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Essentials of Submission (Islam) by Rashad Khalifa – Transcript

Announcer:

  • Important Clarification about this video titled “Essentials of Submission (Islam)”, by Rashad Khalifa, Ph.D.
  • In this video, Dr. Rashad Khalifa mentions that the Obligatory Charity (Zakat), is given once a year, calculated on the net worth of your possessions.
  • However, Dr. Rashad Khalifa later confirmed and preached that the correct method of Zakat as per Quran (6:141), is to give it on the day you receive income (the Day of Harvest), calculated on your net income.

(The text in this transcript has been edited to match this change. And references to the Dawn Contact Prayer in the video have also been corrected within this transcript. Other edits include the removal of repetitive words, such as: “”la”, means “no”, “la”, means “no””. – Ahmad Wehbe).

Video Intro:

  • What is Islam?
  • Essentials of Islam
  • Your host – Rashad Khalifa
  • Photographer – Kathleen Clarke

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem – in the name of God, most Gracious, most Merciful.
  • Islam actually began with the first man, the first human being; Adam. He was the first messenger of God, he brought to his children and grandchildren the message of worshiping God alone, and this is Islam, submitting to God – worshiping God alone.
  • A series of messenger after Adam brought the same message; worship God alone. The first commandment in the Bible, the message of Moses, the message of Jesus, the messages of all the prophets of Israel:David, Solomon, and so on, is one and the same – the first commandment; worship God alone, with all your heart, and your body, all your soul. Worship God alone, the Quran states very clearly that the religion as far as God is concerned, is Islam (submission) – there is only one religion as far as God is concerned.
  • If you want to me be more specific, the original prophet of Islam is Abraham, because he brought all the religious practices in Islam. And we see this throughout the Quran, for example; sura twenty-one (21); verse seventy-three (73), tells us that Abraham was the original source – of course God is the original source for everything, but Abraham delivered to us the Salat prayer; the Contact Prayers, and the Zakat charity, this is in verse seventy-three (73); sura twenty-one (21). And we see this also with the fasting, the Hajj pilgrimage.
  • All the practices of Islam came to us through the prophet Abraham, the prophet Muhammad contributed the message, the scripture of Islam, which is the Quran.


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  • God created the universe, and created the human race, and out of his mercy he sent messengers, and books to tell us about Him. All these messengers, and all the books that God sent to us; preached one and the same religion. The first messenger was Adam himself; the father of all humanity.
  • After him came messengers like: Noah, Jesus, Moses, Muhammad. Muhammad was the last prophet, bringing the last scripture; the Quran. And in the Quran we find everything we need: all the duties, obligations, commandments, prohibitions in Islam. Quran is the final scripture, it is the completion of the message. Because the previous scriptures where suited for that stage of human development. The Quran came to complete the picture, and now we have the final – the complete religion; Islam (submission).
  • The Quran is all you need – in fact, because the Quran said that the Quran is complete, perfect and fully detailed, if you go to any other source, you will be disobeying God, and disobeying the messenger of God Muhammad, who brought this Quran out of his mouth – God brought to us the Quran out of Muhammad’s mouth. And you would be disobeying God and disobeying Muhammad if you follow any other sources besides the Quran.
  • And specifically I mean sources like Hadith, Sunnah, and all the other books and things that the traditions and the customs invented. If you go to any source other than the Quran you will be disobeying God, because clearly God says in sura number six (6); verse hundred and fourteen (114) for example, that the Quran is fully detailed, you don’t need anything else. God says in verse nineteen (19); of sura number six (6), that the Quran is what was given to Muhammad to deliver to the world, and it is the only source for religious guidance, and religious education.
  • The Quran tells us exactly what the essentials of Islam are, and they are, very quickly – I am going into details later on – number one; to believe in God alone, you have no other idols, you are devoted to God alone. And this is represented by the shahada, the first so called pillar of Islam – let us go along with that idea – the first pillar of Islam is the shahada, and the shadaha is stated in the Quran in sura number three (3); verse eighty-one (81) – excuse me, it is verse eighteen (18) – sura three (3); verse eighteen (18), it says; “shahadu allahu”; means “God bears witness” – “annahu la elaha ella hu”; that “there is no God except He”. And also the angels, and those who posses knowledge will make this shahada, which is; “la elaha ella Allah” (لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله), or “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah”, this is the first pillar in Islam. Sura number three (3); verse number eighteen (18). The shahada, the first pillar of Islam is “la elaha ella Allah” (لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله). If you want to make it complete, then you say; “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah”; “I bear witness that there is no god except allah, the one God”.
  • Now don’t add anything else. Some people who imitate old inventions and old traditions will say: “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah” and then they make another shahada, that Muhammad is a messenger of God – we know Muhammad is messenger of God, but if you inject this in the shahada, this ruins ruin everything, because now you don’t have God alone, you put an idol – Muhammad – next to God. And this is by the way a very strong prohibition in the Quran, that you put any other name beside the name of allah, the name of God. We find this in sura number thirty-nine (39); verse forty-five (45), you must say – you must devote yourself to God alone, you do not idolize Muhammad and put him next to God. This would be going against God and against Muhammad. So the first pillar of Islam is, shahada; “la elaha ella Allah” (لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله).


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  • So the first pillar of Islam is shahada; “la elaha ella Allah” (لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا ٱلله).
  • The second  pillar is observing five (5) Contact Prayers every day. This is the food for your soul, this is a favor that God is doing for you. You are not doing it for God. And the five Contact Prayers begin before sunrise, you must get up before sunrise in order to feed your soul, give your soul breakfast. Your body will be lazy and will wont want to get out of bed before sunrise, but for your sake, get out of bed before sunrise and do the Dawn Contact Prayer, whereby you contact your creator and feed your soul.
  • The second Contact Prayer – by the way, the details of the Contact Prayers are given on another video tape that we call Principles of Muslim prayers, so be sure you order that tape and see how the Contact Prayers are performed, the correct way, not the traditional innovations that we see in the Muslim world. The second Contact Prayer is the Noon Contact Prayer, and it begins as soon as the sun declines from the highest spot in the sky, that is the Noon Contact Prayer, consists of four (4) units, the Dawn Contact Prayer is two (2) units, the Noon Contact Prayer is four (4) units.
  • The Afternoon Contact Prayer is done about three (3) to four (4) hours after the Noon Contact Prayer – in the mid-afternoon.
  • And the fourth Contact Prayer is the Sunset Contact Prayer – or al-maghrib, and it is done immediately after sunset.
  • And the final Contact Prayer – the Night Contact Prayer – must be done about two (2) hours after sunset.
  • So these are the five (5) Contact Prayers, and they represent the second pillar of Islam.


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  • The third pillar of Islam is fasting, in Arabic; “siyām” (صِيَام). God commands us to fast during one month of the year. And it is the ninth (9th) month of the lunar calendar. Now I am smiling because there is a tremendous test in this system, where the lunar year is shorter than the solar year, and this makes the month of Ramadan move about ten (10) to fifteen (15) days every year, so it comes in the winter sometimes when the days are nice and short and fasting very easy. And moves to the summer where the days are very long, sixteen (16) hours or more sometimes, and the day is hot, and you can’t eat or drink during this long period, and a lot of people will drop out, they will not fast, even though nobody dies by not eating or drinking for twenty-four (24) hours. But some people will drop out, and you can see that the system is designed to show who will fast, and will obey God’s commandment no matter how long the day is. This changing of the day – from short and cold, to long and hot days – will show us who are the dropouts, who will fast only if the day is short, and nice and cold.
  • So this is the third pillar of Islam – fasting during the month of Ramadan (رمضان), the ninth (9th) month of the Islamic calendar.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:14:31).


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  • As you see, the fasting of Ramadan is also designed to tame the wild horse, your body. See – your body wants to eat and drink, and you the real person or the soul dictates on the body saying; “no you are not going to eat or drink until sunset”. Because the fasting consists of not eating, or drinking, or engaging in intercourse – sexual intercourse, from dawn to sunset. Dawn means about two hours before sunrise, to sunset. No eating, no drinking, no sex. And this is control of your wild horse, you are taming the wild horse, your body. And you can see that God is training you, is teaching you to be a person of strong will. And preparing you for the eternal life of the hereafter; the real life. Of course in the real life that comes after this life – God wants the people who are strong, who practice and exercise, and know how to control themselves – I mean their bodies. This also cause your soul to feed, grow, and develop.


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  • The fourth pillar of Islam is charity, in Arabic; “Zakat”. There is a Obligatory Charity, where you sit down and you calculate exactly what you possess – what your possessions are, and you give away a portion, a fixed portion of your net worth. You do this once a year, you pick out a specific day in the year: the last day of Ramadan, the first day of Ramadan, or the first day of January, one day – one fixed day of the year. And you sit down on that day and you calculate how much you are worth, this means you add up the market value of your house, your car, your clothes, anything that you posses. If you sell it all today; how much will it be worth, the fair market value, not the new – the price of the new thing, no, the present market value of everything you possess. And then you give away two and half percent (2.5%) of that. See it is a small percentage, and you do it once a year.

Transcript pauses:

(You do this on the net worth of every source of income. For example, if you receive a royalty check for $100 on Monday, you give 2.5% off of that, which is $2,5. Or if you know you will be getting a paycheck next week, then you can wait. Then you calculate the total net income of this period and give 2.5% off of that. Let’s say you decided to wait until your paycheck comes in, and it is $1000. Take the $100 royalty from Monday and add it to your $1000 paycheck, then you calculate the net of those (before taxes), and you pay 2.5% off of that. So let’s say the $100 and the $1000 are the net values, we add them and get a total net value of $1100. We then take 2.5% off of that, which gives us $27.5. You then pay $27.5 as the Obligatory Charity. – Ahmad Wehbe).

Transcript continues:

  • And it goes to specific people – the Quran lists them in this priority, first (1st) your parents, if your parents are rich – and these are the recipients of your charity – if your parents are rich, the second (2nd) in the list are your relatives, you give this two and a half percent (2.5%) you give it to your relatives, if they are all rich, then you find some orphans, people who do not have support – parental support; a father support or something, and you give this charity to them. After the orphans, you give to the alien; somebody who is travelling and is stranded and doesn’t have the money for the bus fare to go to his home town. So the order of the Quran is: the parents, the relatives, the orphans, the travelling alien, the poor, the beggars and so on. So there is as a specific order for giving these charities.
  • However, there is also a general charity called “sadaqah” (صدقة), and this is a on the spot charity – you are walking in the street and you see a poor person and you want to help, then you help that person, and this is called “sadaqah”, or charity. You are supposed to be charitable the whole year, all the time, you must be charitable, but the Zakat is the Obligatory Charity, where you give it to someone you personally know, you personally know that this fellow is poor and needs help, and you give your two and a half percent (2.5%) to these people that you personally know. You cannot consider the taxes for example as Zakat charity. Because you do not know where the taxes will go, they can go to fix the street or something, or to the army or something.
  • But the idea behind Zakat is that you give it to the people that you personally know are in need. And the Quran as I said, lists the parents first, the relatives, your own relatives – your own, you start with your own people, then you go to other strangers, in that order.


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  • The fifth pillar of Islam is Hajj pilgrimage to the holy land in Mecca. And this is only of course for the people who can afford it. When you can afford it, you go to Mecca and you observe Hajj.
  • And this is commemoration of the prophet Abraham – not the man. not the man Abraham, but his exemplary submission to God. He thought, he saw a dream one time and he thought that God was commanding him to sacrifice his only son Ishmael, and he proceeded to carry out this command even though God did not order him to do it – he just thought in a dream that God was ordering him to do it. But he was willing to sacrifice his own son in submission to God, and of course God intervened to save Ishmael and Abraham from this tragedy. And God substituted a sheep to be scarified instead of Ishmael, and this is what you do when you go to Hajj.
  • And Hajj consists of arriving in Mecca dressed only in a untailored clothes, just a sheet or something, and seamless shoes or sandals – seamless clothes and seamless sandals. Women dress in a regular dress that is simple, so you cannot tell the rich from the poor.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:22:09).

  • To observe Hajj, you go to Mecca (مكة) dressed in seamless clothes and seamless sandals – this is for the men. The women dress modestly in regular modest dress; all white dress for example, so you cannot tell the rich from the poor.
  • You get to Mecca, and you go around the Ka’bah (ٱلْـكَـعْـبَـة) in Mecca seven (7) times.
  • Then you go between Safā (الصّفا) and Marwah (المروة) – the knolls of Safā and Marwah seven (7) times.
  • Then you go to Arafat – mount Arafat (جبل عرفات), and you stand there the whole day, which is the tenth (10th) day of the twelfth (12th); the last month in the Islamic calendar – the tenth day of the Hijr. You spend that whole day on mount Arafat commemorating God, worshiping and praying.
  • And then you go to Mina – it is a little town near Mecca – you go to Mina for two (2) or three (3) days. Then you go back to the Ka’bah, and go around it seven times, which is called the farewell circumvention around the Ka’bah. And this is it.
  • Now, my advice to you is never to go to Medina (المدينة), because people go to Medina and they ruin their Hajj, they go to the prophet Muhammad’s tomb – mausoleum – and they idolize the prophet, and this ruins everything. It ruins the whole religion not just Hajj.
  • So Hajj must be only in Mecca where you go around the Ka’bah seven (7) times – between Safā and Marwah seven (7) times – you go to Arafat for one (1) day – and to Mina for two (2) or three (3) days, and this is it. These are specific steps that are mentioned in the Quran, And by the way all these duties in Islam came to us through the prophet Abraham. If you look at Abraham – sura number twenty-two (22), the last verse number seventy-eight (78), you will see that Abraham is the source – the father of Islam, and the father of Muslims. And if you look at sura number sixteen (16) verse hundred and twenty-three (123), you see that the prophet Muhammad followed the religion of Abraham. Islam is the religion of Abraham, he is the founder of Islam, and all the duties of Islam came from Ibrahim, not the prophet Muhammad.
  • Muhammad brought the Quran, God brought the Quran through Muhammad. So, this is why some people become confused when you tell them that God says that the Quran is complete, perfect and fully detailed. Because some of the old traditionalists will say: “okay, where is number of raka’at for the noon prayer in the Quran?”, see they forget that the contact prayers, the fasting of Ramadan, the Zakat charity, and the Hajj pilgrimage – all these duties came to us from Abraham, and the Quran says so. If you look at sura twenty-one (21), verse twenty-three (73); it tells you that Abraham started the Salat and the Zakat. And in sura twenty-two (22) – entitled Hajj – you will see that Abraham is the source of Hajj and so on.
  • The Quran says clearly that all duties and obligations came to us through the prophet Abraham. And tells us in sura twenty-two (22), verse seventy-eight (78); that this is the religion of Abraham. The prophet Muhammad simply contributed the Quran. And the Quran is God’s words that came through Muhammad. So watch for this point and don’t let any one trick you into thinking that the Quran is not complete. The most important principle in Islam is; God alone. You must be devoted to God alone, you do not idolize the prophet Muhammad like the Christians did with the prophet Jesus. You devote yourself completely to God alone, and you follow the word of God alone; the Quran alone. No other sources, if you do, you nullify all your work as we see in sura thirty-nine (39), where God says; “if you fall in idol worship, all your works are nullified”, you might do the Salat, the Zakat charity , the Hajj, the fasting and it will be all in vain, unless you are devoted to God alone. And you declare your shahada; “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah”. This is it. So these are the basic essentials of Islam.


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  • The prohibitions are also important, there are four (4) meats that you cannot eat, for example – and these are:
  • Number one (1): animals that die of themselves, without human interference.
  • Number two (2): pork, the meat of pigs.
  • Number three (3): running blood – running blood that you can put in a glass and cook or drink.
  • Number four (4): animals dedicated to other than God – that are specifically dedicated to Muhammad, or Jesus, or Ali, or somebody.
  • These are forbidden. So if you to the market – you go to the Safeway market for example (Safeway is an American supermarket chain), and you look at the meat. If you want to know if it is halal; permitted, or haram; prohibited – you ask yourself these four (4) questions:
  • 1: Is this meat pork? – the answer is no,
  • 2: Did these animals die of themselves without human interference? – the answer is no,
  • 3: Is this running blood? – the answer is no,
  • 4: Was this meat dedicated to Jesus, or to anyone else, or Saint Francis? – the answer is no,
  • Therefore this is meat is halal, it is okay, you can eat it. If you make it haram (forbidden) – if you prohibit it then you are following some other religion, you are not a Muslim when you do that. So it is very important to follow specifically what the Quran prohibits, if you prohibit anything else – some people go to funny lengths, like prohibiting soaps, and brushes, and shoes, and things like that – and of course this is a religion that is not Islam; that has nothing to do with Islam.


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  • Now some people are fascinated by Hajj pilgrimage, and they just want to do it right away. You know – they are fascinated by the exotic country you know; Saudi Arabia, the trip and all that. But my advice to you is to perfect your religion first. Believe me, it is not a very pleasant trip, the million and a half (1.5) or two (2) million people making pilgrimage, and it is an exacting trial – instead of an enjoyment – you’re not going as a tourist. It is a difficult process, and some people may become disillusioned when they go too early, before the faith is strong enough. So be sure to perfect your religion first and then make the Hajj pilgrimage.


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  • Another thing to guard against with regard to Hajj, is that some people go and do the Hajj pilgrimage – like I said before their faith is strong enough, and they come back buffed up and thinking – “you know; I’m perfect now”, “you know; I’m cool”, “and nobody is like me, I did Hajj you know” – and they – it goes to their head, and they become – it brings the reverse result, they become worse Muslims than better Muslims. So you want to do Hajj pilgrimage after you perfect your religion, and this must make you humble, more humble. And I remember proverb that says; “don’t be humble; you are not that great”.


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  • Observing the Hajj pilgrimage is very easy, all you do is get ready financially, and with your vacations, and everything. Then you travel to Saudi Arabia; Jeddah (جدة). As soon as you land there, they will assign a guide called; “Mutawwif” (مطوف), to you. And the Mutawwif gives assistance – will tell you exactly what to do. But the main thing is that you memorize the statement; “Labbayka Allāhumma Labbyak”, means; “my Lord I respond to Your call” – “Labbayka Lā Shareeka Laka Labbayk”; “I respond to You, there is no partner with You”. And the whole statement will be taught to you by the Mutawwif.
  • The main statement that you need to know throughout Hajj goes like this; “Labbayka Allāhumma Labbyak”, which means; “my Lord I respond to Your call”, “Labbayka Lā Shareeka Laka Labbayk”; “I respond to You, You have no partners, there is no partner with You, I responds to Your call”. And this is what it looks like. Here is the first word: “Labbayka”, which means “I respond to You”, “I respond to Your call”; “Labbayka”.
  • “Allāhumma”, which means “my God”, or “our God”, “Allāhumma”.
  • “Labbayka Allāhumma Labbyak”.
  • “Labbyaka”, “I respond to Your call”.
  • “Lā”, means “no”.
  • “Shareeka”, means “partner” or “idol”.
  • “Lā Shareeka” – “Laka”; with You”.
  • “Labbayk”; I respond to Your call.”
  • Labbayka Allāhumma Labbyak (my Lord I respond to Your call).
  • Labbayka Lā Shareeka Laka Labbayk (I respond to You, there is no partner with You).
  • This is all you need.
  • And you utter this statement – you memorize it and utter it all the time during Hajj, throughout Hajj, anytime you change direction, you climb a hill, down a hill, you meet friends, you say that; “Labbayka Allāhumma Labbyak, Labbayka Lā Shareeka Laka Labbayk”.
  • The details of the Hajj will be given to you by the guide, that will be assigned to you, as soon as you arrive in Saudi Arabia.


(Source: Essentials of Islam 00:35:28).

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Principles of Contact Prayers by Rashad Khalifa – Transcript

Announcer:

  • Important Clarification about this video titled “Principles of Contact Prayers” by Rashad Khalifa, Ph.D.
  • In this video, Dr. Rashad Khalifa refers to the Dawn (Fajr) Contact Prayer as “The Morning” or “Subh” Prayer.
  • However, Dr. Khalifa later confirmed and preached that the prayer must be referred to as the “Dawn” or “Fajr” Prayer, because it is called “Fajr” in the Quran (24:58), and is performed at Dawn (before sunrise), not morning (which is the period after sunrise).

(The text in this transcript has been edited to match this change; reference to “the Morning Contact Prayer” in the video has been replaced with “the Dawn Contact Prayer” in this transcript. Other edits include the removal of repetitive words, such as: “”la”, means “no”, “la”, means “no””. – Ahmad Wehbe).

Video Intro:

  • Islamic Productions Presents
  • Principles of Muslim Prayer
  • Your host Rashad Khalifa
  • Director – Kathleen Clarke

Rashad Khalifa:

  • Bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem
  • My dear lucky viewers, al-salaamu ‘alaykum
  • This tape will present to you how to observe the Contact Prayer; the Salat.
  • And you are very lucky because you are trying to learn how to make contact with your creator, which is the greatest of all worships.
  • In this tape I will explain to you the meaning of the word Salat. You already heard me call it contact. The word Salat (‏صلاة) is an Arabic word derived from the root Silah (صلة), which means connection or contact, so when you observe the Salat prayers, you make contact with your creator. It is wrong to translate it as pray. As a Muslim when you tell somebody “I pray five times a day”, that is the wrong expression, because other people can tell you “I pray all day”. The correct expression for the Muslim is “I make contact with my creator five times a day”. This is the meaning of Salat.


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  • In this program I will present to you where the Salat commandment comes from. The Contact Prayer is mention in the Quran more than seventy times. And I will show you the crucial verses, like where the times of Contact Prayers are mentioned in the Quran. Then I will go on to explain to you the source of the Contact Prayers. When was the first time the contact commandment came to us from God, and how did it come to our generation. I will explain this to you.
  • Then I will move on to explain why does God want us to establish contact with Him. Why did God command us to observe the Contact Prayers five times a day? What is the reason? Does God need the Contact Prayers, or do we need the Contact Prayers?
  • After this I will go on to explain every aspect of the Contact Prayer. I’m going to start with the call for the Contact Prayer; the Azaan (أَذَان). I will go through the details, even the historical development of it. I will show you how the words are written in English, the English transliteration. Then I will go on to the preparation for the Contact Prayers, which is called Wuḍū (وضوء); or ablution. And of course, my sources are always the Quran. There is only one source, and it is this book right here; the Quran. God’s message to you, to me and to the whole world. This is God’s final message to the world. And this is our source, the only source.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:06:00).

  • I will show you where the Wuḍū is mentioned in the Quran and what the details are. Then I will demonstrate for you how to do the Wuḍū. And I will move on from there to demonstrate for you and describe in detail how to do the five daily Contact Prayers. The Dawn Contact Prayer, the Noon Contact Prayer, the afternoon; the sunset; and the night Contact Prayer. I will explain also some of the fine details of a; for example what happens if you miss part of the Contact Prayer in a group. You go to the Mosque and you see a group of people praying; you come in late; what to do? And some other fine details. So I hope this will cover everything you need to know about the Contact Prayer. The most important worship in Islam.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:07:24).

  • You heard me say that the Contact Prayers must be observed five times every day. Okay, where in the Quran do you find these five times? They are specifically defined in the Quran. For example: in sura number eleven (11); ayah or verse number hundred and fourteen (114), we see three times of Contact Prayers. This is what the verse says: “You shall observe the Contact Prayers at both ends of the day, and at night”. So here you have three prayer. At both ends of the day, this is the Dawn Prayer (See animation below) and the Sunset Prayer (See animation below). The Dawn Prayer is before sunrise and the Sunset Prayer is immediately after sunset. And of course; the Night prayer is the last prayer of the day. So here in this verse we have three prayers, we are commanded to do these three prayers. The Dawn, the Sunset and the Night.
  • Now, the Noon Prayer is mentioned in sura number seventeen (17); verse number seventy-eight (78), where it says: “You shall observe the Contact Prayer when the sun begins to decline from the highest point at noon”. So this is a very specific description of the time of the Contact Prayer at noon. As soon as the sun begins to decline from its highest spot of the day at noon, you observe the Noon Contact Prayer. This is sura seventeen (17); verse seventy-eight (78), it says exactly the time of the Contact Prayer at noon.
  • So now we see, the Dawn Contact Prayer (see animation below), the Noon Contact Prayer, the Sunset Contact Prayer, and the Night Contact Prayer. Well this accounts for four (4) of the prayers, where is the fifth (5) one? We find the fifth (5) prayer mentioned in sura number two (2); ayah or verse number two-hundred and thirty-eight (238), two-three-eight (238), where it says: “You shall observe all the Contact Prayers, especially the middle prayer”. The middle contact prayer has to be the Afternoon Contact Prayer, because we have the Dawn Contact Prayer (see animation below), the Noon Contact Prayer, the Sunset Contact Prayer, and the Night Contact Prayer. There is two prayers here and two prayers here, so the middle contact prayer will be the Afternoon Contact Prayer. So there you have it, all five (5) Contact Prayers mentioned in the Quran.
  • By the way, the Dawn Contact Prayer and the Night Contact Prayer are mentioned by name in verse fifty-eight (58) of sura twenty-four (24). Sura twenty-four (24), the verse is fifty-eight (58). It talks about Salat al-fajr (صلاة الفجر‎); this is the Dawn Contact Prayer, and Salat al-isha (صلاة العشاء); this is the Night Contact Prayer. So all five times of the Contact Prayers are decreed in the Quran.

  • And now I would like to discuss with you the source; the original source, of the Contact Prayers.
  • When you look in the Quran, you will notice that before Abraham there is no mention of the Contact Prayers; the Salat. You notice that Noah was telling his people to just believe in God; and ask for His forgiveness, but there is no mention of the Contact Prayers before Abraham. So the original source of the Contact Prayers is the prophet Abraham, who is the father; the founder of Islam. And we see this very clearly in sura number twenty-two (22); verse number seventy-eight (78), the last verse of sura number twenty-two (22). We also see it in sura twenty-one (21); verse seventy-three (73). Where we learn that the Contact Prayers were given to Abraham, as the original founder of Islam. And we see in sura sixteen (16); verse number hundred twenty-three (123), that the prophet Muhammad followed the ways of Abraham. And then we see in sura number eight (8); verses thirty-three (33) to thirty-five (35), and in sura nine (9); verse fifty-four (54), we see that the Salat; the Contact Prayers, were practiced before the prophet Muhammad.
  • So all these – you know, a lot of people are under the erroneous impression that the prophet Muhammad brought these practices, but they came through prophet Abraham, and this is why we don’t see the details of how many units per prayer and these kind of details, we don’t find it in the Quran. Although the Quran is complete; perfect; and fully detailed. So the reason the details of the Contact Prayers are not in the Quran is because they were already in existence when the Quran was revealed. I can tell you to go and buy Crest toothpaste (Crest is a brand), and you will – I don’t have to explain to you what Crest toothpaste is, because Crest is already in existence, all you need to do is go out in the market and buy it. And when the Quran came down; the Contact Prayers; the Salat, were already in existence. And this is exactly why in one of the very early suras; sura number seventy-three (73); al-muzzammil (third sura to be revealed), we see the commandment to observe the Contact Prayers and the Zakat (the Obligatory Charity), because they were already in existence.
  • Abraham being the founder of Islam – what did he contribute to the religion? He contributed all the practices of the religion. #1: The Contact Prayer, #2: The Zakat charity, #3: The fasting of Ramadan; in fact we see that the fasting of Ramadan was slightly modified in the Quran; in sura number two (2); verse one eighty-seven (187), #4: Also Hajj, Hajj in sura number twenty-two (22); we see that it is directly decreed through the prophet Abraham. So Abraham contributed all practices in Islam, you must correct that impression. The prophet Muhammad contributed the Quran, that’s it. But all the practices existed before the prophet Muhammad, they were in existence when the Quran came down.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:16:16).

  • Now we get to the question; why should we pray? Why should we make contact with our creator every day; five times? Repeating the same thing; five times a day? Well the answer is – the obvious answer is first that we do it because our creator commanded us to do so, in the Quran, as I showed you. But what is the mechanism; why does God ask us to contact Him five times a day? Does God benefit from it? Do we benefit from it? And the answer immediately is; God does not need our Contact Prayers, we need the Contact Prayers. And we fully understand the reason for decreeing the Contact Prayers if we know who we are.
  • You see; most people do not even know who they are. You ask a person; “who are you?”, and they will look in the mirror, they will say “this is me”, do you know something? they are wrong. This is not me (Rashad points at his face and touches his facial skin); this is my body. And the body is like a garment that we are wearing temporarily. The real person is invisible to us, the real person; the soul, is in another dimension that is not visible to our eyes (senses). So what does the real person look like? This will lead us to understanding why should we observe the Contact Prayers. You see, you can consider the Contact Prayers the meals for the real person; the food; the nutrition.
  • When we are born our mother feeds us milk and we grow. Then we eat all kinds of food; rice; meat; and potato and so on, and our body grows, until it becomes five feet, six feet, whatever. And that is the limit of the body’s growth. Okay, meanwhile; what is happening to the real person; the soul? The body grows to five or six feet, but what happens to the real person? Is the real person nourished just like the body? And this is where most people do not realize the importance of making contact with their creator. Making contact with our creator is the most important nutrient for the soul. We need it to grow and develop, and I am talking about the real person. The real person grows and develops by contacting our creator; daily. Five times every day constitutes five meals for the soul. So every time you make a Contact Prayer your soul grows and develops. And this is why we are commanded to do the Contact Prayers.
  • You can imagine the person who does not feed his or her soul, at the end of living in this world; they are still babies, because they never feed their soul. But the Muslim – the person who observes the duties and practices of worship; this person feeds the soul, and the soul grows and develops immensely. And we end up our mission in this world; grown; and developed; and healthy; and fit for the real life, the eternal life that comes after this life. The Contact Prayers therefore are very important, think of them as the meal for the soul; for the real person. The Dawn Prayer is breakfast for the soul; for you; the real you, just like how you give your body breakfast; lunch; and dinner, you need – for yourself; the real person, you need meals also. The Noon Prayer is lunch for the soul. And the Afternoon Prayer is another meal. And the Sunset Prayer is another meal; nutrition for the real person. And the Night Contact Prayer is the dinner for the soul. So nourishing; developing; and growing the soul is the reason for observing the Contact Prayers, and we are the ones who need it – God does not need it.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:20:39).

  • All practices of worship in Islam, without exception, are designed to cause the soul; the real person; the real you, to grow and develop. They are all designed to make you the boss over your body. A lot of people – in fact; the majority of people are enslaved to their body; their outer garment, that is temporary. Some day this garment is going to vanish, and you; the real person, will remain forever; for eternity. So most people, unfortunately, are unaware of nourishing; and strengthening; and developing their soul; the real person. But all practices of worship in Islam are designed to cause the soul to grow and develop, nourish the soul.
  • For example the Dawn Prayer, let’s take the Dawn Contact Prayer. Before sunrise; what does the body – what does your body want? Your body wants to sleep, right? But your soul; you; the real you; the real person, needs to get up, do the ablution, and observe the Contact Prayers; make contact – the first contact of the day with your creator. So immediately you can see there is a fight, the body wants to sleep, and the soul needs to get up and nourish itself; and have breakfast. Now who is going to win? If your body wins, you continue to sleep. And the body is the temporary garment, it is not very smart to let the body win, right? If you win, you; the real person, wins; your body will obey and will say “yes sir”; will listen to you; obey you, get up out of bed, do the ablution, and observe the Contact Prayer. So you can see that the first Contact Prayer is a struggle between you and your body.
  • By the way, this struggle becomes less and less, as your body becomes more and more obedient to you, as you become the boss; as you develop and become stronger, your body becomes more obedient, and with time – your body, when you say “my body get up and do the Dawn Prayer”, your body will say “yes sir”; obediently. As a matter of fact, eventually you will actually enjoy getting up (at Dawn) and doing the Contact Prayer. And this is because the soul has grown and developed, and became the boss, and enjoys observing the contact with our creator.
  • You look at the fasting for example, one of the important practices is fasting; fasting the month of Ramadan; during the month of Ramadan. And, in the month of Ramadan. Your body wants to eat and drink, but you tell your body, when you fast; “you are not going to eat or drink until sunset”. So you can see that you are practicing; exercising your soul, and this cause your soul to grow; and to develop, and this is exactly the whole idea of being here in this world. We want to grow and develop as much as possible, in order to enter the real life; the eternal life; the hereafter, in a state of fitness; strength; growth; and development. Because in the hereafter, you cannot hold a responsible position in the eternal real life if you are weak; undernourished; and still a baby. Will you hire a baby as a pilot, or an engineer? of course not.
  • So God wants you to develop yourself and to be strong enough to hold a responsible position; a high rank, in the hereafter; the eternal real life. And all practices of worship in Islam are designed towards this end. For example the Zakat charity; what is it? The Zakat charity is simply taking money away from your body and giving it to the poor. So you can see you are being the boss, because the body loves money, and you take something the body loves and give it away. So, all practices of worship in Islam are designed to make your soul grow; and develop – make you the boss over your body. And the Contact Prayers are the most important tool to do so. You are going to notice it the first time you do the Dawn Contact Prayer before sunrise.
  • Let us now get to the details of the Contact Prayers and how to observe them. There are a billion Muslims in the world today; one thousand millions (1000000000) throughout the world, in every country of the world. But in the area that is recognized as the Muslim world, you hear the call for the prayer five times every day; the Dawn, Noon, Afternoon, Sunset and Night. You hear the muezzin (مؤذن); this is the name of the person that delivers the Azaan (أَذَان); or the call to Contact Prayer. And before I get into explaining the Azaan, I wish to remind you that in the last fourteen-hundred (1400) years, lots of customs; innovations; prejudices; superstitions, were added into the Azaan. And what I am going to present to you now is the Azaan of the prophet Muhammad, that he approved. And I am going to remove all the additions, and the superstitions, and nonsense from the Azaan, and I will give you the pure Azaan. I am going to write it for you on the board, so you can see how it is pronounced. And I will have professional Azaans that you are going to hear, recordings of professional muezzins.
  • Now, at the beginning of Islam, the people went to the prophet Muhammad and they said; “how can we call the people to come to the prayer? you know, the Jews have the horn, and the Christians use bells, what are we going to use?”. And with time, the prophet’s companions started the matter and finally it was suggested that somebody stands on top of the mosque, and make the announcement; Allahu akbar; which means God is great, four (4) times. Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar, la elaha ella Allah, there is no god except the one God; which is the message of all God’s messengers to the world. There is really one message that all the messengers that God sent to us, and this message is; la elaha ella Allah; there is no god except the God; allah. So the Azaan consists of: Allahu akbar four (4) times, followed by: la elaha ella Allah.
  • This Azaan that has been approved by the prophet consisting of Allahu akbar four (4) times, then la elaha ella Allah – with time it got so long that in my lifetime; 1953; the Minister of Religious Affairs in Egypt; issued a law to reduce the Azaan – it got so long and so ridiculous it took ten (10) to fifteen (15) minutes to deliver the Azaan. And it had foolish things; praising the prophet; and his red cheeks and these silly things – the Azaan got really ridiculous.
  • After a few years, some people added to the Azaan; “ash-hadu alla la elaha ella Allah wa ash-hadu alla muḥammadun rasūlu allah” (I bear witness that there is no god except God, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of God), this was added to the original Azaan. Some years later they added the expression; “ḥayya ʿalā ṣ-ṣalāh”; which supposedly means “come to the prayer”, but it really does not mean that – apparently some new foreign Muslims; that is non Arab Muslims; added that expression; “ḥayya ʿalā ṣ-ṣalāh”; which is not a typical – the Arabic should have been “ḥayya ʿilā ṣalāt”, but they said; “ḥayya ʿalā ṣ-ṣalā”. Then many years later; somebody added; “ḥayya ʿala l-falāḥ”, which supposedly means; “come to the success”. And some other people added the; “ash-hadu alla alīyyun walīyyu-llāh” (I bear witness that Ali is the wall of God), in some parts of the Muslim world. And until now they use these – all these additions are being used in different parts of the Muslim world. Later on some people added the; ” ash-hadu alla ahlul bayt hodat-llāh”, and so on.
  • So the Azaan kept getting longer and longer, as I told you, until the Minister of Religious Affairs in Egypt issued a law reducing the Azaan to its present form in the Muslim world. But here at Masjid Tuscon, and hopefully you will go back to the original Azaan, that the prophet Muhammad approved: Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar; la elaha ella Allah. This is the Azaan that we use here in Masjid Tuscon, and hopefully it will spread all over the world. We have it done like this in many Mosques around the world. That have seen the light and decided to take the Azaan and the prayers – to the original Azaan and prayer of the prophet Muhammad.
  • You know the same thing is true with the Wuḍū. Wuḍū is the ablution; or the preparation for Salat. When people hear the Azaan; or the call to the Contact Prayer, they prepare for the prayer; the Contact Prayer. And they do this by observing ablution, and ablution is decreed in the Quran in sura number five (5); verse number six (6). And it is very specific; it gives you four (4) steps, remember that; four (4) steps of ablution. The average Muslim today has eight (8); or nine (9); or ten (10) steps. Which constitutes actually in reality some other god that added these steps, because they do it religiously, and it constitutes idolatry. So please be careful, and observe what the Quran says; the Quran; the whole Quran; and nothing but the Quran. And the Quran gives us four (4) steps. The first step is washing your face, the second step is washing your arms to the elbows, the third step is to wipe your hair (top of head), and the fourth step is to wash your feet. These are the four (4) steps decreed in the Quran, and it is actually a gross transgression to add anything to the four (4) steps, or reduce anything.
  • Some people will say; “what is wrong with washing my nose; and my mouth; and my neck” and all the – “my ears” and so on. Of course there is nothing wrong with extra cleanliness; go take a bath or a shower if you want to, but when it comes to religious practices; we must adhere to what our creator dictated exactly. We cannot increase it – reduce it; or increase it by anything. So it is very crucial that we follow what our creator said in the Quran. These are the words that came out of prophet Muhammad’s mouth. Ironically, those people think that they are following the prophet Muhammad by increasing the number of steps in ablution – and you and I know that the prophet Muhammad could never disobey God. So if God said four (4) steps; this is it, the ablution is four (4) steps. So now let us go to show you – demonstrate for you the four (4) steps of ablution; the Wuḍū.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:33:21).

  • We find this commandment in sura number five (5); verse number six (6). And I will quote the verse for you; it says: “Oh you who believe, when you get up for the Salat prayer; you shall wash your face; your arms to the elbows; wipe your hair (top of head); and wash your feet.” Four (4) steps, and these are the words that came out of prophet Muhammad’s mouth, these are the words of God. And God is saying; you shall observe the ablution four (4) steps. Washing the face, arms to the elbows, wipe your head, and wash your feet. These are the four (4) steps as dictated in Quran.
  • However, like everything else innovations; superstitions; traditions, crept into God’s commandment, and Satan distorted the commandment. Now the vast majority of Muslims observe something like nine (9) or ten (10) steps of ablution. And this is a very serious because it simply means there is some other god who told them to do the ablution nine (9) steps, they wash their hands, their mouth, their nose, their face, their ears, their neck, they have all kinds of innovations and additions. And I would like to warn you, that you must never increase the steps or decrease them – the steps of ablution, you must obey exactly what God told you; in Quran. If you want to wash more, might as well take a shower or do whatever you want, but outside the ablution. If you are taking a shower or a bath, you can do the ablution after the shower or the bath, while you are still in the shower. But you have to go through the motions of ablution as I will show you now.
  • So let me show you – demonstrate to you how to do the ablution. First of all you roll your sleeves so you can wash your arms to the elbows (Rashad rolls up his shirt’s sleeves), there we go, we are now demonstrating the ablution. You go to the faucet, and the first step in Quran is wash your face, so you wash your face; here we go (washes face) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem – okay let me stop right here, and remind you of something. You should make an intention, that is you say “I intend to observe the Wuḍū, or the ablution”. Before you do that, you say “bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem”, you commemorate God in any way you want, you say: “al hamdu Lillah”; “subḥānallāh”; “Allahu akbar”, anything you want to commemorate God. But if you want to say it in Arabic, the intention should be; “nawayatu al-wuḍū, bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem”.
  • So here we go; “bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem, nawayatu al-Wuḍū”.
  • This is the first step; you wash your face (washes face). Okay, I washed my face twice, and I feel like I did a good job, so this is good enough. There is no set number of washing your face.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:36:36).

  • The second step; the arms to the elbows, so here we go, washing the arm to the elbow (washes right arm up to the elbow), that is the right arm, now the left arm; same thing (washes left arm up to the elbow). And this takes care of the second step.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:37:12).

  • The third step is you wipe your hair (wipe top of head), so what I will do is I will wet my hands and then I wipe my hair – my head, like this (wipes top of head), and this is the third step.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:37:26).

  • The final step (fourth step) is wash your feet to the ankles, so you put your foot there (washes right foot), wash it thoroughly, this takes care of the right foot. And then the left foot (washes left foot).

(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:37:37).

  • That is it; there you have it. The four (4) steps of Wuḍū. Very simple. Don’t add any more steps, and don’t reduce the steps.
  • Now that you have finished the four (4) steps of Wuḍū; wash your face, your arms to the elbows, wipe your head and wash your feet – you are ready for the Salat Prayer. So now let us go back to the masjid and show you how to observe the Salat Prayers, all five (5) of them.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:38:50).

  • The innovations; superstitions; prejudices; customs; and traditions, did not hit the Azaan and the Wuḍū only brothers and sisters, it also hit the Salat itself; the Contact Prayer. There is so much garbage that we have to remove from the Contact Prayers to make it pure, and make it exactly the Contact Prayers the prophet Muhammad preached and practiced. So, what I am going to present to you is the pure Contact Prayers, without any innovations or additions that happened in the last fourteen hundred (1400) years.
  • We are trying to take the Salat; the Contact Prayers, all the way to the prophet Muhammad, the way he preached it, and the way he practiced it. And the most important point, please pay attention, the most important point, is to never mention any name other than the name of Allah; the name of God, in your Contact Prayer. This is dictated upon us in the Quran. But you probably know that the average Muslim today adds the name of Muhammad and his family, Abraham and his family, and so on, in their Contact Prayers. And this nullifies the Contact Prayers; makes it absolutely useless, if not harmful. So you must be very careful, and this is my responsibility to tell you that. You must be very careful to never mention any name other than the name of Allah; the name of God, in your Contact Prayers. We see this in the Quran in sura seventy-two (72); ayah or verse number eighteen (18), where it says: “the places of worship belong to God, do not mention any other name besides the name of God”, this is a Quranic commandment. And in sura twenty (20); verse thirteen (13), we see the commandment: “akim bi salateeka li zikri”, “observe the Contact Prayers to commemorate me” – singular – God is telling us that we must commemorate him alone in the Salat; in the Contact Prayer.
  • So I will give you the details, of the Contact Prayers, and we will go the mosque now and give you a demonstration. But before I do this, I want to clarify that the ta-chahud; or the recitation while sitting down, should be only: “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah wahdahuu la shareeka lah”, or just: “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah”, or just: “la elaha ella allah”, this is enough; “there is no god except the one God”. And forget about all these names; Muhammad and his family; Abraham and his family. Muhammad and Abraham were the first people to denounce this use of their name in the Contact Prayer.
  • And you know something, all the Imams of Sunni and Shia, all of them, unanimously agree that this mentioning of Muhammad and his family; Abraham and his family, while sitting down in the Contact Prayer, is not an obligatory part of the prayer. You heard me right, unanimously, they agreed that this is just a desirable – they think – a desirable part, but it is not, it actually kills your Contact Prayers; makes it useless; and does harm to you, God will be offended to have other names mentioned besides Him. In the daily worship, you are worshiping God alone, so be careful. And this by the way lead to the conclusion that you must recite only al-fateha, the opening sura of the Quran while standing up in the Contact Prayer.
  • Do not recite any other Quran after the al-fateha, and on the surface this might look like abandoning the Quran, it is not, it is the exact opposite, because in the Contact Prayers a lot of people end up memorizing the ???soud??? suras: “qul huwa allahu ahad”, and “qul a’zuu…”, and that’s it, and they think they know Quran. But I must tell you to read Quran every day, you must read the Quran every day, this is a commandment from our creator, to read His message; the Quran, every day, the whole Quran. Not just the ???soud??? suras.
  • But in the Contact Prayers, please you only need recite al-fateha. And this is a unifying force of all the Muslims in the world. I was praying in Mecca one time and the Imam read al-fateha and then he read the whole sura number thirty-two (32), surat al-sajdah after al-fateha. And i was thinking you know there are a few thousands people in there around the Ka’abah praying behind this Imam, and the vast majority of them didn’t know any Arabic. What is the point of standing through all this recitation in Arabic if they don’t understand. What is required is only to recite the al-fateha. And this will unify all the Muslims of the world, they will do the same thing in all their prayer, in Japan they know the al-fateha; they read it in the Contact Prayer, in Sweden; in America; in Canada; in Australia; in Mecca; in Pakistan; all the Muslims of the world will do the same thing.
  • But this business of reciting long portions of the Quran is wrong, it actually ruins the Contact Prayers, God wants things to be easy for us, but Satan wants to make things difficult for us; so he adds all things – besides, when you recite the Quran you mention; Moses; Jesus; and Muhammad; and Pharaoh; and the devil; and all these things. You mention other names besides the name of God in the prayer, and this is forbidden by commandment from God. We are not to mention any names.
  • When you recite the Quran in the mosque and you mention other names is because God says so in the Quran; “fa zakir fi al kitab Mariam” for example, this is God’s commandment, you can mention the name of Mary in the Quran in order to learn from the lessons of previous prophets; messengers; and so on. And it is a commandment from God to mention, so when we read the Quran we mention these names only because God commanded us to do so. But in the Contact Prayers; in the Salat, we are commanded never to mention any other name but the name of Allah, the name of God.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:45:55).

  • After you have done the Wuḍū and you are ready for the prayer, you go to a nice clean place – you don’t necessarily need the prayer rug, this is one of those innovations, you can pray in any clean place, even bare ground; as long as it is dry and clean. So you go to a nice clean place and you find the direction of Mecca, the direction of the Sacred Mosque (Ka’abah), because this is a commandment in Quran, that you must face – this is an organisational point, there is no other significance to it, except organisational. You can imagine people going in a mosque and facing different directions, it would be a mess. So, this organisational point dictates on us that we must face the direction of Mecca, wherever you might be. So, in the United States the direction generally is slightly south of east, slightly south of east; southeast.
  • So find the direction of Mecca, you face that direction and then you make your intention – this is the first step. You must say: “I intend to do the Dawn Prayer”, in any language you like. If you want it in Arabic you can say: “nawaytu Salat al-fajr”, this will be the niyya or intention for the Dawn Prayer. Or if it is for the Noon Prayer you say; in your heart or in an audible voice: “I intend to do the Noon Prayer”, “nawaytu Salat al-zuhr”; in Arabic. If it is the Afternoon Prayer, it is: “nawaytu Salat al-asr”. And for the Sunset Prayer, the niyya; or intention is: “nawaytu Salat al-maghrib”. For the Night Prayer, the intention; or niyya is: “nawaytu Salat al-isha”. So, but you can do it in any language you wish, secretly or loudly.
  • Now after you do the niyya – you are facing in the direction of Mecca, you make your intention; or niyya, then you open the Salat by raising your hands to the sides of your face and say “Allahu akbar”; like this (Rashad raises his hands to the side of his face), “Allahu akbar”. There is your opening of the Salat.
  • Once you say “Allahu akbar” in this manner; you have started your contact; or Salat; your contact with your creator.
  • Now after you make the opening takbir; Allahu akbar, you can either put your hands on the side, or you can choose to hold them like this (resting hands on stomach), with your left hand on your stomach, and your right hand on top of your left hand, it doesn’t make any difference, some people make a big deal out of it, but there is no difference, either way is correct. So this is the opening of the Salat; the Contact Prayer. (Rashad raises hands to the side of his face) Allahu akbar (Rashad lowers hands towards his stomach). Now you are ready to recite al-fateha; the opening sura of Quran.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:48:22).

  • The easiest way for you is to have me write down the words in English transliteration; in English letters. So before you do the Wuḍū; the ablution, you can say your intention: “I intend to make the ablution” or Wuḍū, either in English or in Arabic. So, “I intend to do the ablution” in English, the Arabic would be: “Nawaytu al-Wuḍū”.
  • And you write it like this “nawaytu”, “nawaytu”, which means: “I intend”.
  • Nawaytu al-Wuḍū. “Al” means “the”.
  • Ablution; “Wuḍū”, “al-Wuḍū”.
  • “Nawaytu al-Wuḍū”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:50:15).

  • Let me write the words of Azaan for you: “Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar, la elaha ella Allah”. So in the Azaan we say “Allahu akbar” four (4) times.
  • “Allahu akbar“, meaning “God is the greatest”.
  • “Allahu”; “God”.
  • “Akbar” (greater).
  • Allahu akbar four (4) times.
  • Then “la elaha ellalah”.
  • “La”, means no.
  • “Elaha”, meaning god with a small g.
  • “Ella”, means except. “Ella”; except.
  • “Allah”, means God.
  • “La elaha ella Allah“.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:52:29).

  • So this is the complete Azaan, the original Azaan without any innovations; or additions; or traditions. A lot of people think that Allah is the name of God, but it is not – “Allah”, simply means “God”. The English word for it is God. The non-Muslims in the Arabic world say “Allah”, because this is the Arabic word for God. Even though they are not Muslims. They will say “inshallah”, “allah”, simply because that is the language. It is not the name of God, this is why I use the word – the English word: “God” for “Allah”.
  • (Rashad recites the Azaan) Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar; Allahu akbar, la elaha ella allah.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:52:58).

  • I am going to write the niyya; or intention for every prayer for you, so you can see how it is spelled. Here is the niyya; or intention for the Dawn Prayer:
  • “Nawaytu” – “nawaytu” which means “I intend.
  • “Salat” – “Salat al-fajr” – “al” – “fajr” – “al-fajr”. “I intend to do the Dawn Prayer” – “nawajtu Salat al-fajr”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:54:25).

  • Now, to make it the Noon Prayer, you just – you say the same thing except you change “al-fajr” to “zuhr” which means “noon”. “nawaytu” – “nawaytu Salat al-zuhr”. This will make it the Noon Prayer – “al-zuhr”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:54:43).

  • For the Afternoon Prayer you just make it “al-asr”. “Salat al-asr”, you write AYN like this   -. “nawaytu Salat al-asr”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:55:06).

  • The Sunset, you make it “al-maghrib”. “nawaytu Salat al-maghrib” – it is written like this: “al-maghrib”. “nawaytu Salat al-maghrib”, this is the Sunset Prayer.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:55:34).

  • And the Night Prayer is: “al-isha”. “nawaytu Salat al-isha” – “al-isha”. “nawaytu Salat al-isha”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:56:02).

  • By now you know how Allahu akbar is written, the opening of the Contact Prayer “Allahu akbar” – this is followed by surat al-fateha and it is written like this:
  • The first verse is “bism allah”. “Arrahman”. “Arraheem”. “bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem”.
  • “Al hamdu”. “Lillahi”. “rabbil ‘alamin”.
  • Okay, “bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem”, means “in the name of God most Gracious most Merciful”.
  • “Al hamdu Lillahi”, means “praise be to God.
  • “Rabbil ‘alameen”, means “Lord of the universe”.
  • “Bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem, al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen”; “in the name of God most Gracious most Merciful, praise be to God, Lord of the universe”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:58:13).

  • And the next statement is familiar to you: “Arrahman Arraheem”; “most gracious most merciful”.
  • And the next statement is: “maliki”; means “master” or “king”.
  • “Yawm”, means “day”.
  • “Addeen”; “recompense”.
  • So “arrahman arraheem”; “most gracious most merciful”, “maliki yawm addeen”; “master of the day of recompense”.
  • “Eyyaka na’abudu”, means “only you we worship”.
  • “Wa eyyaka” means “and only you”.
  • “Wa” means “and”.
  • “Eyyaka nasta’aeen” means “we ask for help, only you we ask for help”.
  • “Wa eyyaka nasta’aeen”; “and only you we ask for help”.
  • The next statement, now of course you can always go back – reverse the tape and watch all these words until you learn them very well by heart.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:00:34).

  • The next statement is “ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem”; “guide us in the right path”.
  • “Ehdina” means “guide us”.
  • “Al-serata” means “the path”.
  • “Al-mustaqeem”; “the straight” or “the right path”.
  • “Ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem”; “guide us in the right path”.
  • “Serata” means “the path of”.
  • “Al-lazeena” means those; “the path of those”.
  • “An’amta”, means “those whom you blessed”.
  • “An’amta ‘alayhim”; “you shower your blessings on them”.
  • “Ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem”; “guide us in the right path”.
  • “Serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim”; “the path of those whom you blessed”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:02:23).

  • Then we go to the last statement in the al-fateha, “ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim”.
  • “Ghoyri” means “other than, or not”.
  • “Al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim”, means “not the path of those who incur wrath, or anger”.
  • “Ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim”.
  • “Wa laddalleen” (not the strayers).
  • “Wa” means “and”.
  • “La” means “no” – “nor” “wa la”.
  • “Wa laddalleen”, and this is the end of it – “and not the strayers”.
  • “Ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim”; “not the path of those who incur wrath, or anger” – “wa laddalleen”; “nor the strayers”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:03:48).


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:03:57).

  • After you recite al-fateha, then you make ruku; bowing. And as you bow you say: “Allahu akbar”, and you know how that looks like, I wrote it for you. Then during the ruku you say “subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem”, about three times, it doesn’t matter, two or three or four times.
  • “Subhaana” means “glory be to”.
  • “Subhaana rabbiya”, means “glory be to my Lord”.
  • “Al-‘azeem”, means “the great”.
  • “Subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem”; “glory be to my Lord the great”.
  • Then you stand up and in this position only you say: “sami’a allahu leman hamidah”, means “God hears anyone who praises Him”. And it is written like this:
  • “Sami’a allahu” (God hears).
  • “Leman”; “anyone”.
  • “Hamidah”; “who praises him”.
  • “Sami’a allahu leman hamidah”, as you stand up.
  • Then you make the first prostration; sujud. And when you do that, you say: “Allahu akbar” as you go down in prostration.
  • And during prostration you say:
  • “Subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa”, about three or four times, means “glory be to my lord the most high”.
  • “Al-‘alaa”; “the most high”.
  • And this takes care of all the words of the Contact Prayers.
  • Now you know how to say all the words and if you play the tape over and over you can see how exactly they are written down and how they are pronounced.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:06:10).


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:06:59).


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:07:32).

  • In the sitting position you say: “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah, wahdahuu la shareeka lah”, which means; “I bear witness that there is no god except allah, the one God, he is one. “la sharika lah”; “He has no partners”. And this is how I write it:
  • “Ash-hadu”, means “I bear witness”.
  • “Ash-hadu alla”, (I bear witness that there is no (alla is actually two words, “al” and “la”, the word combination here means al = that there, and la = is no)).
  • “Elaha” means “god with a small g”.
  • “I bear witness that there is no god”.
  • “Ella”; “except”.
  • “Ella allah”; “the one God”.
  • “Wahdahuu”; “He is one”.
  • “Wahdahuu la shareeka lah”; “he has no partner”.
  • “La”, means “no”.
  • “Shareek”, means “partner”.
  • “La shareeka lah”, (he has no partner).
  • And this takes care of the ta-shahud in the sitting position, “ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah, wahdahuu la shareeka lah”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:09:11).

  • And then of course to end the prayer you look at the right side and say: “al-salaamu ‘alaykum”, and then on the left side saying: “al-salaamu ‘alaykum”, and this ends the Contact Prayer. So let me write “al-salaamu ‘alaykum” for you:
  • “al-salaamu ‘alaykum”.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:10:01).

  • There you have it, the complete words of the Contact Prayers.
  • Now let me explain a few fine details about the Salat; the Contact Prayers. One of the most important points, is that there is a myth among average Muslims that a woman who has her period; or menstruation cannot pray. Now this has to be from Satan, because Satan is the one who does not want you; the Muslim woman to pray. God did not say in the Quran at all: “do not pray during menstruation”, there is nothing in the Quran that say that. Even the hadith – we learn from hadith that the prophet’s wives used to pray during their menstruation. One hadith even says that they put a bucket under one of his wives as she prayed – as ridiculous as this may be – but it demonstrates that the Muslim woman should pray during her menstruation. If a Muslim does not pray, during menstruation, this means one week of the month without prayer, and this is like four (4) years every ten (10) years – four (4) years without any prayer, imagine that. So this could be a satanic innovation to stop the women from praying during menstruation.
  • So, please, menstruation or not, the Contact Prayer; the Salat prayer is the only worship that must go on, there is absolutely no excuse for not doing the Contact Prayer. Even God provides that you can pray; walking, or riding in a car, or riding in a plane, or in a bus, or even if a person is very sick; very ill; cannot move, that person can pray with his or her heart, or eyelids, or just mentally. If you are working in crowded place and you cannot find a place to pray, you can pray at your desk, sitting down just mentally going through the motions and the words. So there is absolutely no excuse for missing any Contact prayer.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:12:13).

  • So, whether the person is ill; unable to move, or riding; trapped in a car; or a bus; or a plane, or in a working place where there is no place available for prayer, or during menstruation, or the after birth bleeding, any of these conditions cannot – nothing stops your from performing – observing the Contact Prayers.
  • Another point that I wish to mention is the group prayer; or the jama’a. In the jama’a, one person leads the prayer and the rest of the group stand behind him, behind the imam, and do exactly what he does, you do not have to recite al-fateha or the Quran after the imam. Remember, all that is required in the Contact Prayer is the al-fateha, the first sura of Quran. so you just mentally follow the imam as he recites al-fateha during the Contact Prayer. And then of course in ruku; the bowing position, you say “subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem” as usual. And in the sujud or prostration you say “subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa”, as usual. So, you only listen to the imam when he recites al-fateha in the standing positions. If a person comes late, and finds the jama’a the group already did one for two or three rak’as; units, you just – if you come late, you just join the group in whatever position they are in, and then after they finish, when they say “al-salaamu ‘alaykum”, the first one, you stand up and you complete the part that you missed. So this is how you make up for missing units, or missing rak’as when you join a group.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:14:21).

  • What happens if you miss one of the prayers; one of the Contact Prayers? You are supposed to do all five Contact Prayers during each one of the five periods, the Dawn Contact before sunrise, the Noon between twelve (12:00) and four (16:00), and the Afternoon between fourteen (14:00) and sunset, the Sunset Contact immediately after sunset, and the Night Prayer after all the twilight disappears from the horizon; about two hours after sunset. Now what happens if you miss one of these prayers. There is a myth that you can make it up or combine prayers and it is just an innovation, you cannot make up missed prayers. If you miss the Noon Prayer in any day, you just cannot bring  yesterday back, you missed it and it is too bad. So you just ask God for forgiveness; repent and promise god that you will never, to the best of your ability, miss anymore prayers, and you just go on doing the prayers. The idea of the Contact Prayers is to contact our creator within a certain period of every day, and when you miss that; it is gone, you cannot bring it back, and you cannot make it up, but you can ask forgives and repent.
  • And now the best way to describe the Contact Prayer to you, is to demonstrate exactly how it is done. So now I will demonstrate for you the Dawn Contact Prayer.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:16:06).

  • Do you remember the first thing you have to do in order to observe the Contact Prayers? That’s right, the intention, you declare your intention, in Arabic “niyya”. So since this is the dawn prayer, I will make the intention for the Dawn Contact Prayer, in English; then in Arabic. Then I will proceed with the prayer and you just watch everything I am doing and this is – this should be the correct way for observing the Contact Prayer.
  • So here i am facing the direction of mecca, and I am going to make my intention.
  • I intend to do the Dawn Contact Prayer; nawaytu Salat al-fajr.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:16:40).

  • (While raising hands to the side of the head) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While standing up from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (During sitting position) – ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah wahdahuu la shareeka lah
  • (During sitting position while looking right) – al-salaamu ‘alaykum
  • (During sitting position while looking left) – al-salaamu ‘alaykum
  • And this completes the Dawn Prayer, this is the original contact Salat prayer, as observed by the prophet Muhammad, and it came to us all the way from Abraham exactly this way. And you notice in my prayer, I didn’t look around; I didn’t laugh; I was not distracted, I concentrated on communicating with my creator.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:20:53).

  • And now I will do the Noon Prayer. Now, the Noon Prayer, the Afternoon Prayer, and the Night Contact Prayer are all identical; exactly the same. So the intention for the Noon Prayer is: “nawaytu Salat al-zuhr”. For the asr; for the afternoon prayer: “Nawaytu Salat al-asr”. And for the night prayer: “Nawaytu Salat al-isha”. So what I’m going to demonstrate for you is four (4) rak’as. Which is suitable for the Noon; Afternoon; and the Night Prayer. So here we go.
  • I face the direction of Mecca, and I make my intention according to whichever Contact Prayer it is, and I start my prayer by opening with takbir.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:20:30).

  • (While raising hands to the side of the head) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While standing up from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (During sitting position) – ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah wahdahuu la shareeka lah
  • (While standing up from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While standing up from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (During sitting position) – ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah wahdahuu la shareeka lah
  • (During sitting position while looking right) – al-salaamu ‘alaykum
  • (During sitting position while looking left) – al-salaamu ‘alaykum
  • And this takes care of the four (4) rak’a prayers, the Noon, the Afternoon or the Night Prayers.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:25:03).

  • And now I will demonstrate for you the three (3) rak’as of Salat al mahgrib, the sunset prayer. It is of course the same except you do only three (3) rak’as, three (3) units, and here we go.
  • I intend to do the sunset Contact Prayer, nwajatu Salat al mahgrib.

(Source: The Contact Prayers 01:25:10).

  • (While raising hands to the side of the head) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While standing up from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (During sitting position) – ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah wahdahuu la shareeka lah
  • (While standing up from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (verse 1) – bism Allah Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 2) – al hamdu Lillahi rabbil ‘alameen,
  • (verse 3) – Arrahman Arraheem,
  • (verse 4) – Maliki yawm addeen,
  • (verse 5) – Eyyaka na’abudu wa Eyyaka nasta’aeen,
  • (verse 6) – ehdina al-serata al-mustaqeem,
  • (verse 7) – serata al-lazeena an’amta ‘alayhim, ghoyri al-maghdoobi ‘alayhim, wa laddalleen.
  • (While bending down to bow) – Allahu akbar
  • (During bowing) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘azeem, x3
  • (While returning upright from bowing) – sami’a allahu leman hamidah
  • (While going down to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (While going down again to prostrate) – Allahu akbar
  • (During prostration) – subhaana rabbiya al-‘alaa, x3
  • (While sitting upright from prostration) – Allahu akbar
  • (During sitting position) – ash-hadu alla elaha ella allah wahdahuu la shareeka lah
  • (During sitting position while looking right) – al-salaamu ‘alaykum
  • (During sitting position while looking left) – al-salaamu ‘alaykum

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  • Please review the tape over and over until you know all the prayers. CONGRATULATIONS
  • Copyright 1987 Islamic Productions Tuscon, Arizona.
  • All thanks and all praise to Allah; the one God.

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Peace,

I hope this has been useful for you and that you have now learned how to perform the Contact Prayers. I decided to write the whole video into a text format for those of us who prefer to read instead of watching a two hour long video. It makes it easier to understand what is being said without having to go back and forth whenever the video goes too fast. This is especially true if English isn’t your first language, or if your English skill is low. So I really do hope this has been useful to you.

Another benefit is that I can include links to other material for further research, so that the reader doesn’t have to spend a lot of time searching the Internet and all kinds of websites just to find specific information. Instead it will be available at the click of a button.

I have cut parts of the video into short clips and added text to make it easier for the reader to see how the Wuḍū and the Contact Prayers are performed. I did this because it will make it easier and more clear to watch, instead of having to scroll through a two hour long video to find the specific part you want to watch. This way you only have to click play and the exact part you want will be played. And it is also easily repeatable, which will speed up the learning process.

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Thank you and GOD bless.

Free Quran Chapter 52: Mount Sinai (Al-Toor)

Learn from GOD that those who go to paradise will say: “We were humble among our people”. Are you humble now? This is an amazing fact, it gives us a glimpse into the future. If you knew the future, then you would know what to do to reach that future or change it. Well, now you know the future in paradise. Those who succeed into getting into paradise, they were humble! So now you know what you need to do to make it into paradise, you need to be humble! The Quran teaches you how to be humble without becoming a doormat. It is therefore essential that you study the Quran and follow the teachings, commandments and examples!

While meditating, try to imagine yourself in a certain situation that you know would trigger you to become angry, well now figure out what you need to do to prevent yourself from becoming angry if that situation ever happens in real life. Catch yourself and change your attitude. Then with the years, you will become better at it, however, anger is a human emotion, it can never be eliminated completely. You can only reduce its impact on your life and its driving force in your life.

You should always be in control of yourself, otherwise your Jinn companion will be. Even if someone jumps at you and attacks you violently, you should remain anger-less, even though you respond with violence for self-defense. This way you will be able to protect yourself without hurting your attacker.

Another interesting thing is that in this chapter GOD mentions Mount Sinai, referring to certain Jews who definitely would benefit from this chapter. Those Jews are the ones who believe they are chosen above all other people. So they walk around arrogantly thinking they are GOD’s chosen people and mistreat others and are disrespectful. Reminding them to humble themselves. This is of course about certain Jews, not all behave like this.

Quran Chapter 52: Mount Sinai (Al-Toor)

[52:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

[52:1] Mount Sinai.

[52:2] The recorded scripture.

[52:3] Published in books.

[52:4] The frequented Shrine.

[52:5] The exalted ceiling.

[52:6] The sea that is set aflame.

[52:7] Your Lord’s requital is unavoidable.

[52:8] No force in the universe can stop it.

[52:9] The day will come when the sky will violently thunder.

[52:10] The mountains will be wiped out.

[52:11] Woe on that day to the disbelievers –

[52:12] who are in their blundering, heedless.

[52:13] They will be herded into Gehenna, forcibly.

[52:14] This is the Fire in which you used to disbelieve.

[52:15] Is this magic, or do you not see?

[52:16] Suffer the burning. Whether you are patient or impatient, it will be the same for you. This is the just requital for what you did.

[52:17] The righteous have deserved gardens and bliss.

[52:18] They enjoy what their Lord has reserved for them; their Lord has spared them the retribution of Hell.

[52:19] Eat and drink happily, in return for your works.

[52:20] They relax on luxurious furnishings, and we match them with beautiful spouses.

[52:21] For those who believed, and their children also followed them in belief, we will have their children join them. We never fail to reward them for any work. Every person is paid for what he did.

[52:22] We will supply them with fruits and meats that they love.

[52:23] They will enjoy drinks that are never polluted, and never sinful to drink.

[52:24] Serving them will be servants like protected pearls.

[52:25] They will meet each other and reminisce among themselves.

[52:26] They will say, “We used to be kind and humble among our people.

[52:27] “God has blessed us, and has spared us the agony of ill winds.

[52:28] “We used to implore Him; He is the Most Kind, Most Merciful.”

The Messenger

[52:29] You shall remind the people. With your Lord’s blessings upon you, you are neither a soothsayer, nor crazy.

[52:30] They may say, “He is a poet; let us just wait until he is dead.”

[52:31] Say, “Go on waiting; I will wait along with you.”

[52:32] Is it their dreams that dictate their behavior, or are they naturally wicked?

[52:33] Do they say, “He made it all up?” Instead, they are simply disbelievers.

“Mohammedans” Challenge God and Produce Hadith

[52:34] Let them produce a Hadith like this, if they are truthful.

[52:35] Were they created from nothing? Are they the creators?

[52:36] Did they create the heavens and the earth? Indeed, they have no certainty.

[52:37] Do they possess the treasures of your Lord? Are they in control?

[52:38] Do they climb a ladder that enables them to listen? Let their listeners show their proof.

[52:39] Does He have daughters, while you have sons?

[52:40] Are you asking them for any wage, and they are burdened thereby?

[52:41] Do they know the future, and have it recorded?

[52:42] Are they plotting and scheming? The disbelievers’ schemes backfire against them.

[52:43] Do they have another god besides God? God be glorified, far above having partners.

[52:44] When they see masses falling from the sky, they will say, “Piled clouds!”

[52:45] Disregard them until they meet the day in which they are struck.

[52:46] On that day, their schemes will not protect them, nor will they be helped.

[52:47] Those who transgress suffer retribution here, but most of them do not know.

[52:48] You shall steadfastly persevere in carrying out your Lord’s command – you are in our eyes – and glorify and praise your Lord when you get up.

[52:49] Also during the night glorify Him, and at dawn as the stars fade away.

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Free Quran Chapter 76: The Human (Al-Insaan)

Learn from GOD that we are all born with the tools needed to choose between the right or wrong path. In this chapter GOD tells you that you are born with everything you need, to make the right choice. So on the Day of Judgement you can’t blame others for choosing the wrong path. The path is not HARD to find, it is simple. However, what is hard about it, is that the path itself is very difficult, it is not for the lazy people. For example you have to actively give to those less fortunate, which means you need to be aware of your economy, it means you have to work hard to earn money. You have to be thinking about GOD throughout your daily routine. And you have to stay up late to meditate. It is a difficult path, but finding it is easy, it is right in front of us. With this information we learn the subtle difference between bad and good people. For example, many would complain that they don’t have time to meditate at night. But they don’t seem to mind going out to party late every night. Or stay up late to have sexual intercourse or entertain themselves with movies or video games. None of this is forbidden, and GOD made the religion easy, all GOD wants from you is to spend just a little of that time on meditation. Meditation is a very important function, it is the method used to extract information from our soul. This means that if you don’t meditate, then you will not receive information to help you be better guided, information that helps you become a better person, or solve problems and plan for tomorrow.

Quran Chapter 76: The Human (Al-Insaan)

[76:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

[76:1] Is it not a fact that there was a time when the human being was nothing to be mentioned?

[76:2] We created the human from a liquid mixture, from two parents, in order to test him. Thus, we made him a hearer and a seer.

[76:3] We showed him the two paths, then, he is either appreciative, or unappreciative.

[76:4] We prepared for the disbelievers chains, shackles, and a blazing Hell.

[76:5] As for the virtuous, they will drink from cups spiced with nectar.

[76:6] A spring that is reserved for God’s servants; it will gush out as they will.

[76:7] They fulfill their pledges, and reverence a day that is extremely difficult.

[76:8] They donate their favorite food to the poor, the orphan, and the captive.

[76:9] “We feed you for the sake of God; we expect no reward from you, nor thanks.

[76:10] “We fear from our Lord a day that is full of misery and trouble.”

[76:11] Consequently, God protects them from the evils of that day, and rewards them with joy and contentment.

[76:12] He rewards them for their steadfastness with Paradise, and silk.

[76:13] They relax therein on luxurious furnishings. They suffer neither the heat of the sun, nor any cold.

[76:14] The shade covers them therein, and the fruits are brought within reach.

[76:15] They are served drinks in silver containers and cups that are translucent.

[76:16] Translucent cups, though made of silver; they rightly deserved all this.

[76:17] They enjoy drinks of delicious flavors.

[76:18] From a spring therein known as “Salsabeel.”

[76:19] Serving them will be immortal servants. When you see them, they will look like scattered pearls.

[76:20] Wherever you look, you will see bliss, and a wonderful dominion.

[76:21] On them will be clothes of green velvet, satin, and silver ornaments. Their Lord will provide them with pure drinks.

[76:22] This is the reward that awaits you, for your efforts have been appreciated.

[76:23] We have revealed to you this Quran; a special revelation from us.

[76:24] You shall steadfastly carry out your Lord’s commandments, and do not obey any sinful disbeliever among them.

[76:25] And commemorate the name of your Lord day and night.

[76:26] During the night, fall prostrate before Him, and glorify Him many a long night.

[76:27] These people are preoccupied with this fleeting life, while disregarding – just ahead of them – a heavy day.

[76:28] We created them, and established them, and, whenever we will, we can substitute others in their place.

[76:29] This is a reminder: whoever wills shall choose the path to his Lord.

[76:30] Whatever you will is in accordance with God’s will. God is Omniscient, Wise.

[76:31] He admits whomever He wills into His mercy. As for the transgressors, He has prepared for them a painful retribution.

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Free Quran Chapter 77: Dispatched (Al-Mursalaat)

Learn from GOD that angels run the world, they make it rain, they make sure you get food, and much more. A big problem is people believe that angels are rare, they are not. Angels are always around us. Not a single moment goes by without an angel is there to watch what you are doing. Another problem is assigning human behavior, personality and morals to the angels. For example, if you are having sexual intercourse, doesn’t that make it awkward that there are angels watching you? Well, no. It’s not awkward. Because in the angels minds they are only seeing normal human behavior. To them, it is the same as watching humans eat, or take a piss, or give birth or die. So you don’t have to feel embarrassed or worry that they will judge you. Their duty is to only record, make our physical world work as it should and to do GOD’s bidding, such as to punish you or to inspire you.

It is important to understand that this life is your only chance to apologize to GOD and to gather enough points to enter paradise. Because at the Day of Judgement, you will not be able to apologize. The whole system is based around the human mentality. For example, many argue that they will not believe unless they see GOD. Well, even if they see GOD, then that doesn’t change the person they are! They would only be believing through their eyes. However, GOD wants us to believe with every atom in us. GOD wants us to believe through understanding and logic. GOD wants us to believe through absolute truth, which is that there can only be one god, and that is GOD! Seeing GOD is not going to replace many years of hard work. Seeing GOD is not going to replace understanding and wisdom. If you think about it, all the miracles GOD has shown mankind were simply GOD’s signature to support the prophets. That’s all. It still leaves a big reason for people to disbelieve. Because, again, GOD wants only those who deserve guidance. Okay, listen carefully now, this is a funny thing that will explain GOD’s wisdom behind all this. Do you seek reasons to believe, or reasons to disbelieve? See? It is that simple. Disbelievers are always searching for reasons to disbelieve. While believers, when in doubt, always seek reasons to believe, they then get rewarded with inspiration that explains everything which then helps them be better guided to the truth. That’s how GOD’s system works. And honestly, GOD’s system is ingenious. So don’t feel sorry for disbelievers, they are suffering the consequences of their own doing.

Another thing you learn from this chapter is the importance of mountains and their many functions, for example, did you know that most naturally drinkable water comes from mountains? The mountains force winds upwards, causing rain, that rain then either runs down the mountain or freeze, and slowly melts, providing us with fresh water daily for the whole year. However, we might look at mountains and see them as just rocks, but there is so much that makes up a mountain, they are an eco-system of their own. And an imbalance can cause this wonderful ecosystem to stop producing water for us. Anyhow, this shows that GOD has provided us with the perfect solution for all our needs.

Quran Chapter 77: Dispatched (Al-Mursalaat)

[77:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

[77:1] (Angels) dispatched in succession.

[77:2] To drive the wind.

[77:3] Stir up clouds.

[77:4] Distribute the provisions.

[77:5] Deliver messages.

[77:6] Good news, as well as warnings.

[77:7] What is promised will come to pass.

[77:8] Thus, when the stars are put out.

[77:9] The sky is opened up.

[77:10] The mountains are blown up.

[77:11] The messengers are summoned.

[77:12] That is the appointed day.

[77:13] The Day of Decision.

[77:14] What a Day of Decision!

[77:15] Woe on that day to the rejectors.

[77:16] Did we not annihilate the earlier generations?

[77:17] Then we made others follow them?

[77:18] This is what we do to the criminals.

[77:19] Woe on that day to the rejectors.

[77:20] Did we not create you from a lowly liquid?*

*77:20-23 According to Langman’s Medical Embryology, by T. W. Sadler (Fifth Edition, Page 88): “In general the length of pregnancy for a full term fetus is 266 days or 38 weeks after fertilization.” Both 266 and 38 are multiples of 19 (Appendix 1).

[77:21] Then we placed it in a well-protected repository.

[77:22] For a specific period.

[77:23] We measured it precisely.* We are the best designers.

*77:20-23 According to Langman’s Medical Embryology, by T. W. Sadler (Fifth Edition, Page 88): “In general the length of pregnancy for a full term fetus is 266 days or 38 weeks after fertilization.” Both 266 and 38 are multiples of 19 (Appendix 1).

[77:24] Woe on that day to the rejectors.

[77:25] Did we not make the earth an abode?

[77:26] For the living and the dead?

[77:27] We placed on it high mountains, and provided you with fresh water to drink.

[77:28] Woe on that day to the rejectors.

[77:29] Go to what you used to disbelieve in.

[77:30] Go to a shade of three different densities.

[77:31] Yet, it provides neither coolness, nor protection from the heat.

[77:32] It throws sparks as big as mansions.

[77:33] As yellow as the color of camels.

[77:34] Woe on that day to the rejectors.

[77:35] That is the day they do not speak.

[77:36] Nor are they given permission to apologize.

[77:37] Woe on that day to the rejectors.

[77:38] This is the Day of Decision. We have summoned you and the previous generations.

[77:39] If you have any schemes, go ahead and scheme.

[77:40] Woe on that day to the rejectors.

[77:41] The righteous will enjoy shade and springs.

[77:42] And fruits that they desire.

[77:43] Eat and drink happily in return for your works.

[77:44] We thus reward the virtuous.

[77:45] Woe on that day to the rejectors.

[77:46] Eat and enjoy temporarily; you are guilty.

[77:47] Woe on that day to the rejectors.

[77:48] When they are told, “Bow down,” they do not bow down.

[77:49] Woe on that day to the rejectors.

[77:50] Which Hadith, other than this, do they uphold?

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Free Quran Chapter 88: Overwhelming (Al-Ghaasheyah)

Learn from GOD about the allegories of paradise, and that you should study how things are created. Hell will be overwhelming. All descriptions are allegorical. But we you use these allegories to help you imagine how Hell will feel like. For example: It is annoying when people scream, and when there is a lot of noise. Well, Hell will be constant screaming and noise that never ends, and there is no way to shut it out. It hurts to drink tea or soup that is too hot, right? Well, Hell will be constantly burning your insides, and there is no way to stop drinking or drink cold water.

Paradise is also described in allegories, these help us imagine how it will be like. For example, no nonsense is heard. How amazing is that??? I personally can’t bare listening to nonsense, it makes me lose energy. So imagine a world where there is no bullshit? Yes please! Springs flows? Imagine that, in our world we have to purify the water before we can drink it, it is a lot of work just for some water. Paradise will be the feeling of not having to work for basics needs. Luxurious furnishings! Isn’t it annoying when you sit down on a sofa or chair and you feel annoyed at how the clothes put pressure on your skin. It’s a very small annoyance, but even that very tiny annoyance will be completely gone. Paradise is the feeling of having absolutely nothing to complain about, just plain perfection. Imagine the feeling of a world where not a single atom is out of place.

Quran Chapter 88: Overwhelming (Al-Ghaasheyah)

[88:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

[88:1] Are you aware of the Overwhelming?

[88:2] Faces on that day will be shamed.

[88:3] Laboring and exhausted.

[88:4] Suffering in a blazing Hellfire.

[88:5] Drinking from a flaming spring.

[88:6] They will have no food except the useless variety.

[88:7] It never nourishes, nor satisfies hunger.

[88:8] Other faces on that day will be full of joy.

[88:9] Satisfied with their work.

[88:10] In an exalted Paradise.

[88:11] In it, no nonsense is heard.

[88:12] In it, a spring flows.

[88:13] In it, there are luxurious furnishings.

[88:14] And drinks made available.

[88:15] And pitchers in rows.

[88:16] And carpets throughout.

[88:17] Why do they not reflect on the camels and how they are created?

[88:18] And the sky and how it is raised.

[88:19] And the mountains and how they are constructed.

[88:20] And the earth and how it is built.

[88:21] You shall remind, for your mission is to deliver this reminder.

[88:22] You have no power over them.

[88:23] As for those who turn away and disbelieve.

[88:24] God will commit them to the great retribution.

[88:25] To us is their ultimate destiny.

[88:26] Then we will call them to account.

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