The Importance of observing your prayers with sincerity and love

Look how they were so advanced in every work they do. And if the adhan is called we are at work, we quickly run to pray our 4 raka`ats and go back to normal life. That is a problem what we need to do? “Throw dirt on our head.”

It means we have to cry, “O Allah we are weak servants!” Ask Allah to give you another heart – your heart is finished. You need to go to a doctor. When you have heart problem what do you do? Go to the doctor. When you have tumor in the heart where do you go? To a surgeon. Surgeons are waiting for you. The Prophet  is waiting for you. He is waiting to knock on his door, asking him “Ya sayyidee we are coming to you. We are asking another heart. We are asking for a heart connected to akhira, not to dunya.” These small things the Sahaba brought to us are something that we have to put in our eyes.

When we are praying and saying iyyaka na`budu wa iyyaka nasta`een. Who are you talking to? It means you are speaking directly to Allah asking for support and that “to You we worship.” It means speaking directly with no veil. It is not indirect. We are not saying iyyahu. We say iyyaka. Directly.

When Allah revealed Surat al-Fatiha he revealed it iyyaka na`budu wa iyyaka nasta`een. When some Sahaba were reading it, and one was Ibn Mas`ud, he was reading it different. And they said, “No it is not correct. As if you are facing Him direct.” He could not accept, “how can I speak to Allah directly.” He was reciting it iyyahu na`budu. “I have to say in the tense where I am not seeing Him.” But He is seeing you. So you have to speak to Him directly. He likes His servant to come to Him directly. We are worshipping Him, we cannot see Him but He can see us.

So also we say as-salaamu `alayka ayyuhan-nabi. The letter kaf at that end in tahiyyaat, “greetings to you O Muhammad ,” directly you are speaking to him, with no veils.

They used to read it as as-salaamu `alayh in passive tense as if not present. But Allah wants you to recite al-Fatiha as if you are present before Allah. And recite at-Tahiyaat to be present with the Prophet  and speaking to him directly.

Those who did not pray all their prayer and have many prayer to make up, qada, don’t leave it and say when you die, O, I missed so many raka`ats. No make them up.

If you don’t pray Sunnah, use that time to make up the prayers you missed. Else you have to make the prayers in hellfire. Allah doesn’t want to have you do it there. He wants to send everyone of Ummat an-Nabi to Paradise.

We are asking, we lack sincerity, we don’t know how to bring sincerity into our hearts. The Sahaba with the Prophet  between them, they were overwhelmed with sincerity, they did everything with sincerity with love. They gave their lives for Allah and His Prophet; for Islam. We don’t feel that, nothing changed. That is why we are afraid, as many scholars say, “our prayers might not be accepted.” That is because prayers will prevent us from committing sins. If not then there is lack of piety and lack of sincerity.

Peace and Blessings upon the Prophet, his Family, and his Companions

© 2012 As-Sunnah Foundation of America

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