My Lord! Increase me in knowledge

Know what you Say…Mean what you Pray

Posted on: December 5, 2010


Recently while praying, I realized that I forgot the meanings of many things we say in prayer. And I am sure many of us have the same problem, specially whose mother tongue is not Arabic. Prayer is basically a communication between us and God and how can we talk to God, the Most High, without even knowing what we say. How can we mean something without knowing the meaning of it?  Would you ever say something to your loved ones words whose meaning you yourself don’t know?

Moreover, I thought what if a non-muslim person approached me and asked what we recite in prayer. I would be able to tell him what we recite in Arabic but I might not be able to explain the meaning of everything. How stupid will such a person consider me then? I realized how we are always busy in rituals, actions, rules of how to worship while the original spirit of worship is lost.

Therefore, I found the meanings of the duas we recite to teach and remind myself. Try to learn these meanings and recall them in prayer and If God wills, not only will the quality of your prayer improve, but you will experience a growth in your faith everytime you pray.

Starting the Prayer by saying Takbir Tahrimah

Transliteration: Alla-hu Akbar

Translation: God is the greatest

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Dua Al-Istiftah (Supplication of Starting) Recited only in the first Rakath

Transliteration: Subhana Kal-lah hum-ma wabi hamdika wata-bara kasmuka wata’ala jad-duka wala ilaha ghyruka.

Translation: Glory be to you, O God, and all praises are due unto you, and blessed is your name and high is your majesty and none is worthy of worship but you.

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Next recitation is called Ta’awwuz (Also recited only in the first Rakath)

Transliteration: A’uzu bil-lahi minash Shayta-nir-rajeem

Translation: I seek God’s protection from Satan who is accursed.

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After this, recite the Tasmiah (Should be recited in every Rakath before starting a Surah)

Transliteration: Bismillah hir-Rahma nir-Raheem

Translation: In the name of God, the most Kind and the most Merciful.

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Surah Fatiha (Recited in every Rakath, very important to memorize)

Transliteration:

Alhamdul lil-lahi rab-bil ‘alameen
Ar rahma nir-raheem
Maliki yawmid-deen
Iyyaka na’budu wa iyyaka nasta’een
Ihdinas siratal mustaqeem
Siratal Lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim
Ghai-ril maghdubi ‘alayhim
Walad dal-leen. Ameen

Translation:

Praise is only for God, Lord of the Universe.
The most Kind, the most Merciful.
The master of the Day of Judgement.
You alone we worship and to you alone we pray for help.
Show us the straight way,
The way of those whom you have blessed.
Who have not deserved your anger,
Nor gone astray.

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Supplication in Ruku (Bowing)

Recite Alla-hu Akbar before going to Ruku. While in Ruku, recite the following supplication 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 or more times. Make it an odd number.

Transliteration: Sub-hana Rabbi-al ‘ajeem.

Translation: Glory to my Lord the Exalted.

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Qawmah (Standing After Ruku)

Transliteration: Sami ‘allah hu liman hamida. Rab-bana lakal hamd.

Translation: Verily God listens to one who praises Him. Oh our Lord, all praises be to you.

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First Sajdah (Prostration)

Before going to the Sajdah, recite Alla-hu Akbar. While in Sajdah, recite the following supplication 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 or more times. Make it an odd number.

Transliteration: Sub-hana Rabbi yal a’la

Translation: Oh God, glory be to you, the most High.

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Jalsah (Sitting between two Sajdah)

To rise and sit from the first Sajdah, recite Alla-hu Akbar. Sit for a short while and recite the following:

Transliteration: Allah hum maghfirlee war-ham nee

Translation: Oh God, forgive me, and have mercy on me

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Tashahud (When you sit in 2nd & 4th Rakah)

Transliteration:

At-tahiy-yatu lil-lahi was sala-watu wat-tay yibatu
As-salamu ‘alayka ay-yuhan-nabiy-yu
wa rahma tullahi wa bara-katuhu
As-salamu ‘alayna wa’ala ‘ibadil-la his-sali-heen
Ash hadu al-la ilaha il-lal lahu
wa ash hadu an-na Muhammadan
‘ab-duhu wa rasuluh.

Translation:

All compliments, all physical prayer,
and all good deeds are for God.
Peace be upon you, Oh Prophet,
and God’s mercy and blessings.
Peace be on us and on all righteous slaves of  God.
I bear witness that no one is worthy of worship except God
And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.

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Salat Alan-Nabi (Darud) – Salutation to the Prophet

Transliteration:

Allah humma sal-li ‘ala Muhammadin
wa ‘ala ali Muhammadin,
Kama sal-layta ‘ala Ibraheema
Wa’ala ali Ibraheema
innaka Hameedum Majeed

Allah humma barik ‘ala Muhammadin
wa ‘ala ali Muhammadin,
Kama barakta ‘ala Ibraheema
Wa ‘ala ali Ibraheema
innaka Hameedum Majeed.

Translation:

Oh God, send grace and honour on Muhammad and
On the family and true followers of Muhammad
just as you sent Grace and Honour on Ibrahim
and on the family and true followers of Ibrahim
Surely, you are praiseworthy, the Great.

Oh God, send your blessing on Muhammad and
the true followers of Muhammad, just
as you sent blessings on Ibrahim
and his true followers
Surely, you are praiseworthy, the Great.

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After Salat Alan-Nabi, recite the following:

Transliteration:

Rab bij’alnee muqeemas salati wa min
zur-riy yatee rab-bana wata qab-bal du’a,
rab-ba nagh-firlee wali waliday-ya
wa lil mu-mineena yawma yaqumul hisab.

Translation:

Oh Lord, make me and my children keep up prayers,
Our Lord, accept our prayer,
Our Lord, forgive me and my parents
and all the Believers on the Day of Judgement.

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Finishing the prayer by saying Salam.

Transliteration:

As-salamu ‘alaykum wa rah-matul lah

Translation:

Peace be on you and the mercy of God.

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Dua Qunut (to be recited in Witr Prayer)

Transliteration:

Allah hum mahdinee feeman hadayta,
Wa ‘afinee feeman ‘afayta,
wata wal-lane feeman twal-layta
wa barik lee feema a’taita,
waqinee shar-ra ma qadayta,
fa-innaka taqdee wala yuqda ‘alayk,
innahu laa Yazil-lu man walayt,
wala ya’iz-zu man ‘adaita,
tabarakta rabbana wata ‘alaita,
nastaghfiruka wanatubu ilayka,
Wa sal-lal lahu alan-nabee.

Translation:

Oh God, make me among those whom You have guided,
and make me among those whom You have saved, and make
me among those whom You have chosen, and bless whatever
you have given me, and protect me from the evil which you have decreed; verily, You decide the things and nobody can decide against You; and none whom You have committed to Your care shall be humiliated and none whom You have taken as an enemy shall taste glory. You are blessed, our Lord, and Exalted, we ask for Your forgiveness and turn to You. Peace and mercy of God be upon the Prophet.

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Source: http://islam-voice.net/how-to-pray-in-islam.html

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