This is the
‘adab’ – manners in Islam which every believer should adhere to and
will bring all of us closer to the mercy of Allah (swt) and the love of the beloved Prophet (saw). Inshallah.
Al Hamda lillah -
All praise be to Allah(swt).
My name is Zulfiqar Amir Raja. I am a Muslim
by birth with Pakistani heritage. I was born in the city of Birmingham,United Kingdom and graduated in the year 2000
from University. I am now in employment, living a very ordinary life just like many other. In the constant race
of life, in the pre-occupation in all that we do to earn a living and balance family responsibilities, there exists a
vacuum. I was abruptly forced to pause and reflect.
My spiritual journey
and experiences have taken me from complete darkness to a beautiful light of true belief and Submission. I was illiterate
and uneducated even though one would think I am a University graduate but believe me what I learnt in school, college and
University had not prepared me for the truth. Therefore I became concerned about so many other Muslims and Non-Muslims who
are asleep and far from the truth and this is why I had to come out and speak to you. My words and any knowledge are the blessings
of Allah (swt) who is the Giver, the Protector and the Knower of the seen and the unseen. I have been inspired by the love
and devotion for the beloved Prophet (saw) whose fragrance has revived the faith in my life. I also owe everything to my parents
who have always worked and strived to guide me and give me a better life. I also hope great reward for anything I can pass
on is given to the number of many scholars whose words of wisdom and guidance I have read and listened to.
Brothers and sisters in Islam, I am a humble servant who is learning and just tasting mere drops in the vast
and majestic ocean of our Deen-e-Haq – The religion of truth. I am not an Islamic scholar or any kind of Alim
– possessor of knowledge, therefore I do not have any authority to speak or judge on matters of deen - religion.
I am a believer, a sincere follower of the Quran and Sunnah and hope and pray that Allah(swt) accepts my devotion and guides
me to the gardens of Jannah – Heaven. This programme is my devotion, my worship to Allah(swt) and expression
of my love and respect for the leader of all Prophets, the chosen one Muhammad(saw).
Inshallah-‘God willing’ I am able to convey some guidance from what I have learnt and bring the reflections
and experiences of many brothers and sisters together, to publish different pearls of knowledge from the only guidance
which is the Quran and Sunnah.
grant a life long enough for him who reflected to reflect therein'.
Call to Prayer
The Call to Prayer in Islam is the ‘azaan’.
This is the call that comes from a man’s heart and tongue, calling the believers to gather in congregation side
by side with shoulders joined together to perform ‘Salat – prayer’ and submit to the will of Allah
I believe this ‘call to prayer’ has an even greater power and greater
significance than just gathering us to perform the daily prayers. This is a magnificent symbol of unity, brotherhood and the
coming together of all without any bearing of nationality, class, caste and colour. Whatever the believers are doing, when
they hear the call they come together as one, to pray to the Divine and only Creator. Have you ever witnessed such devotion
in unity and in harmony as the worshippers bow, kneel and prostrate together, surrendering to the Rabb (Lord) of
the Alamin (mankind and Jinn). This is the way of our worship and should be the doctrine of our life.
The Quran - The Lecture and Sunnah - Traditions, have taught us the complete way of life that
includes but reaches far beyond praying, fasting and the other compulsory duties of Islam. Islam means Submission to the All
Mighty, it is the highest moral standard by which a man can live. This teaches patience and humility but inspires courage
and strength from within. Living in Islam is to live in worship and complete dedication and this includes all aspects of life
whether moral, social, economic or cultural. For us to understand this, we need to educate ourselves and learn about this
complete way of life. We are not exempt by any of the trials in the hereafter and the Judgement will come to pass, so believe
that the revelations and wisdom is for every man in every land and in every time.
the words of Allah (swt) and his ’Bayinaat’ clear proofs and revelations,
and the sacred hadith of our beloved Prophet (saw) that includes his spoken words, his actions, his life and all that he approved
of, we can awaken our emaan – faith and truly follow the ‘sirat –ul –musataqeem – the
straight path’ without doubt and hesitation.
‘I created the Jinn and Mankind only for My Worship’. (Surah 51, Verse 56)