The Me’raj of Salaah
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Hazrat Ayesha Siddiqa (j) related that on the night of the 15th
of Shabaan, the Prophet e requested her permission to spend the entire
night in Ibaadah, since it was not a normal practice to spend the
whole night in Ibaadat.
Hazrat Ayesha (j) said that Nabi stood up and began his Salaah.
He then lay in sajda (prostration) for so long that she became afraid
lest his soul had left his body. So she got up and began to feel
his soles with her fingers…
This was the condition of the Salaat of Rasulullah (SAW) when reading
in the privacy of his home. Such was his love for Salaah that he
said: “The coolness of my eye is in Salaah.”
It must be remembered that the mas’ala (ruling) in
regard to Imamat is that it is necessary for the Imam to make the
Salaat ‘light’, because there are all kinds of people
in the congregation; some weak and some old.
Nabi said : “When you lead the prayer, you should make
it short, because among those offering Salaat there may be some
who are infirm, sick, and old.” …Yes, we may
lengthen our individual prayers as much as we wish to.
However, that was the ‘kaifiyyat’*of
the Salaah of Rasulullah (SAW). Now let us consider if we have acquired
any ‘kaifiyyat’ in our Salaah? …Neither
is our Salaah of the desired level, nor is our concern for the purification
of our hearts apparent.
…Naturally, and it should go without saying; we should not
discard the Salaah, because of a deficiency of spirit. We
should develop that Salaah in spirit.
If attention is not given to the purification of the heart and the
reformation of the nafs, then these evils of jealousy, greed, envy,
pride, anger, lust, etc. will engulf the heart. When the evils of
the nafs are yielded to, and when the nafs is then taken as ‘ilaah’ (god),
then such a heart is transformed into stone that will not be able
to absorb the noor of Ibaadat, Zikr (Praise of Allah Ta'ala) and
Tilawat. Such a heart will then become sealed.
Allah Ta’ala says in the Qur`aan Sharief :
“Have you not seen him who takes as
his own vain desires; and Allah knowing (him as such),
left him astray, and sealed his hearing and his
heart, and put a cover on his sight…”
[Surah Al-Jaathiya 45 : 23]
Consider the fact that all of our Akaabireen (elders) had
a link with the Mashaa`ik, and all of them spent some time or the
other in the Khanqas of their respective Sheikh. What was the reason
for this ?
…It was for the purification of their hearts and souls. They
knew that these Ahlullah (Friends of Allah Ta'ala) are the reservoirs
of Ikhlaas. They also understood that minus the ‘Suhbat
of the Ahlullah (Friends of Allah Ta'ala)’, their Ilm
would remain just a ‘shell’.
Of course, the Khanqah must not just be for eating, drinking and
partying; and the Sheikh must not be milking his mureeds
of their hard-earned wealth.