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Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Turning of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)

Anis Ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with) stated, "If the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) shook a mans hand he would not take his hand away until they took their hand; he would turn away from someone until they turned away and I did not see him forward his knees infront of me, when sat with him." (Ibn Majah 3816, Ibn Saad At-Tabaqat 1/387)

His turning was not partial it was with his whole being. One of the reasons that this was so great was because he was able to direct himself powerfully in prayer to his Lord. He did not just turn his body he turned his mind, his soul and his heart towards Allah (mighty and majestic) in complete devotion.

How amazing would this be to witness this, even just once? How would it make you feel if you saw him and wanted to speak to him (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) then he turned to you? All his beauty would be manifest and you would see the most beautiful creation of Allah (mighty and majestic). This was part of his character (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), part of his being. When he talked to people he turn his whole being towards them. Isn't amazing that each one of the companions all thought they were his favourite person.

How many of us talk to people and do not face them? Or turn to them halfway or just turn our heads? How many of us shake hands with each other but our faces and bodies are facing a totally different direction? I can only understood what a positive effect the shaking hands of someone can have when one of my Arab friends shook mine. He turned to me, looked me in the eyes, greeted and asked how about my condition. He is a simple man but the way he greeted me left me pondering.

This is with people what about our turning toward Allah (mighty and majestic)? We have our bodies directed to the Qibla (prayer direction) but where are our hearts, our minds and our souls? Are we engrossed with worldly matters? What am I going to be eating, doing, saying or what I shall do with whom.

Our souls are busy with desires that are like plays being performed in our hearts. Are we actually present in the prayer? It is rude to be speaking to someone and to turn away from them and how many of us do this in prayer? Is this not turning away, in the prayer, a greater sin? How many of us are us are making dua’ or supplication and are looking around us at other people. Is my friend here?

We need to direct ourselves in prayer correctly. Stop for a moment before praying then direct your whole being then begin your prayer. According to hadith the first pillar of Islam that would be destoryed would be khusha'/ being aware in the prayer and the last was the prayer itself.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is a teacher and this is something we must try to emulate, being present in our prayer.

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