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Our Salah is Full and Full Meaningful!

Islam is so natural and meaningful that sparkling gems keep coming all along our path. We get enlightened and feel proud to be a Muslim. Today I read an amazingly sparkling piece and could not resist the urge to share with you all. Br. Nouman Ali Khan has enlightened us with some gems found hidden in the acts of our Salah. After reading this, I am sure the focus and concentration in our Salah would increase, Inshaa’Allah. 

1. Takbeer Tahreema at the beginning of Salaah/namaz/prayer:

‘Allahu akbar’ means – ‘Allah is greater’.

We say this at the beginning of our Salaah, and by saying it – we are telling ourselves that ‘Allah is greater’ than anything else in our lives. So now we need to focus on Allah in our prayer.

2. Rukoo’ (Bowing) – Subhaana Rabbiy al-’ADheem 

Subhaan comes from the root word Sabaha = it Floated.

Anything which is constantly Floating or Gliding.

Meaning: something which does not sink or fall – but keeps in its high position.

This is why Allah says; ‘Subhaan Allah’ about Himself when the disbelievers slander Him (i.e. by accusing Him of having a son, or daughters etc.)

SubhPerfection, Gliding/floating above all falsehood and evil.

Subh-AAN = ABUNDANT/LOADS of Perfection.

So by saying; Subhaana Rabbiy = Abundant Perfection (to)

Rabb-IY ( ربي ) [MY Master].

The Meaning related to RUKOO’ (bowing)-

By bowing to Allah, we are standing in a position which is lower than our normal standing position. Which means we are not in a state of ‘Subhaan’ (perfect balance and uprightness). Yet we are bowing to One who is ALWAYS Subhaanah (Perfect/Above ALL).

GEM: This is why we are praising Allah as ‘subhaana Rabbiy’ (perfectly upright is my Master), showing that we are humbling ourselves to His Perfection, by Lowering ourselves from our normal Upright (subh) position.

al-’ADheemالعظيم ) – from the word; ‘ADhm ( عظم ) = Bone.

The Bone is strong and firm and has all descriptions of being the Strength and structure of the body.

So Allah is the ‘ADheem = Strong, Firm, Powerful.

aDhEEm (the letter ‘Ya’ after the 2nd Root Letter signifies ‘Constant‘) = CONSTANTLYstrong, firm, powerful.

= Subhaana Rabbiy al-‘ADheem – Perfect is my Master, the Constantly Strong, Firm and Powerful.

RUKOO’ (bowing) – We praise Allah as al-’ADheem – the Firm, Powerful, and we know that the ‘ADhm (Bone) is Stable.

So Allah is al-’ADheem – constantly Stable/firm/powerful.

Now Abdul Nasir Jangda mentioned in his tafseer (i think surah Haqqah 69:52) that when we do Rukoo’ [bowing] to Allah – we are in one of the most Non-Stable positions. So that even if a really strong man was in Rukoo’ (bowing) position, and a child ran past him and accidentally pushed him – this man would probably fall or lose stability. Showing that humans are not Constantly stable.

GEM: So by bowing to Allah in Rukoo’ – we are admitting our Weakness and Instability (Lack of Stability/strength/firmness) to our Master Allah, al-’ADheem (the Constantly Firm/Stable/Strong.)

3. Sajdah (Prostration) – Subhaana Rabbiy al-A’la:

Subhaana = Abundant Perfection and Constant Highness is given to Allah as praise when we are in the lowest position in our prayer.

So we praise His highness when we are in low position which is not normal for humans to be in, except when in a state of total submission, dependance and weakness.

So we admit our weakness and dependance to Allah by lowering ourselves in a position which everyone (Muslim or non-Muslim) recognizes as submission.

al-A’la ( أعلى ) = the Higher.

When we prostrate (do Sajdah) to Allah – we place ourselves in the lowest position the human can get.

By placing your face on the ground – you are saying you are the lowest, and the Arabs would say to someone they hated; ‘May your nose be rubbed in dust’ (on the ground) – i.e. may you be humiliated.

So for someone to place their nose on the ground is humiliation, but the believer puts his nose on the Lowest ground for no-one,except for One only. Who? Al-A’la (the Highest!)

GEM: We gain strength through this, and none experiences the true joy of it except the Muslim, and none finds honor through sajdah (prostration) except the Muslim. (Find something relevant here 🙂 Muqeet)


«ثَلَاثٌ أُقْسِمُ عَلَيْهِنَّ: مَا نَقَصَ مَالٌ مِنْ صَدَقَةٍ، وَمَا زَادَ اللهُ عَبْدًا بِعَفْوٍ إِلَّا عِزًّا، وَمَنْ تَوَاضَعَ للهِ رَفَعَهُ الله»

(I swear regarding three matters: no charity shall ever decrease the wealth; whenever one forgives people, then Allah will magnify his honor; and he who is humble for Allah, then Allah will raise his rank.) [Tafsir ibn Katheer]

NOTE: May Allah bless Br. Nouman Ali Khan for his enthusiasm and hard work. Aameen.

Click here for Part 2

also I will, Inshaa’Allah, make a pdf file of this so that we can spread this masterly piece far and wide, Inshaa’Allah

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  1. As’salamu alaikum wa rehmatullahi wa barakatuh akhi,

    Jazaak Allah for the post, kindly also share the links to Br. Nouman Ali Khan’s lectures’ collections and his tafseer notes with your readers. Alhamdulillah I have watched quite a few of Br. Nouman Ali khan’s lectures and also seen his tafseer notes and they are gems masha’Allah! Insha’Allah your readers will benefit immensely from them, if they aren’t already.


    Comment by Ibn Javed | July 24, 2012 | Reply

    • wa alakumus salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu.

      wa iyyaaka. Inshaa’Allah.
      You may notice that in all my blogs I do not give links to lectures.
      I give or add links only after reading. But Inshaa’Allah I will start giving links to lectures also.
      For that I need to spend time to listen which, I think, in Ramadan is not possible.
      Thank you for your advice.
      Jazakallah Khayr.

      Comment by MuQeet | July 24, 2012 | Reply

      • Insha’Allah! Wa iyyaka…

        I understand that in Ramadan time doesn’t permits to listen to a lot of lectures, however I’d request you to just spend one hour and listen to this gem of a lecture on Ramadan by Br. Nouman Ali Khan (if you haven’t yet). I am making this request since this lecture is relevant as we are alhamdulillah witnessing the blessed month of Ramadan. I am sure the listeners are gonna immensely benefit and get rejuvenated to get the best out of Ramadan insha’Allah!

        Here’s the link:



        Comment by Ibn Javed | July 24, 2012 | Reply

  2. Assalmu alaikum
    Alhamdulillah. A very good initiative in building up the blog. May Almighty accept this as deed pleased by Him. It doesn’t require any introduction to explain the importance of Salah. I would like to get the full meaning of each and every segment or part of Salah as a form of prayer we Muslim perform five times daily as compulsory. It consists of physical part of salah and mental or spiritual part of it. There ample literature on physical explaining how to adopt a posture in each part. The clarity on the other part is not so vivid. So it may pl be explained and clarified as to what should be in our heart or mind or thought apart from what we say or recite while we perform each segment say Rukoo’ (Bowing), Sajdah (Prostration) etc from the very beginning Takbeer Tahreema to the final conclusion of Salah. An early response would be much apprecited.
    Pareethu Bava Khan, Trivandrum

    Comment by Pareethu Bava Khan | July 25, 2012 | Reply

    • wa alaikumus salam wa rahmatullah.
      هذا من فضل ربي
      Jazakallah Khayra for your comment which is full of concern to know and learn more about Salah so that we can perform our Salah in the best manner possible.
      Inshaa’Allah I will try to explore things as per your suggestion.
      Some points come to my mind right now to improve our level of concentration in Salah:
      1. When we pray, we must think that this is our last Salah. The feeling will be such that you will feel that this is last time you are conversing with your Lord. This will give a person more focus and his thoughts will not get distracted.
      2. As the Prophet Muhammad, sal-lal-laahu-alaihi-wa-sallam, said ‘(pray) as if you see Allah and if you can’t see Allah, think that Allah is seeing you’.
      If we pray with this feeling that Allah is watching us, our behaviour will be different. For eg. When a child sees the presence of his father at home, he behaves and doesnt do things which his father doesnt like because he knows that his father is there and he is watching him. Similarly our feeling of involvement in Salah will be great if we have this thought that Allah is watching us when we are praying to him.
      3. Salah is our conversation with Allah. If two people talk, how they will be. They won’t look here and there, they will concentrate in their talks, they understand what they are communicating, and will have PRESENCE OF MIND.
      These three points, I feel, will definitely increase our spiritual involvement in Salah, Inshaa’Allah.
      Similarly when we understand what we say in Salah (the surahs including) then we will definitely involve in our salah.
      May Allah help us to pray in the best manner possible. Aameen.
      Thank you once again brother your comment.

      Comment by MuQeet | July 25, 2012 | Reply

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