Salaam & Hello to All:
My dear sister in Islam, Um Ibrahim, is working up a Prayer Manual for Muslim Mamas. This is the first section of her "book" that she needs to publish! (InshaAllah) Its geared to Muslim mom's but God-willing anyone needing a a motivator to get going with Prayer will be encouraged. May Allah reward her. (Click on the title of this post to read more of her blog entries, including the table of contents of this manual)...& may Allah reward and guide all of us. Ameen.
"Chapter 1: Committing to the Quantity
Section 4: A Reflection on Prayer, from a Mother’s Perspective
Allah subhanahu wa taala is always telling us in the Qur’an to reflect on the nature around us, our own selves, and his commandments – including Prayer. So let us reflect on prayer from the point of view of a mother. Why did Allah command us to pray? There are five things that bring us happiness as mothers, from our children.
The first thing gives true joy and satisfaction to a mother is when we ask our child to do something and she does it. By praying, we are obeying Allah so he will be pleased on seeing us leave whatever we were doing and go to pray.
Secondly, do you remember how happy you felt when your child started talking? All that time he had been listening to your words and trying to imitate a few words here and there and now finally he can put a sentence together and repeat what he learned. From this, you can see why Allah wants us to memorize Qur’an and recite Qur’an in our prayers. He wants to see what we have learned of His words and is pleased on hearing us recite the Qur’an.
Thirdly, our hearts rejoice when we hear our child says ‘I love you Mommy’ with a hug and kiss, or when she says ‘Thank You’. So imagine how pleased Allah is when we supplicate to Him. In Ruku’ we say ‘Subhana Rabial ‘Atheem which means ‘Glory be to Allah, the Greatest’. In Sujud we say ‘Subhana Rabial A’la which means ‘Glory be to Allah, the Most High’. That is why we get so many blessings from supplication and are advised to do it after the prayer, throughout the day, and before sleep.
Fourthly, let’s not forget the relief a mother feels when her child says ‘I’m sorry’, especially when it’s sincere. Ah, now we can realize the importance of sincerity in prayer and du’a. When your child says sorry only because you told them to say that or they say it in an uncaring way, it only helps a little in soothing your anger. But when they say sorry on their own in that sad voice, then your anger magically disappears. In our prayers when we come up from the first sujud (prostration) we make the du’a ‘Rabbi Ighfirli wa liwalidayyi’ which means ‘O Allah forgive me and forgive my parents’. Allah is giving us a chance to ask for forgiveness in our prayers. We benefit by getting our sins forgiven, and he becomes more pleased with us from our repentance, if it was sincere.
Lastly, a mother is happy to hear her child ask for help when they’re frustrated instead of crying and having a tantrum. A mother loves to help her children. The same can be said of the du’a you can say during and after your prayers. Here, Allah is giving us a chance to ask for His help, because He loves to help us. During your prayer the most powerful position to make du’a in is in the last Sujud (prostration). Here you are prostrated in the most humble position before your Lord who created you and blessed you with many things, so it is most conducive to sincerity.
May Allah help us all in fulfilling this important an beneficial obligation with sincerity and grant us all its rewards and benefits.