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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

God bless everyone. Keep sharing your comments 🙂

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havis-e-duniya main giraftar
aur waqt ki ye tez raftar..
duniya to shayad mil gayee,
magar najanay kahan guzaar di zindagi

bechain mareez, marz say bekhabar,
najaanay kis marham ki talash main hai zindagi..

waqt ki keemat tunay na pehchani
khwaishon ke peechay neelam howee zindagi

khuda say bekhabar, ilm say wa bastaah
is gumraahi ko na pukar zindagi

duniya k shor say nikalkar,
badalon mai chupay chehron mai dhond zindagi

suraj ko dhaltay dekh kabhi..
pholun ki khoshboo mai suong zindagi

duniya ki esharon par to naachtay hain sab,
apni marzi say bhi kabhi guzaar zindagi.

tijarat siasat ki baton say nikal,
masoomon ki ankhon mai dekh zindagi

paison gi gintee main ghumshuda,
asmaan par taaron ko gin kar dekh zindagi

muththi may na sama sakay
samandar kinaray hai jaisay raith zindagi
maut ki leher anay se pehlay mitti kay ghar bana lay
itna mukhtasir sa hai khel zindagi


– Aamer Saadi

I have been a  fan of zenhabits – a blog about making life simple and focusing on what’s important. While there are many people working on simplifying their life who write articles and have blogs, this guy (Leo Babauta) writes the best stuff. Its easy to read, effective and his blog is one of the Top 25 blogs of the world!

I myself have been inspired by many of his articles and another book of his called “the power of less”.  I actually started making changes in my life basically reducing distractions and focusing on things I want to do in my life, and it’s going goooood so far (btw, quitting facebook was one of them :D..I will post about my personal story later in details)

Anyhow….I would recommend everyone to read these tips and try atleast a few of them: http://zenhabits.net/simple-living-manifesto-72-ideas-to-simplify-your-life/

Since, this blog is about spiritual improvement, simplifying life is one of theeee most important things in attaining a better spiritual level. Honestly, I wanted to write about all these things myself, but since such an article is already available, I thought I’d just direct you guyz to it. Enjoy 🙂

I disapprove of calling myself(with it comes to religion) anything other than “Muslim”. Some of my methods are more like sunnis, in some cases i am more like shias, some of my thoughts match those of sufis. But this doesnt mean, i have to associate myself with a sect. I respect and consider everyone under the umbrella of Islam who believes in God and worships none except him, believes in the books, the prophets, the day of judgement, Paradise and Hell.


Because the moment i say “i am a sunni/shia etc..” i am affirming the making of sects in religion which is prohibited. Lets look at the verses from Quran related to this


And hold fast, all together by the rope which Allah (stretches out for you), and be not divided among yourselves; and remember with gratitude Allah’s favour on you; for you were enemies and He joined your hearts in love so that by His Grace, you became brethren; and you were on the brink of the pit of fire, and He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make his signs clear to you: that you may be guided.” (Chapter3, Verse 103)


“The same religion has He established for you as that which He enjoined on Noah–that which We have sent by inspiration to thee–and that which We enjoined on Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: namely, that you should remain steadfast in Religion, and make no divisions therein: to those who worship other things than Allah, hard is the (way) to which you call them. Allah chooses to Himself those whom He pleases, and guides to Himself those who turn (to Him).” (Chapter 42, Verse 13)


“As for those who divide their religion and break up into sects, you have no part in them in the least: their affair is with Allah. He will in the end tell them the truth of all that they did.
And verily this Ummah of yours is One Ummah  and I am your Lord and Cherisher: therefore fear Me (and no other).  But people have cut off their affair (of unity), between them, into sects: each party rejoices in that which is with itself.”
(Chapter 6, Verse 159)


An example of how i view different sects – Imagine if there are three doctors, one graduating out of Harvard, one from Oxford, one from Cambridge university. How stupid would it look, if they all call themselves “Harvardi”, “Oxfordi”, “Cambridgey” instead of calling themselves Doctors?

Religion is very simple, people make it complicated, out of lack of knowledge and ignorance. Stop stereotyping! There are extremists and ignorant people in every group. Just don’t judge a group based on the actions of few. Prejudice is one major reasons for segregation and divisions. Here are a few article with a little more details on Prejudice and Backbiting.

And God knows Best.

Peace!

Hold on to your dreams of paradise, O Soul!

For soon, they will come to reality.

Death will rescue you when your time has come,

So prepare, like a host in hospitality!

Empty handed you came and empty handed you will go,

Then why do you run after the world in brutality?

Tame yourself to give more and take less,

For in God’s court, worldly assets will become a liability

Admire the worldly rich and get fooled by illusion,

Admire the spiritually rich to rise in spirituality!


Change yourself before the world changes you,

Learn and ponder, for blind following is stupidity.

Discover yourself, the innocent child in you,

Submit to the Divine Creator, the absolute praise-worthy

One nation you were meant to be, a blessing over humanity,

Now divided into groups, fighting over ethnicity

Intoxicated with wealth, blind with pride,

Little do you talk about humbleness and charity

Running a rat race, you’ll never be satisfied,

So identify the extremes and redefine normality.


– Aamer Saadi

I lovedddd this movie.. I personally am a Ghazali fan. I am reading his hugee book  ‘Revival of Religious Science’…. also read “Alchemy of Happiness”. I recommend those books and the movie to everyone..

Exploring the life and impact of the greatest spiritual and legal philosopher in Islamic history, this film examines Ghazali’s existential crisis of faith that arose from his rejection of religious dogmatism, and reveals profound parallels with our own times. Ghazali became known as the Proof of Islam and his path of love and spiritual excellence overcame the pitfalls of the organised religion of his day. His path was largely abandoned by early 20th century Muslim reformers for the more strident and less tolerant school of Ibn Taymiyya. Combining drama with documentary, this film argues that Ghazali’s Islam is the antidote for today’s terror.Written by Abdul Latif Salazar

I found a very good quality of this movie on torrents: http://www.muslimtorrents.com/torrents-details.php?id=9

I was going through my stuff and found some wallpapers i made few years ago.  I took these pics with my cell phone camera usually waiting at bus stops 🙂 … I am sharing the best among them..  Verses of God over the images of creations of God… Check em out!


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