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Re: Coping without Salat
« Reply #40 on: January 21, 2012, 10:05:55 AM »
Have you ever meditated?

Did you meditate when you were 14? And yes I tried to meditate but nothing happened.
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Re: Coping without Salat
« Reply #41 on: January 21, 2012, 01:14:28 PM »
Did you meditate when you were 14? And yes I tried to meditate but nothing happened.

Shalom Aleikhom,

Same here, meditation does absolutely nothing to me. What does something for me is to be alone for a while (like a day or something). I try to think about everything that I know, question myself, think deeper, do some thought experiments, argue back and forth with myself. All that combined with my study of the universe (everything that I study) actually helps me be a better person. For me, being alone for a while does the trick, otherwise, at the presence of other people, its extremely difficult to think without their influence affecting the final result.

Meditation may work for some, but not for me.

Probably, what I do is another form of meditation, afterall the rules for meditating did not come down from above and is not engraved on stones.

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Re: Coping without Salat
« Reply #42 on: January 24, 2012, 03:25:51 AM »
salam alaykum,

 i find it hard to accept salat as an assembly - May God guide us

 Salat is one of the tennents to worshipping God - reason i say this is that throughout the Quran the theme ( so to say is always) Iman - Belief, Salat - Ptayer and Zakat - Charity.
these are  the three most prominent instructions for us looking to attain righteousness with God.

salat is one which is passed down from abraham - he was asked to perform salat - going by translation, as was moses, as was solomon, as was JEsus as was Mohammed.

Belief in God as always been about God - going by the first commandments given to moses - worshipping God alone
 - i start with moses because we do not have the teachings of Abraham in any  format to companr it with.
Salat is about contact with God - remembering God, praise God etc to starve away evil deeds and to strenghten out hearts
Zakat is about giving back -


 it is interesting that early jews do bow and prostrate - based on what i have read  from this post - some still do - but it makes sence to me that bowing and prostrating is a central theme in salat.
bowing is a sign of subservience to God  - bowing before the one who created you.

if salat is an assembly - what is the role of ablution? wash your face, arms to elbow etc - i read the issue of the knees to the ankle? but salat involves purification - this is the precoursor to  begining it - the intention more like.

the timings of salat are given in the Quran - 3 is all i can find myself  ( though i practice 5 at present till it becomes clearr to me)- based on what i read and what i accept - some say its 5 and some say its 2 - basically who cares - afterall its God that we are directing salat to - God knows afterall who is best guided on his path and who is devoting the salat to him.

but really it is intersting if salat is an assemble - and going by the erson who started this thread of salat/assemble - how does one perform the assemble -  he has indicated salat wusta as the most important assembly -  out of how many other asselblies?

 what do we then make of the verses 24:58 - will is still be an assembly for dawn(fajr) assembly and night/evening(isha) assembly?

Occams razor - Everything is in the Scripture - it just requires God to open our eyes to the best understanding for us. Worshipping God alone is the most important trait devoting all to God and God alone.  Uniformity in practices i dont think is too much a big deal as we each have to race towards righteousness -  it is the soul trying to connect with its creator - Worry about your own neck and leave the rest to God.when  anyone starts giving complicated roundbaout, twisted explanations to something - that should be so clear and simple - then there is something wrong somewhere - worshipping God is easy - Man just wants something complicated -  he cannot fathom the ease at which God has given us directives to worship Him - so he makes it complicated by adding and compounding and making more difficult to understand for some -  "Man says in order to understand God words you have to be an intellectual with a PHD or whatever to understand the many spins that man himself has put on it" but really worshipping god is easy - JUST WORK RIGHTEOUSNESS - BELIEVE IN GOD - and TRUST IN GOD ALONE - SURELY WITH THAT YOU CANNOT FAIL.
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Re: Coping without Salat
« Reply #43 on: January 24, 2012, 04:41:20 AM »
Assembly isn't the only definition besides prayer.
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Re: Coping without Salat
« Reply #44 on: January 25, 2012, 09:39:20 AM »
Peace Cow (I feel awful calling you this eventhough it's your name.  Where I come from it's rude to call someone this),

It is so refreshing to find someone actually understands my point exactly and is willing to debate in a constructive, intelligent manner.
And your questions are mine too.  Were Salat to mean assembly what would it look like if we were to "establish" the assembly however many times per day.  And who would be leading it?  The idea of salat meaning assembly does appeal to me and does make sense as a concept, but surely this would change the face of what we know as prayer completely.  It seems it would involve groups of us meeting, perhaps having a specific topic/problem to consider.  We would all turn up clear-headed, knowing that this salat has been planned in advance (so we wouldn't have gone out drinking alcohol).  There would be some folk present, who are very knowledgeable about the Koran and we would all speak in lowered tones to be respectful to each other.  Of course,  we would have all done wudu as stated in the Koran.
This is all perfectly good to me, but would we be having these meetings/assemblies 2,3 or 5 times a day?  Or does establish simply mean that we know that when our society has a problem there is an established forum with which to deal with it and a specific lawbook sanctioned by God?
I am rambling, but my rambles contain the core of my rumintions.
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Re: Coping without Salat
« Reply #45 on: January 25, 2012, 11:04:33 AM »
salam dawn,
 like i said - (however awful my coordination of typing/speaking was)
i  dont think salat is an assembly -  "as in metting/gathering of people to discuss society problems/issues"
the themes of prostrating and bowing - ruku and sujud are to strong to ignore.

An assembly for me rekindles images of a meeting - where people fo to sort out issues  or talk about issues - where is the remembering God there... i guess all depends on the translation and context in which they are used.

yes salat is a meeting but  i see it as a meeting to worship God - its is about remembering God and praising God.

 i would not fathom to think that so many people have been doing the wrong thing( if there is such a thing as wrong - its all a matter of interpretation) all these years..

for me - Salat is contact - it is worship - to  and for our creator -  this is trying to find a common link btwn all abrahamic religions - starting from judaism>>christainity>>Islam - the central theme to these - after  reading some torah, gospel and Quran is that Salat is enjoined on us all ( see surah 98:5 and 2:3).

 and from history Salat has been known as worship that involves bowing and prostrating.

If salat were an assembly as in  meeting -  gathering of people them i would be asking myself

where would we hold such a meeting
how does one reconcile the issue of Qiblah (2:142-145)
how  does one incorporate the ruku and sujud - (2:43)
 how do we reconcile Fajr and isha and wusta salat - what time range will we hold them
how long will this meeting last for (4:103)
how will we reconcile the tone (17:110 and 17:111)
why do we need to purify ourselved before it - ablution - wash face/arms/wipe head/wipe feet


 but then again another viewpoint is that - Salat could very well be translated as assembly - but the context of assembly is what needs to be clarified.For me  i will agree that salat can be an assembly before the creator - whether in singular person or in group.
 so by my reasoning - assembly, worship, contact -  for me are all acceptable  views of Salat - but noting that  they will involve some form of genuflection,  its main purpose is to remember God(worship God, call out to God, praise God)

Salam
PS: dont worry about da  cow bit -it is a nickname from yonkers ago.

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Re: Coping without Salat
« Reply #46 on: January 26, 2012, 09:56:54 AM »
Peace Cow,

The problem I see with accepting that we get our format of salat from Abraham is that it requires applying a double standard.

How can we insist that the example of Muhammad be taken from within the Quran, yet allow the example of Abraham to be taken from outside the Quran?

Imraan

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Re: Coping without Salat
« Reply #47 on: January 26, 2012, 02:28:17 PM »
Peace Icelostnowfound,

So what Abraham did must be found in the Koran?  Is that a possible solution? 

Dawn.

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Re: Coping without Salat
« Reply #48 on: January 27, 2012, 05:27:51 PM »
Peace Cow,

The problem I see with accepting that we get our format of salat from Abraham is that it requires applying a double standard.

How can we insist that the example of Muhammad be taken from within the Quran, yet allow the example of Abraham to be taken from outside the Quran?

Imraan

 Salam Imran -
 i am not sure i understand  your thoughts
how is the example of abraham be taken from outside the Quran? -

 could is be when i wrote " from history salat has been known to involve bowing and prstrating" - Well  my reasning is that, apart from history , it is also in the Quran.

For me  the religion/practices of Muhammed is as the Religion and Practice of Abraham - One God, Salat, Zakat - all being the central theme. Abraham is the same to me as Muhammed as the same as Jesus, as the same as Solomon as is Moses etc.

Maybe i am off mark but see  22:78

For me - the prayer Salat - ( in this sense i mean with genuflection) is the same = from the time of Abraham  right down to Mohammed.
- see 2:125 and see 22:26.

Dawn - the above verses( to me) imply that abraham  did  bow and prostrate -

 alaykum salam
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Re: Coping without Salat
« Reply #49 on: January 29, 2012, 01:19:52 AM »
Peace Dawn and Cow,

What I am saying is that if we are saying that the format of our salat is seen as a certain number of rakats involving a certain number of bowings, prostrations, etc. and if this is based on the example of Abraham, we should apply the same standard regarding Abraham as we do regarding Muhammad. That is, if we cannot accept those things outside of Quran as being truth without doubt regarding Muhammad, why should we do so regarding Abraham.

Cow, it makes no difference whether we view Muhammad, Abraham, etc. as the same. Once we apply different standards we apply a double standard. I'm aware of 22:78, but the same principal applies.

Imraan