Takbir and al-Fatihah

Woe to those who pray, but are unmindful of their prayer,
or who pray only to be seen by people.
~ Qur’an 107:4-6

Prayer is one of the central elements of Islamic practice and worship. It is the second of the Five Pillars of Islam. Salat is the obligatory Muslim prayers, to be performed five times a day by adult Muslims. The observance of Salat forms the framework of each Muslim’s day, from the pre-dawn morning prayer to the night prayer that precedes sleep. The content of prayer is glorification of God, recitations of the Qur’an, and blessings on the Prophet. Salat concludes with the taslima (greeting), “Peace be upon you,” even when praying alone. Individual devotional prayers, though not obligatory, are encouraged, especially during the night.

Allahu AkbarAllahu Akbar
God is Greatist.
The Surat Al-Fatihah in ArabicBismillāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm
Al ḥamdu lillāhi rabbi l-ʿālamī
Ar raḥmāni r-raḥīm
Māliki yawmi d-dīn
Iyyāka naʿbudu wa iyyāka nastaʿīn
Ihdinā ṣ-ṣirāṭa al-mustaqīm
Ṣirāṭa al-laḏīna anʿamta ʿalayhim ġayri

In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.
All praise is due to God, the Lord of the Worlds.
The Merciful, The Compassionate.
Master of the Day of Judgement.
You alone do we worship and You alone
we seek for help.
Guide us to the Straight Path.
l-maġḍūbi ʿalayhim walā ḍ-ḍāllīn
The path of those upon whom You have bestowed
Your blessings, those whose portion is not wrath,
nor of those who have gone astray.

This Week’s Affirmation:

“We are all related.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

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Every child has known God,…

Happy are those who find fault with themselves instead of finding fault with others.
~ Muhammad

Every child has known God,
Not the God of names,
Not the God of “don’ts”,
Not the God who ever does Anything weird,
But the God who knows only 4 words.
And keeps repeating them, saying:
“Come Dance with Me, come dance.”

(Hafez)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am enough.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

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Oh Allah! Whatever blessings… [Hannukah]

Today is the first full day of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.

All that we behold is full of blessings.
~ William Wordsworth

Oh Allah! Whatever blessings I or any of Your creatures rose up with, is only from You. You have no partner, so all grace and thanks are due to You. (Recommended to repeat three times.)

Oh my Lord! All grace is due to You, which is befitting to Your glorious presence and Your great sovereignty. (Recommended to repeat three times.)

(Muslim Dua from the Sunnah)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I see all of the beauty and grace which is around me with loving gratitude.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)