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Jom baiki solat kita...!

Dalam kesibukan dan keterpesonaan kepada dunia dan isinya, kita sering lupa perkara yang penting untuk diperbaiki dan diperindah, sebelum tiba tiba kita dipanggil Allah - iaitu solat.

"Amalan hamba yang pertama kali dihisab pada hari Kiamat adalah solatnya. Apabila ia menyempurnakannya, maka dituliskan baginya pahala berlimpah..." (Sahih, riwayat Ibnu Majah)

Jom baiki solat kita, mencari ketenangan dan kebahagiaan pada menghayati solat ♥ Kadang kita merasa punya banyak masalah, sebelum menuding jari menyalahkan orang lain atas ketidakbahagiaan kita - kita renung-renung solat kita.

Solat kita, adakah terasa manis dalam berhubung dengan ALLAH...? Adakah hubungan dengan ALLAH terasa teguh dan intim melalui solat..? Jika tak mesra dengan ALLAH, bagaimana mahu mesra dan merasa manis dalam urusan urusan dunia yang lain.. pesanan untuk diri sendiri terutamanya... ^_^


The Sweetness of Prayer
The prayer is one of the most beautiful acts of worship. When one does his tasleem* to end the prayer, there is a certain sense of serenity. Ibn Al-Jawzi said about the prayer:
إنا في روضة طعامنا فيها الخشوع و شرابنا فيها الدموع
“We are in a garden, where our food is khushoo’ (devotion), and our drink is the tears that flow.”
For a person who has true devotion in his salah, his soul is not even with him; as Ibn Taymiyya said, his soul is actually circling the Throne of Allah.
One could say that those were the people of old. No one feels this way anymore. But this isn’t true; one only has to realize the importance of prayer, and unlock the secrets of khushoo’ to taste this unique sweetness. Then the prayer becomes your refuge; the remover of your distress; something that you look forward to; and something that you wish would never end.
Let us begin to unlock these secrets and truly connect to our Lord when we pray.
Step One
The first step is that we have to change our understanding of khushoo’. Having khushoo’doesn’t just mean that you are concentrating and you are not distracted. Having a present heart is only the first level of khushoo’. It is as though you have just entered through the door, and now you have the whole house to explore. There are depths and depths to khushoo’.
Some may say that having a present heart is hard enough. Before coming to the prayer, we need to put it into perspective. Say we spend ten minutes in each prayer. That equals fifty minutes a day, so not even one hour. The rest of the twenty-three hours are for our dunya (this world). Can we give these fifty minutes solely for Allah, or do we have to turn them into dunya as well?
Think of this before you start your prayer, so that your nafs (self) doesn’t tell you that it is too hard to concentrate—because you can do it. Remember that the sweetness of being in front of Allah far supersedes the sweetness of whatever dunya distracts you.
Greater Depth
There is a greater depth, and that is understanding. Truly understanding what you are reciting, and contemplating it. On the show, Mishary Al-Kharaz stated: “Let me introduce you to one of your biggest competitors in the salah.” Do you know who he introduced?
One of the pillars in the masjid. Yes, the actual physical pillar. Any pillar, whether you are at home, work, or the masjid, is your competition. Why?
Because if you stand in prayer, it stands longer. When you are in your sujood, it is insujood longer. You do your tasbeeh, it does its tasbeeh for longer. How? Allah says in the Qur’an:
وَإِنْ مِنْ شَيْءٍ إِلَّا يُسَبِّحُ بِحَمْدِهِ وَلَكِنْ لَا تَفْقَهُونَ تَسْبِيحَهُمْ
“…And there is not a thing except that it exalts [Allah] by His praise, but you do not understand their [way of ] exalting,” (Qur’an, 17:44).
أَلَمْ تَرَ أَنَّ ٱللَّهَ يَسْجُدُ لَهُۥ مَن فِى ٱلسَّمَٰوَٰتِ وَمَن فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ وَٱلشَّمْسُ وَٱلْقَمَرُ وَٱلنُّجُومُ وَٱلْجِبَالُ وَٱلشَّجَرُ وَٱلدَّوَآبُّ وَكَثِيرٌۭ مِّنَ ٱلنَّاسِ ۖ وَكَثِيرٌ حَقَّ عَلَيْهِ ٱلْعَذَابُ
“Do you not see that to Allah prostrates whoever is in the heavens and whoever is on the earth and the sun, the moon, the stars, the mountains, the trees, the moving creatures and many of the people? But upon many the punishment has been justified.” (Qur’an, 22:18).
“But I read the Qur’an!” we say. You are not the only one that reads Qur’an.
Yet, if you ask the pillar, or the parrot, what they understood, they would not be able to respond. So we need to ask ourselves—are we any better? What does it mean when we say “sami’a Allahu liman hamida“? What about the tahiyyat*? Not the generic meaning, but the specific meaning. Insha’Allah throughout this series we will understand these meanings so that we can attain this level of khushoo’.
One last thing…
Do not say, “But I can’t!” How can Allah ask you to have khushoo’ in salah and then make it impossible for you? Even if Arabic isn’t your first language—did Allah not know that Islam would spread far and wide? A’udhubillah (I seek refuge in Allah) from any such thought.
So remember that you can. Strive, and you will achieve it insha’Allah (Allah willing). Remember that Allah is Generous, more Generous than we can even imagine. If you take one step towards Him, He is the One that comes to you at speed. Allah says:
وَٱلَّذِينَ جَٰهَدُوا فِينَا لَنَهْدِيَنَّهُمْ سُبُلَنَا ۚ وَإِنَّ ٱللَّهَ لَمَعَ ٱلْمُحْسِنِينَ
“And those who strive for Us— We will surely guide them to Our ways.” (Qur’an, 29:69).
So bismillah (in the name of Allah), and insha’Allah let us pray that by the end of it, we all have much more khushoo’ than we used to.
*“Tasleem” is saying “assalamu alaykum wa rahtmatullah” (may peace and mercy be upon you) signifying the end of the prayer.
*“Tahiyyat” are the salutations which we say after the two prostrations in the second and last rak`ah.


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