Wisdom behind straightening the rows in Salaah

imagesThe heart cells are unique in the way that they are the only cells in the body to pulsate (beat rhythmically). If a single heart cell is placed on a slide under a microscope, it will beat for a short while, but will soon lose its rhythm. If two cells are placed on a slide at a far distance, they will also die after a short time of beating without rhythm. However, if two heart cells are put close together on a slide, surprisingly they start beating in synchrony and do not die. The reason the two cells beat in synchrony is because when cells in the heart pulsate in unity, they produce electrical energy, which forms an electromagnetic field. When the two heart cells synchronize, they strengthen each other and start to beat in unity. This phenomenon can be observed at a macroscopic level as well. When people are in close proximity in a room, their hearts start to beat with the same rhythm. Even their breathing pattern synchronizes. If we ponder over this above-mentioned research, we understand the wisdom behind the stressed-upon commandment of the Prophet of Allah, Muhammad (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) who instructed his followers to straighten the rows in the congregational Salaah (prayers). Some narrations follow below wherein the importance of straightening the rows is emphasized:

1. Narrated from Anas ibn Malik (Radiyallahu Anhu) that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) said: “Straighten your rows, for straightening the rows is part of perfecting Salaah (prayer).” (Bukhari)

2. Narrated from Ibn Mas’ood (Radiyallahu Anhu) that Allah’s Messenger (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) used to touch our shoulders when we were praying and he would say “Make the rows straight and do not differ, lest your hearts differ.” (Muslim)

3. Narrated that Nu’maan bin Basheer (Radiyallahu Anhu) said: “The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam) used to straighten our rows as if he was straightening the shaft of an arrow, until he saw that we had learned it. Then he came out one day and was about to say the Takbeer, when he noticed a man whose chest was sticking out of the row. He said: “Slaves of Allah! Make your rows straight or Allah will cause discord among you.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

The heart generates a very strong electromagnetic field that can be measured with special instruments from a distance of up to ten feet away. When people are in close proximity, the electromagnetic energy produced by their hearts is exchanged between them and this energy can be detected by sensitive instruments. The hearts also generate waves when they beat and this means that all the hearts start to be affected by the waves generated by the strongest heart (that of the leader, etc.) and start to beat in the same rhythm as the strongest heart.

When Muslims are praying behind one Imam (leader) and they straighten their rows, as a result their hearts become synchronized. Their hearts beat in unity and thus their hearts are strengthened. It is also for this reason that the power of joint worship is recognized in Islam.

The old adage which states that UNITY IS STRENGTH, is always true and the behaviour of the heart cells beating in unity testifies to this fact. The Khalif, Umar ibn Al Khattab (Radiyallahu Anhu) said: “There is no Islam without a Jama’ah (congregation) and there is no congregation without a leadership.”

Adapted from the book ‘Human Heart: Blood Pump or Source of Intellect?’ By Dr. Gohar Mushtaq. 


The man who wanted to divorce his wife – 3 Sunnah deeds upon entering the home.

images (68)Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad (May Almighty Allah elevate him) narrated the following story: “A man once came to me and said: ‘Hazrat, I’m tired of my wife, I want to divorce her, we are always quarrelling with each other.’ I asked him why, He said: ‘I have lots of problems with her which causes a lot of problems in my life. I said: “I think you are missing out something important in your daily life which is causing you to have these problems. I have the remedy.” He said: “Hazrat please tell me”, He seemed to be very disappointed. I told him to make a promise that whatever I will tell you, you will do it. He agreed and made this promise. I then asked him: “When you come from your business, do you enter into your house according to the Sunnah?” He said: “No, I don’t know.” I asked him: “When you enter your home, do you read the Du’aa that the Prophet (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) had taught us?” He replied in the negative. I said: “If you don’t read it, Shaytaan enters with you into your house, but if you read the Du’aa as taught by Rasoolullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) Shyataan is not allowed to enter with you.” This was the first point. Then I asked him: “When you enter into your house do you greet your family with ‘Assalaamu Alaykum’?” He again replied in the negative. I then continued to the third and main point: Sayyidah Aaisha Siddiqah (Radiyallaahu Anha) narrated that whenever The Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) used to enter his house he used to enter with a cheerful, smiling face. So I asked this man: “Do you come into your home with a smiling face?” He said: “NO, NEVER.” I said to him that this is the basic problem. When the man acted on these Sunnah’s both him and his wife had a successful life further. Enter your home with a cheerful face. If you have worries of your business keep them outside.

The Sunnah way is the best way to live in this world.

Those persons who are not living according to the Shariah, do not ask about the condition of their lives. They are living difficult lives. When we deviate from the way of Sunnah it will create problems for us. If we live our lives according to the Shariah (laws of Islaam) and the Sunnah (way of Prophet Muhammed Sallalahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) we will live a beautiful, successful and happy life.

The above is from a lecture of Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad DB titled: Life is a preparation. Download from tasawwuf.org 

Ulema-e-Deoband and Love for the Sunnah

ithmid Bottle jpegOur Akaabir Ulema of Deoband were Aashiq’ (lovers) of the Sunnah. It is narrated about Hazrat Moulana Rasheed Ahmad Gangohi (Rahmatullah Alayh) that towards the end of his life, due to a cataract he lost his eyesight. During this time, Hazrat would consistently apply surma to his eyes. Generally it is understood that surma is applied to strengthen the sight. A man remarked, “Hazrat, your sight is gone, yet you apply surma!?” He replied: “I do not apply it with the niyyah (intention) of strengthening the sight, I apply it following the Sunnah of My beloved Nabi (Sallalahu alayhi Wa Sallam)”

(From an Urdu lecture: ISHQ-E-NABI-AWR AZMAT-E-SAHABA by Shaykh Zulfiqar Ahmad Naqshbandi _May Allah Ta’aala elevate him)