Today's pace of life has created an imbalance in many people's
priorities, especially in diminishing
spiritual fulfilment. Seldom do we find contentment or a sense of
purpose in our daily routine; Masjid's are running on the hollowness of
its congregations, homes have become dry of personal uplift - thisv is
due to a distinct lack of understanding of what our prayer means and
what it demands of us.
Prayer is a fundamental act of worship every Muslim strives to prefect,
and it is the first thing
about which Allah will question mankind on the Day of Judgment. It is
the domain of tranquillity
for the devote and the coolness of their eyes. It is the garden of the
worshipers, and the test of
the sincere ones. It is truly a divine Mercy that Allah has gifted His
believing servants with, honoured and dignified them to seek His
nearness through it.
Imam Ibn Qayyim's 'Asrar al-Salah' is from among powerfully inspiring
works that take the
reader through a vivid journey of the stages of prayer and their
profound spiritual significance -
combined with the physical actions that symbolise submission, surrender
and humility to Allah.
The author identifies impediments to achieving khushu' in prayer, and
beautifully explains some
profound benefits and wisdom behind actions performed therein and the
words proscribed. He
also adds a concise note on the psychological effect of listening to the
magnificence of the Qur'an
and strikes a comparison with music and its depravity and decadence.
The rich literary style used by Ibn Qayyim itself is a delight to behold
- and the translator has
successfully maintained some of that imagery in the translation. This
work will provide the
reader with a unique insight into the prayer and its inner dimensions.
It will be a truly uplifting
experience that will reflect in the refreshing new light we see our
prayer. Lackluster attitudes
will be eliminated, especially of those who see prayer as a mere ritual
of releasing themselves
from its obligation, and will enliven us to become more careful and
attentive within it.