A COURSE ON THE VOCABULARY & LINGUISTIC BEAUTY OF SALAH
Of the acts of worship that Muslims have to perform on a daily basis, salah is the most essential of them all. This prophetic ritual that we perform is a conversation between ourselves and Allah(swt) filled with beautiful statements of remembrance and wisdom five times a day. It is very common for us to miss out on the opportunity to fully grasp the benefit of prayer. In this journey of truly attaining this benefit while performing prayer with an attentive and tranquil heart it means that we have to do our best to understand not just the literal meaning, but also the deeper spiritual benefit of why we utter specific words and phrases in our salah.
Turn your salah into an experience! Take this journey and change the way you communicate with Allah. Join us for the powerful Meaningful Prayer seminar, learn the linguistic meaning and beauty behind each word of your daily salah. Thousands of students across the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada have taken this class, and now you have the opportunity to join them by signing up today.
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Why is this course important?
Salah is the core act of worship in Islam, and every Muslim strives to improve the quality of their prayer. The class aims to help you attain tranquility and understand every part of the prayer. Imagine if instead of speaking in a language that I understand and you understand, I had been reading something off a piece of paper or reciting something I memorized in a foreign language, let’s say Chinese. Imagine if I had been reciting Chinese poetry to you for an hour, how long before you would stop paying attention? 10, 20, 30, 60 seconds? Only a generous person would even listen for 60 seconds. You wouldn’t be able to pay attention or focus, let alone conceptualizing and processing it and reflecting on it and pondering it. You wouldn’t even be listening to what I was saying.
Salah is about reflection and pondering. It is about comprehending and understanding. It is about feeling what you are saying and then delving into it and being absorbed by the experience of the salah. This can only be done when you truly appreciate and understand what you are saying in the salah.
What will you accomplish?
Insha’Allah students will understand all phrases and Adhkar of the Salah, which will help you focus and understand what they are saying during the course of their prayers. For example:
Subḥāna Rabbi al-a’la
What position do we say this in? Sujūd. How absolutely perfect is my Lord, my Master, who is al-a’la. Al-a’la is superlative because of the “al” and means “the highest, the most exalted.” Reflect on this fact. Typically when we make sujūd, we rush the words. What does it mean? How absolutely perfect is my Lord who is the highest and most exalted.
What is the reflection here? What position do you say this in? Sujūd, when you are putting the most respected part of our body (the face) on the ground where somebody was standing with their feet. This is the lowest position possible for a human being. We put ourselves in the lowest position possible and say, “Allāh is the Highest and Most Exalted.” The next time you make sujūd, reflect on this and see the quality of your sajdah.
Prerequisites for this course?
The seminar is designed for people with or without extensive background in Arabic. It’s recommended that the attendee be able to read Arabic text. This course is for people of all ages.
Watch two detailed excerpts from the seminar
The Meaning of the Tashahhud
The tashahhud, the sitting portion of prayer, is a powerful and focal part of salah, the Muslim’s prayer. However, since many Muslims are unable to understand Arabic, the beauty of the tashahhud is sadly lost for people who can be benefiting from it everyday. Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda delivers a word-for-word analysis of the tashahhud, explaining its background and variations.
Istikharah: How To & Why?
Istikharah is an established practice (Sunnah) of the Prophet Muhammad pbuh. It is a gift from Allah and an aid in the decision making process. Unfortunately, today is misunderstood and practiced incorrectly by many people. In this lecture Shaykh Abdul Nasir Jangda addresses the purpose, procedure, supplication, and frequently asked questions of Istikharah.