Powerful Guidelines For Salah Pt.2 – A Guide To Spiritual Prayers – Sayed Ammar Nakshawani

Powerful Guidelines For Salah Pt.2 – A Guide To Spiritual Prayers – Sayed Ammar Nakshawani

Notice the human being. Put him with his attitude, watching a soccer
match or a football match, 90 minutes his attitude can be like a zombie, where no one can interrupt
him. Put him 5 minutes with Allah (s.w.t), he doesn’t
have the discipline to stay on concentration. The first step of concentration in salah and
the technique to be used in the 21st century without a doubt is about your attitude in
approaching Salah. We know very well that psychologists have
said when a human being wants to complete a task seventy percent of completion depends
on attitudes and 30 percent on intellect. What do we mean? We mean if you think about
any task you thought to perform in your life, it’s not so much about your intellect, it’s
about your attitude before the task. If you noticed, when we were at college, there
were certain students at college who you would find were geniuses but their attitude was
so arrogant that sometimes those less smart than them got higher grades than them. Why? The genius approaches the class with what?
70% attitude 30% intellect. You find he is more 70% intellect 30% attitudes. His attitude is all over the place. When he comes to class, he’s not interested
in learning. He is interested in finishing the class and coming to the exams at the end
of the year. We find however than the person who’s not
a genius, but his attitude is correct is managing to achieve the highest grades. The same applies to Salah without a doubt. Why? Because with Salah the first step to concentrating
in your Salah is reflecting on your attitude before you approach Salah. What do I mean? Notice in this mosque, if you look at
the building of the mosque, in the main musallah, there is something called a mehrab, isn’t there? The mehrab comes from the word “Harb”. Harb means war. You ask yourself a question? Why would Allah (SWT) name a certain part
of a mosque the area of war? It’s because the mehrab is you entering a
war with Shaitan. The first step of an attitude in concentrating
before salah is that your attitude is I’m good well that there is definitely a battle
today. Those of you who approach any sport know there’s a battle. You psych yourself up and are ready for the opponent. With the attitude, when it
comes to concentrating in Salah, I know that that Maharb means I’m in harb with Shaitan
and that my attitude has to be that if my prayer is five minutes let me see how many
of those five minutes my mind doesn’t waver anywhere else because if my mind does waver
anywhere else he’s defeated me in the harb. Whereas if for five minutes, and notice the
human being, put him with his attitude watching a soccer match or a football match, ninety
minutes his attitude can be like a zombie where no one can interrupt him. Put him five minutes with Allah (SWT),
he doesn’t have the discipline to stay on concentration. Why? Because his attitude approaching Salah
isn’t an attitude that I’m really benefitting, the attitude is I’m praying this because I
heard if you don’t pray this you’re gonna burn in hell one day
so I want to stay away from Hell. Ameer-ul-Momineen used to say there are three
types of worshipers. There is the one who worships you out of fear
of hell, that’s the worship of a slave. There is the one who worships you because
he wants heaven, that’s the worship of a businessman. then there’s the one who worships you because
even if there’s no heaven or hell he recognizes he becomes free through worshiping you. Notice therefore the Quran says, the
Quran said there are two types of people you see who when they approach Salah will never
achieve concentration. The first of them Do not approach Salah in a state of intoxication. Intoxication means what? We said that intoxication
could mean alcohol. Imam Nasai, used to state what? He used to say that ‘Abd al-Rahman ibn ‘Awf,
one day when he left Salah while in a state of intoxication the verse was revealed about
him, that do not approach Salah while you are drunk. Would you believe that some people say well
we are Muslims, we don’t drink In the Middle East, there are certain Arab countries where you’ll find certain Arabs will go out on a night of partying. He’ll party and he’ll party and he’ll party and
he’ll have enough drink. Then Masha’Allah he comes to pray salat al-fajr in the mosque. When he comes
to pray salat al-fajr in the mosque, you look at him and you say, “What are you doing in the mosque?” He replies by saying, “Well I’ve come to pray to Allah (SWT)”. You say to him “But you’ve come and the Quran says don’t approach in a state of intoxication.” Why not? Because
in a state of intoxication you’ll never be able to concentrate, will you? That intoxication
the Quran went a step further by saying Do not approach salah Don’t approach salah in a state of laziness. I find it ironic that there are people who
pray after work, not at work. You find that the Quran said don’t approach
Salah while you are lazy. Why? Because the first step in concentration
in Salah is your attitude, on a night like this, a man said when he was struck,
I have won by the Lord of the Kaaba. Do you know why? Because in the mahrab of
the war with Shaitan, Ali ibn Abi Talib won Many times when you know your killer is around
you can’t concentrate. Can you? So now you’ve got two enemies, Shaitaan and
Ibn Muljim, but if your attitude is a perfect attitude and you’ve mastered your disciplines
then you find that the son of Abu Talib when he’s struck, he says فزتُ. You know I’ve won.
You know they try to take my mind away with their behavior but I won because the only
time he could kill me is in the Salah. Therefore the first area is attitude, the second area
of concentration in Salah and a key development. Do I believe there are benefits in this Salah
for me or no? If you go to a Muslim today you ask whats the benefits of Salah? What do you benefit?
He says that I don’t know what I benefit in this thing I heard that it’s obligatory so
I do it. When you answer like that there’s no way you’ll concentrate, why? Because when
a human-being performs a task if he believes there’s a benefit psychologically, you’ll see
that he’ll make sure he performs it in the best of way. If he doesn’t see any benefits
behind the task, he doesn’t perform the task properly When a non-muslim asks you today
what’s the benefit behind Salah, you can’t simply reply by saying Allah ordered me to
pray salah, the main benefit, the first one behind salah was what? It builds humility in an otherwise arrogant
creation. This human being will never bow down to anyone. Never. If you ask a human put your head down
on the ground to anyone, he’ll say what? Who would you think you are? Me bowing before you. Allah needed something where the human being
remembered that one day he came from clay, and that there’ll be another day when he returns to clay. So it’s good for him to go down five times
a day and remember where he came from. The same man who died on this night used to
say, ‘Mankind you came from a drop of semen and you live as a piece of dust. You don’t
know when you came and you don’t know when you’re going. So why’d you walk around like
you know everything?’ You know sometimes the human has to chill out,
he has to calm down because some human beings you see him is like a peacock walking
on the earth. Peacock. You tell him excuse me calm down what’s wrong with you? You are
nothing on this Earth, nothing there’ll be a day when you can’t control even when the
Angel of Death comes, he’s is gonna take your soul away. Ameer-ul-Momineen used to say look at the
peacock, it’s the most insecure animal. Why? Arrogant people are always insecure about
something in their life. So what you find with the peacock, Imam in Nahj al-Balagha says, you see when a peacock stretches its feathers? It wants you to look at what?
It wants you to look at what? It wants you to look at its feathers because it’s insecure
about its skinny legs. The peacock has got such skinny legs, it doesn’t
want you to focus on them. So the peacock says, look at my colors, look at my colors, because
it’s insecure about its legs. Likewise, Salah was introduced, why? To bring humility into us. That when you approach the Salat al Zuhr, what you really want to think in your head
is, Ya Allah I want to pray because if it’s making me more humble and I know you
love the humble then Ya Allah allow me to pray more and more and more toward you. Our fourth Imam used to say, if you knew how much reward you are receiving while you’re in Sujood you’d never lift your head from
Sujood. Never. You’re in that ultimate level and the Arabs, as I said a couple of nights
ago, why did the Arabs not pray their Salah? The Arabs, when they didn’t join Islam, they
use to say Muhammad are you saying that our backside will be higher than our head? Because the arrogant creation will never accept his backside being higher than his head, whereas
really, the first benefit of salah to us as Muslims where we hold on to it and really
want to concentrate in it, is that number one it makes us humble human beings. Number two and the next step in concentration is that it teaches us the discipline of time, because
punctuality is the greatest and most important of attributes. All of us who work here know very well, without
punctuality, you cannot call yourself a human being. You will never survive in this world
without being punctual. So Allah (SWT) wanted to teach us you want to concentrate in this
prayer? The prayers have been set at times for the
Momins. Notice the Quran what does it say? It says if Salat al Duhar is at 1:15, don’t pray
it at 7:45. You’ll never concentrate properly. If Salah Al-Magrib is at 7:30, don’t pray
it at 11:45. You’ll never concentrate properly. The third essence to concentrating in Salah is test yourself by doing the following practical example. Draw a timetable at home and just stick
it on your fridge, if you want to. Sometimes we stick these things on our fridge. Stick
your timetable on a fridge, write down Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. Fajr, Duhar, Asr, Maghrib, Isha. Tick the boxes of how many
of them you prayed on time that week. Then you’ll notice why you’re lacking
concentration in Salah. Because there are some people, if they truly tick those boxes, will
find there’s not many times they tick any of them. Because Allah wanted to teach
us, if you can master praying on time and you have that much love for being punctual, on
time, then I’ll provide you with the light that allows you to remove shaitan’s waswasa in Salah. Notice, if I know I have an appointment with the creation whose life is in their hands, who my life is
in their hands, my wages are in their hands, my future is in their hands, they tell me
if you want a job at this place turn up at 9:45 in the morning, I’ll make sure that I’ve
turned up at that place at 9:30 in the morning. if I am willing to turn up on time for the
creation, then why am I not turning up on time for the Creator? How many of us, for the creation, when we have
a job interview make sure that we leave the house and get there on time. But when it comes to the Creator that is Allah (SWT) we are willing to postpone that meeting? Tell me my life is in the hands of the creation or the Creator? My Rizq is in the hands of the creation
or the Creator? My health is in the hands of the creation or the Creator? When Allah
(SWT) tells you, come to Me at this time, there is the secret behind it. What’s the secret? That, Oh mankind, understand,
the more you pray on time towards Me the more I look after your concentration within your
Salah. We the Shia, are the only school in Islam, who
when we come to the mosque our intention Maghrib, Isha finish. The Sunnah prayers were meant to be an appetizer
to get you in the energy for Salah. Before Fajr, you pray 2 Rakahs, before Duhar, 8 Rakahs,
before Asr, 8 Rakahs, after Maghrib, 4 Rakahs, after Isha, 4 Rakahs. They were meant to be
given to you as an energy booster before salah. Why did imam say 51 Rakah? We all in this hall pray 17. If you add the
nawafil and you add Namaz-e-Shab, Salatul Layl you’ll reach 51. I am surprised when a person says I’m a Shia,
don’t ever say you’re a Shia, say I’m trying to be a Shia. Maytham is a Shia, Qumbar is
a Shia, Hajjar is a Shia, Malik is a Shia, Muhammad ibn Abi Bakr is a Shia. These are
Shia. We are trying. Why? Because the appetizer before Salah, we are not willing
to even try doing it. Sayyid ul Khomeini in his book, on Salah, has a lovely line. May Allah bless his soul. Do you know what he used to say? He used to say, Oh brothers,
have you heard the hadith which states from Allah, hadith Qudsi, not a hadith of the Prophet,
hadith Qudsi, My servant seeks nearest to Me through the nawafil, until he attains my love
for him, I become the eyes by which he sees and the ears by which he hears and the mouth by
which he speaks. When he calls upon me, I answer him. When he asks me I give him. Notice that Allah (SWT) would say nothing is more beloved to me from
my servants than the nawafil. Allah doesn’t say the wajibat, no. The Nawafil. Why? Because if you can pray the Nafila before the main Salah and watch the difference in your Salah.
Before you begin at dinner, they tell you start off with starters, so you’ll enjoy the main
meal. Likewise, Allah knew with the human being, if I throw him straight into the Salah, there
is no way he’ll enjoy it. If I tell him to do the appetizer before then
he’ll be looking forward to the main one and that’s why the Prophet would be told by Allah(SWT) And from the nighttime pray a few extra rakah as a spiritual boost for you, so I will raise
you to the maqam Mahmud. Maqam Mahmud is the highest level Rasulullah could reach. Why would he reach it? Not because of his wajib salah but because he was willing to pray the
nawafil with the wajib. When Imam looked at that Shia and Shia said I am a Shia and I
pray five times a day, Imam said, you call yourself a Shia? The real Shia are the ones who pray
51 rakah’s a day. They pray 17, then they add the 11 for Salatul Layl, then they add the
rest for the nawafil, that is the Shia and the follower of Ale Muhammad. And I really
tell you, try praying the Nafila of fajr tonight just Fajr, two rakah’s before Salat Fajar When you do the Niyah, pray Nafila tul Fajr and see what happens. Pray two rakah before Fajr.
Then when you’re going to pray fajr your energy is so high already from salah that you’re
going to flow through salah tul Fajr. Try tomorrow, to do what? Try tomorrow to pray a 8 rakah before Duhar. Someone says what do you mean? One whole Salah of 8 rakah? No, 2, 2, 2, 2. Then you pray
Duhar, you’re already so energetic. Imam “Ameerul Momineen” was struck in his
Nafila, not in his wajib and that’s what made him win. If he was struck in his wajib, Ok, but do you know why he was struck in his
Nafila? Many times people say Abd al-Rahman ibn Muljam, how did he reach him? If there
are lines how does he get through the lines? It’s because there were no lines, everyone
was praying their Nafila before Fajr. Jamat was gonna begin and Imam Ali (AS), Allah made
him achieve his victory in his Nafila before fajr. it’s as if Imam Ali(AS) secret to his
greatness in Salah was not the wajib, was the fact that he was praying nawafil before he’d
pray the main salah. That’s why once you pray the nafila and you
then move into what? You then move in to the fact


  1. I can't pray at work…because I live in a non Muslim country and being Muslim is already stange and my job is in a school.
    I pray duhr and asr when I arrive home.
    Give me advice…

  2. 11:43 Such a simple yet hard-hitting statement! 😢
    O Lord! Please provide us the tawfeeq to offer our prayers on time. 🤲🏼

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  4. Ermm… :).
    Whatever happens, don't let go of My Hand – song/words of Michael Jackson but for me from/by Allah.

    From Abu Hurairah r.a. From Rasulullah sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam :

    “بَدَأَ الإِسْلاَمُ غَرِيبًا وَسَيَعُودُ كَمَا بَدَأَ غَرِيبًا فَطُوبَى لِلْغُرَبَاءِ”

    “Islam began as something strange and will revert to being strange as it began.”



    عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ ‏ "‏ بَادِرُوا بِالأَعْمَالِ فِتَنًا كَقِطَعِ اللَّيْلِ الْمُظْلِمِ يُصْبِحُ الرَّجُلُ مُؤْمِنًا وَيُمْسِي كَافِرًا أَوْ يُمْسِي مُؤْمِنًا وَيُصْبِحُ كَافِرًا يَبِيعُ دِينَهُ بِعَرَضٍ مِنَ الدُّنْيَا ‏"‏ ‏.‏

    It is narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) observed: Be prompt in doing good deeds (before you are overtaken) by turbulence which would be like a part of the dark night. During (that stormy period) a man would be a Muslim in the morning and an unbeliever in the evening or he would be a believer in the evening and an unbeliever in the morning, and would sell his faith for worldly goods.
    (Sahih Muslim, hadith number: 118).

    So… Standby Pahrol Mohd Juoi and Friends (Telaga Biru Sdn Bhd, Radio Ikim, TV HIJRAH, Prof Muhaya, ustaz Mohammad Amin, ext – The Malaysian group of Iluminati).


  5. I am just wondering. Allah swt has fixed 5 times prayer for us. Even Rasul sm said it's ok if I only say my fard. Making it 51 rakat is too much dont you think. Otherwise rasul sm could stick to the one given by Allah swt at the first time he gave 50 rakat. Excess of anything is bad, isn't it?

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