Salah is the most important religious duty that Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) has given every believer. That makes learning about salah and purification (wudhu, ritual bath, tayammum) an obligatory area of learning, no less important than the prayer itself. Yes, it is fardh to learn the rules of salah.
If you do not know the basic rules of prayer or are yet to learn them as a new Muslim or are someone starting to practise Islam, then the reason why you must study this course is obvious.
For people who do pray and think they know the rules, and may be thinking, this is basic stuff, you should know this: unless you are absolutely certain you are not making serious mistakes, then salah is too important to take risks with. The rules of salah should be learnt thoroughly and revised regularly.
Scholars and imams regularly testify to the basic mistakes they see people make in the wudhu areas and prayer halls of the masajid.
What can we do to improve the quality of our salah?
We pray, go through the physical motions, recite the surahs and duas, and discharge the obligation. Is that all that is expected of us?
Allah, Exalted is He, says, ‘And establish prayer to remember me’ (20:14). The Prophet, peace be upon him, said, ‘When one of you prays, he is in intimate discourse with His Lord…’ (al-Bukhari). Furthermore, the Prophet, peace be upon him, took pleasure in salah.
This and other verses, and many hadiths like the one above, demonstrate a dimension and quality to salah that require more from us. An attitude to salah that goes beyond physical movements, and verbal incantations, a dimension that requires mindful devotion, presence of mind, and an awareness of Allah’s presence.
This is called Khushu.
This course is about khushu. It will show us that khushu is not just a word that expresses an abstract unattainable spiritual state but a practical, attainable requirement of prayer that every believer must pursue with all their heart, and all their effort.
This course will show you how khushu can be attained.
The course is online on-demand, so you will have access to it all the time to review and double check your knowledge, from anywhere in the world at any time. Then armed with this knowledge, you will practise improving the quality of your salah.
You will be given access to a chat group to ask questions and keep in touch with Shaykh Shams. You can access the link to the group in the course intro after enrolment.