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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.


(Source: The Contact Prayers 00:04:13).

  • 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

Video Outro:

  • 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.

End of Video


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 4: Women (Al-Nesa’)

Learn from GOD that both men and women have rights but also responsibilities. Righteous men and women accept this. Righteous men and women accept their gender roles. Men and women who don’t accept their gender roles are always arrogant evildoers, and are going to Hell. It is that simple. A couple can only be happy if they follow GOD’s commandment. The husband takes care of the wife, and the wife obeys the husband. This is GOD’s design.

Now of course the majority of humans are evil, so yes there will be men who will abuse women, and there will be women who take advantage of men just for the money. However, righteous men and women are not responsible for what evil men and women do to each other. Therefore, righteous men and women should not follow the philosophies and ideologies of evil men and evil women.

A big misconception is that it says that the husband can do whatever he pleases with his spouses. However the next part says: AS LONG as righteousness is maintained! This is a big part of the verse, yet it is almost never mentioned. The agents of Satan try to twist GOD’s commandments in every possible way, to discourage people from believing. To misguide people. To turn people towards Satan’s system of rebellious women and pathetic men.

Quran Chapter 4: Women (Al-Nesa’)

[4:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

[4:1] O people, observe your Lord; the One who created you from one being, and created from it its mate, then spread from the two many men and women. You shall regard God, by whom you swear, and regard the parents. God is watching over you.*

*4:1 This is the second longest sura, and the title indicates that it aims at defending the women’s rights. Any interpretation must favor the women’s rights, not the other way around.

Regard the Orphans

[4:2] You shall hand over to the orphans their rightful properties. Do not substitute the bad for the good, and do not consume their properties by combining them with yours. This would be a gross injustice.

Grounds For Polygamy*

[4:3] If you deem it best for the orphans, you may marry their mothers – you may marry two, three, or four. If you fear lest you become unfair, then you shall be content with only one, or with what you already have. Additionally, you are thus more likely to avoid financial hardship.

*4:3 See Appendix 30 for a detailed discussion on polygamy.

[4:4] You shall give the women their due dowries, equitably. If they willingly forfeit anything, then you may accept it; it is rightfully yours.

[4:5] Do not give immature orphans the properties that God has entrusted with you as guardians. You shall provide for them therefrom, and clothe them, and treat them kindly.

[4:6] You shall test the orphans when they reach puberty. As soon as you find them mature enough, give them their property. Do not consume it extravagantly in a hurry, before they grow up. The rich guardian shall not charge any wage, but the poor guardian may charge equitably. When you give them their properties, you shall have witnesses. God suffices as Reckoner.

Women’s Inheritance Rights

[4:7] The men get a share of what the parents and the relatives leave behind. The women too shall get a share of what the parents and relatives leave behind. Whether it is a small or a large inheritance, (the women must get) a definite share.

[4:8] During distribution of the inheritances, if relatives, orphans, and needy persons are present, you shall give them therefrom, and treat them kindly.

[4:9] Those who are concerned about their own children, in case they leave them behind, shall observe God and be equitable.

[4:10] Those who consume the orphans’ properties unjustly, eat fire into their bellies, and will suffer in Hell.

If No Will Is Left*

[4:11] God decrees a will for the benefit of your children; the male gets twice the share of the female.* If the inheritors are only women, more than two, they get two-thirds of what is bequeathed. If only one daughter is left, she gets one-half. The parents of the deceased get one-sixth of the inheritance each, if the deceased has left any children. If he left no children, and his parents are the only inheritors, the mother gets one-third. If he has siblings, then the mother gets one-sixth. All this, after fulfilling any will* the deceased has left, and after paying off all debts. When it comes to your parents and your children, you do not know which of them is really the best to you and the most beneficial. This is God’s law. God is Omniscient, Most Wise.

*4:11 Generally, the son is responsible for a family, while the daughter is taken care of by a husband. However, the Quran recommends in 2:180 that a will shall be left to conform with the specific circumstances of the deceased. For example, if the son is rich and the daughter is poor, one may leave a will giving the daughter everything, or twice as much as the son.

Inheritance For the Spouses

[4:12] You get half of what your wives leave behind, if they had no children. If they had children, you get one-fourth of what they leave. All this, after fulfilling any will they had left, and after paying off all debts. They get one-fourth of what you leave behind, if you had no children. If you had children, they get one-eighth of what you bequeath. All this, after fulfilling any will you had left, and after paying off all debts. If the deceased man or woman was a loner, and leaves two siblings, male or female, each of them gets one-sixth of the inheritance. If there are more siblings, then they equally share one-third of the inheritance. All this, after fulfilling any will, and after paying off all debts, so that no one is hurt. This is a will decreed by God. God is Omniscient, Clement.

God Communicates With Us Through His Messenger

[4:13] These are God’s laws. Those who obey God and His messenger, He will admit them into gardens with flowing streams, wherein they abide forever. This is the greatest triumph.

[4:14] As for the one who disobeys God and His messenger, and transgresses His laws, He will admit him into Hell, wherein he abides forever. He has incurred a shameful retribution.

Health Quarantine

[4:15] Those who commit adultery among your women, you must have four witnesses against them, from among you. If they do bear witness, then you shall keep such women in their homes until they die, or until God creates an exit for them.*

*4:15 A woman witnessed by four people in the act of committing adultery on four different occasions, with four different partners, represents a danger to public health. Such a woman is a depository of germs, and a health quarantine protects the society from her. A good example of an exit that saves a quarantined woman is marriage – someone may wish to marry her, and thus protect her and the society.

[4:16] The couple who commits adultery shall be punished.* If they repent and reform, you shall leave them alone. God is Redeemer, Most Merciful.

*4:16 Public exposure of the sinners is a major deterrent, as we see in 5:38 and 24:2.

Repentance

[4:17] Repentance is acceptable by God from those who fall in sin out of ignorance, then repent immediately thereafter. God redeems them. God is Omniscient, Most Wise.

[4:18] Not acceptable is the repentance of those who commit sins until death comes to them, then say, “Now I repent.” Nor is it acceptable from those who die as disbelievers. For these, we have prepared a painful retribution.

[4:19] O you who believe, it is not lawful for you to inherit what the women leave behind, against their will. You shall not force them to give up anything you had given them, unless they commit a proven adultery. You shall treat them nicely. If you dislike them, you may dislike something wherein God has placed a lot of good.

Protection for Women

[4:20] If you wish to marry another wife, in place of your present wife, and you had given any of them a great deal, you shall not take back anything you had given her. Would you take it fraudulently, maliciously, and sinfully?

[4:21] How could you take it back, after you have been intimate with each other, and they had taken from you a solemn pledge?

Respect for the Father

[4:22] Do not marry the women who were previously married to your fathers – existing marriages are exempted and shall not be broken – for it is a gross offense, and an abominable act.

Incest Forbidden

[4:23] Prohibited for you (in marriage) are your mothers, your daughters, your sisters, the sisters of your fathers, the sisters of your mothers, the daughters of your brother, the daughters of your sister, your nursing mothers, the girls who nursed from the same woman as you, the mothers of your wives, the daughters of your wives with whom you have consummated the marriage – if the marriage has not been consummated, you may marry the daughter. Also prohibited for you are the women who were married to your genetic sons. Also, you shall not be married to two sisters at the same time – but do not break up existing marriages. God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

Mutual Attraction And Dowry Required

[4:24] Also prohibited are the women who are already married, unless they flee their disbelieving husbands who are at war with you.* These are God’s commandments to you. All other categories are permitted for you in marriage, so long as you pay them their due dowries. You shall maintain your morality, by not committing adultery. Thus, whoever you like among them, you shall pay them the dowry decreed for them. You commit no error by mutually agreeing to any adjustments to the dowry. God is Omniscient, Most Wise.

*4:24 If believing women flee their disbelieving husbands who are at war with the believers, they do not have to obtain a divorce before remarriage. See 60:10.

[4:25] Those among you who cannot afford to marry free believing women, may marry believing slave women. God knows best about your belief, and you are equal to one another, as far as belief is concerned. You shall obtain permission from their guardians before you marry them, and pay them their due dowry equitably. They shall maintain moral behavior, by not committing adultery, or having secret lovers. Once they are freed through marriage, if they commit adultery, their punishment shall be half of that for the free women.* Marrying a slave shall be a last resort for those unable to wait. To be patient is better for you. God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

*4:25 This law proves that the punishment for adultery could not possibly be stoning to death as stated in the laws of corrupted Muslims (see 24:2).

[4:26] God wills to explain things for you, and to guide you through past precedents, and to redeem you. God is Omniscient, Most Wise.

God’s Mercy

[4:27] God wishes to redeem you, while those who pursue their lusts wish that you deviate a great deviation.

[4:28] God wishes to lighten your burden, for the human being is created weak.

Murder, Suicide, and Illicit Gains Prohibited

[4:29] O you who believe, do not consume each others’ properties illicitly – only mutually acceptable transactions are permitted. You shall not kill yourselves. God is Merciful towards you.

[4:30] Anyone who commits these transgressions, maliciously and deliberately, we will condemn him to Hell. This is easy for God to do.

[4:31] If you refrain from committing the gross sins that are prohibited for you, we will remit your sins, and admit you an honorable admittance.

Men and Women Endowed With Unique Qualities

[4:32] You shall not covet the qualities bestowed upon each other by God; the men enjoy certain qualities, and the women enjoy certain qualities. You may implore God to shower you with His grace. God is fully aware of all things.

Do Not Object to the Inheritance Laws Proposed by God

[4:33] For each of you, we have designated shares from the inheritance left by the parents and the relatives. Also those related to you through marriage, you shall give them their due share. God witnesses all things.

Do Not Beat Your Wife*

[4:34] The men are made responsible for the women,** and God has endowed them with certain qualities, and made them the bread earners. The righteous women will cheerfully accept this arrangement, since it is God’s commandment, and honor their husbands during their absence. If you experience rebellion from the women, you shall first talk to them, then (you may use negative incentives like) deserting them in bed, then you may (as a last alternative) beat them. If they obey you, you are not permitted to transgress against them. God is Most High, Supreme.

*4:34 God prohibits wife-beating by using the best psychological approach. For example, if I don’t want you to shop at Market X, I will ask you to shop at Market Y, then at Market Z, then, as a last resort, at Market X. This will effectively stop you from shopping at Market X, without insulting you. Similarly, God provides alternatives to wife-beating; reasoning with her first, then employing certain negative incentives. Remember that the theme of this sura is defending the women’s rights and countering the prevalent oppression of women. Any interpretation of the verses of this sura must be in favor of the women. This sura’s theme is “protection of women.”

**4:34 This expression simply means that God is appointing the husband as “captain of the ship.” Marriage is like a ship, and the captain runs it after due consultation with his officers. A believing wife readily accepts God’s appointment, without mutiny.

Marriage Arbitration

[4:35] If a couple fears separation, you shall appoint an arbitrator from his family and an arbitrator from her family; if they decide to reconcile, God will help them get together. God is Omniscient, Cognizant.

Major Commandments

[4:36] You shall worship God alone – do not associate anything with Him. You shall regard the parents, the relatives, the orphans, the poor, the related neighbor, the unrelated neighbor, the close associate, the traveling alien, and your servants. God does not like the arrogant show-offs.

[4:37] The ones who are stingy, exhort the people to be stingy, and conceal what God has bestowed upon them from His bounties. We have prepared for the disbelievers a shameful retribution.

[4:38] They give money to charity only to show off, while disbelieving in God and the Last Day. If one’s companion is the devil, that is the worst companion.

[4:39] Why do they not believe in God and the Last Day, and give from God’s provisions to them? God is fully aware of them.

Divine Justice

[4:40] God does not inflict an atom’s weight of injustice. On the contrary, He multiplies the reward manifold for the righteous work, and grants from Him a great recompense.

[4:41] Thus, when the day (of judgment) comes, we will call upon a witness from each community, and you (the messenger) will serve as a witness among these people.

[4:42] On that day, those who disbelieved and disobeyed the messenger will wish that they were level with the ground; not a single utterance will they be able to hide from God.

What Nullifies Ablution

[4:43] O you who believe, do not observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) while intoxicated, so that you know what you are saying. Nor after sexual orgasm without bathing, unless you are on the road, traveling; if you are ill or traveling, or you had urinary or fecal-related excretion (such as gas), or contacted the women (sexually), and you cannot find water, you shall observe Tayammum (dry ablution) by touching clean dry soil, then wiping your faces and hands therewith. God is Pardoner, Forgiver.

[4:44] Have you noted those who received a portion of the scripture, and how they choose to stray, and wish that you stray from the path?

[4:45] God knows best who your enemies are. God is the only Lord and Master. God is the only Supporter.

[4:46] Among those who are Jewish, some distort the words beyond the truth, and they say, “We hear, but we disobey,” and “Your words are falling on deaf ears,” and “Raa’ena* (be our shepherd),” as they twist their tongues to mock the religion. Had they said, “We hear, and we obey,” and “We hear you,” and “Unzurna (watch over us),” it would have been better for them, and more righteous. Instead, they have incurred condemnation from God due to their disbelief. Consequently, the majority of them cannot believe.

*4:46 The word “Raa’ena” was twisted by some Hebrew speaking people to sound like a dirty word. See 2:104.

[4:47] O you who received the scripture, you shall believe in what we reveal herein, confirming what you have, before we banish certain faces to exile, or condemn them as we condemned those who desecrated the Sabbath. God’s command is done.

The Unforgivable Sin

[4:48] God does not forgive idolatry,* but He forgives lesser offenses for whomever He wills. Anyone who sets up idols beside God, has forged a horrendous offense.

*4:48 Idol worship is not forgivable, if maintained until death. One can always repent from any offense, including idolatry, before death comes (see 4:18 & 40:66).

[4:49] Have you noted those who exalt themselves? Instead, God is the One who exalts whomever He wills, without the least injustice.

[4:50] Note how they fabricate lies about God; what a gross offense this is!

[4:51] Have you noted those who received a portion of the scripture, and how they believe in idolatry and false doctrine, then say, “The disbelievers are better guided than the believers?!”

[4:52] It is they who incurred God’s condemnation, and whomever God condemns, you will not find any helper for him.

[4:53] Do they own a share of the sovereignty? If they did, they would not give the people as much as a grain.

[4:54] Are they envious of the people because God has showered them with His blessings? We have given Abraham’s family the scripture, and wisdom; we granted them a great authority.

[4:55] Some of them believed therein, and some of them repelled therefrom; Hell is the only just retribution for these.

Allegorical Description of Hell

[4:56] Surely, those who disbelieve in our revelations, we will condemn them to the hellfire. Whenever their skins are burnt, we will give them new skins. Thus, they will suffer continuously. God is Almighty, Most Wise.

[4:57] As for those who believe and lead a righteous life, we will admit them into gardens with flowing streams; they abide therein forever. They will have pure spouses therein. We will admit them into a blissful shade.

Honesty & Justice Advocated

[4:58] God commands you to give back anything the people have entrusted to you. If you judge among the people, you shall judge equitably. The best enlightenment indeed is what God recommends for you. God is Hearer, Seer.

[4:59] O you who believe, you shall obey God, and you shall obey the messenger, and those in charge among you. If you dispute in any matter, you shall refer it to God and the messenger, if you do believe in God and the Last Day. This is better for you, and provides you with the best solution.

Believers Or Hypocrites?

[4:60] Have you noted those who claim that they believe in what was revealed to you, and in what was revealed before you, then uphold the unjust laws of their idols? They were commanded to reject such laws. Indeed, it is the devil’s wish to lead them far astray.

[4:61] When they are told, “Come to what God has revealed, and to the messenger,” you see the hypocrites shunning you completely.

[4:62] How will it be when a disaster hits them, as a consequence of their own works? They will come to you then and swear by God: “Our intentions were good and righteous!”

[4:63] God is fully aware of their innermost intentions. You shall ignore them, enlighten them, and give them good advice that may save their souls.

Unquestioning Submission: Quality of the True Believers

[4:64] We did not send any messenger except to be obeyed in accordance with God’s will. Had they, when they wronged their souls, come to you and prayed to God for forgiveness, and the messenger prayed for their forgiveness, they would have found God Redeemer, Most Merciful.

[4:65] Never indeed, by your Lord; they are not believers unless they come to you to judge in their disputes, then find no hesitation in their hearts whatsoever in accepting your judgment. They must submit a total submission.

God’s Tests Are Never Unreasonable

[4:66] Had we decreed for them: “You must offer your lives,” or “Give up your homes,” they would not have done it, except for a few of them. (Even if such a command was issued,) had they done what they were commanded to do, it would have been better for them, and would prove the strength of their faith.

[4:67] And we would have granted them a great recompense.

[4:68] And we would have guided them in the right path.

Equality of Believers

[4:69] Those who obey God and the messenger belong with those blessed by God – the prophets, the saints, the martyrs, and the righteous. These are the best company.

[4:70] Such is the blessing from God; God is the best Knower.

[4:71] O you who believe, you shall remain alert, and mobilize as individuals, or mobilize all together.

[4:72] Surely, there are those among you who would drag their feet, then, if a setback afflicts you, they would say, “God has blessed me that I was not martyred with them.”

[4:73] But if you attain a blessing from God, they would say, as if no friendship ever existed between you and them, “I wish I was with them, so I could share in such a great victory.”

[4:74] Those who readily fight in the cause of God are those who forsake this world in favor of the Hereafter. Whoever fights in the cause of God, then gets killed, or attains victory, we will surely grant him a great recompense.

The Believers are Fearless

[4:75] Why should you not fight in the cause of God when weak men, women, and children are imploring: “Our Lord, deliver us from this community whose people are oppressive, and be You our Lord and Master.”

[4:76] Those who believe are fighting for the cause of God, while those who disbelieve are fighting for the cause of tyranny. Therefore, you shall fight the devil’s allies; the devil’s power is nil.

[4:77] Have you noted those who were told, “You do not have to fight; all you need to do is observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the obligatory charity (Zakat),” then, when fighting was decreed for them, they feared the people as much as they feared God, or even more? They said, “Our Lord, why did You force this fighting on us? If only You respite us for awhile!” Say, “The materials of this world are nil, while the Hereafter is far better for the righteous, and you never suffer the slightest injustice.”

God is the Doer of Everything*

[4:78] Wherever you are, death will catch up with you, even if you live in formidable castles. When something good happens to them, they say, “This is from God,” and when something bad afflicts them, they blame you. Say, “Everything comes from God.” Why do these people misunderstand almost everything?

*4:78 Bad things are consequences of our own deeds (42:30, 64:11), though God is the doer of everything (8:17). God created the fire to serve us, but you can decide to put your finger in it. We thus hurt ourselves. It is God’s law that if you put your finger in the fire, it will hurt.

Nothing Bad Comes From God

[4:79] Anything good that happens to you is from God, and anything bad that happens to you is from you. We have sent you as a messenger to the people,* and God suffices as witness.

*4:79 Muhammad was not given any proof of prophethood. Hence the expression “God suffices as a witness” (29:51-52). The gematrical value of “Muhammad” is 92, and 92+79=171=19×9.

[4:80] Whoever obeys the messenger is obeying God. As for those who turn away, we did not send you as their guardian.

[4:81] They pledge obedience, but as soon as they leave you, some of them harbor intentions contrary to what they say. God records their innermost intentions. You shall disregard them, and put your trust in God. God suffices as an advocate.

Proof of Divine Authorship

[4:82] Why do they not study the Quran carefully? If it were from other than God, they would have found in it numerous contradictions.*

*4:82 Although the Quran was revealed during the dark ages, you cannot find any nonsense in it; another proof of divine authorship (see the Introduction and Appendix One).

Beware of the Devil’s Rumors

[4:83] When a rumor that affects security comes their way, they spread it. Had they referred it to the messenger, and those in charge among them, those who understand these matters would have informed them. If it were not for God’s grace towards you, and His mercy, you would have followed the devil, except a few.

[4:84] You shall fight for the cause of God; you are responsible only for your own soul, and exhort the believers to do the same. God will neutralize the power of those who disbelieve. God is much more powerful, and much more effective.

Responsibility

[4:85] Whoever mediates a good deed receives a share of the credit thereof, and whoever mediates an evil work, incurs a share thereof. God controls all things.

You Shall Be Courteous

[4:86] When greeted with a greeting, you shall respond with a better greeting or at least an equal one. God reckons all things.

[4:87] God: there is no god except He. He will surely summon you on the Day of Resurrection – the inevitable day. Whose narration is more truthful than God’s?

How to Deal With the Hypocrites

[4:88] Why should you divide yourselves into two groups regarding the hypocrites (among you)? God is the one who condemned them because of their own behavior. Do you want to guide those who are sent astray by God? Whomever God sends astray, you can never find a way to guide them.

[4:89] They wish that you disbelieve as they have disbelieved, then you become equal. Do not consider them friends, unless they mobilize along with you in the cause of God. If they turn against you, you shall fight them, and you may kill them when you encounter them in war. You shall not accept them as friends, or allies.*

*4:89 The basic rule controlling all fighting is stated in 60:8-9.

[4:90] Exempted are those who join people with whom you have signed a peace treaty, and those who come to you wishing not to fight you, nor fight their relatives. Had God willed, He could have permitted them to fight against you. Therefore, if they leave you alone, refrain from fighting you, and offer you peace, then God gives you no excuse to fight them.

[4:91] You will find others who wish to make peace with you, and also with their people. However, as soon as war erupts, they fight against you. Unless these people leave you alone, offer you peace, and stop fighting you, you may fight them when you encounter them. Against these, we give you a clear authorization.

You Shall Not Kill

[4:92] No believer shall kill another believer, unless it is an accident. If one kills a believer by accident, he shall atone by freeing a believing slave, and paying a compensation to the victim’s family, unless they forfeit such a compensation as a charity. If the victim belonged to people who are at war with you, though he was a believer, you shall atone by freeing a believing slave. If he belonged to people with whom you have signed a peace treaty, you shall pay the compensation in addition to freeing a believing slave. If you cannot find* a slave to free, you shall atone by fasting two consecutive months, in order to be redeemed by God. God is Knower, Most Wise.

*4:92 Since slavery does not exist, the offender must atone by fasting two consecutive months.

An Unforgivable Offense

[4:93] Anyone who kills a believer on purpose, his retribution is Hell, wherein he abides forever, God is angry with him, and condemns him, and has prepared for him a terrible retribution.

[4:94] O you who believe, if you strike in the cause of God, you shall be absolutely sure. Do not say to one who offers you peace, “You are not a believer,” seeking the spoils of this world. For God possesses infinite spoils. Remember that you used to be like them, and God blessed you. Therefore, you shall be absolutely sure (before you strike). God is fully Cognizant of everything you do.

Higher Ranks for the Strivers

[4:95] Not equal are the sedentary among the believers who are not handicapped, and those who strive in the cause of God with their money and their lives. God exalts the strivers with their money and their lives above the sedentary. For both, God promises salvation, but God exalts the strivers over the sedentary with a great recompense.

[4:96] The higher ranks come from Him, as well as forgiveness and mercy. God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

Apathy Condemned

[4:97] Those whose lives are terminated by the angels, while in a state of wronging their souls, the angels will ask them, “What was the matter with you?” They will say, “We were oppressed on earth.” They will say, “Was God’s earth not spacious enough for you to emigrate therein?” For these, the final abode is Hell, and a miserable destiny.

[4:98] Exempted are the weak men, women, and children who do not possess the strength, nor the means to find a way out.

[4:99] These may be pardoned by God. God is Pardoner, Forgiver.

[4:100] Anyone who emigrates in the cause of God will find on earth great bounties and richness. Anyone who gives up his home, emigrating to God and His messenger, then death catches up with him, his recompense is reserved with God. God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

[4:101] When you travel, during war, you commit no error by shortening your Contact Prayers (Salat), if you fear that the disbelievers may attack you. Surely, the disbelievers are your ardent enemies.

War Precautions

[4:102] When you are with them, and lead the Contact Prayer (Salat) for them, let some of you stand guard; let them hold their weapons, and let them stand behind you as you prostrate. Then, let the other group that has not prayed take their turn praying with you, while the others stand guard and hold their weapons. Those who disbelieved wish to see you neglect your weapons and your equipment, in order to attack you once and for all. You commit no error, if you are hampered by rain or injury, by putting down your weapons, so long as you remain alert. God has prepared for the disbelievers a shameful retribution.

The Contact Prayers

[4:103] Once you complete your Contact Prayer (Salat), you shall remember God while standing, sitting, or lying down.* Once the war is over, you shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat); the Contact Prayers (Salat) are decreed for the believers at specific times.

*4:103 Your god is whoever or whatever occupies your mind most of the day. In order to belong in God’s kingdom, and enjoy His grace and protection, the Quran exhorts us to remember God “always” (2:152 & 200, 3:191, 33:41-42). This profound fact explains the numerous verses asserting that “most” of those who believe in God are going to Hell (12:106, 23:84-89, 29:61-63, 31:25, 39:38, 43:87). See Footnote 3:191 and Appendix 27.

[4:104] Do not waver in pursuing the enemy. If you suffer, they also suffer. However, you expect from God what they never expect. God is Omniscient, Most Wise.

[4:105] We have sent down to you the scripture, truthfully, in order to judge among the people in accordance with what God has shown you. You shall not side with the betrayers.

[4:106] You shall implore God for forgiveness. God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

Do Not Defend the Transgressors

[4:107] Do not argue on behalf of those who have wronged their own souls; God does not love any betrayer, guilty.

[4:108] They hide from the people, and do not care to hide from God, though He is with them as they harbor ideas He dislikes. God is fully aware of everything they do.

You Do Not Help Them by Being “Nice”

[4:109] Here you are arguing on their behalf in this world; who is going to argue with God on their behalf on the Day of Resurrection? Who is going to be their advocate?

[4:110] Anyone who commits evil, or wrongs his soul, then implores God for forgiveness, will find God Forgiving, Most Merciful.

[4:111] Anyone who earns a sin, earns it to the detriment of his own soul. God is Omniscient, Most Wise.

[4:112] Anyone who earns a sin, then accuses an innocent person thereof, has committed a blasphemy and a gross offense.

[4:113] If it were not for God’s grace towards you, and His mercy, some of them would have misled you. They only mislead themselves, and they can never harm you in the least. God has sent down to you the scripture and wisdom, and He has taught you what you never knew. Indeed, God’s blessings upon you have been great.

[4:114] There is nothing good about their private conferences, except for those who advocate charity, or righteous works, or making peace among the people. Anyone who does this, in response to God’s teachings, we will grant him a great recompense.

[4:115] As for him who opposes the messenger, after the guidance has been pointed out to him, and follows other than the believers’ way, we will direct him in the direction he has chosen, and commit him to Hell; what a miserable destiny!

The Unforgivable Sin

[4:116] God does not forgive idol worship (if maintained until death),* and He forgives lesser offenses for whomever He wills. Anyone who idolizes any idol beside God has strayed far astray.

*4:116 A simple definition of idolatry: Believing that anything beside God can help you.

[4:117] They even worship female gods besides Him; as a matter of fact, they only worship a rebellious devil.

[4:118] God has condemned him, and he said, “I will surely recruit a definite share of Your worshipers.*

*4:118 The majority of believers in God fall into idolatry (12:106).

[4:119] “I will mislead them, I will entice them, I will command them to (forbid the eating of certain meats by) marking the ears of livestock, and I will command them to distort the creation of God.” Anyone who accepts the devil as a lord, instead of God, has incurred a profound loss.

[4:120] He promises them and entices them; what the devil promises is no more than an illusion.

[4:121] These have incurred Hell as their final abode, and can never evade it.

[4:122] As for those who believe and lead a righteous life, we will admit them into gardens with flowing streams, wherein they live forever. Such is the truthful promise of God. Whose utterances are more truthful than God’s?

The Law

[4:123] It is not in accordance with your wishes, or the wishes of the people of the scripture: anyone who commits evil pays for it, and will have no helper or supporter against God.

[4:124] As for those who lead a righteous life, male or female, while believing, they enter Paradise; without the slightest injustice.

Abraham: Original Messenger of Islam*

[4:125] Who is better guided in his religion than one who submits totally to God, leads a righteous life, according to the creed of Abraham: monotheism? God has chosen Abraham as a beloved friend.

*4:125 All messengers since Adam have preached one and the same religion. Abraham was the original messenger of the creed named “Islam” (22:78, Appendix 26). “Islam” is not a name, but rather a description meaning “Submission.”

[4:126] To God belongs everything in the heavens and the earth. God is in full control of all things.

[4:127] They consult you concerning women: say, “God enlightens you regarding them, as recited for you in the scripture. You shall restore the rights of orphaned girls whom you cheat out of their due dowries when you wish to marry them: you shall not take advantage of them. The rights of orphaned boys must also be protected as well. You shall treat the orphans equitably. Whatever good you do, God is fully aware thereof.”

Divorce Discouraged

[4:128] If a woman senses oppression or desertion from her husband, the couple shall try to reconcile their differences, for conciliation is best for them. Selfishness is a human trait, and if you do good and lead a righteous life, God is fully Cognizant of everything you do.

Polygamy Discouraged*

[4:129] You can never be equitable in dealing with more than one wife, no matter how hard you try. Therefore, do not be so biased as to leave one of them hanging (neither enjoying marriage, nor left to marry someone else). If you correct this situation and maintain righteousness, God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

*4:129 See Appendix 30, entitled “Polygamy.”

[4:130] If the couple must decide to part, God will provide for each of them from His bounties. God is Bounteous, Most Wise.

[4:131] To God belongs everything in the heavens and the earth, and we have enjoined on those who received the scripture before you, and enjoined on you, that you shall reverence God. If you disbelieve, then to God belongs everything in the heavens and the earth. God is in no need, Praiseworthy.

[4:132] To God belongs everything in the heavens and the earth, and God is the only Protector.

[4:133] If He wills, He can annihilate you, O people, and substitute others in your place. God is certainly able to do this.

[4:134] Anyone who seeks the materials of this world should know that God possesses both the materials of this world and the Hereafter. God is Hearer, Seer.

You Shall Not Bear False Witness

[4:135] O you who believe, you shall be absolutely equitable, and observe God, when you serve as witnesses, even against yourselves, or your parents, or your relatives. Whether the accused is rich or poor, God takes care of both. Therefore, do not be biased by your personal wishes. If you deviate or disregard (this commandment), then God is fully Cognizant of everything you do.

[4:136] O you who believe, you shall believe in God and His messenger, and the scripture He has revealed through His messenger, and the scripture He has revealed before that. Anyone who refuses to believe in God, and His angels, and His scriptures, and His messengers, and the Last Day, has indeed strayed far astray.

[4:137] Surely, those who believe, then disbelieve, then believe, then disbelieve, then plunge deeper into disbelief, God will not forgive them, nor will He guide them in any way.

[4:138] Inform the hypocrites that they have incurred painful retribution.

[4:139] They are the ones who ally themselves with disbelievers instead of believers. Are they seeking dignity with them? All dignity belongs with God alone.

[4:140] He has instructed you in the scripture that: if you hear God’s revelations being mocked and ridiculed, you shall not sit with them, unless they delve into another subject. Otherwise, you will be as guilty as they are. God will gather the hypocrites and the disbelievers together in Hell.

The Hypocrites

[4:141] They watch you and wait; if you attain victory from God, they say (to you), “Were we not with you?” But if the disbelievers get a turn, they say (to them), “Did we not side with you, and protect you from the believers?” God will judge between you on the Day of Resurrection. God will never permit the disbelievers to prevail over the believers.

[4:142] The hypocrites think that they are deceiving God, but He is the One who leads them on. When they get up for the Contact Prayer (Salat), they get up lazily. That is because they only show off in front of the people, and rarely do they think of God.

[4:143] They waver in between, neither belonging to this group, nor that group. Whomever God sends astray, you will never find a way to guide him.

[4:144] O you who believe, you shall not ally yourselves with the disbelievers, instead of the believers. Do you wish to provide God with a clear proof against you?

They Think That They Are Believers

[4:145] The hypocrites will be committed to the lowest pit of Hell, and you will find no one to help them.

[4:146] Only those who repent, reform, hold fast to God, and devote their religion absolutely to God alone, will be counted with the believers. God will bless the believers with a great recompense.

[4:147] What will God gain from punishing you, if you became appreciative and believed? God is Appreciative, Omniscient.

Do Not Use Bad Language

[4:148] God does not like the utterance of bad language, unless one is treated with gross injustice. God is Hearer, Knower.

[4:149] If you work righteousness – either declared or concealed – or pardon a transgression, God is Pardoner, Omnipotent.

You Shall Not Make Any Distinction Among God’s Messengers

[4:150] Those who disbelieve in God and His messengers, and seek to make distinction among God and His messengers, and say, “We believe in some and reject some,” and wish to follow a path in between;

[4:151] these are the real disbelievers. We have prepared for the disbelievers a shameful retribution.

[4:152] As for those who believe in God and His messengers, and make no distinction among them, He will grant them their recompense. God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

Lessons From Israel

[4:153] The people of the scripture challenge you to bring down to them a book from the sky! They have asked Moses for more than that, saying, “Show us God, physically.” Consequently, the lightning struck them, as a consequence of their audacity. Additionally, they worshiped the calf, after all the miracles they had seen. Yet, we pardoned all this. We supported Moses with profound miracles.

[4:154] And we raised Mount Sinai above them, as we took their covenant. And we said to them, “Enter the gate humbly.” And we said to them, “Do not desecrate the Sabbath.” Indeed, we took from them a solemn covenant.

[4:155] (They incurred condemnation) for violating their covenant, rejecting God’s revelations, killing the prophets unjustly, and for saying, “Our minds are made up!” In fact, God is the One who sealed their minds, due to their disbelief, and this is why they fail to believe, except rarely.

[4:156] (They are condemned) for disbelieving and uttering about Mary a gross lie.

Crucifying “the Body” of Jesus*

[4:157] And for claiming that they killed the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, the messenger of God. In fact, they never killed him, they never crucified him – they were made to think that they did. All factions who are disputing in this matter are full of doubt concerning this issue. They possess no knowledge; they only conjecture. For certain, they never killed him.*

*4:157-158 Jesus, the real person, the soul, was raised in the same manner as in the death of any righteous person. Subsequently, his enemies arrested, tortured, and crucified his living, but empty, body. See Appendices 17 & 22, and the book “Development of the Christian Doctrine” by Lisa Spray (United Submitters International, Tucson, Arizona, 1990).

[4:158] Instead, God raised him to Him; God is Almighty, Most Wise.

[4:159] Everyone among the people of the scripture was required to believe in him before his death. On the Day of Resurrection, he will be a witness against them.

[4:160] Due to their transgressions, we prohibited for the Jews good foods that used to be lawful for them; also for consistently repelling from the path of God.

[4:161] And for practicing usury, which was forbidden, and for consuming the people’s money illicitly. We have prepared for the disbelievers among them painful retribution.

[4:162] As for those among them who are well founded in knowledge, and the believers, they believe in what was revealed to you, and in what was revealed before you. They are observers of the Contact Prayers (Salat), and givers of the obligatory charity (Zakat); they are believers in God and the Last Day. We grant these a great recompense.

God’s Messengers

[4:163] We have inspired you, as we inspired Noah and the prophets after him. And we inspired Abraham, Ismail, Isaac, Jacob, the Patriarchs, Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and Solomon. And we gave David the Psalms.

[4:164] Messengers we have told you about, and messengers we never told you about. And God spoke to Moses directly.

[4:165] Messengers to deliver good news, as well as warnings. Thus, the people will have no excuse when they face God, after all these messengers have come to them. God is Almighty, Most Wise.

[4:166] But God bears witness concerning what He has revealed to you; He has revealed it with His knowledge. And the angels bear witness as well, but God suffices as witness.

[4:167] Surely, those who disbelieve and repel from the way of God have strayed far astray.

[4:168] Those who disbelieve and transgress, God will not forgive them, nor will He guide them in any way;

[4:169] except the way to Hell, wherein they abide forever. This is easy for God to do.

[4:170] O people, the messenger has come to you with the truth from your Lord. Therefore, you shall believe for your own good. If you disbelieve, then to God belongs everything in the heavens and the earth. God is Omniscient, Most Wise.

Trinity: A False Doctrine

[4:171] O people of the scripture, do not transgress the limits of your religion, and do not say about God except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was a messenger of God, and His word that He had sent to Mary, and a revelation from Him. Therefore, you shall believe in God and His messengers. You shall not say, “Trinity.” You shall refrain from this for your own good. God is only one god. Be He glorified; He is much too glorious to have a son. To Him belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. God suffices as Lord and Master.

[4:172] The Messiah would never disdain from being a servant of God, nor would the closest angels. Those who disdain from worshiping Him, and are too arrogant to submit, He will summon them all before Him.

[4:173] As for those who believe and lead a righteous life, He will fully recompense them, and shower them with His grace. As for those who disdain and turn arrogant, He will commit them to painful retribution. They will find no lord beside God, nor a savior.

The Quran’s Mathematical Code: Tangible, Irrefutable Proof

[4:174] O people, a proof has come to you from your Lord; we have sent down to you a profound beacon.

[4:175] Those who believe in God, and hold fast to Him, He will admit them into mercy from Him, and grace, and will guide them to Him in a straight path.

[4:176] They consult you; say, “God advises you concerning the single person. If one dies and leaves no children, and he had a sister, she gets half the inheritance. If she dies first, he inherits from her, if she left no children. If there were two sisters, they get two-thirds of the inheritance. If the siblings are men and women, the male gets twice the share of the female.” God thus clarifies for you, lest you go astray. God is fully aware of all things.

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Free Quran Chapter 53: The Stars (Al-Najm)

Learn from GOD that we are all responsible for our own salvation, no prophet, saint or idol can save us. This is a common theme throughout the Quran, yet many insist that prophet ‘isa (Jesus) or prophet Muhammad will save them by interceding on their behalf. However, the Quran only mentions intercession between family and loved ones. And even then it wouldn’t matter if the person is not a believer. We can basically only intercede on behalf of those who are already going to paradise. Prophet Noah – when the flood came and drowned his son – begged GOD to save his son, but GOD scolded Noah, telling him that he is not his son, and that he shouldn’t – ignorantly – ask about things that are impossible for him to know about. Which is the fact that only GOD can know who is truly good and who is truly evil.

The belief that these prophets can save us is actually a satanic ideology. It is Satan who wants us to depend on someone other than GOD. Idol-worship is not a very well defined issue in most religions. However, the Quran defines idol-worship perfectly. Simply put: it is the belief that any one or any thing can help you or benefit you other than GOD. For example, you might love your children more than GOD. You might treat money as your savior instead of GOD.

Another important topic in this chapter is;  who decides the gender of the baby? You learn here that it is the male sperm that decides the gender. This strengthens the idea that women are egg carriers, repositories for the man to reproduce, eggs which have no impact on the gender at all. However, this shouldn’t be used as something negative towards women, it is only how nature is and there is no reason to make a big fuzz about it. It is important that we follow facts and not be blinded by agendas by various ideologies such as feminism, who are purposely trying to destroy men and their purpose as designed by GOD.

Quran Chapter 53: The Stars (Al-Najm)

[53:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

[53:1] As the stars fell away.*

*53:1-18 Muhammad was summoned to the highest universe to receive this Quran into his heart. The stars fell away as he traveled through them at millions of times the speed of light. Subsequently, the Quran was gradually released to his memory. Please see Appendix 28.

[53:2] Your friend (Muhammad) was not astray, nor was he deceived.

[53:3] Nor was he speaking out of a personal desire.

[53:4] It was divine inspiration.

[53:5] Dictated by the Most Powerful.

[53:6] Possessor of all authority. From His highest height.

[53:7] At the highest horizon.

[53:8] He drew nearer by moving down.

[53:9] Until He became as close as possible.

[53:10] He then revealed to His servant what was to be revealed.

[53:11] The mind never made up what it saw.

[53:12] Are you doubting what he saw?

[53:13] He saw him in another descent.

[53:14] At the ultimate point.

[53:15] Where the eternal Paradise is located.

[53:16] The whole place was overwhelmed.

[53:17] The eyes did not waver, nor go blind.

[53:18] He saw great signs of his Lord.

The Flimsy Idols

[53:19] Compare this with the female idols Allaat and Al-`Uzzah.

[53:20] And Manaat, the third one.

[53:21] Do you have sons, while He has these as daughters?

[53:22] What a disgraceful distribution!

[53:23] These are but names that you made up, you and your forefathers. God never authorized such a blasphemy. They follow conjecture, and personal desire, when the true guidance has come to them herein from their Lord.

[53:24] What is it that the human being desires?

[53:25] To God belongs both the Hereafter, and this world.

[53:26] Not even the angels in heaven possess authority to intercede. The only ones permitted by God are those who act in accordance with His will and His approval.

[53:27] Those who disbelieve in the Hereafter have given the angels feminine names.

[53:28] They had no knowledge about this; they only conjectured. Conjecture is no substitute for the truth.

Choose Your Friends Carefully

[53:29] You shall disregard those who turn away from our message, and become preoccupied with this worldly life.

[53:30] This is the extent of their knowledge. Your Lord is fully aware of those who strayed away from His path, and He is fully aware of those who are guided.

[53:31] To God belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. He will requite those who commit evil for their works, and will reward the righteous for their righteousness.

[53:32] They avoid gross sins and transgressions, except for minor offenses. Your Lord’s forgiveness is immense. He has been fully aware of you since He initiated you from the earth, and while you were embryos in your mothers’ bellies. Therefore, do not exalt yourselves; He is fully aware of the righteous.

[53:33] Have you noted the one who turned away?

[53:34] Rarely did he give to charity, and then very little.

[53:35] Did he possess knowledge of the future? Could he see it?

[53:36] Was he not informed of the teachings in the scripture of Moses?

[53:37] And Abraham who fulfilled?

[53:38] No soul bears the sins of another soul.

[53:39] Every human being is responsible for his own works.

[53:40] And everyone’s works will be shown.

[53:41] Then they will be paid fully for such works.

[53:42] To your Lord is the final destiny.

[53:43] He is the One who makes you laugh or cry.

[53:44] He is the One who controls death and life.

The Husband Determines The Baby’s Gender

[53:45] He is the One who created the two kinds, male and female –

[53:46] from a tiny drop of semen.

[53:47] He will effect the recreation.

[53:48] He is the One who makes you rich or poor.

[53:49] He is the Lord of the galaxies.

[53:50] He is the One who annihilated ancient `Ãd.

[53:51] And wiped out Thamoud.

[53:52] Also the people of Noah before that; they were evil transgressors.

[53:53] The evil communities (of Sodom and Gomorrah) were the lowliest.

[53:54] Consequently, they utterly vanished.

[53:55] Which of your Lord’s marvels can you deny?

[53:56] This is a warning like the older ones.

[53:57] The inevitable is imminent.

[53:58] None besides God can relieve it.

[53:59] Are you questioning this matter?

[53:60] Are you laughing, instead of crying?

[53:61] Are you insisting on your ways?

[53:62] You shall fall prostrate before God, and worship.

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Free Quran Chapter 60: The Test (Al-Mumtahanah)

Learn from GOD that women should never be targets in war, women are allowed to leave or join whatever side. This commandment is very important, because this will function as a way to create peace between conflicting powers. If your wife wants to leave you and join your enemy, then you will be less willing to fight because then the wife might get killed and your children will lose their mother. Which then leads to the children not wanting to support your war.

Another great thing is that it gets rid of bad women from your community and allows good women to take their place, leading to an even better and more righteous community. Also, why would you want to keep your wife if she wants to join your enemy? Are you stupid? She might kill you in your sleep!

Communities that oppresses women are evil communities. This is basically what GOD is saying. I mean let’s be realistic, what kind of men are so desperate that they oppress women? Tyrants of course. It is that simple.

When you marry, then your flesh becomes one. However, you are still separate spirits. You never own each other’s soul, you are still two separate individuals. Other than that, you can basically enjoy each other’s bodies however you like. But if the woman disbelieves and wishes to leave. Then you have to let her go, and you can demand that she pays back the dowry you had given her. She must also fulfill the divorce intern of course, to make sure she isn’t pregnant.

Something else taught in this chapter is how your relationship with disbelievers should be like. Notice that GOD isn’t telling you to hide from society, or never mingle with people who have a different faith than you. On the contrary, go out there, meet people, engage with people, make friends. However, GOD only tells you not to make friends with people who want to hurt you, who attack you or insult you. Don’t waste your time chasing them. Don’t try to convince them into becoming your friends. Don’t try to prove yourself to them. Don’t try to convert them either, it is not your duty to guide other people, it is the duty of each individual to seek guidance themselves. Time wasted on these types of people is time you could have spent meeting wonderful and good people.

Quran Chapter 60: The Test (Al-Mumtahanah)

[60:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

[60:1] O you who believe, you shall not befriend My enemies and your enemies, extending love and friendship to them, even though they have disbelieved in the truth that has come to you. They persecute the messenger, and you, just because you believe in God, your Lord. If you mobilize to struggle in My cause, seeking My blessings, how can you secretly love them? I am fully aware of everything you conceal, and everything you declare. Those among you who do this have indeed strayed off the right path.

[60:2] Whenever they encounter you, they treat you as enemies, and hurt you with their hands and tongues. They want you to disbelieve.

[60:3] Your relatives and your children can never help you. On the Day of Resurrection, He will judge among you. God is Seer of everything you do.

Abraham: An Example

[60:4] A good example has been set for you by Abraham and those with him. They said to their people, “We disown you and the idols that you worship besides God. We denounce you, and you will see nothing from us except animosity and hatred until you believe in God ALONE.”* However, a mistake was committed by Abraham when he said to his father, “I will pray for your forgiveness,** but I possess no power to protect you from God.” “Our Lord, we trust in You, and submit to You; to You is the final destiny.

*60:4 The Arabic word for “ALONE” (WAHDAHU) occurs only six times in the Quran, one of them refers to upholding the Quran ALONE (17:46). The reference to God ALONE occurs in 7:70, 39:45, 40:12 & 84, and 60:4. The sum of these numbers (7+70+39+45+40+ 12+84+60+4) equals 361, or 19×19. This emphasizes that the main theme of the Quran is “Worship God ALONE.” See Appendix 1.

**60:4 We can pray for guidance for the idolators, not forgiveness, since God’s law is that idolatry is the only unforgivable offense (4:48 & 116).

[60:5] “Our Lord, let us not be oppressed by those who disbelieved, and forgive us. You are the Almighty, Most Wise.”

[60:6] A good example has been set by them for those who seek God and the Last Day. As for those who turn away, God is in no need (of them), Most Praiseworthy.

[60:7] God may change the animosity between you and them into love. God is Omnipotent. God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

Basic Law Regulating Relations With Unbelievers

[60:8] God does not enjoin you from befriending those who do not fight you because of religion, and do not evict you from your homes. You may befriend them and be equitable towards them. God loves the equitable.

[60:9] God enjoins you only from befriending those who fight you because of religion, evict you from your homes, and band together with others to banish you. You shall not befriend them. Those who befriend them are the transgressors.

In Case of War

[60:10] O you who believe, when believing women (abandon the enemy and) ask for asylum with you, you shall test them. God is fully aware of their belief. Once you establish that they are believers, you shall not return them to the disbelievers. They are not lawful to remain married to them, nor shall the disbelievers be allowed to marry them. Give back the dowries that the disbelievers have paid. You commit no error by marrying them, so long as you pay them their due dowries. Do not keep disbelieving wives (if they wish to join the enemy). You may ask them for the dowry you had paid, and they may ask for what they paid. This is God’s rule; He rules among you. God is Omniscient, Most Wise.

[60:11] If any of your wives join the enemies’ camp, and you are forced to fight, you shall force the enemy to compensate the men who lost their wives, by giving them what they spent on their wives. You shall reverence God, in whom you believe.

[60:12] O you prophet, when the believing women (who abandoned the disbelievers) to seek asylum with you pledge to you that they will not set up any idols besides God, nor steal, nor commit adultery, nor kill their children, nor fabricate any falsehood, nor disobey your righteous orders, you shall accept their pledge, and pray to God to forgive them. God is Forgiver, Most Merciful.

[60:13] O you who believe, do not befriend people with whom God is angry, and who are hopelessly stuck in disbelief; they are just as hopeless as the disbelievers who are already in the graves.

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Free Quran Chapter 65: Divorce (Al-Talaaq)

Learn from GOD about your divine rights as a woman, and that you should stand up for those rights. In this chapter you will learn about your rights as a woman and your responsibilities as a man, when it comes to divorce. If societies followed these laws then women wouldn’t be a big burden on a governments welfare system. This chapter also shows us that divorce should occur peacefully. I personally believe that all couples who easily break up are simply sex partners and not really love partners. Think about that, if you really love someone, then you should obviously know them first. However, many people simply rush into a relationship, desperate for sex or having children. This is completely wrong and will result in divorce or a love-less relationship.

The beauty of the commandments in this chapter is that it puts a lot of responsibility on the man, it shows that he can’t just marry a woman and the divorce her. These commandments demand that the man also takes care of the woman AFTER the divorce. This is amazing news for women around the world, but not all governments enforce this right. So I would like you, the reader, to investigate these rights further throughout the Quran and then file a demand to your government, demanding that all these laws are implemented, or at least as many as possible. The best argument you can use to convince your government is that these laws will reduce women’s dependency on welfare. Which is completely true. If women had these rights, then they would be able to stay at home, without having to move out after a divorce. Also, this will allow her to take care of the child and the father has to pay for everything himself. Which will reduce pressure on the welfare system even more.

Another thing this will cause, is that it will make men more responsible. It will make unwanted pregnancies less common, because men will be forced to provide for the mother and the child with housing, food and clothing. This will solve everything, it will also give the child an opportunity to grow up in a home with both biological parents. Now, of course, if the mother decides to marry someone else, then she has to move, and the child, according to GOD has to stay with the father. This will, again, make the men feel responsible. The feminist system where the child follows the mother by law has caused a devastating burden on the welfare system.

Quran Chapter 65: Divorce (Al-Talaaq)

[65:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

[65:1] O you prophet, when you people divorce the women, you shall ensure that a divorce interim is fulfilled. You shall measure such an interim precisely.* You shall reverence God your Lord. Do not evict them from their homes, nor shall you make life miserable for them, to force them to leave on their own, unless they commit a proven adultery. These are God’s laws. Anyone who transgresses God’s laws commits an injustice against himself. You never know; maybe God wills something good to come out of this.

*65:1 The divorcee’s interim, before becoming eligible for remarriage, is a waiting period of three menstruations. This ensures that the divorcee was not pregnant (2:228).

[65:2] Once the interim is fulfilled, you may reconcile with them equitably, or go through with the separation equitably. You shall have two equitable witnesses witness the divorce before God. This is to enlighten those who believe in God and the Last Day. Anyone who reverences God, He will create an exit for him.

[65:3] And will provide for him whence he never expected. Anyone who trusts in God, He suffices him. God’s commands are done. God has decreed for everything its fate.

[65:4] As for the women who have reached menopause, if you have any doubts, their interim shall be three months. As for those who do not menstruate, and discover that they are pregnant, their interim ends upon giving birth. Anyone who reverences God, He makes everything easy for him.

[65:5] This is God’s command that He sends down to you. Anyone who reverences God, He remits his sins, and rewards him generously.

[65:6] You shall allow them to live in the same home in which they lived with you, and do not make life so miserable for them that they leave on their own. If they are pregnant, you shall spend on them until they give birth. If they nurse the infant, you shall pay them for this service. You shall maintain the amicable relations among you. If you disagree, you may hire another woman to nurse the child.

[65:7] The rich husband shall provide support in accordance with his means, and the poor shall provide according to the means that God bestowed upon him. God does not impose on any soul more than He has given it. God will provide ease after difficulty.

[65:8] Many a community rebelled against the commands of its Lord and against His messengers. Consequently, we held them strictly accountable, and requited them a terrible requital.

[65:9] They suffered the consequences of their decisions; a profound loss.

[65:10] God has prepared for them severe retribution. Therefore, you shall reverence God, O you who possess intelligence and believed. God has sent down to you a message -*

[65:11] a messenger* who recites to you God’s revelations, clearly, to lead those who believe and work righteousness out of the darkness into the light. Anyone who believes in God and leads a righteous life, He will admit him into gardens with flowing streams; they abide therein forever. God will generously reward him.

*65:10-11 The “Messenger” here is clearly the Quran. Verse 10 talks about “sending down a message,” and this points to the Quran as the messenger in 65:11 (Appendix 20).

Seven Universes And Seven Earths*

[65:12] God created seven universes and the same number of earths. The commands flow among them. This is to let you know that God is Omnipotent, and that God is fully aware of all things.

*65:12 Although God created six other planets that are identical to our Earth, there is life only on our planet. Thus, the evolutionists will be shown on the Day of Judgment that life did not just “evolve” on the planet because of its particular circumstances.

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Free Quran Chapter 92: The Night (Al-Layl)

Learn from GOD that men and women are equally important, and that both roads to heaven and hell are very clear. Pay close attention to what GOD says in the beginning verses. The Quran swears by the night, by the day and by GOD; who created the male and female. This is referring to all creatures of course, but it also means that men and women are equally important and valuable for GOD to swear by them. Some people swear by their grave or their parents or their children, that they are telling the truth. Here we see that GOD swears by the male and female, as one unit. So there is actually no difference between male and females, at least spiritually. Biological difference is something else of course and presents different responsibilities for both genders. We also learn that there is only two genders.

Another important thing to understand is that the road to heaven is very simple to understand. And that the road to hell is also very simple to understand. Think about that for a minute. Everything you need to know to make it to heaven is described in very easy steps. But many people make up all kinds of excuses anyways, it is really a strange behavior. You also learn that GOD is in full control of all things, all the time. Look around you, GOD is doing everything!

Quran Chapter 92: The Night (Al-Layl)

[92:0] In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

[92:1] By the night as it covers.

[92:2] The day as it reveals.

[92:3] And Him who created the male and the female.

[92:4] Your works are of various kinds.

[92:5] As for him who gives to charity and maintains righteousness.

[92:6] And upholds the scripture.

[92:7] We will direct him towards happiness.

[92:8] But he who is stingy, though he is rich.

[92:9] And disbelieves in the scripture.

[92:10] We will direct him towards misery.

[92:11] His money cannot help him when he falls.

[92:12] We provide the guidance.

[92:13] We control the Hereafter, as well as this life.

[92:14] I have warned you about the blazing Hellfire.

[92:15] None burns therein except the wicked.

[92:16] Who disbelieves and turns away.

[92:17] Avoiding it will be the righteous.

[92:18] Who gives from his money to charity.

[92:19] Seeking nothing in return.

[92:20] Seeking only his Lord, the Most High.

[92:21] He will certainly attain salvation.

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