and sisters,  (salam)

 

Praying in it’s original linguistic value is Supplication (Du’a). The muslims got together and called it “Salat” but in it’s original form it’s Du’a. So when doing Du’a there are 2 major points: Feelings and Sincerity.

 

How do we achieve the two points? First of all, in order to be sincere you have to pray as if you want to, not you have to. You pray because you want to thank Allah for all he has given you, you want him to forgive you for the sins you committed today and every other day, you want to pray for him so he can aid you. Then, in order to pray as if you want to, you have to pour your heart out. You have to pray as if it is the only thing in life that will keep you going. It is the only thing in life that can give you power. 

 

When you converse with someone, do you listen to yourself or do you know what you say and concentrate on the person? It should always be the latter. Why? Because if you’re listening to yourself you’re not really paying attention to the person in front of you. Same with Salat, if you’re listening to yourself you’re not paying attention to Allah. Prayers are like a conversation between you and Allah. You have to know what you are saying in order o concentrate on Allah. As Al-Shaheed Al-Murtada Al-Mutahari once said, “If you’re focusing on the words and the meanings then when do you pray? Giving your full attention to Allah during prayers brings the presence of all the meanings of what you are saying during the prayer.”

 

From that we can deduce that focusing on Allah during the prayer will make you pour your whole heart out and obey every command he has given us. But someone claim that they lose concentration during Salat, so what should one do in order to regain that concentration and bond between the servant and Allah? 

 

First and most importantly, you have to stop the thought as soon as you get it. If your begin to day dream, stop it as soon as it comes to you and continue your prayer. This will teach you to become more attentive to your surroundings rather than what is in your head.

 

Secondly, read the Qur’an in tajweed. If you do not know how, there are Qur’an books with coloured letters and each colour indicates what you should do when reading it. This will also help you keep focus and not only that, but it will teach you the ways of the Qur’an and it will teach you to talk to Allah the way that you really should, with proper Arabic and proper recitation of the holy book that he has given us.

 

Thirdly, lengthen your prostration and istighfar. Imam Ali once said, “Lengthen your prostration, for there is no harsher work on Satan but to see the son of Adam prostrating because he was asked to prostrate yet he declined.” However, some people may lose concentration during this lengthened prostration, so what should you do? You can recite a small Du’a of some sort. I use this:

 

سبحانك لا الاه الا انت اني كنت من الظالمين فاصدق واكن من الصالحين

"There is no deity except You; exalted are You. Indeed, I have been of the wrongdoers."

 

There are many other things you can say so I will leave it up to you to decide. Also, after saying “Astaghfirullah wa atoob Ilayh” try to repeat it several times. I do 30 istighfars in each raqa’a which gives me 510 istighfars a day. This is really good to start being cleansed from our daily sins.

 

Furthermore, I have seen a lot of people during Salam sprint through all three Salams. Let me ask you this. If you were to enter a place and say Salam, do you immediately speak right after the salam? Or do you wait until the Salam is returned back to you? Exactly, wait a few seconds then say the next Salam. Don’t sprint in all three. Respect the prophet (pbuh) and the mo’imineen and Allah. Wait until they return the Salam to you and then recite the next Salam.

 

During your Qonoot try to recite different Du’as. This will help you concentrate as well.

 

I will post more parts about concentration in Salat but I just need a bit more time so forgive me for my shortage and may Allah bless us all with his mercy.

 

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so your now become an authority on spirituality

furthermore you said that monks and eastern practitioners have attained "high spirituality"

if what you say is true then how did they attain it? by some other God?

thin about this statement thoroughly , "as many paths as the breaths the creatures take.."

in all honesty you cant even count how many breaths the creatures take, so rethink your conclusions  

I have never claimed to be an authority on spirituality. Neither are you.

No, they simply delve into the energy fields around the world. Jinn are forms of energy. They could delved into energies of Jinn. Because lets not forget that Yoga, which hindus practice and many of them achieve the state of "Nirvana", was made for the prostration to the sun.

I wish I can tell you what I truly have seen but it just isn't the time for it yet. When I can, I will happily say it out loud to everyone. There are many paths to Allah, and there are many paths to spirituality. That doesn't mean that the path your are taking is the purest or the correct path. Only the path of Ahlulbayt is the correct path in order for us to reach to higher levels of the TRUEST forms of spirituality.

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 but i guarantee that you wont find another person who has done as much as i have, 

(salam)

Brother, you can claim what you want. I am not here to tell you your faults. You should figure them out yourself. I am only here to give out what has helped me and what might help others. I don't want to argue with you, because it is really not my intent nor am I here to cause any trouble. I am merely here to help others in the journey.

May Allah help us all and guide us to the correct path. Allah knows best.

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Asalam Alykum,

Gaining spiritual energy is a journey. Perhaps my methods of meditation help me focus. Try it. Focus on breathing and slowing down everything. Look at the clock and imagine it getting slower and slower. Meditation when you close and open your eyes so that with each blink your body goes into the meditative state. Body is a vessel because of a reason :).

What I have learned is that in Islam, the end does not justify the means. Before we get into spiritual nearness talks, perhaps we all should speak softly to each other :). Good posts everyone.

Ma'Salam

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Salam, brother Ibn Al-Shaheed

Your posts are pure gold from heaven! Thank you and jazak Allah khayran for all the informations on various prayers, I am about to include some of them in my daily schedule.

As for your critics, well, as I have practiced different meditation forms for decades and they have brought me very little - do not be disturbed by their comments, just keep posting more useful informations and prayers. People shall always have different opinions on every topic, and when someone starts with something like "I've prayed more than you, I'm better and closer to God!", well, I wouldn't even trouble answering that, it is just ridiculously childish...

Please keep on posting and benefiting all of us who want to learn something.

Ma'a salamah, Amina 

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