Solat: A Reminder of A Greater Purpose

Solat is easily the first thing used to identify a muslim and as I can attest to; can be one of the hardest aspect of our faith if we become complacent. It is very easy for solat to become a burden upon us but the constant battle of our nafs begins with submitting to this singular act. 
“And I have chosen you, so listen to that which is inspired to you. Verily, I am Allah! There is none worthy of worship but I, so worship Me and offer prayer perfectly for My remembrance.” – Q20:13

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Salam waleakum to everyone.

I am pleased to announce that new updates to the blog would be published on the website. This davies1608.wordpress.com address would no longer be updated but would still be active by redirecting you to the new website.

It would be the same great content, with more material. I am sure we would come to love and accept the look and feel of our new home on the web.

It is a new website designed entirely by myself so there will be things that could be done better and In Sha Allah over the next couple of weeks, that would be sorted out; I would however need contributions and feedback from you to make that happen. I would do my utmost to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Also, please share the following link with friends and family so that they could also subscribe for blog post updates from the new website: http://www.davies1608.com/home-1/

JazakAllahu khairan and I hope this new website achieves what I always wanted. A home for everything and anything Islam.

Ma Salam

Fuad Davies
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Perfecting Prayer: Posture and Poise by @rhaihan_jannah

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Today, we are having a guest writer. It is a wonderful piece by @rhaihan_jannah and I believe everyone would learn from this.


Salah; the second pillar of our beautiful Deen, is the single defining thing that sets us apart from non-muslims. To supplicate, praise, worship and exalt one’s maker at appointed times of the day is the true marker of a Muslim. May Allah make Salah easy for those of us who struggle and make us be counted among those who pray and pray correctly. Ameen.

Perfecting one’s Salah is of paramount importance in our daily worship. Little oversights and misdeeds may nullify our prayer and reduce this lofty opportunity to mere calisthenics.

The Prophet Muhammed (SAW) said: “A slave may pray and have nothing recorded for it except a tenth of it, or a ninth, or an eighth, or a seventh, or a sixth, or a fifth, or a quarter,or a third, or a half.” – Ahmad, Saheeh al-Jaami, 1626

Something as beautiful as Sajdah, as precise as Qiyam or as relieving as Ruku’ becomes mere exercise when the position is wrongly performed or the form is not right. This is what we should concentrate on improving each time we’re praying.

To see prayer as relaxation and time to focus and meditate is key to getting it done the proper way. One is expected to go through these various steps with full concentration and one’s heart completely in the act of worship.

“Guard strictly your habit of prayers,especially the middle prayer, and stand before Allah in a devout frame of mind.” – Q2:238

“… Celebrate Allah’s praises in the manner He has taught you, which you knew not before” – Q2:239

May Allah save us from the distractions and machinations of the Shayateen.

The Prophet (SAW) advised: “Allah continues to turn towards His slave whilst he is praying, so long as he does not turn away, but if he turns away, Allah turns away from him.” – Abu Dawood

Imploring us to concentrate and fix our gaze on our place of prostration so as to keep this focus.

We often find ourselves caught up in the maze of living and chasing the things in the dunya that we pray Salah like we were in a ferrari car race, towards an unseen finish line. May Allah not make us become a similitude of crashed race cars. Ameen.

Whilst praying, one should relax his joints and pray with ease and such calm that the body relaxes and finds itself in the most natural of ways. Salah should be soothing, as a spiritual communication with one’s Illah and also a mode of physical therapy. Even science agrees with the positions of sajdah as one that helps relax and restore the body. I often think of Salah as a higher and much more beneficial spiritual yoga which heals and soothes in the gentlest of ways. Alhamdullilah.

Thus Prophet Muhammed (SAW) said: “Pray as you have seen me pray”. – Bukhari

A template for prayer by the one who brought it to us as a mercy.

“Indeed the prayer of  one of you is not complete until he makes an excellent ablution as Allah commanded him to..then he celebrates Allah’s greatness, praises and glorifies Him, then recites the Quran as much as is easy for him from what Allah has taught and allowed him, then says Takbir and makes Ruku’ until his joints are at ease and relaxed, then stands up straight until every vertebra is returned to its place…. then prostrates till all his joints are at rest..”

Among the components of Salah, The Ruku’ (bowing) and Sajdah (Prostration) are the most precise, and most often deficient.

The Prophet (SAW) saw a man praying without ‘completing’ his Ruku’ properly and said: “Were this man to die in this state, he would die on a faith other than that of Muhammad’s; he who does not make Ruku’ completely and pecks in his Sujud is like the hungry person who eats one or two dates,which are of no use to him at all.” – Bukhari and Muslim

Abu Qataadah said: The Prophet Muhammed (SAW) said: “The worst type of thief is the one who steals from his prayer.” He said, “O Messenger of Allah, how does a person steal from his prayer?” He said, “By not doing rukoo and sujood properly.” – Ahmad and al-Haakim

Ruku’
“When you make Ruku’, place your palms on your knees, then space your fingers out then remain like that till every limb takes its proper place”. The Prophet Muhammed (SAW) would make rukuu and spread his back, making it level such that if water were poured on it,it would stay there and not run off, holding firm in his Ruku’. It was perfect in the way that his head was neither bent too low nor was it higher than his hip. His enter spine aligned in its anatomical form, easing out his back and relaxing his torso.

The Sujud/Sajdah 
The Sajdah is a blessing. A Muslim is closest to Allah when in Sajdah, a time to supplicate and make du’a with no barriers between him and his Maker. It is described that he used to place his hands on the ground before his knees.

He (SAW) also said: “Verily, the hands prostate as the face prostrates, so when one of you places his face on the ground, he should place his hands and when he raises it, he should raise them.” – Ahmad

The Prophet (SAW) would support himself on his palms and put his fingers together pointing them towards the qiblah, his palms level with his shoulders and his ears. He would put his nose and forehead firmly on the ground.

“There is no prayer, for one whose nose does not feel as much of the ground as the  forehead” – Tabarani

He used to keep his knees and toes down firmly, pointing the front of the toes to the qiblah, his heels staying together and his feet upright. His forearms would be raised above the ground and kept away from his sides. He also obliged us to be completely at ease throughout the sujud in order not to invalidate the entire salah. Subhannalah.

May Allah perfect our Deen, make us steadfast on the right path and purify for us our faith.

… And Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.


Description of how the Prophet Muhammed (SAW) prayed, click here

For further reading “The Prophet’s Salah described” by Sheikh Al-Albani
https://db.tt/gILcaEFd

-Blessed Be


Written by: Raihanah Ibrahim

Twitter: @rhaihan_jannah

#SunnahFriday – Ramadan Sympathy

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The Prophet Muhammed (SAW) said: “Whoever feeds the person who is breaking his fast, he will have his reward (for his fasting) without decreasing anything from the reward of the fasting person.” – Tirmidhi

Ramadan is the month of sympathy. We are enjoined to give much in charity. It is said that during this month, The Prophet (SAW) gave so much in the way of charity, that no one who visited him to ask for something ever left empty handed.

During Ramadan, we get to experience what a lot of people experience year round: fatigue, hunger and thirst. During this period, there is no distinction between the rich and the poor, as it a mutual feeling. Hence, fasting helps us realize the pain a lot of people have to go through on a daily basis.

This should awaken everyone of us and open our hearts to give more in the way of charity. He who Allah has blessed should share his blessings with the less privileged. Ramadan should instill the sense of sympathy into our hearts that should make us want to give more.

#EssenceOf Ramadan – Fortitude

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During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world are instructed to fast, abstain from food and water from dawn to the sun sets. This single act is a lesson, one of discipline and fortitude.

During this month, our life as we know is disturbed, we will naturally feel hunger and thirst, some of us will feel weak. We may even have food placed in front of us without being tempted. However, we overcome this difficulties for an ultimate reward.

This is the life of a Muslim, one of patience, restraint and fortitude. We limit all we do to what has been permitted for us and do our utmost to say away from what has been forbidden by Allah. Ramadan helps to sort the difficulties encountered on the path of righteousness and truth; which we as Muslims must stand up to and face.

Ramadan helps build the year round fortitude and character needed to thread the right path. Ramadan in essence makes and shapes a Muslim.


Due to my schedule, I haven’t been posting as much as I would love to. To make it up, I have decided to have two posts up today. The second post is on Laghw and Rafath. It can be found here.

Laghw & Rafath

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Laghw and Rafath are important and even more so during the month of Ramadan. It is a month greater than any other, one capable of changing lives around and being a starting point in the deen for so many. Why would we pass on such a huge chance to right so many wrongs.

Laghw refers to anything that is unrealistic and basically a waste of time. This could include playing games, watching movies or meaningless conversations, back biting, slander and so on. Rafath is any action or saying that expresses or implies sexual desires or urges. These should be avoided especially in the month of Ramadan.

Both Laghw and Rafath have been prohibited for the fasting person and must be refrained from. Similarly, we should also avoid quarreling, using foul and abusive words; and if a fasting person comes across anyone who does these, we must show patience and avoid such a person. Likewise, bearing false witness, telling lies and cheating people are things the fasting person must avoid.

We must always remember the following sayings of the Prophet Muhammed (SAW):

“Whosoever doesn’t give up speaking falsely, and acting on those lies and evil actions, Allah does not care for his abstaining from eating and drinking (Allah will not accept his fasting).” – Bukhari

“How many fasting persons will perhaps get nothing from their fast but hinger, and how many who get up for night prayer will perhaps get nothing from their standing except sleeplessness.” – Ad-Darimi