Chapter 5 – On Regular Devotion

Time is a precious commodity, once spent, never to return.  We must use this effectively to avoid being losers, by doing good

[see Surah al-Asr].

Doing one Wird (ritual worship) often or occasionally is not enough and we should strive for Awrad (regular devotion at set times without over-stepping the mark).  At the same time, zealously performing many acts of worship for two days and doing little worship for the next two weeks will have little positive effect.  Long-term impact is analogous to drops of water eventually being able to bore a hole through a boulder (erosion); as opposed to one large bucket of water being thrown on the boulder once, doing little to it other than making it wet.

Variation in Wird helps to fight shaitaan as it helps to fight boredom and becoming weary.  Types of Wird, are not limited to dhikr, but include being helpful at your house, visiting the ill, maintaining relations with relatives, etc.

Performing Awrad regularly means; perseverance, repetition and performance at allocated times.  This if done as prescribed inshallah will increase blessing in your lives.

The Messenger of Allah, may blessings and peace be upon him has said:

`The acts most pleasing to Allah are the most constant, even if few`

The best Awrad is that of supererogatory prayers, Quran recitation, acquisition of knowledge, invocations and reflection.  Shaykh Zubair said that we shouldn’t be content at aiming to pray the 5 daily prescribed prayers but we should aim to praying the Sunnah accompanying the daily prayers i.e. those before the fardh and those after.  This should be our aim, even if we fall short.

Additional prayers should not be at the expense of prescribed Sunnah prayers, but rather are in addition to it; such as Duha (Mid-morning prayer) and Tahajjud (Night prayer).  The merits of Night prayer are many to enumerate; it should be noted by the reader; not doing it is at your loss as said by our beloved messenger of Allah; at the last third of the night Allah calls on his servants, seeking those who wished to be sought to give to them and it is our loss if at this time we don’t seek.  It was mentioned by the Shaykh that we should train ourselves to get up at some point in the last third of the night, even if we can’t pray we should sit up in our beds and make duah and if we can’t do that at least lie there and make duah.  Allah is waiting for our requests, we need just to ask.

There are certain times we need to take benefit from; before fajr, after fajr, before maghrib and the time between maghrib and isha.  The blessings during these times are well establish from the people of action.

Upon personal reflection; seeing my mother the previous morning was a reminder of many other mornings; of her getting up performing Tahjud, waiting for Fajr, reciting Quran and making dhikr on the Tasbih. This is despite her age and illnesses making it challenging for her. My siblings and I are beneficiaries of what she has done and does. I personally know I need to do more, especially in this day and age to help my children as well as confer gratitude to her by having her share in my good deeds (inshallah).

Salman Maqbool 20.10.2017

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