Salah is your imaan-charger

Salah is your imaan-charger

The boycott of the Muslims

We all know the story of when the Muslims were under siege for three years in Makkah. The Quraysh actually wanted to kill the Prophet Muhammad (peace be on him), but he was protected by his uncle, Abu Talib, so instead they drove all the Muslims out of the city, into a narrow valley in the outskirts. The Quraysh declared that no one was allowed to trade with them or engage with them at all, and they got so hungry that they used to eat the leaves off the trees.

This lasted for three years, and in that time the Prophet (peace be on him) lost his beloved wife, Khadija, and his uncle, and this is what we call the Year of Sadness. It was in that atmosphere that Allah delivered him from this calamity to Isra wal Mi’raj, the Night Journey. And the commentators say that Surat an-Najm is addressing this event.

Isra wal Mi’raj

We have a different surah, Surat-al Isra, which deals with isra – the first part of the journey, between Makkah and Jerusalem.

‘Glory be to Him who took His servant on a night journey’ [17:1]

The mi’raj, the ascension to Jannah, is not mentioned explicitly anywhere in the Quran, but it is hinted at in this surah.

‘He saw the greatest signs of His Lord.’ [53:18]

This ayah is considered to have been during the ascension. A lot of things happened during that journey, but you can watch the sessions we have done on it, or read the blogs.

Although the Prophet (peace be on him) was in a very deep sadness, Allah gave him consolation and a boost to him and to his followers. We know that after his 13 years of da’wah in Makkah, he only had around 100 followers, out of around three to four thousand residents of Makkah, though there were no national statistics at the time, so we don’t know the exact number! But those hundred followers would carry the burden of the message and be leaders of the future.

Have sabr and do tasbih

Allah tells the Prophet (peace be on him) ‘wasbir‘. We see this everywhere in the Quran – in midst of calamities and tests, we need to practice sabr. Sabr is always followed up by wa sabbih in the Quran – i.e. ‘and do tasbih’.

We need both sabr and tasbih. Sabr is internal, while tasbih is your connection to Allah. Some people need extra external power to strengthen their sabr. This you get from Allah, because our power is limited. When your battery is dead, you charge it. You just need to plug it in, then get this energy back. Tasbih is like your charger.

Salah is a gift

Scholars have commented and said that tasbih is a metaphor for salah, since salah already includes lots of tasbih during the ruku and sujood. You may ask, when was the obligation of salah revealed? Exactly on that very night of Isra wal Mi’raj. Salah is the only obligation he received in the Heavens, not on Earth, and the only obligation he received without Jibreel as an intermediary. This is a big lesson. It indicates that your connection with Allah is direct – there is no third party. When you travel, you bring back gifts – and this is what Rasul Allah (peace be on him) did, bringing back salah as a gift to the Ummah, to deepen our connection with Allah and keep us on the straight path.

Salah energises us, rejuvenates us, empowers us to face the tests we go through every day. This is why we have five prayers, not just one: because we face continuous tests all day, from waking up until we go to sleep, every day until we meet Allah. We need to strengthen our salah and make it in accordance with the Sunnah. And we have an opportunity in Ramadan. Some people might not be praying regularly, but in Ramadan they keep their salah. So don’t lose this after Ramadan. We ask Allah to strengthen imaan, and make salah our mi’raj to Him during every salah. Ameen.

Shaykh Haytham Tamim – Ramadan Night 21

Transcribed by Hana Khan


Isra wal Mi’raj – All you wanted to know (part 1: al Isra) – Utrujj

Isra’ wal Mi’raj – All you wanted to know (part 2)

Isra wal Miraj – All you wanted to know (part 3: scenes from jahanum)

The first thing you will be asked about is your Salah – Utrujj

Fix your salah – Utrujj

Can you combine salah? – Utrujj

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Do you have to make up missed salah?

How to Fix Your Salah – the benefits of salah

Settle your account before it is too late

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What are the pillars of salah

How to perform salatul janaza

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What is the connection between closeness to Allah, excellence and fasting?

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Shaykh Haytham Tamim is the founder and main teacher of the Utrujj Foundation. He has provided a leading vision for Islamic learning in the UK, which has influenced the way Islamic knowledge is disseminated. He has orchestrated the design and delivery of over 200 unique courses since Utrujj started in 2001. His extensive expertise spans over 30 years across the main Islamic jurisprudence schools of thought. He has studied with some of the foremost scholars in their expertise; he holds some of the highest Ijazahs (certificates) in Quran, Hadith (the Prophetic traditions) and Fiqh (Islamic rulings). His own gift for teaching was evident when he gave his first sermon to a large audience at the age of 17 and went on to serve as a senior lecturer of Islamic transactions and comparative jurisprudence at the Islamic University of Beirut (Shariah College). He has continued to teach; travelling around the UK, Europe and wider afield, and won the 2015 BISCA award (British Imams & Scholars Contributions & Achievements Awards) for Outstanding Contribution to Education and Teaching.