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July 28, 2011

Ramadan 2011 Prep Tip #5: Increase in the voluntary prayers – Part 3

by Umm Muawiyah

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Assalamu Alaikum.

[Here are Parts 1 and 2.]

Are there more prayers to pray, you ask?

Of course.

Salah (prayer) is the primary way of applying tawheed (worshipping Allah alone) so there are LOTS of occasions to pray.

Many times, we get overwhelmed by the different types of prayers but we shouldn’t.

Let’s just think of them as even more ways of worshipping and pleasing the Lord of the Worlds.

So what are the other prayers?

Well, at this point, it would be better for a person to read a book on the fiqh (jurisprudence) of salah.

However, I’ll give you a rundown of some of the prayers that we can do in Ramadan:

a) Prayer done after doing wudhu (ablution)

It’s 2 rakaahs and can be done after every new wudhu.

b) Tahiyyatul Masjid

This is the 2 rakaahs that one does after entering the masjid (“mosque”) and before sitting down.

Even if one walks in during the middle of the Friday khutbah (sermon), one should do this prayer and then sit down to listen to the khutbah.

Note: Some scholars consider it obligatory to pray this once one has entered the masjid.

c) Salatul Istighafar / Taubah (Prayer of Repentance)

This is not a condition of repentance being accepted* but it’s always nice to do this after one repents from any sin.

Try it. You’ll feel like a newly hatched chicken.

[*Generally speaking the conditions of repentance from any sin are: 1) Regret committing the sin 2) Stop committing the sin immediately and 3) Decide never to do it again.]

d) Salatul Istikhara (Prayer for guidance)

Once upon a time, people did this for all occasions. At present, it seems that many Muslims only do it when they are making up their minds about the big M.

Note: You need to decide on the issue and THEN pray Salatul Istikhara.

Insha-Allah,  I might mention more about this prayer in a future post because many people have misunderstandings about it.

e) Salatul Janazah (Funeral Prayers)

This one is done in the masjid and it has no rukoo and no sajdah (prostration).

[Those who go to Makkah or Madinah can pray this frequently because Masjid Al-Haram and Masjid An-Nabawi always seem to have funeral prayers after every prayer.]

A small bit of advice: If you pray in a masjid where they pray Salatul Janazah, then try to do it as well. These prayers are one of the things that cause the sins of the dead person to be wiped away (to some degree).

Which one of us would not like our sins to be reduced after we die? So, let’s do this for our brothers and sisters.

[This prayer is really easy.]

What about Taraweeh, you ask?

That goes under Qiyam Al-Layl.

So, let’s make this a Ramadan where we pray more and where we pray better i.e. with more khushoo (humility).

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