Sunday, August 10, 2014

Fundamentals of Salat in the Quran verses the Hadith

The basic foundation of the salat in the Quran is to worship God and God alone. We worship God by making the following in our salat:
Remembrance of Him
"Verily, I am Allah: There is no god but I: So serve thou Me (only), and establish regular prayer for celebrating My praise. (Surah 20:14)
Magnify Him
Say: "Praise be to Allah, who begets no son, and has no partner in (His) dominion: Nor (needs) He any to protect Him from humiliation: yea, magnify Him for His greatness and glory!"
Praise Him
And during part of the night, (also,) celebrate His praises, and (so likewise) after the postures of adoration. (Surah 50:40)
Be constant in prayer and ask provision
Enjoin prayer on thy people, and be constant therein. We ask thee not to provide sustenance: We provide it for thee. But the (fruit of) the Hereafter is for righteousness. (Surah 20:132)
Glorify and Commemorate His Names
And glorify the name of their Guardian-Lord, and (lift their hearts) in prayer.
Seek help with patience
O ye who believe! Seek help with patient perseverance and prayer; for Allah is with those who patiently persevere. (Surah 2:153)
And in no wise covet those things in which Allah Hath bestowed His gifts More freely on some of you than on others: To men is allotted what they earn, and to women what they earn: But ask Allah of His bounty. For Allah hath full knowledge of all things. (Surah 4:32)
Most important salat is to worship God alone and the places of worship is for God alone
This is a pledged that we have made when we say:
"Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice, my life and my death, are (all) for Allah, the Cherisher of the Worlds: (Surah 6:162)
"And the places of worship are for Allah (alone): So invoke not any one along with Allah; (Surah 72:18)
All these supplication and praise to glorify Him can be found in the Quran to make our salat complete and meaningful. In spite of these fundamentals which were brought by our Muhammad the Messenger of Allah (Pbuh) in the Quran, the hadith pundits falsify some of these fundamentals and in the process contaminated the basic fundamental of genuine salat practiced by the Messenger of Allah.
The most intriguing and preposterous schemes that they did were imposing the following falsehoods which contradict to the worship of God alone in our salat, this is with regard to the utterance of the “tashahhud” in the salat which when read give the following meanings:
All greetings belong to Allah, all righteousness is due to Allah. All the best prayers are for the sake of Allah. Peace, mercy and blessing of Allah be upon you, O Prophet, may peace be upon us and on the devout slaves of Allah. I testify that there is no god but Allah and I testify that Muhammad is his messenger. O God, send your mercy on Muhammad and his family as you send your mercy on Abraham and his family. O God, send your blessings on Muhammad and his family as you have blessed Abraham and his family. You are the Most praised, the Most Glorious.
In the above “tashahhud” there are several falsehoods that can be observed:
When one says “Peace, mercy and blessing of Allah be upon you, O Prophet!” This means one is immortalizing the Prophet to be at par with the Living God. The Prophet has long been dead and for those who do not accept this incurred God’s displeasure as He said:
Muhammad is no more than a messenger: many were the messenger that passed away before him. If he died or were slain, will ye then turn back on your heels? If any did turn back on his heels, not the least harm will he do to Allah; but Allah (on the other hand) will swiftly reward those who (serve Him) with gratitude. (Surah 3:144)
The other fabrication in the “tashahhud” is testifying or bearing witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of God. Only Allah bear witness that Muhammad is His messenger so those who bear witness according to Allah are liars:
When the Hypocrites come to thee, they say, "We bear witness that thou art indeed the Messenger of Allah." Yea, Allah knoweth that thou art indeed His Messenger, and Allah beareth witness that the Hypocrites are indeed liars. (Surah 63:1)
The other falsehood in the “tashahhud” is that God had blessed Abraham and his family. It is wrong to say that God had send His blessing to all the families of Abraham as the father a family member was never blessed by God as shown by the following verse:
 It is not fitting, for the Prophet and those who believe, that they should pray for forgiveness for Pagans, even though they were of kin, after it is clear to them that they are companions of the Fire.  And Abraham prayed for his father's forgiveness only because of a promise he had made to him. But when it became clear to him that he was an enemy to Allah, he dissociated himself from him: for Abraham was most tender-hearted, forbearing. (Surah 9:113-114)
Thus for those who are not yet hooked to the hadith they can eliminate the “tashahhud” by replacing with  verses of the Quran which praise and glorify Allah, a good one is the “Ayatul Kursi” at Surah 2:255.

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