Q&A: Practicing Meditation In Islam – Dr. Shabir Ally
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you’re watching let the Koran speak now we answer questions you received from you our viewers and of course if you have a question yourself you can visit a website WWN speaks comm okay this question about meditation the question is we know that the Prophet meditated how should Muslims view meditation is it obligatory in our religion does the Quran or sort of describe how we should meditate and is it true that the Prophet said the one hour of meditation is better than 70 years of prayer hmm okay so the meditation is mentioned in the Quran a number of times using different words often we are encouraged by the Quran to ponder over the Quran itself so the word to fat core pondering or to dub bore which also means a lot of deliberation over the meaning of the Quran itself and the Quran also encourages us to ponder the signs of God which are evident everywhere in God’s creation for example in the third chapter of the Quran the 190 s worse tells us to about describes the believers as those who ponder the creation of the heavens and the earth the 67th chapter of the Quran at the beginning invites believers to look up into the heavens and see if you can find any Fault therein and of course the result that is expected is that you will glorify God after seeing the wonders of his creation the Quran encourages Muslims to travel and to see how God has initiated creation and so on so this is one aspect of pondering the the other might be silent meditation it is mentioned that the Prophet peace be upon him prior to is receiving the revelation I used to retire to a cave and practice what is called the Honus which is some form of meditation that was known to the Arabs before before he received the specific revelation but within the religious teachings of Islam itself it is mentioned that if a person performs the ablutions at home and then goes to the mosque early before the actual prayer then that time spent in the mosque is regarded as if the person was busy in prayer so what might he be doing in the mosque at that time he may be engaged in some silent meditation or just simply recounting one’s activities and and maybe repenting before God or just thinking about things that are good and and holy or maybe reciting the Quran which is another way of meditation at the end of the day one we want to recollect one’s events or one’s actions and sort of the good from the bad and ask God to forgive us for what we’ve done wrong it an interesting story in this regard is mentioned about one of the Companions of the Prophet peace be upon him who said that at the end of the day he would just cleanse his heart of all negative thoughts that he had towards other people and it is noted that it was for this reason that the Prophet peace be upon him recommended this man as a person who would go to paradise so it seems that the meditation is a very integral part of the Islamic faith in yes many Muslims especially those who go out in what is referred to as the Jamaat table it’s sort of missionary endeavor that that is confined mainly to uplifting the spirit of Muslims so so it’s missionaries going to other Muslims they often stay in the mosque between the fudger and and the early morning prayer and until Sun Rise which could have them sitting there waiting for about half an hour to an hour and in that time they would be remembering God by reciting some of the names of God by saying glory be to God for example and this would be a sort of meditation they may refer to it as more Aqaba which is another word for meditation so there’s no sense that you have to go into a a private place be solitary spend a particular amount of time meditating it’s it seems like it’s entirely up to the individual yes there is many different ways you are also on different things that’s right so any one of these is fine the important thing is of obviously to have balance and to just like it with eating we need a balanced diet we need many different ingredients in a similar way with meditation we have many different forms and it’s good to do a little bit of this and a little bit of that benefit from all of the forms as for the hadith that you asked about it’s mentioned by my bond in his collection and this is one of the lesser known books not as authentic as the more popular books such as bihari and Muslim but in any case a hadith of this nature that promises a great deal of reward for simple actions are I mentioned by Zubair Siddiqui in his book hadith for beginners as the type of hadith which people might have invented over time for good reasons for encouraging a good good work and we wouldn’t give them great credence would you encourage Muslims to meditate every day then normally the the five daily prayers which are prescribed for Muslims involve meditation I mean that’s the essence of the whole prayer because you are reciting praises of God but you’re thinking about what you’re reciting you’re thinking what God and the life Hereafter this itself is meditation and not only is this recommended but it’s obligatory for Muslims alright thank you for your time by the Shakur you’re welcome that’s all the time we have visit our website wwlp. com from all of us here let the quran speak thank you for watching I’ll see you next week Oh..
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