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Come To The Prayer II

Why Do we Pray - The Greatest Gift

Salam Alaykum!
Yesterday’s post covered our most important reason to pray, that He (swt) in His Majesty and Mercy commanded it to us. To turn to Him, to take just a minimum of 5 times a day out of our busy lives for Him. Today, we will try to cover another reason. Our direct link to Him.

Have you ever wondered, whether Allah (swt.) listens, whether He listens to our prayers and our dua’s?
What we have to realise is that this prayer is more like a conversation with our Lord. As He (swt.) said in a hadith Qudsi related to us by Muslim:

“Allah said: ‘I have divided the prayer between Myself and My slave into two halves, and My slave shall have what he has asked for.’When the slave says: ‘Al-hamdulillah i rabbil Alameen (All the praise is to Allah, the Lord of all that exists),’ Allah says:’My slave has praised Me, and My slave shall have what he has asked for.’ And when he says: ‘Ar-Rahmanir-Rahim (The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful),’ Allah says: ‘My slave has extolled Me, and My slave shall have what he has asked for.’ And when he says: ‘Maliki yawmiddin [The Only Owner (and he Ruling Judge] if the Day of Recompense],’ Allah’s says: ‘My slave has Glorified Me. This is for Me, and this Verse is between me and My slave in two halves.’ And when he says: ‘ Iyyaka na’budu wa iyyaka nastain [You (Alone) we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help],’ He says: ‘This is between Me and My slave, and My slave shall have what he has asked for.’ And the end of the Surah is for My slave.’ And when he says: ‘Ihdinas-siratal-mustaqeema, siratal-alldhina an’amta alayhim a lad-dallin [Guide us to the Straight Way, the way of those on whom You have bestowed Your Grace, not(the way) of those who earned Your Anger, nor of those who went astray],’ He says: ‘This is for My slave, and My slave shall have what he has asked for.” [Hadith Qudsi | Muslim]

Subhanallah, glory be to Allah. This is the Surah that we recite at least 17 times every single day. Imagine this conversation between you and Allah (swt.) every single time you recite it in prayer. We have direct access to Him, we do not go through a priest or any other person, living being or inanimate Object.

In Surah Al Baqarah, Allah (swt.) said: “And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.” [2:186]

He is close, closer than our jugular vein [50:16] so how do we gain nearness to Him? The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “The closest that a person can be to his Lord, the Mighty and Sublime, is when he is prostrating, so increase in supplication then.” [Sahih | An-Nasai]
So increase your prostration, pray and ask Allah (swt.)

Today Maghrib is at 19:35 in the UK, increase the length of your prostration, of your sajdah and just ask Allah (swt.) find Him near to you.
#ComeToThePrayer


Original Post from The Spiritual Memo

Virtues of Salah I

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Salam Alaykum everyone!
I hope you are all well and ready for the start of this new Challenge. #ComeToThePrayer on the virtues of Salah.
Here’s a question, “Why do we pray?”
I’m sure everyone has their own reasons why we pray, but The Reason we pray above all, is that Allah (swt.) commanded us to do so. In Surah An-Nisa Allah (swt.) says: Verily the Prayer is enjoined upon the believers at appointed times.

The Arabic word for prayer is [صلاة], which linguistically means supplication or dua’. Legally however it is a set of well-known actions and statements that begins with the Takbeer and ends with the Tasleem.
Allah (swt.) the One who created us. He is the One who gave us everything we had, we have and will have, He doesn’t ask much of us in return. He asks us to believe in Him and worship only Him, to do good deeds, to urge one another to the truth and to urge one another to steadfastness. Prayer is a part of that, just 25 minutes minimum a day, for the One who has given us everything.

Let’s thank Him, let’s worship Him as He has asked us to. No matter whether we have never prayed before or have prayed all our lives. Let’s give new strength to our prayer, knowing why we pray.
In the UK Maghrib is fast approaching at 19:38, let’s pray it as if it was our last prayer.

#ComeToThePrayer


Original Post on The Spiritual Memo 

Ramadan Mubarak!

Ramdan-Mubarak

May Allah (swt.) accept our fasting our standing in the night our recitation, tilawat and Hifz of the Quran. May we come out of this month better than we were before it.

May Allah swt. increase us in rank as we travel through this month. May Allah swt. give us the strenght and ability to increase in worship, to give thanks to Him constantly for all the blessings He bestowed on us.

May He give us the strength and Tawfique to carry on after Ramadan in the same vein and let us reach next Ramadan in an even better state.

Amin.

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman

Indispensable

Salam Alaykum,

a few days ago I  remembered that I was subscribed to the Art Assignment, and proceeded to watch all episodes to date. I watched the Stake-Out episode when it was released and thought….okay….ehm…maybe not? Okay I’ll be honest, I thought it was too much work, and chickened out of it and promptly forgot all about the Art Assignment.

Well now that my Semester is over, I found myself with a lot of free-time and found that I could think of something for Week 3. I had some experience in making GIFs from ages ago, and liked the idea of depicting something that I found indispensable and is intimate.

The first thing I thought about was the Qur’an, as Muslims we have a daily interaction with it. We read it at every possible occasion, when we are happy, sad, distressed, depressed, content, and what ever other state you can think of. Or at least we should, but we forget. The 5 daily Prayers make up the minimum of Qur’an that is read in an observing Muslims life. It was clear to me that this would be what I would choose for this Assignment.

So I started with some sketches. Noticed afterwards that I drew them the wrong way round, good thing I started with these.  

Sketch

Then I started the drawings in one of my old sketchbooks looking for some paper without having to get out of my room.

First drawing

Then I started colouring them in using Colour Grip Pencils from Faber-Castell, which are water soluble and a little (lot of) paint to get different consistencies and colours.

Then I Photographed them not having a scanner available, it also being in the middle of the night. Opened the files in Adobe Illustrator and vectorised them through the live Paint feature which went almost without a hitch.

First illu 2nd Vector 3rd Vector 4th Vector

Then put them together using Photoshop’s Animation feature.

Photoshop

And there we are the finished product, it’s nothing big and I see quite a lot of space for improvement but I’m happy with the outcome, Alhamdulillah.

Indispensable-fin

Felt like sharing how I made this, hope you like it inshaAllah.

Wa Salam,

Abdur-Rahman