Prayer Time

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Allah the Most High says in the glorious Qur'an, "And your Lord says, "Call upon Me (i.e. invoke me with believe in My Oneness and ask me for anything); I will respond to your (invocation)." Indeed, those who disdain My worship will enter Hell [rendered] contemptible." (Q40:62).


"Is He [not best] who responds to the desperate one when he calls upon Him and removes evil and makes you inheritors of the earth? Is there a deity with Allah? Little do you remember." (Q27:62).


"Call upon your Lord in humility and privately; indeed, He does not like transgressors." (Q7:55).




In Islam all supplications, invocations and prayers are directed to Allah the Almighty alone, not to any the graves of the pious, nor to the angels , and not even to the Prophets of Allah, peace be upon them. When such occurs from someone it is tagged shirk" (associating partners with Allah which is the gravest of sins in the sight of God Allah the Almighty. Our noble Prophet Muhammad was narrated to have said that, "Ad-Duu'aa (supplication) is worship", and all forms of worship must be directed to the Creator of the universe; Allah Alone without associating partners with him. Supplication is a great rite in Islam and plays a very important role in the life of a Muslim. The Messenger of Allah peace be upon him said, "Nothing can repel the Qadar (Predestination/Decree) except supplication, and nothing increases the life span (of a person) except Al-Birr (dutifulness to one's parents)"




Some of the manners to be observed while supplicating include the following:


1. Performing good deeds before supplication, such as observing a voluntary prayer, giving out charity, and fasting and so on.


2. Remaining in the state of ablution while you supplicate.


3. One is advised to face the direction of the Qiblah (The grand mosque in Makkah) while supplicating.


4. Invoking Allah in secret, in one's home at night after tahajjud (midnight voluntary prayers).


5. Supplicating with an alert and attentive heart.


6. Persistence in the invocation of Allah.


7. Invoking Allah with a sense of resolve and determination that He will surely answer your prayers.


8. One should begin his supplications with the praises of Allah, and then sending prayers and greetings to His noble Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him.


9. Asking Allah for one's supplication to be answered with a dint of good deeds previously performed.


10. Asking for Paradise with Allah's name.


11. Ending one's supplication with that name or attribute of Allah that best suits and corresponds with his need.


12. Supplication after the last tashahhud (the last sitting in a prayer before the conclusive salutations "Tasleemat" to the left and right sides).




These are just some of the guidance reported about the Prophet in his manners of supplication; the best way and best times ones prayers and supplications could be answered. Mind you, any invocation sincerely made to Allah is answered by Him for he had said in the Qur'an with a promise, "And your Lord says, "Call upon Me (i.e. invoke me with believe in My Oneness and ask me for anything); I will respond to your (invocation)." He The Almighty never reneges upon his promise.




So, the question may arise that sometimes we supplicate and pray a lot invoking Allah pertaining a certain pressing needs or problem but it seems as if they are not answered! The simple answer would be the tradition of the holy prophet peace be upon him, in which he clarified the ways Allah accepts the prayers of His servants, and they are three ways thus:


1. Accepting the invocation and supplication and rendering it to come to pass as the invoker wanted. For an instance, he wanted a child, and after several night vigils in prayers and invocations Allah finally grants him a child! In this case, he got it the way he wanted it.


2. Accepting the invocation or supplication and rendering it to serve as a shield against some evil that were to have befallen him or her. In the same example, after all the supplications he does not get a child! Mind you, He accepted the prayers but used them in His best wisdom to protect His servant. In such cases at times we hear that "he almost had an accident", or "he was the only survivor" and so on and so forth. He says regarding the birth of children, "To Allah belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth; He creates what he wills. He gives to whom He wills female [children], and He gives to whom He wills males. Or He makes them [both] males and females, and He renders whom He wills barren. Indeed, He is Knowing and Competent." (Q:42:49-50).



3. Finally, He accepts the invocation and supplication but renders it, out of His wisdom in the form of mountains of reward awaiting the invoker on the Day of Judgment!







The book of Manners by Fu'ad Ibn Abdul-Azeez Ash-Shulhoob


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