Brother Nassi has asked a vital question after reading my article “SALAAH “صلاۃ” IS NOT CONTACT PRAYER (NAMAZ)”
I truly appreciate your work brother! So according to the real translation of the Quran Salah means a spiritual connection with the bigger power, the almighty Allah! Nowadays I am being very critical towards most current translations of the Quran. In the verse 20:14 Allah says: إِنَّنِي أَنَا اللَّهُ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا أَنَا فَاعْبُدْنِي وَأَقِمِ الصَّلَاةَ لِذِكْرِي which is translated as: “Indeed, I am Allah . There is no deity except Me, so worship Me and establish prayer for My remembrance.” So keeping a spiritual connection with the almighty Allah is obligatory in order for us to keep remembering Allahs wholeness and the laws which he has submitted upon the heavens and the earth. My Quranic knowledge is very limited but as far as I am concerned there is not much mentioned on how to exactly establish this kind of spiritual connection (salah). Could you please help me understand how to go by? Because different sekts in the religion establish contact prayer in different ways. I, however, don’t even believe in separation within the Deen of Allah whatsoever. But I am still confused because obviously some of my current beliefs goes against my families tradition..
Brother Nassi many thanks for your realistic comments. We are all facing the same problem of going against our family traditions. We know from the Quran that Arab pagans were also stuck with the rituals and beliefs of their ancestors but again the most exalted people Radhi Allahu Anhu and our Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) certainly went against the beliefs of their families to make God happy. They are our role models and good examples for us, who followed Allah’s commandments without any hesitation and even without taking care of anything because in the matter of belief Allah does not count any family relations and makes those relatives of each other who are on the straight path prescribed by Allah in His earlier revelations and the Quran.
In my numerous articles on Salaah (صلاۃ) I have presented word to word in depth analysis and correct translations of nearly all verses on Salaah (صلاۃ) found in the Quran in which I have proved from the Quran alone that the Salaah (صلاۃ) made obligatory in the Quran is certainly not contact prayer or namaz, which we ritually perform in the name of obligatory worship of God.
Quranist scholars write on Salaah (صلاۃ) every other day. Some of them duly mention in their articles that the contact prayers is not the Salaah (صلاۃ) mentioned in the Quran but no one ever explains if Salaah (صلاۃ) is not a conventional prayer (namaz) then what to do and how should we perform the obligatory Salaah (صلاۃ) mentioned in the Quran.
In fact the same evil conspiracy worked behind concealing the Quranic Salaah (صلاۃ), which has destroyed the actual face of Islam by bringing the pagan beliefs in the modified Islam. This is one of the main reason why we could not understand the Quranic Salaah (صلاۃ) because to translate the Quranic word “صلاۃ” and its derivatives they are purposely derived from the weak or ill verbs (الأَفْعَالُ المُعْتَلَّةُ) and they are further divided into different fake root words to completely erase the original concept of Quranic Salaah (صلاۃ) practitioners of which once became undefeatable superpower of the world and destroyed the most powerful empires and their inhuman cruel dynasties. These true Salaah (صلاۃ) practitioners were conquering the world one land after another because God was kind on them and bestowing them with consecutive victories and gigantic success because of performing the Quranic Salaah (صلاۃ). Ousted dynasty of overthrown cruel empires, their evicted aristocrats and dismissed bureaucracy were chocked how could ordinary Arabs, who were at one time under their foot, crushed them. They went underground hiding themselves and started planning to avenge their defeat. Their think tanks found that it was the Quan and its Salaah (صلاۃ) which made the peasant Arabs undefeatable superpower and ruler on those who were once ruling on them. They secretly made alliance with left over anti-Islam hypocrite Arab dissemblers and started conspiracy against the Quran and its Salaah (صلاۃ). Their non-Muslim agents disguised in legend scholars of Islam slipped in the vacuum and resumed powerful positions in the courts of Muslim rulers and badly beaten out Islam. They invented new ways to understand the Quran and falsely declared that Quranic Arabic is different to general Arabic language what Arab speaks, and gave totally wrong translations of the Quran. They invented misleading exegesis (tafseer), false Sunnah and fake dictionaries, and spread them throughout the Muslim nation. The subsequent scholars who came till date did nothing except copying their false translation and eventually Quranic Salaah (صلاۃ) was lost, which was also given to all Prophets (pbut) and every nation before Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and his nation. However, when these Prophets (pbut) passed away their nations turned this Salaah (صلاۃ) into their religious rituals according to the beliefs of their ancestors and traditions in which like our scholars their clergy played an evil role to bring them back to their forbidden and banned religions. Same thing happened with Islam. When Islam came it was not a religion and Arab pagans used to call “صابئی” (who don’t believe in any religion) to those who turned on their heels from their religion (paganism) and accepted Islam.
This is the reason why we could not understand the Quranic Salaah (صلاۃ) and the ways how to perform it.
People who claim that they teach pure and only Quran they although claim that “صلاۃ” (Salaah) is not contact prayer or namaz but instead of telling people the truth about “صلاۃ” (Salaah) mentioned in the Quran they misleadingly preach them how to make neat (intention) of “صلاۃ” (Salaah) and what to read in its units and how to perform their prayers correctly. This is because their own concept is not clear but they are still adamant to convey the wrong message of the Quran to get hell in the credit of spreading lies in the name of God.
Although Muslim scholars made “صلاۃ” (Salaah) a ritual of contact prayer and translate “صلاۃ” (Salaah) and its derivatives in different meaning to differentiate people’s “صلاۃ” (Salaah) from Allah and His angels’ “صلاۃ” (Salaah) and from the “صلاۃ” (Salaah) that birds perform but all scholars are agreed on “صلال فرصة تسليه” in which they explain the correct definition of “مصلّی” that is a horse running on the footsteps of the horse who ran before and left the impressions of his footsteps as a guide for those horses who run behind following his footsteps.
This is the correct definition of those who perform “صلاۃ” (Salaah), i.e. “مصلّی” (Musalli). In the verse 107:4 “فَوَيْلٌ لِّلْمُصَلِّينَ” Quran also uses the plural of “مصلّی” (Musalli) and takes it to mean those who perform “صلاۃ” (Salaah), i.e. “مُصَلِّينَ” (Musalleen). However, in the translation they have changed it to mean “who perform Namaz or contact prayer” only because they translate human “صلاۃ” (Salaah) to mean Namaz or contact prayer. Nevertheless, according to the Quran “مُصَلِّينَ” (Musalleen) are those who perform “صلاۃ” (Salaah).
In this article I am not going into any detail of the correct meaning of “صلاۃ” (Salaah) and how did this “صلاۃ” become Namaz or contact prayer because I have already written a lot on the correct meaning of “صلاۃ” (Salaah) in my numerous research articles on “صلاۃ” (Salaah), which can be consulted if you need to. This is also, because here we are only discussing on the topic of “How to perform صلاۃ” in which we will keep the same word “صلاۃ” (Salaah) which Quran uses so that, without any confusion, we can understand how to perform “صلاۃ” (Salaah) mentioned in the Quran.
We come back to “صلال فرصة تسليه” as I have mentioned earlier that all scholars are agreed, in their exegesis, on the correct meaning of Arabic word “مصلّی” and they correctly compare it with the horse who runs behind following the footsteps of the horse running ahead. However, due to dead block our scholars could not clearly explain, who is the first horse in question that is not running behind any horse and also why He is not called “مصلّی“?
If we consider that the first horse or the horse running ahead is an Imam or a person who leads the prayer or Namaz then the definition of “مصلّی” will go wrong because an Imam or a person who leads the prayer or Namaz does not fit in to the definition of “مصلّی” as he is the foremost and ahead of rest of the people who are offering their prayers or Namaz behind him or who follow him in the prayer. For the sake of saying if we accept that Imam or a person who leads the prayer or Namaz follows Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) or his footsteps then the same question arises with the Prophet (pbuh). Who was ahead the Prophet (pbuh) and Whose footsteps were given to Prophet Muhammad to follow? If we believe that it was Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) who was ahead of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) or whose footsteps were given to Prophet Muhammad then again who was the foremost of Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh). Even, if you consider Adam the foremost runner ahead then again Adam will have to be “مصلی” of someone running ahead otherwise Adam did not perform his “صلاۃ”!
Therefore, if Imam does not follow anyone’s footsteps he is not “مصلّی” who performs his obligatory “صلاۃ”. The same rule applies on Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Prophet Ibrahim (pbuh) and even on Adam. If they did not follow anyone before them they were not “مصلّی” who performed their obligatory “صلاۃ” as the “مصلّی“. The Quran says that like all earlier Prophets (pbut) the same “صلاۃ” has been given to Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to perform as a compulsory obligation. So, how did Prophet Muhammad perform his obligatory “صلاۃ”? Whose footsteps were before the Prophet (pbut)? Who was running ahead of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) or before earlier Prophets (pbut)?
The correct answer is GOD! Who has been running ahead of everyone and the followers of Allah’s footsteps have been called “مصلّی” or who perform the “صلاۃ”. Hence, who followed Allah he/she became “مصلّی” and offered his obligatory “صلاۃ” in the prescribed way by Allah and who did not follow Allah he/she did not offer his/her “صلاۃ”!
How to follow God to become His “مصلّی” or to perform “صلاۃ”?
If God bows down “مصلّی” should bow down. If God prostrates to the ground “مصلّی” should prostrate to the ground. If God stands in front of someone with tied hands “مصلّی” should tie up his hands and stand following God’s actions. If God sits on His legs and turns His face right and left “مصلّی” should sit on his legs and turn his face right and left following God and of course if God raises His hands and makes dua facing towards the first or second qibla then His follower “مصلّی” must raise his hands in dua towards first or second qibla and fulfil his obligation of “صلاۃ”. However, if no one has seen God in “قیام”, standing in front of someone tying His hands, in “رکوع”, bowing down for someone, in “سجدہ” prostrating to someone and in the rest of the positions of contact prayer or Namaz then by offering the above stated units of contact prayer or Namaz how can we say that we are “مصلّی” the one who perform the “صلاۃ”???
Now, we need to find the footsteps of Allah to become “مصلّی” to perform our obligatory “صلاۃ”. We know that no one has seen Allah but it does not mean that we haven’t seen His footsteps. In fact Allah’s signs and Allah’s attributes are His visible footsteps by which He is recognised. When Moses (pbuh) asked Allah to tell him His name so that he can tell Pharaoh and his court Who has sent me to deliver His message. God simply said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM” (Torah 3:14, Exodus). Quran further explains in the verse 26:16 that Allah said to Moses (pbuh), “Go and tell them that the Sustainer/ Lord of everything has sent you His message”. “Take My signs with you, indeed they will listen to you” (26:15). “Don’t they are fed/sustained/have piety by Allah? (26:11). “Go to the nation of the cruel” (26:10).
In other words God Himself said He is known by everything everywhere and everyone knows His signs and assured Moses (pbuh) and his brother Harun (pbuh) if they bring with them Allah’s signs they cannot reject them and will understand Who sent you with His signs.
Why did Allah send His signs to pharaoh and his nation and on what grounds Allah said they will automatically understand Who has sent Moses and Aron to them? This is because everyone knows what God does and His signs are visible to everyone no matter whether one follows His signs or not. So, pharaoh and his nation knew Allah’s signs but they were not following His signs this is the reason why they were called “الْقَوْمَ الظَّالِمِينَ” (26:10), the cruel nation and in the next verse 26:11 “قَوْمَ فِرْعَوْنَ أَلَا يَتَّقُونَ” Allah’s signs are further explained to mean His footsteps, His doings or His attributes to be followed. These footsteps are “يَتَّقُونَ” derived from the root word “تقو” to mean feeding someone, sustaining someone, giving someone strength and have piety on someone. So, these are the signs or footsteps of Allah to follow which is our obligatory “صلاۃ” if we don’t have piety on Allah’s people we are not “مصلّی”, if we do not feed people we are not “مصلّی”, if we do not support people to keep them sustained we are not “مصلّی” because we don’t follow Allah Who is ahead of us and has already been feeding people, sustaining people and having piety and mercy on people and also He is not cruel. However, those who don’t follow Allah’s above stated some of the attributes they are not “مصلّی”, they don’t offer their “صلاۃ” due to which they become “الْقَوْمَ الظَّالِمِينَ” (26:10), the cruel nation. So, basically pharaoh and his nation was asked to offer “صلاۃ” following God Who feeds you, Who gives you sustenance, Who gives you strength and Who does piety on you.
Although, Allah has countless attributes which cannot come in our limited imagination so we can’t trace these footsteps of Allah which we don’t know and because of not following the unknown footsteps of Allah we are not held liable of not becoming “مصلّی” on the unknown footsteps of Allah but what attributes of Allah are in our knowledge and what actions of Allah we observe everyday they are Allah’s visible footsteps in front of us to follow as a “مصلّی” such as Allah provides provisions to everyone. When we follow Allah’s visible footstep or sign of providing provision to people we perform Quranic “صلاۃ” and become “مصلّی“.
You can see in the verse 62:11 “وَاللَّهُ خَيْرُ الرَّازِقِينَ” Allah Himself puts Him ahead on providing the Provisions as the best of the best providers of the provisions. This is Allah’s footstep and sign to follow him to become His “مصلّی” or the performer of “صلاۃ”. Also, the verses 5:114, 15:20, 22:58, 23:72 and 34:39, and so many other verses of the Quran are telling us Allah’s sign of providing us provision. The verses such as 42:38 “رَزَقْنَاهُمْ يُنْفِقُونَ”, 32:16, 28:54, 22:35, 8:3 and 2:3 are urging us to follow Allah in proving provisions to others from what Allah has given you. This is the actual “صلاۃ” in which we become “مصلی” by following Allah’s footsteps. The verse 8:3 certainly confirms “لَّذِينَ يُقِيمُونَ الصَّلَاةَ وَمِمَّا رَزَقْنَاهُمْ يُنْفِقُونَ” that “صلاۃ” is “رَزَقْنَاهُمْ يُنْفِقُونَ” those who provide provisions to other from what is given to them they are those who establish the “الصَّلَاةَ” (The Salaah). The verse 10:87 says “وَأَقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَبَشِّرِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ” And put in front the “صلاۃ” and become a believing human.
The chapter 74 Surah Al Muddassir talks about the Day of Judgment, accountability, rewards and punishment in the next life in which those who are successful in their accountability and declared safe from the punishment of hell “أَصْحَابَ الْيَمِينِ” 74:34. People of the Paradise will inquire “فِي جَنَّاتٍ يَتَسَاءَلُونَ” (74:40) from those who are held criminals “عَنِ الْمُجْرِمِينَ” (74:41) “مَا سَلَكَكُمْ فِي سَقَرَ” (74:72) what takes you to the hell fire”? “قَالُوا لَمْ نَكُ مِنَ الْمُصَلِّينَ” (74:73) they will say we were not “مصلی”! “وَلَمْ نَكُ نُطْعِمُ الْمِسْكِينَ” (74:73) we were not feeding to those whose had no provision. Hence, the above verses of the Quran well explains what the actual “صلاۃ” is and how to perform the prescribed obligatory “صلاۃ” to become “مصلی” and be safe from the hell fire.
Whereas, the people of the hell themselves accepted “وَكُنَّا نَخُوضُ مَعَ الْخَائِضِينَ” (74:45) that they used to engage with the filthy rubbish.
Now, in the light of the above verse 74:45 you can certainly say whatever we have been doing in the name of “صلاۃ” is all rubbish and filth, which will lead us to the hell fire.
Another example of “مصلی”, who performs the “صلاۃ” has been given in Surah Al Maarij 70 in the same account of the accountability which starts soon after our death. “تَدْعُواْ مَنْ أَدْبَرَ وَتَوَلَّى” 70:17 turning away from managing the “صلاۃ” is inviting the hell fire.
We always write on “صلاۃ” but don’t tell people that the Quranic word “تَوَلَّى” is right opposite to “صلاۃ”. The word “تَوَلَّى”, i.e. the antonym of “صلاۃ” has been used to mean turn away from the “صلاۃ” or not offering the “صلاۃ”, which is called an invitation “تَدْعُواْ” of the hell fire, pealing off skin and plucking the skull referred in the previous verse 70:16 and 70:15. What they do who turn away from “صلاۃ” or who don’t offer the “صلاۃ”? They stock things without disbursing (70:18). “هَلُوعًا” (70:19) become inpatient/greedy. “الشَّرُّ جَزُوعًا” (70:20) become distressed, sad, grieved and suffer with problems and troubles. “الْخَيْرُ مَنُوعًا” (70:21) good is banned to them.
After the explanation of “تَوَلَّى” (the antonym of صلاۃ) and the signs of not performing the “صلاۃ” you will see that the Quran itself explains “صلاۃ” to the opposite meaning of “تَوَلَّى”in the next verse 70:22. “إِلَّا الْمُصَلِّينَ” but those who perform “صلاۃ” and in the further verses Quran itself explains how to perform the “صلاۃ”. “الَّذِينَ هُمْ عَلَى صَلَاتِهِمْ دَائِمُونَ”. (70:23) who those persist, prevail, pursue their “صلاۃ”. “وَالَّذِينَ فِي أَمْوَالِهِمْ حَقٌّ مَّعْلُومٌ” (70:24) they are those who reserve the right/portion from their wealth. “لِّلسَّائِلِ وَالْمَحْرُومِ” (70:25) for needy and the deprived. “وَالَّذِينَ يُصَدِّقُونَ بِيَوْمِ الدِّين” (70:26) they are those who are agreed with the Day of balancing the debit. “وَالَّذِينَ هُم مِّنْ عَذَابِ رَبِّهِم مُّشْفِقُونَ” (70:27) and they are those who are compassionately kept away from the torment of their Sustainer. “إِنَّ عَذَابَ رَبِّهِمْ غَيْرُ مَأْمُونٍ” (70:28) otherwise no one is escaped from the torment of their Sustainer.
Likewise, God is ahead in creation and customization “أَحْسَنُ الْخَالِقِينَ” as mentioned in the verses 23:14 and 37:125 in addition to countless verses in which Allah portrays Himself as a “خَالِقُ”, Creator/Customizer. If we customize or create something for the benefit or betterment of mankind we actually put forwards God’s footsteps and follow God to be counted as His “مصلی” and perform our “صلاۃ” by following Allah’s visible footsteps.
The verse 96:5 “عَلَّمَ الْإِنْسَانَ” portrays God’s footstep of educating the mankind or giving education. The verse 96:4 “عَلَّمَ بِالْقَلَمِ” portrays God’s footstep of giving education with tools. The verse 55:4 “عَلَّمَهُ الْبَيَانَ” portrays that God explains the statements, topics and subjects. The verse 55:2 “عَلَّمَ الْقُرْآنَ” portrays that God teaches the Quran. The verse 53:5 “عَلَّمَهُ شَدِيدُ الْقُوَىٰ” portrays intensive, in depth and strong study. Therefore, those who are spreading knowledge or those who teach others verbally, by pen, by books, with computer with projector, with media tools or by employing any study tools they are actually performing their “صلاۃ” because they are God’s “مصلی”. So, giving knowledge to people is also a form of “صلاۃ”.
Allah is Caring, Allah is kind Allah does justice, if we are carer, we are kind and if we keep doing justice in everything and with everyone we will perform “صلاۃ” and become “مصلّی“. Allah supports His people, if we support people following God’s footsteps we perform “صلاۃ“. Allah creates resources for benefit of His people, following Allah’s footsteps we can perform our “صلاۃ” by doing things for benefit of people.
If you think there are so many visible attributes of Allah which we can follow as His footsteps to perform our “صلاۃ” within our own limitations as Allah does not put unnecessary burden on His people.
Basically, following known attributes of Allah and immersing them into your personality is called “صلاۃ” in the Quran, which has no hard and fast rules. This is the reason why Allah did not fix any method of performing “صلاۃ” because Allah has left it on to us how we can perform His given “صلاۃ” easily, happily, willfully, efficiently and within our means and powers without putting ourselves into any trouble, difficulty or hardship. However, those who follow more and more footsteps of Allah they become “متقی” and status wise they become higher in the eyes of Allah.
All human being are called a single community and its Sustainer must be followed by everyone.
“إِنَّ هَذِهِ أُمَّتُكُمْ أُمَّةً وَاحِدَةً وَأَنَا رَبُّكُمْ فَاعْبُدُونِ” (21:92)
However this is your community, a single community, and I am your Sustainer who must be obeyed/followed by everyone. (Correct translation 21:92)
This verse abolishes all religions, all faiths, all sects, all beliefs all worships, all rituals but to follow God, Who is the Sustainer of everyone and everything.
To follow God is mentioned throughout the revelations before the Quran to perform “صلاۃ” achieving the prescribed obedience of God and to reach out to God. To keep it short I am quoting just a few verses from previous revelations as well because the same “صلاۃ” was given to all Prophets (pbut) and their nations before us.
Follow God: Psalm 119:105, Ruth 1:16, Luke 10:27, Hebrews 13:8, John 14:26, Romans 12:19, Matthew 26:52-54, Psalms 127:1
“You shall follow my rules” (Leviticus 18:4), “they did not turn away from following the LORD, the God of their fathers” (2 Chronicles 34:33),
“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments” (Deuteronomy 28:1-68),
“If you love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15),
Delight is in the law of the Lord (Psalm 1:2)
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. (Proverbs 14:12)
Leviticus 26:1-46 – Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up [any] image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I [am] the LORD your God.
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image (Genesis 1:26-27)
Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my signs, and my laws (Genesis 26:5)
Be ye followers of me (1 Corinthians 11:1)
The same theme To follow God has been repeatedly given in the Quran under the name of “صلاۃ” (Salaah), which is actually “HOW TO PERFORM SALAAH صلاۃ”. Like the above verse of Genesis 26:5 the Quran has also confirmed that Abraham (pbuh) was given “صلاۃ” (Salaah), which was not any exercise of ritual prayer (Namaz) but “To follow God” because the followers of the Prophet Abraham (pbuh) and other Prophets have been never seen practicing this ritual which is known as contact prayer (Namaz) in modified Islam.
So, basically “To follow God” is the main obligation given to whole mankind for their test at the end of their life terms.
More than 80% statements (verses) of the Quran have been explaining the same thing but unfortunately we don’t accept them due to our non Quranic false beliefs and false knowledge about Islam.
Hence, the Quran is full of the examples in which God Himself describes how to perform the “صلاۃ”. However, this is difficult to bring the whole Quran in a single article therefore, I advise you to read the Quran from its own verses without anyone’s words including myself. As this is not my aim to give you another translation of the Quran from my point of view but my actual objective is to develop the true understanding of the Quran and make you self-reliant and self-sufficient to understand the statements of the Quran without anyone’s help so that you will know for yourself what Allah has actually said in the Quran.
I hope you will understand the Quranic “صلاۃ“, its purposes, its aims and its objectives and also how to perform “صلاۃ” Salaah mentioned in the Quran.