“If you engage in an act of worship, such as prayers and recitation of the Qur’an; failing to find therein a collective heart or reflective mind, then know [take heed] that you are accompanied with an inner sickness like pride, self absorption or something comparable.”
Ibn ‘Atallah al-Askandari
Al-Hawi li Tahdib al-Nufus Pg. 3
Translated by Suhaib Webb
SubhanAllah…Jazaakum Allahu khayran.
Imam Suhaib, would it be possible to post the Arabic?
Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,
Jazak Allah khair.
Imam Suhaib, do you know the authenticity of the famous conversation between Imam Ibn Ata’Allah and Imam Ibn Taymiyyah? I found it to be a beautiful example of the etiquette of debate but wasnt sure if it was just a hypothetical piece or a true narration recorded by those present.
What is the scholarly opinion/advice if a person feels sad, and they do pray, read Quran (perhaps not enough) and do try to learn about the deen but they can’t get rid of this sad feeling? Is that an inner sickness?
Jazak Allah Khayr Brother
Is that from the Hikam?
One of the biggest problems that youth face, myself included, is being able to reflect on the ayahs being recited during Salah. Scholars have said to know and understand the meaning of the verses recited. However, one of the problems I have during Salah is when I read it in Arabic. When I read the Arabic of the Surah, it is hard for me to reflect on what the Surah means because I am reading it in Arabic, and I don’t know Arabic. I’ve tried to read it in Arabic, then recite the meaning, but it kind of takes too long, plus, I enjoy reading it in Arabic. Also, going back, English to Arabic disturbs the flow of the Salah. In addition, I know this sounds bad, but when you are in school, you only have 15 minutes to pray salah, and sometimes, I have things to do like homework or teachers to see or other students who are part of the Jam’aah have hw to do or just can’t stand to stand that long in salah. Even for me, sometimes, it is hard to stand in Salah for 10-15 minutes, and that is just for the Fard salah. I want to stand for a long time, but I can’t because of life and because of my own weaknesses.
So my questions are:
1). How do we reflect on the things that we are saying during Salah? Language barrier is the problem here. Am I better off reading it in English? Can I read it in English?
2). How do we manage our time in Salah? Because we are supposed to enjoy and spend time in Salah, but in the world we live in when time is constantly moving, how do we balance our timing in Salah to meet our spiritual and everyday timely needs?
Please forgive me if I sound confused. I am not good at explaining things at all. But if you (Imam Suhaib Webb) or anyone can answer this, that would be greatly appreciated.
A Lowly Servant
Can you please explain the quote? JazakAllahu Khair.