Farewell, goodbye, I take your leave, O Ramadan Kareem
Accept me as your servant, forgive me, my Lord Supreme
The salah needs to be filled with our heart, mind and soul, being fearful of standing in front of Allah, while humbly praising Him and aiming for jannah in the hereafter, in sha Allah. The khushu and khudu, the humility, the devotion, the submissiveness, the humbleness of our limbs, the alertness of our body parts, these are the required elements of a salah which Allah almighty will accept in the akhirah. The true essence and spirit of salah revolves around the presence of khushu and khudu, meaning inward and outward submission and devotion respectively, praising Allah and communicating with Him with our deepest interest and love. The heart remaining free of any worldly worries and tensions while our body exhibits submission of even the tiniest body part.
A momin, when at salah, tries his best to gain an eternal connection with his Supreme Creator. This bonding of the creator and His creation is a desired state longed by a believer, for maintaining a sense of acceptance that he fears Allah and also accepts that He, undoubtedly is the most magnificent, the caretaker of us all. A sense of humility and calmness covers you while you stand in front of your Allah, conversing with him, bonding with him, establishing the soul of your prayers, reminding yourself of your insignificance and His magnificence.
“… the life of faith for Abrahamic believers is not supposed to be an easy ride… There have always been problems… there have always been tests that Heaven sends to us that sometimes make no sense to us… and we tend to interrogate Heaven, which is ignorance because Heaven’s wisdom is absolute and our perception of things is radically limited, but still we protest. But the way of Abrahamic religion is surrender, submit. That is the victory. Abase yourself in sujud in complete unhesitating loving embrace of the decree of Heaven. And the most extraordinary outcomes can take place. And this is the Abrahamic test for Muslims… around the world. We protest too much, we shout too much. We interrogate Heaven…. We’ve missed this founding of our tradition, which is that things in history and in the soul don’t follow the usual material logic of cause and effect. Everything is determined by the Hand of the Divine. So if we surrender, we accept the Divine Decree…. This is all mapped out for us in the beautiful symbolism of the Hajj… in order for us to recognize the value and unique beauty of submission and accepting the commands of Allah….”