Solah. It is about solah. need full definition? i think most people know about it already. today i slept very very early, at about 9pm, got up at 3am, feeling so fresh, answered some of my frens postings in FB, one of them was complaining about not having the concentration during solah. cleaned myself, and performed my final formal obligation for today, my Isyak prayers. felt relief when everything is done and now i can do something else, which i consider also an ibadah, insyaALlah :)
i was called to write about solah, after watching one of my favorite YouTube Daie, Brother Fredrik aka Fady, on solah. recalling when i was very young, i was forced by my brother to perform my prayers. i still cant forget how he pulled my hair and dragged me to the bathroom to perform abolution (wuduk), and threatened to kill me if i didnt perform my prayers. i yelled at him telling that i prayed for him, not for God...as God would never hurt me if i didnt perform solah. i smiled thinking about that funny incident, 30 years ago. hmmm...that was the novice me, doing things without a complete understanding of the reasons and benefits behind all pillars.
why Allah instruct us to perform solah? why is it so important for Him to see us nod, put our face on the ground, stand still and bend and stand still again, just like a taichi exercise? why is it so difficult for some muslim, to perform their prayers and for businessmen who are busy doing retail businesses, for at least stop for a while to face Allah, formally? i have experienced all that. from school, university and working days...performing solah was considered very difficult to me, for i didnt understand why i must praise God who is 0 % affected by 'ignorant slaves' and their ignorance.
Alhamdulillah, when i discovered about the beauty of solah, i felt that i was a revert. everything seemed light, and i felt relief, fresh and happy every time i finished my solah. no one force me, no one threatened me, no one 'bribe' me like most mothers do in order to pursuade their kids to perform solah, this is my own free will to do what i feel, beneficial to me, my own good self.
want to know why? let me narrate by how i taught my children about solah. i told them that solah is a way to love and thank God for what we have been awarded, with health, wealth and etc. solah also a way to show that we are 'scared' of Him, not in the negative way, but in a way, we dont want to be burnt in fire, in Hell. so, this is how i told my children on why we should perform our solah... (below text wordings are not verbatim of course, but roughly that was how i got my kids listened to me)
Allah, doesnt need our praises, he is the AL mighty, the most powerful, He owns this world and our lives, AL Jalal, doesnt need us. but why He asked us to seek His help, to praise Him etc etc?
Why he wants us to love Him? Allah is the most loving, we see as if we are 'forced' to love Him, why is that so? again, Allah is the most loving, that is one important point. by loving Allah, He would do the same, and by having His love, we would get his Rahmah (sympathy) and by getting his sympathy, we might be chosen to enter jannah (paradise). it is for our own sake.
Why he wants us to thank Him? We feel that we are forced to thank Him, but actually, He wants us to be grateful. by being grateful, He would gives more, the more we thank Allah, the more rezk (in any form) would be given to us. we hardly notice that because we are used to take things for granted. we dont realize this, but this is what actually happen. the more we are thankful, the more benefits we got, in so many forms. again, it is for our own sake.
Why he wants us to be afraid of Him? performing solah, is another way to show that we abide His instructions to perform solah, due to the worries of being punished for not obeying His demand. punishment can come in many form, but the final one, is of course being burnt in fire, in Hell. this may seems scary, and some might think Islam is a religion of 'threatening' and black mailings....as if God 'favorite quote' is, 'i am the boss, if you dont do this and that, I will burn you in Hell'...CUT ! CUT ! CUT !....PLEASE remember, Allah is the most merciful, and He knows His creations are having so many variety of ways to be made understood. some can be advised, some can be 'attracted' by telling the rewards in the day after, and some must be warned and 'threatened' to abide to islamic rules and doings, thus the result of IGNORING the law must be made known.
Allah has nothing to lose. we are the one who would lose if we dont understand the reason behind the instructions to perform our solah. i told my kids, never to do things for anyone, except Allah, as He is the one who gives love and kindness to them, not even me, their mum, i am just the mediator, so be grateful to the real source. i also told them, not to be afraid of anyone nor any threatens but Allah's warnings, that to those who repel from following the guidelines given by Allah, would go to Hell. make a choice. gradually they would understand, that eventually, everything is for our own sake.
there are so many other things i wanna share about the beauty of solah and how solah has changed me, from being sad to happy, demotivated to motivated, idle to active, down to cheerful, broke to successful Alhamdulillah.....solah is beautiful, and for those people who learn aikido (philosophy), taichi, aura, etc etc...solah is the source of strength and energy. its hard to comprehend, if you dont get the 'feeling' of joyous from performing solah.
to do the righteous thing is seemingly difficult nowadays but to do the otherwise is a norm and even being 'blessed' by the disbelievers....as the quote says, 'forbidden is sweet'. for these people, i just hope that Allah would give His taufik and hidayah , may you find the right path before the end of the day.
for those who knows the hukum, and purposely disobey, i dont know what to say but i feel sorry for you, just think about it. for the 'stone hearted' and ignorant muslims out there, please watch this video clip :-