بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Are there more prayers to pray, you ask?
Salah (prayer) is the primary way of applying tawheed (worshipping Allah alone) so there are LOTS of occasions to pray.
Many times, we get overwhelmed by the different types of prayers but we shouldn’t.
Let’s just think of them as even more ways of worshipping and pleasing the Lord of the Worlds.
So what are the other prayers?
Well, at this point, it would be better for a person to read a book on the fiqh (jurisprudence) of salah.
However, I’ll give you a rundown of some of the prayers that we can do in Ramadan:
a) Prayer done after doing wudhu (ablution)
It’s 2 rakaahs and can be done after every new wudhu.
b) Tahiyyatul Masjid
This is the 2 rakaahs that one does after entering the masjid (“mosque”) and before sitting down.
Even if one walks in during the middle of the Friday khutbah (sermon), one should do this prayer and then sit down to listen to the khutbah.
Note: Some scholars consider it obligatory to pray this once one has entered the masjid.
c) Salatul Istighafar / Taubah (Prayer of Repentance)
This is not a condition of repentance being accepted* but it’s always nice to do this after one repents from any sin.
Try it. You’ll feel like a newly hatched chicken.
[*Generally speaking the conditions of repentance from any sin are: 1) Regret committing the sin 2) Stop committing the sin immediately and 3) Decide never to do it again.]
d) Salatul Istikhara (Prayer for guidance)
Once upon a time, people did this for all occasions. At present, it seems that many Muslims only do it when they are making up their minds about the big M.
Note: You need to decide on the issue and THEN pray Salatul Istikhara.
Insha-Allah, I might mention more about this prayer in a future post because many people have misunderstandings about it.
e) Salatul Janazah (Funeral Prayers)
This one is done in the masjid and it has no rukoo and no sajdah (prostration).
[Those who go to Makkah or Madinah can pray this frequently because Masjid Al-Haram and Masjid An-Nabawi always seem to have funeral prayers after every prayer.]
A small bit of advice: If you pray in a masjid where they pray Salatul Janazah, then try to do it as well. These prayers are one of the things that cause the sins of the dead person to be wiped away (to some degree).
Which one of us would not like our sins to be reduced after we die? So, let’s do this for our brothers and sisters.
[This prayer is really easy.]
What about Taraweeh, you ask?
That goes under Qiyam Al-Layl.
So, let’s make this a Ramadan where we pray more and where we pray better i.e. with more khushoo (humility).
Yes, two important topics that are often ignored: salah and death.
Please watch the following lecture and don’t chicken out because of the contents (i.e. death).
Unfortunately, many people tend to avoid serious topics because it “distresses” them. What will they do on the Day of Judgment when they see all the “distressful” things taking place?
Remember: The righteous ones prepare for the Last Day, whereas the unrighteous simply avoid thinking about it and ignore it. Due to this, they fail to prepare for this important day.
So, please watch this lecture and don’t avoid this topic.
And don’t say that you’ll watch it later because there might not be a later.
Pray before you are prayed upon by Abdur Raheem Green
Still looking for ways to focus in salah and get that wonderful feeling of khushoo (humility)?
Try this book by Imam Ibn Rajab (rahimahullah): Humility in Prayer.
I haven’t had a chance to read all of it but I learnt a lot by just skimming through the book.
Also, Imam Ibn Rajab is a fantastic author. Too bad he lived centuries ago…
Yes, Ramadan is the Month of Salah.
And when we pray, we should make sure that we pray PROPERLY.
It’s amazing how many people make mistakes in the salah.
Just a note: If you see someone making a mistake in prayer, you are OBLIGATED to tell them.
One of my classmates had asked one of our teachers if she was sinful if she saw a person (who spoke a different language to hers) making a mistake in prayer and she didn’t correct her. Our teacher pointed out that yes, she was sinful because she could tell the person via movements! Subhan Allah.
And for those who find it embarrassing to correct others, then my teacher’s words should be enough: “It’s better to be embarrassed in this world than to be embarrassed on the Day of Judgment.”
And really, what exactly is so embarrassing about it? We’re just afraid of what this person will think of us. Why should we be worried? We’re telling the person his/her mistake because 1) we want to be able to say (on the Day of Judgement) that we did our duty and 2) so that this sister/brother can worship Allah in a better way.
Remember that dawah is an act of ibaadah. So by correcting them, we are trying to come closer to Allah.
[A word of advice: Please don’t just jump on the person and scream at them. Show wisdom and manners and then you’ll see the good results. Use stupidity and harshness and you won’t know what hit you.]
Yes, the Month of Night Prayer is here.
However, is it the only month where we’re supposed to pray at night?
Short answer: No.
Ramadan helps to train us pray the night prayer so that we can continue for the rest of the year.
So, here’s an article (from one of my favourite authors) to help us understand the importance of this prayer: The Superiority of the Night (Tahajjud) Prayer in Increasing Iman by Shaikh Hussain Al-Awaaishah.