It is informed in a Quranic verse that prayer is dhikr (the Divine Ceremony of Remembering God). How can prayer be dhikr?
Dhikrul-lah means remembering and commemorating. The Noble Quran calls prayer, which is the most comprehensive form of worshipping to God. A believer who prays to God commemorates God. In fact, he chants prayers so as to remember God. This dhikr commences with ritual ablution. Those who get ready to pray to God as the holy Prophet Muhammad instructed and taught invocate and commemorate God.
When they turn towards Kaaba (The cube-shaped stone building whose foundations were built by the angels and completed by Prophet Ibrahim and his son, the Prophet Ismael, peace be on them, in Mecca. It was rebuilt with the help of Prophet Muhammad, may God bless him and grant him peace. It is the focal point towards which all Muslims face when praying.), they remember God as well. Intention and takbir, [saying "Allahu Akbar" ("God is the Greatest"). This is said when beginning the Salat and when changing from one position to another during Salat (prayers)> are already dhikrul-lah. Mentioning and remembering God through tasbihat [reciting the following: "Subhanallah" ("Glory be to God") 33 times, "Allahamdu Lillah" ("Praise be to God") - 33 times, and "Allahu Akbar" ("God is gratest") - 33 times followed by the Shahadatain once, after the end of each obligatory prayer.>, offering thanks to God for His benevolence, and affirming the oneness of God is also a kind of dhikrul-lah. A believer who prays to God thinks over the meanings of the suwar (chapters of the Holy Quran. Literally, mean "a form. There are 114 Suwar in the Holy Quran. Singular: surah) that he recites, too. His hearth and mind put various moods on according to the surah that (s)he recites.
Dhikrul-lah is present in prayers, depending on recitation. Dhikrul-lah exists in prayers, yet it is based on tafakkur (reflection; meditation), fear of God, hope, and friendly chat and affection.
A human being consists of a body (flesh) and a soul. Just like a human being, the world is merely composed of seen things (real and materialistic things) and aalimul gaybs (things that we cannot see, feel, smell etc; things beyond senses), which means that there are seen and unseen worlds. Since the source material from which human beings are made from is derived from this transitory world, the dhikrul-lah that human beings perform represents the dhikrul-lah of the universe.
All the sounds and noises in the world such as thunder, lightening, rustling, chirp etc. are a sort of reading and reciting. They make us aware that all these sounds and voices are the gifts of God. We participate in this dhikrul-lah by reading suwar or ayat (verses) during prayers, and we even get better at performing dhikrul-lah when compared with other kinds of dhikrul-lah, in that way.
- How is Prayer (salah) performed? Will you please explain orderly with photographs?
- What does dhikr mean?
- Can a person who cannot memorize any verses from the Quran due to an illness perform prayers by saying "Allahu akbar" only?
- What are the dhikrs that the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) made?
- What are the praises snd supplications recited after the preyers (salat)?
- What is the wisdom behind the tasbihat words "subhanallah", "alhamdulillah" and "Allahu akbar" being said 33 times? Is it important to pay attention to this number?
- How can we know whether Allah (SWT) is pleased with us?
- Will you give information about the duas (supplications) and tasbihat (glorifications) read in prayer (salah) and thawabs given for them?
- Are there any supplications (duas) to be said before or after Tahajjud prayer?
- Is it sin to sleep by lying face down? What are the manners of sleeping?