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.)

 

Prayer for Monday (al-Hijra)

Today is the Hindu festival of Narak Chaturdash. It is also the Muslim New Year, al-Hijra. The 5 day Hindu festival of Dewali (or Deepavali), the Festival of Lights, continues today.

Power is not sufficient evidence of truth.
~ Samuel Johnson

Talbiyah

Here I am, O God, at thy service! Here I am, O God, at thy service and thou hast no partners. All Praise, Blessings, and Sovereignty are Thine alone. Thou hast no partners.

(Muslim prayer)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“My self-esteem is not based on the approval of others.”

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

Prayer for Thursday (Shukaku Matsuri)

Today is the Shinto festival of Shukaku Matsuri. The Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha and the Hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca) continue today.

Two hands clap and there is a sound.
What is the sound of one hand clapping?
~ Hakuin Ekaku

SOUL of the Soul!
Neither thought nor reason comprehend thy essence, and no one knows thy attributes.
Souls have no idea of thy being. The prophets themselves sink in the dust of thy road.
Although intellect exists by thee, has it ever yet found the path of thy existence?
O thou, who art in the interior and in the exterior of the soul!
Thou art and thou art not that which I say.
In thy presence reason grows dizzy; it loses the thread that would direct it in thy way.
I perceive clearly the universe in thee, and yet discover thee not in the world.
All beings are marked with thy impress, but thyself hast no impress visible;
Thou reservest the secret of thine existence.

(Muslim prayer from Persia; Source: Pagan Prayers by Marah Ellis Ryan, 1913)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I have all the knowledge I need within me.”

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

Prayer for Wednesday (Eid al-Adha)

Today is the first full day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. The Muslim Hajj (the pilgrimage to Mecca) continues and the Zoroastrian festival of Ayathrem Ghambar ends today.

Thirty years ago, before studying Zen, I saw mountains as mountains and rivers as rivers. When I had more intimate knowledge, I came to see mountains not as mountains and rivers not as rivers. But now that I have attained the substance, I again see mountains just as mountains, and rivers just as rivers.
~ unknown Zen master

Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest,
There is no deity but Allah
Allah is the Greatest, Allah is the Greatest
and to Allah goes all praise

(Takbir said to start Eid al-Adha prayers)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I have all the knowledge I need within me.”

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

Prayer for Sunday (Hajj)

Today is the first full day of the Muslim Hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca. The Hindu festival of Navratri and the Zoroastrian festival of Ayathrem Ghambar continue today.

As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.
~ Rumi

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds,
The Beneficent, the Merciful.
Owner of the Day of Judgment,
You alone we worship; You alone we ask for help.
Show us the straight path,
The path of those whom You have favored.
Not the path of those who earn Your anger
nor of those who go astray.
The Surat Al-Fatihah in Arabic
Surah al-Fatihah (Qur’an 1:1-7)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I have all the knowledge I need within me.”

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