Friday, 13 August 2010

Of Standing during Takbir

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

The following is from the teachings of Shaykh Muhammad Nazhim Adil al-Haqqani (q.s.) on 6th August, 2010.

When we mention the Holy Name of Allah Almighty, we should stand up.  It is good manners that we must try to keep at least once.  When a person begins praying swalah, the first fardh obligation is takbir, the exclamation of ‘Allahu Akbar.’  It is not acceptable to do it when we are sitting.  Takbir is to say, “Allahu Akbar,” but servanthood is to do what we have been Ordered to do.  When we come to pray and we are sitting, we must stand up to say, “Allahu Akbar!”  When we are sitting, it is not acceptable to do so.  It is disrespectful.

In swalah, it is obligatory, and out of swalah, it is still obligatory.  But shari`ah makes that a little bit lighter because people are lazy.  They may run after dunya like dogs running after rabbits.  They are not tired of running after dunya, but they are tired when they are asked to say, “Allahu Akbar.”  We must try to give our highest respect for our Lord and our Creator Who Says:

O ye who believe!  Bow down, prostrate yourselves, and adore your Lord; and do good; that ye may prosper. (Surah al-Hajj:77)

We ask our Lord to Forgive us and Send us someone to teach us the best manners, the best adab.  We must not be drunk.  There is a saying amongst the ahl at-taswawwuf, the people of thariqa’: A murid is a son of his time, who observes what is coming.  And when we are people of time, we try to keep the Divine Protocols, Tashrifat, of our Lord.  At all times, a murid must be awakened, in muraqabah, always aware and seeking tajalli, Divine manifestations, so he may reach it.  A murid waits as a cat before mice.  As much as one may try to distract it, it never looks away from its potential food.

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