A COURSE ON THE VOCABULARY & LINGUISTIC BEAUTY OF SALAH

 

The most essential act of worship any Muslim performs on a daily basis is the Salah. This prophetic ritual that we repeat 5 times a day is a conversation with Allah (swt) and full of beautiful adhkar (statements of remembrance) and wisdom. To truly grasp the benefit of prayer and perform it with an attentive and tranquil heart demands that we do our best to understand not just the literal meaning of what is said during it, but to connect ourselves with the deeper spiritual benefits of why we utter these specific words and phrases in our prayer.

Make salah an experience. Join us for the powerful Meaningful Prayer seminar and learn the linguistic meaning and beauty behind each word of your daily Salah. Take this journey and change the way you communicate with Allah. Thousands of students across the US, UK, and Canada have taken this class, and now you have the opportunity to join them by taking it online – sign up now before registration is closed.

April 7 – 24, 2014

“Wonderful class, Alhamdulillah! 

Jazak Allahu Khair ya Shaykh Abdul Nasir for helping us to strengthen our salaat and khushoo.’ It really opened my eyes to the beauty and majesty of the Quran and the language it was written in….There were some words or phrases that I thought I was already familiar with, but the Shaykh always delved into its deeper meaning, making it even more significant. Example: “Allahu Akbar” literally means “Allah is Greater,” not “Allah is Great,” like most people assume.

But Allah is Greater than what, exactly? Allah Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala left this open because He is Greater than anything and everything!!! SubhaanAllah, the eloquence of the Quran and the supplications we say in salaat and our daily lives are truly unmatched to anything in this life, wa alhamdulillah!

 - Zaynab, Minnesota

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.

This is a small sample of what happens when we appreciate the meaning and understand what we are saying within our prayers.

 

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.

Details

Meaningful Prayer Online will be from April 7 – 24, 2014.

The schedule of the course will be as follows:

  • Each lessons will be about 1 hour in duration

  • New lessons will be posted Monday – Thursday at Noon 12pm CST

  • Once a lesson is posted it will remain accessible till the end of the course. This will allow students to catch up with and review previous lessons over the weekend.

  • There will be two 1 hour long live sessions with Shaykh Abdul Nasir where students questions will be answered.

  • The entire course consists of over 18 hours of lessons.

  • Students enrolled in Meaningful Prayer Online will continue to have access to the full course materials till April 28.

  • Each lesson will be in video and audio format and will correspond to the Meaningful Prayer textbook.

  • Students will have access to an exclusive forum where they can discuss and share notes on the course.

  • Students will also have access to a dedicated questions page where they can submit any questions they have about the course material.