CHAPTER ELEVEN

Fardh of Salaah

O Allah (The Exalted) bless the One when he walked in the desert wild creatures would cling to the hem of his cloak.

The human body is a combination of body and soul. The food for the body comes from the earth and the food for the soul is remembrance. Islam has recognised both and prescribed the prayer. In the morning the body needs breakfast and after offering fajr the soul gets its food, the body gains strength through dinner whilst the soul through Dhuhur, the Asr prayer is offered when the day is coming to an end the body gains strength at this time too. Many people eat at night and the Isha prayer helps the digestion.

Knee Joints Painful joints can be cured by means of Salaah, when we stand the body becomes weak, however, when we lift our hands naturally we gain strength. Everybody knows for the body to be in a healthy state the back bone needs to be in good condition. It is in Salaah this gives all the parts of the body strength and it cures the pain in the joints.

To stand The prayer begins whilst one stands and this has many benefits one being that the body gains peace as the Qur’an is being recited. The recitation has a healing effect on the body. It has been suggested by research that the healing is due to the effect of the Arabic sounds.i O people! There has come an admonition to you from your Lord, and healing of hearts, and a guidance and a mercy for the believers.ii And we send down in Qur’an that which is a healing and a mercy to the believers; and it adds loss only to the unjust.iii Muslim researchers have shown that when Muslims recite the Qur’an, old thoughts, feelings, fears and guilt are released or healed, and blood pressure and stress levels are reduced. Virtually all of the sounds of the Arabic language are uttered while reciting Qur’an, creating a balance in all affected areas of the body. Some specific sounds, in fact, correspond to major organs in the body. In his research and creation of eurhythmy, Rudolph Steiner (founder of the Waldorf Schools), found that vibrations made when pronouncing the long vowels, ‘A’, ‘E’ and ‘U,’ stimulated the heart, lungs, and the thyroid1 , pineal, pituitary2 , and adrenal glands during laboratory tests. The Takbir (Allahu Akbar) and Qiyam (standing) together are found to improve posture, balance, and selfawareness. This position also normalises blood pressure and breathing, thus providing many benefits to asthma and heart patients due to peace physically and mentally.

Heart illnesses Many cardiologists3 , after research have come up with the conclusion that the illnesses of the heart are reduced when Salaah is offered. In Qiyam the lower body gets blood, in ruku (bow) the middle and in Sajdah (prostration) the blood reaches upper body with less pressure on the heart as whilst a person is stood up the heart has to try and pump the blood to the brain, however, when in prostration the blood reaches the brain without much effort. This means that Salaah helps with blood circulation.

Ruku The principal of a medical college, Doctor Muhammad Nawaz said, a surgeon Doctor came to me with his wife (also a surgeon) saying that ‘he has pain in the back and knees taking many medication but no cure.’ Doctor Nawaz said “do you pray?” He said ‘yes five times a day’, Doctor Nawaz said; “you do not perform Ruku and Sujood correctly”, he showed him the Sunnah method. Some time later after observing the Sunnah correctly he was healed. We all know that back problems are painful and restrict the daily activity of an individual. Ruku saves a person from getting kidney stones and if one has stones it will come out shortly. In ruku the circulation of blood in the body works well benefiting the eyes and mind. Ruku stretches the muscles of the lower back, thighs, legs and calves, and allows blood to be pumped into the upper torso4 . It tones the muscles of the stomach, abdomen, and kidneys. Forming a right angle allows the stomach muscles to develop. This position also promotes a greater flow of blood into the upper regions of body particularly to the head, eyes, ears, nose, brain, and lungs to be released. Over time, this improves brain function and ones personality, and is an excellent stance to maintain the proper position of the foetus in pregnant women. When coming up from Ruku we place the hands on the thighs it strengthens the spinal cord and creates flexibility.

Prostration Entering into prostration in a relaxed pace is beneficial for internal organs. Prostration in the Sunnah way5 benefits the stomach making it muscular. The Sunnah way will relieve any problems with liver, kidney, back or stomach. When in the position of prostration the blood reaches the head effortlessly. In no other position of Salaah does the blood reach the head sooner then in prostration. The blood goes to the eyes, brain, and other parts of the head and nerves with which the intellect and the eyes become sharp. Shaykh Nakshbandi states; “A person who offers Salaah will have a luminous face due to the fact that in prostration the blood flows to the face. This is why in the tradition it states those who pray Salaah their face will enlighten as the pious.” Shaykh Nakshbandi also said; that “Once he met an American Doctor who said, ‘If women find out the fact that to go into prostration creates beauty on the face, they would not lift there heads from prostration.’” The prostration is said to activate a person’s spiritual connection with the universe around them and their enthusiasm for spiritual pursuits. This nerve pathway is also correlated to the health of the brain, nervous system, and pineal gland. Its healthy function balances ones interior and exterior energies. Those people who have peptic ulcer6 disease can be cured very quickly via prostration. Lengthy prostration with humbleness and sincerity is beneficial to cure illnesses of the brain as the blood reaches the brain without effort. In prostration the blood comes to the upper part of the body reaching the eyes, teeth, and the face making the crinkles disappear from the cheeks. A person does not look old and gets such ability making the muscles strong. If the prostration is done according to the Sunnah then there will be less chance one will not suffer from problems with block nose, hearing, and headaches.

Sitting position The position of Qaida, (or Julus) is similar to the “Thunderbolt Pose” in yoga, which firms the toes, knees, thighs, and legs. It is said to be good for those prone to excessive sleep, and those who like to keep long hours. Furthermore, this position assists in speedy digestion, aids the detoxification of the liver, and stimulates peristaltic7 action in the small intestine.

Salaam To conclude the Salaah one will turn the face to the right and left. The “throat” is activated by turning the head towards first the right and then the left shoulder in the closing of the prayer. This nerve path is linked to the throat, neck, arms, hands, bronchials8 , and hearing – effecting individual creativity and communication. Another benefit is the chest strengthens and the collar bone is tightened. One should remember this can only benefit when we offer the Salaah correctly with sincerity and not rushing it. It is believed that a person who activates all nerve pathways at least once a day can remain well balanced emotionally, physically and spiritually. Since this is the goal of all sincere Muslims, we all should strive to attain the perfection of stance, recitation, and breathing recommended in the Hadith while performing our prayers similar techniques of perfection are taught in popular yoga, Tai Chi, and many other exercise classes

Supplication When the hands are held open for supplication, they activate the heart “chakra,” said to be the centre of the feelings of love, harmony, and peace, and to control love and compassion. It also governs the health of the heart, lungs, thymus9 , immune system, and circulatory system.

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