Sunday, January 02, 2005

Rush to Prayer! Rush to Success!

hayyaa 'alas-salaa(ti) hayyaa 'alas-salaa
hayyaa 'alal-falaah(i) hayyaa 'alal-falaah

Rush to prayer! Rush to prayer!
Rush to success! Rush to success!

Adhan is the most beloved reminds us our meeting with our Lord: "Rush to prayer! Rush to success!"

Why is success mentioned in the call for prayer? What is success? Who is successful? If we listen to this sentence five times a day with full attention, don't you think that our concepts of life will turn upside down? Those concepts which are so very much attached to success in the worldy goals! Then why do we not listen to it in full attention? Why do we not think properly? What is it which makes our ears deaf, which makes our hearts hardened like stones?

Can the reason be that we are so used to precious things?...that we take them for granted? We just don't appreciate them unless and until we lose them, do we?

How sad! We just don't appreciate anything rightly.

Our Protected Book mentions the identity of the successful ones. Just like in the Surat al-Mu'minuun:

qad aflahal-mu-minuun(a)
1. Successful indeed are the believers

Yes, indeed...the believers have succeeded...those who say "My Lord is Allah" have succeeded. Not the riches, not those with so many degrees...but those who have faith in Allah have succeeded. So then, we are already too late to trash our methodical process of reasoning which is so based on short-term and materialistic goals. For indeed, we have Quran in our hands which is here to rebuild and reconstruct our minds.

Actually, if we think just a little bit, we will immediately notice that Allah has bestowed five senses, intelliegence and feelings on man. Allah provided man with perfect capabilities with which he can perceive both himself and the world.

"Eye is to see beyond the mountain,
Mind is to know what is to happen."

But then again, there are some questions that man cannot answer using his capabilities. Those questions which are related to his very life. Those questions of "Why?"...that are repeated and repeated...or questions like "Where did I come from and where do I go to?" One would simply go crazy thinking of these questions if there was no divine revelation. Our Lord has bestowed the answers of these questions on us, our Lord has talked to us and He sent down the Quran.

What if He had not bestowed on us? What would we do?

Then, we better turn to Him and adjust our process of reasoning according to His Will. We better turn to Him and regard the world only for the sake of His consent. As a matter of fact if we correct our minds first, our actions will get to be corrected, too.

So then, the fundamental question to be asked while reconstructing our minds is:

"What is it to be successful? What is it to be unsuccessful?"

One can never give the answer to this question using his capabilities...the answer is in the Divine Revelation: "To be successful is to be believer."

Now knowing the answer to this question, one spends his whole life for the sake of that "success" he desires for. All his actions and deeds are now only to achieve that goal. Actually, the concept of "success" is so very different for a person who has belief in the Day of Judgement and for one who has no belief whatsoever. If it were not different, then there would be a serious problem; don't you think?

Congratulations believers!

allazeena hum fee salaatihim khashi'uun(a)
2. Those who offer their salat with all solemnity and full submissiveness

So then, the key to "success" is salat...therefore these two are together and next to each other in adhan. Salat leads to success.

waallazeena hum 'anil-lagwi mu'riduun(a)
3. Those who turn away from what is vain

"Vain" is explained in general as "vain talk and vain deeds". Actually, Islamic scholars consider vain talk as one of the calamities for the tongue:

"If you have something precious to say, then say it so that the others can take a lesson from it. If you don't have anything valuable to say, then be quiet so that the others may think that you are an educated and a humble man."

Verily, our Lord did not bestowe this mind, intelligence, and soul on us so that we use them in vain. If we use them in vain, it would definitely mean that we foremost betray ourselves.

wallazeena hum liz-zakaati faa'iluun(a)
4. Those who pay the zakat

wallazeena hum lifuruujihim haafizuun(a)
5. Those who guard their chastity

We all get born as human beings but we become a true and righteous man with our deeds. And righteous men do guard their chastity.

As a matter of fact, the greed of man can be appeased only by a handful of earth in the grave. Then why being a slave of our desires, greeds, and ambitions!

wallazeena hum liamaanaatihim wa'ahdihim raa'uun(a)
8. Those who faithfully observe their trusts and their covenants

What a beatiful ayat...observing the trusts and the a raa'uun (shepherd). This reminds the following hadith which is also about the trusts:

kullukum raa'un wakullukum mas-uulun 'an ra'iyyih
Each of you is a shepherd and each of you is responsible for his flock. (Bukhari, Jumu'a, 10; Muslim, Imara, 20)

The flock in this hadith is explained generally as the household, children, slaves, and employees. But who is the flock of a single worker? He should have some flock, too, since in the hadith it says "Each of you". So then, we can interpret this hadith in two ways: First, we have our body for which we are responsible.

Another way of interpretation is as follows: We should consider this ayat and hadith together and ask ourselves "What is the wisdom behind it, that the same word raa'uun (shepherd) is used in both of them?" So then the trusts which are entrusted to us and the covenants that we make belong to the flock for which we are responsible, too.

wallazeena hum 'alaa salawaatihim yuhaafizuun(a)
9. Those who strictly guard their prayers

Salat is mentioned again...interesting.

Further congratulations to the believers who perform their salats!

ulaaika humul-waarisuun(a)
10. These are indeed the inheritors

Inheritors of what? Here comes the answer right away:

allazeena yarisuunal-firdaws(a)
11. They shall inherit the Firdaws (Paradise)

hum feehaa khaaliduun
They shall dwell therein forever.

The test is big...Best of success to everyone!


Anonymous Nabila said...

good work

12:59 PM  

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