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Ibaadah and Levels of Love

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Imaam Ibn Taymiyyah

Excerpted from 'Al-`Uboodeeyah' [The Essay of Worship]


Al-'Ibaadah which we are commanded to perform includes the meaning of humility and love, it contains extreme humility before Allah (SWT) together with the extreme love for Him (AWJ). The uppermost level of love is the extreme adoration (Tatayum) and its lowermost level is the interest, because the heart is first interested in the beloved. After the interest comes the affection, then the love, and finally the extreme adoration. In Arabic "Taym-u-Allah" (the adorer of Allah) is used to mean "Abd-u-Allah" (the worshiper of Allah) because the adorer is the one who yields completely to his lover.



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Prayer is the most important practice of a Muslim after accepting Allah as one and the Prophet as His messenger prayer is the link between Allah and His servant. And that is the only way through which a person can talk to Allah, as narrated in the sayings of the Prophet (may peace and blessings of Allah be unto him): - Let he who wants Allah to talk to him read the Qur'an, and he who wants to talk to Allah should pray. Whenever the Prophet (may peace and blessings of Allah be unto him) is disturbed, he immediately goes to pray. And his wife (Aisha) said: -


Abandoning Prayer (Salaat)

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A Major sin in Islam

Allaah Most High says :

Then there has succeeded them a generation which has given up prayers (i.e, made their praycrs to be lost, either by not offering them at all or by not offering them perfectly or by not offering them in their proper fixed times, etc.) and have followed lusts. So they will be thrown in Hell. Except those who repent and believe in the Oneness of Allaah and His Messenger (), and act righteously. [Maryam, 19:59-60]

And He (T) said (which means): Woe unto those performers of prayers (hypocrites) who are unmindful of their prayers (i.e., delay their prayer from its stated fixed time). [Al-Maa'oon, 107:4-5]


How to cure a sick heart

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There are three different types of hearts.

  1. The sound heart: that is free from bad deeds a heart that loves Allah, fear Allah and serves Allah.
  2. The dead heart: The heart that doesn't know his Lord, and do not worship his Lord. And it is filled with luxury and the anger of Allah.
  3. The sick heart: he is not dead but has some problems: he is in between good and bad.

There are causes to the above-mentioned situations: one should know that, Allah had created every part of the body for a particular purpose. So when that part falls sick, it seizes to function properly. E.g. when the eye is sick, seeing becomes difficult.



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By his eminence shaykh Abdul Aziz Ben Abdullah Ben Baz:

In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful

It was narrated by Al Bukhari that prophet Mohammed (May peace and blessings of Allah be unto him) had said:

“Perform your prayers in the same manner you had seen me doing.” Therefore, here is the explanation for the Prophet's manner of prayer:

1. To perform completely the ablution, adopting the method commanded by Allah in the Qur'an: “O ye who believe, when ye prepare for prayer, wash your faces and your hands (and arms) to the elbows, rub your feet to the ankles.” (5:6)

The prophet (May peace and blessings of Allah be unto him) said: “Prayer without ablution is invalid


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Those who reject Faith and do wrong,- Allah will not forgive them nor guide them to any way- 4:168

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