O Allah Make Me Namazi
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30th April, 2021

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​Oh Allah, Make Me a Namazi!

​First and foremost, we are grateful to Allah subhana wa ta'ala that with goodness, well-being, with safety and security, with His grace and mercy and Fadhl, He has allowed us to arrive in this part of Ramadhan. And due to the Fuyudh and Barakaat of Ramadhan and Allah’s mercy and grace and generosity, we are totally hopeful that inshaAllah, Allah will continue to shower His blessings and mercies upon us for the rest of Ramadhan.

​In this true part of Ramadhan, and throughout the whole of the month, we are always reflecting on the Barakaat that Allah has given to Insan. How Ramadhan revitalises the great A’maal that we have – it refreshes our deeds and our practice. Human beings have passion and desires and strength within them – this is part of the system that Allah ta’ala has created. And Allah ta’ala has instilled this system into the body of a person, and the passions and emotions that are within become apparent at certain times due to certain things. For example, one passion which is very great indeed is the emotion of love and Ishq, which is fantastic and is a very strong feeling. When a human being has love or Ishq for somebody, then he has thoughts about who he loves during the day, and his passion forces him to make that love apparent, to bring it to the surface. It is natural for a human being to demonstrate his love. Sometimes you hear of poets, those who write the Ghazzals and lines of verse, expressing their love for somebody with their pens. Anyone who is in love seeks ways to demonstrate that love and that passion. People express their love according to their capacity and preference. If somebody likes nature, then he will use his emotion to demonstrate his love for nature, or whatever he loves and feels strongly about, because that love forces you to demonstrate that love, to share that love and make it apparent.

So brothers, the sign of the Iman that Allah ta’ala has given to Insan is that the love of Allah comes into that person. Wherever there is Iman, there will definitely also be Muhabbat present. In an example of temporary love, if a person falls in love with a woman, then he becomes madly in love. You read about Majnoon and other such stories, and it is normal for a person to find a way of sharing his circumstances, maybe by tearing his clothes or other drastic steps. People even turn to suicide on occasions – and this is for temporary love. Even this can take a person to that extreme, and that is for temporary, not genuine love. But Allah’s love is true, Haqiqi, real love, brothers. Allah’s love is totally genuine and true, that real passion that comes to a human being through his Iman. Wherever there is Iman, there is love – remember this. So when that love arises, imagine the Hal of that individual. Every person’s Iman claims and testifies, and then the Qur’an revives and strengthens that, and Dhikrullah makes him Fana – he assigns himself totally. When this continues to get stronger, when he has Iman and Qur’an and Dhikrullah, his feelings and characteristics become beautiful, and he wants to share that and make it apparent. And if he suppresses that love and emotion, then which direction will that person go to? If a human being cannot share or express the love that is within, then the balance of his life will not be there, because the Ishq for Allah ta’ala would get more and more intense inside. A person cannot understand how strong that love and Ishq can become, and that is how great that love is, SubhanAllah.

So what has Allah ta’ala prepared for that person to enable him to control his love? If a person cannot suppress or control his love, then obviously, it is a very strong intense love and so a tragedy could occur. So Allah ta’ala has created such a thing for the people of Iman to control and demonstrate their love. He has given them such a Karam and blessing and such grace and favour and has provided such a tool and resource to the people of Iman. It is a Ni’mah, a very great Ni’mah, an Adheem Fadhl from Allah, and a person cannot express how grateful he is for that Ni’mah he has been given. This is a Ni’mah that is greater than all other Ni’mahs in that it allows us to control and display our love for Allah. Have you ever thought about what that is? It is Salah – Namaz! SubhanAllah. Yes, it is Salah. Allah ta’ala has bestowed Salah on us and has ordered us to perform it, and this is a very high-grade Hukm and favour upon us human beings. When this emotion of love and appreciation for Allah develops within a human being, there is only one way that a person can demonstrate that love and bring it out, and that is in the form of Salah. This is the reality that I am telling you about - the relationship that a human being has with Salah. There is no other mode or medium, there is no other method to demonstrate his love for Allah. When he stands in Salah, he is physically demonstrating the love for Allah that he has, and this feeling is at a level that is equivalent to your Iman – so however strong your Iman is, that is how strong your love will be and that is how strong and intense your Salah will be.

That is why this relationship between Iman and Salah has been highlighted in Hadith. There is a great Hadith that states that there is one physical action that defines the boundary between Kufr and Iman, and that is Salah. That is what shows whether a person is within the boundary of Iman. Why? Because if a person has no Iman, then he won’t have the passion of love for Allah. There will be no Muhabbat for Allah, and if he has no love for Allah, then he will not feel any need to go towards Salah. However, anyone who has Iman, even low-level, weak Iman, then that love of Allah will definitely force him to do Sujood and to pray. So this is a great sign. The servant of Allah who doesn’t pray Salah, who has no regard for Salah and does not pray, then what is this proof of? It is proof, as the Hadith states, that his Iman is in a very bad state – destruction is upon him. This is the reason that there are big punishments that Allah ta’ala has mentioned for the person who doesn’t pray Salah. That person has wasted and spoiled his Iman. If you have Iman, proper Iman, then as it increases and ascends, the more your love and passion for Salah will increase. You will see that in a normal person like me with normal Iman, alhamdulillah, thumma alhamdulillah. The first thing that you will see to practically demonstrate Iman is that he will pray Salah; and as the Iman increases, then the emotions increase.

One sign that a person’s Iman is getting strong is that when the time for Salah comes, a person’s condition becomes upset. His feelings become different, unique and strange, and he doesn’t like anything at that time except running towards Salah. He hastens to Salah because the love of Allah is coming to the boil within, and he wants to bring that out and demonstrate it and prove it. When a person has high-level, strong Iman, then his feelings and emotions even go beyond that at that time. If you want to see how high a person’s Iman is and how strong his love is, then look at his Hal in Salah. You will see that he is overwhelmed. From no other Amal apart from Salah can you get that feeling of being overwhelmed in joy, because it is the highest-grade demonstration of Allah’s love.

When the feeling of love would overtake Hadhrat Umar radhiAllahu anh, his body would shake and his teeth would chatter – he would feel anxious and he would hasten and run towards Salah, Allahu Akbar. He stated that in Salah, there is ease and comfort – why? Because through that, a person is bringing out his love for Allah ta’ala, sometimes in Ruku’, sometimes in Qiyam, but Sajdah is the high-level demonstration of love for Allah. That is the end point when a person is immersed in love for Allah ta’ala; he is displaying that and showing that passion in his Salah. Someone might say ‘What is he doing?’ - sometimes he stands, sometimes bends down, sometimes he prostrates. ‘What are those actions that he is doing?’ This is called love and passion for Allah - this is Muhabbat for Allah subhana wa ta'ala.

So the love that a person has for Allah subhana wa ta'ala is clearly displayed when he is praying Salah. The person who has Iman cannot live without Salah. He cannot live without Salah, and that is why he is extremely worried and concerned when there is no Salah at home. Allah says that such a house is like the place of those who have deceased; the people there are not alive. Allah’s focus is not on that home where the people do not pray Salah; Allah’s love is not there – there is no Barakah in that home and there are no blessings on anything in that home, because there is no Iman. If there was Iman, they would display that and make it apparent and show the sign. You don’t need to make false claims. A person who has Iman is alive and physically demonstrates that in Salah. May Allah forbid, but if the feeling was to come into us that we do not feel like praying Salah and we feel lazy and negligent, then understand immediately that it is our Iman that has been spoiled. Somehow, due to some reason, our Iman has been affected negatively. A person might wonder why someone doesn’t pray Salah or why he is lazy about Salah – well the clear reason for this is that the person’s Iman has been affected negatively for some reason. The more you see a person lazy and negligent in his Salah, then you should consider that his Iman is in danger; there is an issue with his Iman.

As for a person who does pray Salah, what guarantee is he demonstrating? Any person, with whatever level of Iman, if he is going to pray Salah, Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam said ‘If you see a person going to pray Salah, then you can guarantee that he has Iman due to that Salah.’ This is because the proof of Iman is that he will run towards Salah in order to make apparent that love for Allah that his Iman has given him. He feels ‘Ya Allah, this Iman has given me a very strong heat within and there is only one medium and only one way to demonstrate that Iman.’ Wherever you are, you cannot attain this comfort, this Sakeenah, this satisfaction of the love for Allah except in Salah and Sujood. Only through that can you demonstrate the true love for Allah. This is a very important point for us to understand.

If you look at the situation of the gracious Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam, he was the greatest human being and he demonstrated the greatest example of how to show love. The Hadeeth states that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam was sitting amongst his family, as a person does, but as soon as the time for Salah came, it would be as if he was totally detached, as if he had no link with anybody, as if he did not recognise anybody at all at that time. When Salah time came, he did not know who was who – the connection was lost at that time. Why? Because at that time, all other love ended and the demonstration of the love for Allah overwhelms and overtakes a person. The emotions and love and passion for Salah increase, and his focus, love, desire and attention also increases, alhamdulillah, thumma alhamdulillah, and you can consider that his Iman is increasing also.

First and foremost, on the Day of Judgement, the first thing you will see is that no Hisab and no accounting will take place for any other action. Iman will be weighed and assessed, and the first accounting that a human being will undergo will be in respect of his Salah. Do you understand? Why will Salah be accounted for first? The reason is that Iman is the first thing to be examined. Did he have Iman? If he had Iman, then his Salah will be correct; and the more complete and good and beautiful his Salah is, then the rest of his Islam will be accepted based upon the strength and success of his Salah. So we are in dire need of Salah, my brothers. We need to have worry and have Fikr about Salah. If we don’t pay attention to Salah and do not think about Salah, then what a big loss!

Allah subhana wa ta'ala will give reward for everything on the Day of Judgement. Every human being will get reward; you will get reward for the fast, for Sadaqah, for Zakah – all rewards will be attained in Paradise. When all the rewards are attained and the Jannatis are sat there, Allah ta’ala will give an announcement: ‘Oh people of Paradise, one reward is left.’ They will say ‘Oh Allah, we have attained everything’ but Allah will say ‘You haven’t even arrived at the Maqam that I wanted to give you – one reward still remains to be given.’ SubhanAllah. The people of Jannah will say ‘Which reward is left? Which deed is left to be rewarded?’ Allah ta’ala will say ‘It is your greatest Ibadah and practice in the world, and that was your Sujood, your prostration – your Sajdah in your Salah. The reward for that still remains to be given.’ They will say ‘But Allah, You have given us everything – what is left that You can give us?’ Allah will say ‘Yes, I have given you everything, but this reward for Salah is so great! Are you ready for this reward? This reward is that which you used to seek in your prostration, so now you can look at your Rabb with your own eyes! Now you can see your Lord!’ SubhanAllah. So this is the reward that Allah ta’ala will give for Sajdah – the sight of Allah. Allah says ‘This is the reward in the Hereafter for your Salah and your Sajdah.’

The person who does not pray Salah cannot get to this position. He cannot arrive there – why? Because this reward is only for that individual who prostrated, who did Sajdah. The reward for prostration that Allah ta’ala has kept aside is the sight of Allah in the Hereafter. Allah says ‘I will allow you to see Me.’ So this is such a great Amal, alhamdulillah. Allah ta’ala has said that the reward for this is unique.

So those who don’t pray Salah – Allahu Akbar, my brothers, tell me – they will be in a big loss in the Hereafter, a massive loss. In the world, they lost out anyway, but the loss in the Akhirah is that they will lose out from seeing Allah. People will see Allah and they will be assembled, and after seeing Allah, Allah will remove the veils and barriers and they will be rejoicing at the sight of Allah’s beauty. Allah will say ‘Even though you couldn’t see Me, when you went into prostration, you used to plead and be desperate, and you would praise Me and demonstrate your love and passion. You would pray, and even though you hadn’t seen Me, you used to demonstrate your love. So now you are seeing Me with your bare eyes!’ Then the people of Paradise will say ‘Allah! Allah, without seeing You, we used to rub our foreheads on the ground. But today we can see Your Husn and Your Jamal and Your Kamal and Your greatness with our eyes! We are thinking that there, we used to do prostration to demonstrate our love for Allah, but how is it that here You have given us the power to absorb and withstand this sight?’ Allahu Akbar – this is the sight of Allah with the bare eyes! So Allah subhana wa ta'ala will say ‘You used to prostrate continuously in the Dunya and today, this is the effect of that Sujood that you are seeing; this is the Barakah of the Sujood you made in the world.’

Allah gives you the strength to be able to withstand and see this, because there is no Sajdah in Jannah - no. Prostration will end there and there will be no Salah, and no prostration in Jannah. That's an Ibadah that we're doing here, and you will get the effect of that in the Hereafter. This is the same for every Ibadah that a human being does here - you won't be fasting in the Hereafter; you won't be paying Zakat there; you won't be doing Hajj there. All these are forms of worship that we do in this world, and where will we get the result? We will get the result in the Hereafter when Allah will give to us. So prostration will disappear, and Salah will disappear, because that is confined to the worshippers who pray here. Allah will give the reward to Insan in the Hereafter.

So brothers, this is such a great thing. Allah ta’ala has given us an action without which a human being is like what? He is similar to a body without a head; if there is a body without a head, then he cannot be a human being – he is incomplete. So that person who doesn't have Salah within is a human being without a head, because he hasn't got a head and he hasn't got a neck. Only with that part of the body is the person completed; the body of a human being is complete at the time when he prostrates with his forehead. Otherwise, the example the Hadith has given of a human being who lives a life without Salah is that they are like a human being who has a body without the head. The reason is that the body is made with a head, and the head is made for prostration, SubhanAllah. So it is extremely sad, brothers, that we Muslim brethren say we are Muslims and yet we don't pray Salah - and then we wonder why we have problems in our homes and there's no Barakah or blessings; it is because we don't have this.

This is such a big loss, such a big misfortune. Allah's curse cannot be greater on any home than on the home where there is no Salah - look at this point. The children, family, household, wife – all are included. Allah’s Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam demonstrated this. Rasoolullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam explained the extent of this loss, saying ‘I feel like setting that house on fire and destroying that home.’ If Allah’s Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam said that with his blessed statement and tongue, then my brothers, no Wazifa will be useful in such a home, and no recitation or other actions; nothing can give benefit and no Rahmah can come into such a home. It is just like the environment of those people who don't believe. Yes, they are eating, they're sleeping, they're doing the actions of the world, and they have houses and money, wealth, cars - everything. You can see all that, for it is apparent in the world. So having these things is not a sign that Allah’s pleasure and Barakah is in our homes. For this, there is only one sign to look for; even if the house is empty and there are no dishes or pots and pans for the food - even if there's no food at all - but SubhanAllah, if the prostration of Allah is present in the house, then everything is present in the house.

So if we don't have Salah, it is a waste of time crying and it is a waste of time discussing and talking where you see that a person doesn't have Salah in the home. Why don't people's brains understand these points and clear statements that Allah ta’ala has explained via the Qur’an and Hadith? In the house in which there is no Salah, you have nothing – it is like a graveyard. Why don't we have pity or regard for our children? Our children don't obey us, and they've grown up like that. From the outset, you should have been a Namazi and have prayed Salah yourself, so that from the child's early years, the child starts to pray – though looking at you or me, he will pray Salah. If a small child, a one year old child, sees Salah in the home, then first and foremost the child will imitate you and your Salah. Experience it – the child will just come and stand next to you and jump up with every ‘Allahu Akbar.’ Why? Because the light of Salah has come into your home, SubhanAllah. But you don't pray Salah and then you want your son to pray Salah and your daughter to pray Salah.

So first and foremost, the thing to establish in the home is what? Salah, Namaz! You can't succeed by crying and lamenting. Allah makes people mad, especially Muslims, who mention the name of Allah and His Rasool sallallahu alayhi wasallam, and they say the Dua when eating and drinking, and they use the name of Islam and they arrive to the gathering at Eid. Look at the day of Eid - there's a lot of celebration and happiness; there is celebration, but no Salah! They wear nice clothes and do all the celebratory actions, but who are you deceiving, oh man? Tell me. Who are we deceiving when we do this?

How can a person who doesn't pray Salah claim to be a lover of Allah? He says ‘I'm a big Sufi and I'm an Ashiq, I’m a lover, and I’m a friend of Allah.’ Allah knows best, my brothers. This is the biggest deception of this day and age. You'll see people like this, who satisfy people through magic and spells and wrong actions and Jinnat, and then draw people close to them - they overwhelm them. People go to them and say ‘Can you do Dua for me?’ They become close to them and present their requirements, saying ‘Oh, the affairs of my life are not being fulfilled – I have so many issues.’ We should be ashamed - this is Kufr to put a human being on a podium and a high pedestal. If he doesn’t pray Salah, that person cannot even be considered as a Muslim, and you think he is a Wali of Allah and you have faith in Him and you trust in Him? Yes, it is Jaa’iz, permissible, to go to a WaliAllah and ask him to do Dua. It is Jaa’iz to go to him, and Jaa’iz to ask him to do Dua, and it is Jaa’iz to seek His means and Waseelah - the Qur’an and Hadith prove this, but before you place any trust in that person, ask whether he prays Salah or not. Does he pray Salah? Or are you just putting your stomach in front of him and asking him to fill it?

So we have to be careful. This has spread so much in our society today - it's so prevalent. ‘Go to him and his Dua will succeed or go to that person and his Dua will succeed.’ This is shaytan – he has made us do Shirk on a high level. If someone says ‘I'll do a spiritual Istikhara and I will take this name out from here, and pluck this from there’ don’t say anything to him. Go to those people whose Salah is complete, to a person who is an Abid and a Zahid and a worshipper. You will recognise him through his Salah, SubhanAllah, and on the trust of the Salah of that one Muslim, if you go to him and say ‘Make Dua for me,’ due to his Salah and with hopes for his prayers, then inshaAllah on that basis his Dua will be accepted. Other people say ‘I want to see a Karamah, a miracle,’ but he says ‘I don't want to see any miracle - your Salah is the biggest Karamah for me, Alhamdulillah.’ In that home where there is Salah, alhamdulillah, the Dua of every individual in the family will be accepted.

So now understand that when Salah has come into our lives, Allah has given us Hidaya. Whether it is the mother or the father, at one time or other in life, a person gets given Hidayah, whether it is the children or mother or father. When the children were growing up, they didn't pray Salah; they didn't teach them or educate them because they didn't pray Salah, so now they've grown up without that awareness. We now know that in a house where there's no Salah, that house is like a graveyard. Somehow or other, there will be loss and destruction in this world, and there'll be loss and destruction in the Hereafter. So to avoid this, there's a Tariqa that we need to take hold of - a method. If your children don't listen to you, and you say ‘I pray Salah, but they don't listen to us - they don't obey us. What should we do? We tell them often to come towards Salah.’ What is the reason for that? This is a punishment that Allah gives for the disobedience that you continually did before. We see the effect of that with our eyes. At that time, you were laughing, you were enjoying life and you didn't pray Salah in front of your children, and you didn't tell your children to pray Salah either. And you were very busy following your desires in the affairs of the world, and you just pointed your children in the direction of Salah - but what about the Salah that you should have prayed at that time? When you didn't pray Salah and they didn't pray, you felt no pain about that. Salah is the glory of a Mu’min and so it is as if the wealth of the Hereafter was being stolen. You should have been crying ‘What shall I do?’ This is just like finding that a burglar has come to your house and is stealing everything – what would your condition and your feeling be at that time? If a person has Iman and Yaqeen and faith, he knows that Iman has finished in that home where there is no Salah, so he would cry and shriek out and scream ‘Oh no! What’s happening in my home? Salah is not being prayed. There's destruction - destruction is being spread.’

So brothers, there's one cure that we need to implement for this, a solution that we need to implement. Don't give up - don't be despondent. First, go towards the cure. Do Istighfar to Allah yourself first, and say ‘Oh Allah, it is my fault. It is due to this that my children are disobedient to me. I will have to take the punishment.’ That's the first thing; step number one is to have Fikr and concern. Number two, which is the most important one that will solve every problem, is prayer - supplication, doing Dua. Don't get tired of doing Dua, and don't get tired of asking someone to do Dua for you. Yes? {رَبِّ ٱجۡعَلۡنِى مُقِيمَ ٱلصَّلَوٰةِ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِى‌ۚ رَبَّنَا وَتَقَبَّلۡ دُعَآءِ} -SubhanAllah! Who asked this? Hadhrat Ibrahim alayhi salam in front of the Ka’abah, after constructing it with his son. What a great task Allah ta’ala took from him, a physical duty, and then Allah ta’ala said ‘Ask whatever you want to ask.’ He said ‘Allah, I will only ask for one thing: oh Allah, make my offspring people who pray Salah - make them worshippers!’ Allahu Akbar – imagine. Imagine the beautiful Dua he recited – and this became a part of our Salah. It is not Fardh or Wajib to recite it, but it has been entered and include in Salah.

Everyone is used to reciting this in Salah - {رَبِّ ٱجۡعَلۡنِى مُقِيمَ ٱلصَّلَوٰةِ وَمِن ذُرِّيَّتِى‌ۚ رَبَّنَا وَتَقَبَّلۡ دُعَآءِ}, but remember, this is not Dua. Dua is that which comes from the heart. When you ask from your heart for something that you really want - that is the desire you should have. You should come to Allah with a feeling of panic, like when you are desperately in need of a loan. When you need to pay a loan tomorrow, otherwise they will take your goods and belongings, you will feel desperately in need, so if you come to me to beg for money, you will do so in such a way that tears will come out, and you'll grab hold of my legs and my feet. You will put your hands together and say ‘I promise to pay you back, I promise! Please, please - my house will be taken away, so give me the money!’ Would you do this or not? Tell me. Why would you do so? Because you are in desperate need at that time and are thinking ‘I can only get the money from here. For the sake of Allah, please, you are my uncle! Who can I beg from? Who else can I go to?’ You will cry and beg and cling in to his legs – why? Because in your heart is fear, fear that your house will be taken away and repossessed.

So my brothers, what you are in need of is such a massive thing – it is the Iman of your children. And you're seeking that Iman because you want ease and comfort in your home and you want protection in your Hereafter; and that Maqam you are asking for is the glory of a Muslim, which is the sight of Allah ta’ala in the Hereafter, SubhanAllah. You want that meeting for yourself and for your children, so according to the greatness of this need, then ask Allah with that emotion. But we raise our hands for three hours and ask for items of the Dunya with this emotion, saying ‘Ya Allah, give to me! Ya Allah, my business is going down – Ya Allah, save my business; Ya Allah, save my employment. Ya Allah, save my son, save my children!’ Nothing is greater than this. Everything is in the control of Allah, but if there is one thing that you need to beg and plead to Allah for, it is ‘Ya Allah, save the Iman of my children; Ya Allah, save the Iman of my children!’ As for those children whose Iman is lost, may Allah forgive - may Allah forgive. What is the Hal of those children? What is their situation and their state? Here, there is an open playing field for them - there is no Haya, no shame, no anything.

What a very great action is Salah, brothers – think. So what we need to do is take the assistance of Dua in Sujood. Do this Dua all the time, do it in Salah - beg and plead. Make such a Dua ‘Oh Allah, we need to save Salah! Please bestow my children with Iman - it's my fault!’ Do Istighfar and Tawbah. And the child grow up very fast, so start focussing on this when they're born. Become cautious now and use that time when they're young, because maybe a time will come when you become so desperate. Now you see your children with your eyes, but later, that precious water has gone; the water has disappeared. We are sat in this country and absolutely the doors are open towards the wrong ways and evil. Many such doors open – some at college or university where there may be bad company. Thousands of tests will come, but alhamdulillah, if a Dua is made by a Mu’min, then such a Dua will overtake everything and suppress everything. Say SubhanAllah.

So cry and plead for this, not for money and not for wealth. Cry and plead ‘Oh Allah, my son doesn't pray Salah; ya Allah, my child doesn't pray Salah; ya Allah, my child!’ Allah is Khabir and Basir, so He hears that pain, but if a person doesn’t have pain, he has given up and is hollow. He is hollow as well – he’s an empty box, a thief, and he should be punished as well. He is lying. Allah says ‘If he really has longing for the sight of Me, if he has a yearning to see Me, to get that reward he should get for his Iman, then he should be desperate and be begging Me and doing Dua to Me for Salah.’ But we don't even dare to do that. We don't even ask for that or plead and beg to Allah for Salah. We don't even dare - we don't even come towards this action. If we were to have remorse to Allah and say ‘I don't pray Salah, and my son, my daughter and my children don’t pray Salah. If I don't pray Salah today, my children will be even less likely to pray Salah.’ The time for Salah comes and instead of going to the Masjid, they go and smoke cannabis and drink alcohol and laugh. Is this not the case, my friends? This is because when they were young children, we used to enjoy ourselves – or that is what we used to call it. We didn't pray ourselves - we would look at dramas and watch films and enjoy ourselves.

Ya Alla, Ya Allah - what a big loss. Look at the loss in society and look at the circumstances around us. There is only one single action attached to Iman, and one single state SubhanAllah, one factor, one single, sole factor related to our Iman, which is most essential - and that is Salah. Namaz, Salah. Allah’s Nabi sallallahu alayhi wasallam, right at the end, even when he was departing, gave the message ‘Salah, Salah - don't leave your Salah’ - because it enlightens everything you have in your life, and also the Qabr, and from the Qabr to Resurrection, and from the Resurrection to the Bridge of Siraat, SubhanAllah.

Abu Ayoob al-Ansari radhiAllahu anh narrated a unique event in a Hadith that I remember. He was praying Salah – I remember this Ajeeb, unique point. He was praying Salah and whilst he was praying Salah, he something poisonous wounded him and gave him such a severe bite that blood started to come out of his body - blood started to flow. Their Salahs were not like ours where we hurriedly recite ‘Alam tara kaifa fa’ala Rabbuka bi Ashabi-l-Feel’, no. In one Rakah of their Salahs, they would complete a whole Qur’an - say SubhanaAllah. Qur’an would be completed, alhamdulillah. We have the whole Qur’an in our hearts, but in our Salah, we recite the final Surahs and verses of the Qur’an. Remember, Qur’an has been given to us for two purposes, my friends. Mubarak and congratulations to those in whose chests the Qur’an has arrived, if they utilise and implement that correctly. But the biggest Adhab will be given to those people who have the Qur’an in their chests and in their hearts, but they implement it the wrong way. Remember this point; it can be the best for them and the worst for them as well.

To become a Hafidh is not a big achievement, but to maintain that Hifdh is the greatest achievement - maintaining the Hifdh is the achievement. Allah ta’ala bestows and instils into the heart of human being such a great trust and treasure. It is such a great treasure that Allah ta’ala states in the Qur’an ‘My Qur’an is such a Kitab that it revives My love and maintains My love. It keeps that love on a high level – throughout the whole Qur’an there is mention of My love. The incidents are all connected to My love – the Qur’an is nothing else. It is just the story of My love and the incidents of My love, and these incidents and examples of My lovers in the Qur’an contain so much Jalal, so much passion, so much Kamal, that its status is such that if I were to place the Qur’an onto a mountain, it would crumble to dust!’ Say SubhanAllah. O foolish person, you have the Qur’an in your home, but you don't know the status of the Qur’an, of that Qur’an that is inside you. It runs inside you, and it has this same status.

Look, there are the two effects of the Qur’an - understand the purpose. There are two reasons for which Allah ta’ala gave us the Qur’an - remember this. Number one: throughout your life, live according to the Qur’an. It is a shade for you and it is assistance for you. When the commands of the Qur’an come to you, you have to practice those commands. There's no third constitution or Kitab that you can resort to. So the first right of the Qur’an, the biggest right of the Qur’an, is Amal – to practice on the commands of the Qur’an, The second right of the Qur’an is this: Allah says ‘When I give this Qur’an to you, whatever level I give you, read the Qur’an on that level.’ Say SubhanAllah. If you are a Hafidh, then your nights need to be decorated with the Qur’an. Make your nights beautiful with the Qur’an. Allah is saying ‘The nights are Mine and the Qur’an is mine - so fill up your heart and your chest with Qur’an.’ So the Qur’an is not just for Ramadhan. What beautiful hearts are those in which alhamdulillah, Surah Yaseen is sparkling inside. In the heavens, the angels - who cannot read the Qur’an, remember - SubhanAllah, the angels in the heavens, MashaAllah, they see, and they say ‘Look – he has got Qur’an in his heart!’ and they start to run. At that time when the Qur’an comes out of his heart, the whole of the heavens start to rejoice. SubhanAllah, he has been given the Qur’an, and he's also demonstrating and reading the Qur’an physically - this is protection of the Qur’an. What answer will we give? Do you understand what I'm saying? This is called upholding the rights of the Qur’an.

So, such a great point has come today, and the meaning of all of this is that the Salah must be there. If a human being is a Muslim, my friends, whether a household, an individual or a family, they must assess the situation of their Salah, otherwise it is a very bad scenario. A life without Salah is a very bad scenario. First and foremost, most of all, your greatest displeasure and the thing that should make you most unhappy, with your children, your family and yourself, should be the displeasure felt when Salah is not being implemented properly. SubhanAllah, what a great action this is. And Ramadhan is in our hands. So has Ramadhan not come to make us practice? Say SubhanAllah – yes! So in Ramadhan, Allah subhana wa ta'ala has not emphasised any Ibadah more than this. There is Zakah – how many percent is Zakah? Has it increased Ramadhan? No -it is the same amount, the same percentage; nothing else. As for fasting, how many fasts are there? Thirty - has Allah ta’ala increased the number of fasts in Ramadhan? No – it stays at thirty. Allah has not increased the amount of any of the other Faraa’idh. But what has increased? Allah has increased Salah; He has multiplied Salah! What a beautiful way Allah ta’ala has increased and multiplied it. Allah says ‘How can you say that I test you?’

Allahu Akbar, I didn't complete that point that was explaining to you. Whilst the Sahabi was praying, an animal wounded him. When the animal bit him, blood came out, and so much blood flowed out that the blood went onto the ground and all his clothes were soiled with that blood. When he was free from Salah, his colleagues asked ‘Hadhrat, so much blood flowed out of your body onto your clothes. The blood came out - so didn't you realise this? Didn't you notice it?’ He said’ This is an Ajeeb and strange question. Look, at that time, SubhanAllah, my passion was solely for Allah. This passion that you were looking at is that same passion about which Allah will test us on one occasion. Allah will test us - this is not my achievement!’ This is love and passion for Allah. Allah will test us on the bridge of Sirat, where there will be severe darkness, such intense darkness that we cannot compare that darkness with anything. The bridge will be wafer thin, and beneath that will be hellfire. And it will be said ‘Come on. Come on.’ And the person who prays Salah with that passion and Ishq, then he will cross that bridge of Sirat and he won't even realise, SubhanAllah. So this is where the Salah will come in use for me and you – that is what I am speaking about. ‘How did I do this?’ they will think. Even there, I won't know how I crossed this bridge of Sirat, SubhanAllah. This is the effect of a person’s Salah, my friends.

So has Ramadhan not given us Salah? In Ramadhan, Salah is the one thing that Allah ta’ala has improved. He has transformed the state of Salah and has explained to us how this Jadhbah of love is within, if you've got Iman. If you don't have Iman, then you won’t have this Salah. This action of Salah that Allah ta’ala gives in Ramadhan will improve, no doubt, but if he doesn't pray Salah, then Ramadhan will testify that he did not have Iman, and he was a person who just celebrated Ramadhan, and then afterwards he will still be empty and hollow. What a beautiful point here that we have understood - Allah tala has increased Salah not by one or two or three, but by twenty Rakahs! Say SubhanAllah. By how many Rakahs has Allah ta’ala increased it? Twenty Rakahs. Okay so Allah says ‘Come – sleep, rest during the day and now that you've kept the fast, after breaking the fast, refresh yourselves and then pray.’ No, no - Allah says ‘Keep the fast all day long and stay hungry, and then pray more!’

Ask the labourer in Saudi Arabia about the intensity of his fast. How hard is his fast? Look at those people - we are just a few people here, a small percentage; we’re nothing in the Ummah. First look at those people, the masses, who fast and get hungry and thirsty and break the fast with a piece of dry bread, or with a date in a mosque. They don't even have enough food in the evening, SubhanAllah, and despite not having anything, they still pray Tarawih. We've got everything, say alhamdulillah - Allah’s Ni’mah is great; Allah gives here, and He gives there as well. Say SubhanAllah. So after giving everything, when a person is tired, totally tired, even in a normal situation, he prays that Isha Salah which you normally try to cut short, praying not the full seventeen Rakahs, but just six or seven after Isha, and yet they pray extra at that time when they are totally tired! My brothers, who is making us pray twenty Rakahs at that time? The condition of the person at that time is so desperate that he is running at that time. He doesn't sit back and enjoy Ramadhan at that time; he doesn't relax in the feeling of enjoyment after breaking the fast, but instead, he's in a rush, thinking ‘I need to get to Tarawih; I need to rush!’ Say SubhanAllah. Do you understand what I'm saying? SubhanAllah.

So what is this this passion? Allah says ‘In Ramadhan, I'm giving you that Jadhbah, that passion for Salah in which you prostrate - and this is the demonstration of your love that you are showing; you are displaying it physically.’ Allahu Akbar, this the Jadhbah of your Iman, the passion of your Iman that makes you brave and courageous. Allah says ‘This is the Jadhbah of My love that has brought you here; it is through the Jadhbah of My love that you have come here.’ And not just this, Allah ta’ala says ‘You will not be restricted to ‘Alam tara kaifa’ here – no. I also allow you to hear the whole Qur’an; you don't just read the final Surahs - whether you understand it or not - and sleep doesn't overtake you at that time, SubhanAllah, so you hear whole Qur’an. You listen to it, alhamdulillah, and you prostrate, and I enable you to pray the complete twenty Rakahs!’ This prayer is a big Mujahidah - so how do you do this? Allah says ‘You can only do this because you have Iman, and with this Iman, you have the passion and the love. My love is rejoicing within you and you want to demonstrate and display that.’ How can you display it? There's only one mode and one action: whoever has Iman will have love, and where there is love, there will be the passion and the Jadhbah to display that. Only when there is something within will something come out – otherwise, nothing will come out, will it? Of course, SubhanAllah.

So the sign of love is Salah. So Ramadhan makes us practice this in a high quantity so that you pray now, and then, when Ramadhan passes, five times Salah will become very easy for you to pray. There'll be no excuses after, like ‘Oh, it’s hard for me, and I'm lazy and negligent.’ No - all of this is shaytani thoughts than nothing else. SubhanAllah, may Allah ta’ala give us the Tawfeeq to pray Salah, and Allah is making us practice this in Ramadhan through the twenty Tarawih. And people pray lengthy Salah on top of this also - they pray even more Salah. So this is that Jadhbah, the passion that Allah ta’ala has given to demonstrate and display our love. And today, I've understood that the Salah we pray, SubhanAllah, will bring about a result that cannot be attained through in anything else, not from fasting, nor from Sadaqah – no. That result will be absolutely massive in scale, and that is the sight of Allah! That sight of Allah will solely and exclusively be given to that person who prays Salah, who prays Namaz. This sight of Allah is the reward for the Namazi.

May Allah tala give us the ability to become good and strong in our Namaz, in our observance of Salah. Ameen.

2nd May, 2021