HOW TO PERFORM PRAYER
Stand on a clean place, facing the Kaba in Mecca (northeast from US and Canada) and intend to perform the prayer. An example of how to make intention for the morning prayer is "I now intend to pray the morning obligatory prayer, facing the Kaba, praying to Allah". The intention for prayer could be in any language, but the actual prayer should be performed in Arabicwhich appears difficult at first, but insha'Allah you will gradually you'll learn it through practice, insha Allah. Practice reciting with another Muslim for proper pronounciation, or using any of the interactive tools available from any islamic bookstore. Youcan also perform a search on the internet for sounds and other manuals on how to perform your prayers.
Following is a description on how toperform the morning prayer. It consists of two units and each unit is called a Rakah:
One enters the prayer by raising hands up to the ears and saying "Allahu Akbar" (Allah is Great) as seen in the picture to the right.
Then lower your hands and place the right hand over the left one about the navel.
Then recite in a low voice:
"Subhanakalla-humma wabihamdik, wa tabarakas-muka, wa ta'ala jadduk, wa La Illaha Ghayruk". meaning 'Glory be to You, O Allah, and Yours is the praise and blessed is your Name, and exalted is Your Majesty, and there is no god besides You'.
"Audhu billahi minash shaytanir rajeem"
meaning 'I seek refuge of Allah from the condemned Satan'.
Then recite the Opening Chapter of theQuran (Sura Fatiha) .
" Bismillahir rahmanir raheem. Al-Hamdu lillahi Rabbil Aalamiin. Ar-Rahmanir Rahiim. Maaliki yawmid-diin. Iyyaaka nàbudu wa iyyaaka nasta in. Ihdinas Siraatal Mustaqiim - siraatal-ladhiina an amtaalayhim-gayril-magdhuubi-alayhim-waladdaaalliin"
meaning 'In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer ofthe Worlds. Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Master of the Day of Judgement. You alone we worship, and Your aid alone we seek. Show us the straight way. The way of those on whom You have bestowed Your grace, those whose portion is not wrath and who go not astray.
Then read any portion of the Quran. Example, recite Chapter 112 (Sura Ikhlas)
" Bismillahir rahmanir raheem. Qulhu-wallaahu Ahad, Allaahus Samad. Lam yalid, wa lam yuulad. walam yakulla huu kufuwan ahad."
meaning 'Say: He is Allah, the One. Allah the Eternal, Absolute. He begets not, nor is He begotten. And there is none like unto Him'
meaning 'Allah is Great'
Then bow down, bending your head and back straight at a right angle, while putting bothhands on the knees. This position is called Ruku, and in this position recite three times:
"Subhana Rabbiy al-Adeem"
meaning 'Glory to my Lord the Great'
Then return to the standing position while saying
"Sami alahu Liman Hamidah, Rabbana Lakal Hamd"
meaning 'Allah accepts any who are thankful to Him; Our Lord, praise be to You. When saying this thehands remain on the sides.
Then say "Allahu Akbar" and prostrate yourself with toes of both feet, both knees, both hands and the forehead and nose touching the ground. This position is called Sujud. Recite three times:
"Subhana Rabbiy al- Ala"
meaning 'Glory to my Lord, the Most High'.
Return to the sitting position while saying "Allahu Akbar" and after abrief pause prostrate once more saying:
"Allahu Akbar". Recite :
"Subhana Rabbiy al-Ala" three times while in prostration.
Then stand upright again saying "Allahu Akbar". This completes one unit or one Rakah.
While standing in the second unit (Rakah) again recite Sura Fatiha and some other verses from the Quran, bowing, prostrating and repeating what you did and said during...
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