This inspirational treatise elucidates the inner meaning of worship and prayer in Islam. The author illuminates the spiritual significance of the various aspects of prayer, veiling the body, time and place of prayer, glorification of God, submission and collective prayer.
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O loved one, the principles of religion lie in discipline and effort. After cognition of the holy principles of Islam, the first duty is prayer, wherein what has been cognized of these principles is applied. Prayer is the reality of proper conduct for the believer, and it is necessary for the transformation of the carnal soul into the Divine Soul so that it may be worthy of receiving the Almighty's blessing.
The importance and grandeur of prayer is of such magnitude that prayer is called the pillar of religion, and in reality it is the mark of Islam and of faith. ...
The word "salat" (prayer) literally means "call," and to perform it is to seek closeness to God.
Therefore, the true call must be with the acceptance of God, which means that it must be at His will. The true and complete prayer is to call and to desire God, and to recognize one's own self and desires as inconsequential in the presence of the Lord, a nd one's self as ephemeral and God as eternal. This is the meaning of true prayer; hence man's own will has no part in the reality of prayer.
A God who is worshipped for the sake of worldly fulfillments is not great. For this reason the believers in Islam are unanimous in agreeing that any intention other than seeking closeness to God nullifies the meaning of prayer.Review:
Sufism is the heart of Islam, and the heart is the source of light and warmth. Certainly, the treatise of Molana Shah Maghsoud admirably embodies these qualities of Sufism and will give to its readers spiritual life and warmth. -- Mahmoud M. Ayoub, Ph.D., Professor of Islamic Studies, Temple University, 1997
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Descripción M T O Shahmaghsoudi, 1997. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110910735735
Descripción M T O Shahmaghsoudi, 1997. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería 0910735735
Descripción M T O Shahmaghsoudi. PAPERBACK. Estado de conservación: New. 0910735735 New Condition. Nº de ref. de la librería NEW6.0607816