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February 4, 2011

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Project “Recover Ramadan” – Step 15: Remember you are what your salah is…

by Umm Muawiyah

Assalamu Alaikum.

Yes indeed. We are what our salah is.

What do I mean by that?

It means that our level of righteousness can be checked by the quality of our prayers.

Allah has mentioned many traits of the believers in the Quran. The first action of the limbs that is usually mentioned is the salah.

Also, the believers don’t just pray, rather they establish the salah and pray with khushoo (humility).

What are the proofs? The Quran is replete with references to the salah. This time I’m not going to provide the references because I’d like you to open up the Quran and search for yourself, insha-Allah.

So, what does all of this mean? Well, if we want to determine how “pious” we are, we should ask ourselves the following questions:

1) Do we consistently pray the five obligatory prayers at their proper times? Do we try to pray them at their earliest times? Do we do the adhkar (remembrances) after the salah?

2) Do we consistently pray the rawaatib (sunnah) prayers?

3) Do we ever pray tahajjud (the night prayers)? Are we consistent? Do we ever pray any of those long Ramadan-type Qiyam Al-Layl prayers outside of Ramadan?

4) Do we ever pray any of the other prayers like Dhuha, the 2 rakahs after entering the masjid, the 2 rakahs after doing wudhoo, etc?

5) Does our prayer resemble the prayer of the Prophet (salallahu alaihi wasallam)? Do we pray according to the Quran and the Sunnah, or the way that “we were taught”?

6) How much focus do we have in the salah? Do we feel a sense of contentment and joy during our salah? Do we look forward to praying or is it a drag for us?

Yes, I know. These questions are very depressing. It depressed me just to write them but I had do because we all need to ask ourselves these questions.

I’ve noticed that when my salah quality is good, everything in my life is going well. And if the quality sucks, then my life seems very bad.

Think about it and you might realise that it is the same case with you.

One of the reasons that Ramadan is such a nice month for us is because we are so focused on the prayers. Our day revolves around them and we have more khushoo in them as compared to outside Ramadan.

So, we all need to work on our salah.

Why? Because we are what our salah is.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. suzana mohd nor
    Feb 4 2011

    Salam sister,

    Thank u for this great article. Appreciate what you have been doing. Everyday I eagerly wait for your post and I have truly learned a lot.

    Jazakillah

    Suzana
    Malaysia.

    Reply
    • Umm Muawiyah
      Feb 16 2011

      Wa Alaikum Assalam Sister.

      Jazakillahu kheira (tarima kasih) for your nice words.

      I’m glad that the posts are helping you, alhamdulillah.

      Reply
  2. Aliya
    Feb 7 2011

    Asalaam alaikum

    Agree – a very useful reminder and a prompt for us all inshaAllah.

    I think one of the main things that made me really think was the quality of the salaah and the level of focus which is requried – and I know I need to improve on this inshaallah.

    Jazzkillahu kheira always.
    Aliya

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    • Umm Muawiyah
      Feb 16 2011

      Wa Alaikum Assalam.

      Jazakillahu kheira.

      We all need to work on the quality of our salah. It’s tough but we have to keep plodding away….

      Reply

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