How should we pray when traveling

Recommended Prayers 

Protection Prayers

To be recited every morning:

1. Sura Al Ikhlas (3 times)

2. Sura Al Falak (1 time)

3. Sura Al Naas (1 time)

4. Fatiha ( Salawat + Sura Al Fatiha )

Fatiha and Protection Prayers

Traveling Prayers

To be recited before starting a journey:

1. Protection prayers (as above)

2. Think of the whole bus / plane / vehicle:
Ya Muqtadir Ya Qadir Ya Salaam (3 times)

3. Think of the machine of the vehicle:
Ya Qawi Ya Matin Ya Salaam (3 times)

4. Think of everything, the vehicle, you and all the passengers:
Ya Muhaymin Ya Hafiz Ya Salaam (3 times)

Thank Allah at the end of the journey.

Love, Peace and Togetherness for Goodness
Ya Wadud Ya Salaam Ya Jami Ya Nafi

 

 

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Sufism saves you from shirk

Allah does not have a partner. And Allah does not need a partner. Allah is Generous and He wants to be known. That is why He is sharing certain things with you and each one of you He is sharing different things in different magnitudes, in different angles. So that is how you are perceiving Allah one-to-one a unique way. Nobody else is understanding Allah like you do. So this is particular to you. And do not think that this is the only way because Allah is particular to somebody else in a different way. When you talk to him, he may give you a different angle. So do not say this is wrong. Say, Okay this is different. So Allah has bestowed somebody else with different kind of knowledge or different magnitude, that is His business. We cannot mind that. All we can mind is we. So if Allah shares something with us, do not attribute that power, wealth or whatever with that… So whatever is in the heavens and the earth and everything else belongs to Allah directly or indirectly, actually directly! But sometimes it seems indirectly. So if Allah has shared you life, His life with you, this is Allah’s life. If Allah shares some intelligence with you, this is Allah’s intelligence. If Allah shares some money, power, boys, girls, women, men, this with you, then it all belongs to Allah.

So, the most important thing is shirk and on the contrary of what they think about Sufism, they think we are doing shirk, we are not doing shirk. We are very adamant about NOT DOING SHIRK. That is why, you should say A’uzubillahi minash shaytanir rajim [I seek refuge in Allah from Satan, the outcast] or Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim [In the name of Allah, The One Who Acts with Mercy, The Source of Mercy] before doing anything. This is what I want you to do: when you wake up, before you start anything, say A’uzubillahi minash shaytanir rajim, Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim for your day. And start your day with Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim. Allah gave this Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim to save you from shirk. Because there, you are acknowledging that it is Allah’s powers and it is Allah, He actually is the Door and the Owner of Praise and Power is Allah. We are acknowledging that, then play our role as this person.

So Sufism is very keen on not doing shirk. That is why we have to keep cleaning ourselves so that we have to detach ourselves so we cannot, our nafs will not pop up some place and say,”I did it. I am doing it. I am better than you, better than her/him, whatever. I have more money. I have more power.” These are all shirk business. Yes, you may have more power than somebody else but actually it is amaanat: Temporary. Allah, it is all Allah’s power, He can take it anytime He wishes.

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Divorce your nafs

What we teach is how to object your nafs, your ego, so you can see what the system is. I mean, you cannot feel and see the system but your emotions, your nafs, your ego is blocking you. It is dominating you. As long as your nafs is dominating you, as long as you are a slave to your nafs, then you are not free. When you are not free, you cannot see, or do, what the universe is asking from you. So you have to divorce your nafs, your ego. Layer by layer. Divide and conquer. You have to divide into seven pieces, and then take them one by one. That is how you do it. If you open a total war, you lose it because at this time, your nafs is stronger because you think that is you. When you come to the realization that hey, that is not you, that is the animal in you. That is your horse. Then you will win.

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EXISTENCE IS PERMANENT

 

Your existence has always been and will always be, because Allah exists all the time and He will always exist. How can you exist without His existence? So what is Allah doing? Look at electricity. It can be light or it can go into running a refrigerator. What determines what it will become? The form it is subjected to determines this. Allah is energy. When energy is subjected to one type of machine it becomes Light, when subjected to another machine it becomes radio. Did electricity exist before or not? Is it going to exist later? Energy will always exist.

In the Olympics there is a torch. They light it and run and then they light another light. Is it the same light, the same fire? Yes. Your body, every cell in your body, has lived or been carried from the beginning of time or before. Adam and Eve, everything they did and from then on is imprinted, so your cells are conscious of the past. What is not conscious of the past is your brain, or at least it thinks it is not. Now the question is, is it or is it not? Did your brain exist before? If it did exist, you do not remember. But still your body remembers. Your soul remembers. Your consciousness of today – your thinking now – does not remember because it did not exist before. Think about it. Why am I saying this? So what happened before?

Your Ruh remembers everything. The brain that stands for you now does not remember because it did not exist like this before. It will exist like this afterwards. Every cell in your body existed before, or at least its imprint. This is like going to Turkey and seeing that they are still driving ‘56 Chevys. They get the car repaired so many times that everything is changed, but the image is still there.
The chemical makeup of cells, every atom, was created at the beginning. So actually, everything you have is billions of years old.

When we say the Prophet (pbuh) is the beginning of the creation, we cannot comprehend it. [Publisher’s note regarding the same subject: a reference to Allah in the Qur’an (6:103) No vision can comprehend, attain or overtake Him, but He comprehends and overtakes all vision. He is Al Latif [The Subtle One], Al Khabir [The All-Aware One].] But this is not a concept; it is a Reality, in other words, it is the Truth (Haqq). Wake up. How does Allah make a tree? Allah is Hayy (Living). He can start life, well not start it, it is already there. Say the first Big Bang is the beginning; that is where you get Muhammad’s Nur (Light of Muhammad).

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PRAYER WITH MINDFULNESS / BEING CONSCIOUS :

PRAYER WITH MINDFULNESS :

I explained Aqam al Salat. Some translate it as worship. We translate it as prayer, especially prayer of your heart. Prayer of your heart is very important. Establish the prayer when you’re eating. Establish the prayer when you’re sleeping. Establish the prayer whatever you’re doing.
Establish the formal prayer, which we call Namaz. Allah said this to all the nations. Establish the prayer does not just mean you have to establish Namaz, which means going up and down. Establish the prayer means all of that, and especially Zikr. Some people say Sufism is Bid’ah. First of all, Sufism is not Bid’ah. Second, our Prophet (pbuh) himself established Zikr for everybody. Zikr of Sufism is special to those people who want Allah’s Zat. Zikr of Sufism is designed to clean your nafs. This is what the Prophet (pbuh) established. After each prayer, you say Subhanallah 33 times, Alhamdulillah 33 times, and Allahu Akbar 33 times. Allah said: “When you are talking about the Quran, you start with Bismillah er Rahman er Rahim”. Then He added, “Euzu billahi minesh shaytan irrajim, Bismillah er Rahman er Rahim !

BE CONSCIOUS :

What I am trying to do is to bring you to the consciousness of your actions and your acceptance and the belief so that you do not do actions blindly. You have to be conscious of what you are doing and acknowledge the importance of being conscious of what you are doing. Allah created us as Allah’s Khalifas against shaytan’s objections, against the objections of the angels. So we owe Allah a lot. Allah chose us. And in return, we should choose Allah. That is why we say, “Bismillah er Rahman er Rahim. Euzu billahi minesh shaytan irrajim”, which means “I take refuge in Allah from the outcast/stoned shaytan, and in the Name of Allah, the Owner of Compassion and Who Acts with Compassion and Mercy.” What does this mean? It means that whatever you are doing will be in the Name of Allah. So that is a reminder to you that you are connected, you are representing Allah, and not to do anything that Allah is not pleased with. I also suggest you start each morning when you wake up by saying this: Euzu billahi minesh shaytan irrajim, Bismillah er Rahman er Rahim !

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IDENTIFYING NAFS (EGO) :

When you are watching, when you are a watcher, you identify the sign or the answer or the direction. That’s the biggest thing- identification. “Is this a message from ALLAH?” Confusion and doubt can come in. “Is this from my nafs or is this from Allah?” Did you know it two minutes before? How do you know it now? If your nafs knew this, it would have told you a long time ago.

Your nafs is selfish. Your nafs only wants to be the boss, he wants to be powerful, he wants to be respected, but not to give respect. He wants people to be generous to him, but he doesn’t want to be generous to anybody. He is selfish, egotistical, self-indulgent- all these things. He wants to dominate. All this is nafs. When you are not sharing, this is all from nafs. All good things come from Allah. You have to distinguish the good from the bad.

First you have to know what’s good and what’s bad, then you’ll know if it’s your nafs or its Allah. That’s why there are rules of right and wrong. If there’s something you want that’s against the rules of Allah, then it’s your nafs. It is hard to accept this. You can go around it, rationalize it all you want, still it’s your nafs. But is all your nafs bad? I’m not saying it is. Allah wants you to take care of your nafs too, but within these limits. Your nafs is in your body. You want to eat. Yes, you have to eat, but not too much because it’s not good for your body.

That’s why there are the correct criteria of right and wrong, so that you can stay in the path on good terms with Allah. That’s how you know you are on good terms, by these rules and regulations. Although we oppose them a lot, still we need these rules and regulations.

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