Rewarding Children

Do you think it is a good practice to reward a child, for instance, for performing his obligatory prayers, because one fears that otherwise the child would neglect his prayers?

To my mind, at some instances it may be quite acceptable to reward a child if one is reassured that the child wouldn't develop an incorrect attitude.

Should one completely refrain from this idea, how do you view this matter?

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Meaning Of The Term Ṣalāh

The Qur’an uses hundred of times the words "Aqīmū al-ṣalāh". Does it mean, only to make a line and perform stand and sit? Please clarify. The Prophet (sws) and the Companions are thought only to have permission for this 'Yoga' or something meaningful later hidden by history.

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Duroods And Supplications

I have seen especially women reciting verses from Holy Quran, part or complete surah, darood ( different kinds - Tanjeena , Taj , Ibraheemi etc etc ) , Ayat Kareema , or reciting Allah's name etc etc. They recite these in specific numbers. And they recite in group or singly to complete a given number of quantity. They do it to pray and wish for specific objective which may be either: health recovery of someone who is sick, suffering from a dangerous life threatening disease, getting a job, selling a business or for any other purposes.

My question is: Is it right per Islamic teaching? Doing this make ones prayer answered much faster? What is the significance of doing all this - gathering some women or children or man and reading as mentioned above for the purpose of achieving some objective etc ?

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Supplications Adding Adversities

I have noticed that whenever I start reciting the Qur’an for nonstop hours or engage in optional prayers or invoke Allah’s names for the achievement of my supplications Allah tests me more and more and does not answer my prayer urgently. Moreover I face a lot of problems, obstacles or pains in my day to day life. I guess when I try to be near to Him my grades starts getting higher and that is why He makes me feel tested. So, as a result I leave all above mentioned "things". People tell me that why more worship brings more tests and problem. I am already tired of tests so I can’t bear more and am about to leave all good things I do in order to avoid further tests by Allah.

People also say that if one keeps on thinking about one particular prayer or runs after one thing all the time Allah never grants so. It is better to be care free. Soon you will see that your prayer will reach point of achievement. Is all that true? Am I doing right by leaving all good things? I am a person who thinks instead of watching Tv, watching movies on cable or listening to music it is better to worship Allah. But when I spend my most of time in reciting Quran or offering optional prayers I face a lot of tests. I can’t face tests. I am already going through a tough time so then what should I do to utilize my time. Life is spent useless.

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Penalty For Leaving Obligatory Prayers

I wanted to know what is the punishment for leaving the obligatory prayer. Also explain how to atone for sinning after repentance.

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Unanswered Prayers

Many of our prayers are not answered in this world. It may be due to wisdom of God almighty but is it a satisfactory answer? Tassawauf have kashaf and karamat which are visible and are experienced through our senses so that can give us some faith and satisfaction. But can any intellectual debate regarding our unanswered prayers satisfy us?

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Offering Prayer According To The Shi’i Fiqh

I would to know if it is possible for me to pray like my would be husband who follows another religious denomination. We are trying to find a way to practise our religion in the same way, especially for our future children. Our main differences in praying are:

he doesn’t put his arms on his chest,
he doesn’t raise his finger while in "tashahhud" sitting and
he doesn’t say "amen" after al-fatihah.

In the shia beleif, doing these three things is not permitted. This would invalidate their prayer. Thus, my question is: As a sunni, is it permissible to me not to do them?

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Countering Distractions While Praying

Is the purpose of Salah fulfilled by our immature style, where in the whole Salah, we are always engrossed by millions of thoughts? Secondly, is there any specific Quranic verses or Ahadiths regarding this issue?

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History Of Salah

I have a question about the five daily prayers. I know the story of the implementation of five daily prayers. Did the pagans pray five times a day to their gods (i.e. statues)? If I am reading the story right it would mean that the five daily prayers were first introduced to the Prophet Muhammad (sws), what about the prophets before him (sws)? Did they have a set number of prayers?

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Prayer Timings

The Holy Qur'an mentions that there are only two obligatory prayers. (Surah Bani Isra’il (Q 17) mentions the Morning, dalūk al-shams and the tahajjud prayer. It also explains that tahajjud is a nafl (supererogatory). This means only two prayers are obligatory. Similarly Surah Hūd (Q 11) mentions tarafi al-nahaar and Surah Ṭāhā (Q 20) uses the words ānā'a al-layl.)

However, the ahādith tell us that the Holy Prophet (sws) has commanded the believers to pray five times a day. Is it possible that the Prophet (sws) contradicts the commands of the Book of God and gives a different command?
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What Does Salah Mean?

We find that during certain prayers we remain silent even though the Qur'an directs us to utter our prayers in a moderate volume (neither too loud nor too soft). Some would argue that verse of the Qur'an is referring to Salaat the system of following Allah's commands closely. And it means call people to Allah's way in a moderate manner (not too aggressively neither too meekly).

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Istikhara

I have a question about istikhara. I have been told that in istikhara we get the answer in a dream. Is that correct? If it were correct then nobody in the world would take loss in their business or personal maters. Please guide me. I want to start business of garments. I have enough knowledge of the business but I made someone perform istikhara for me and he said I must not start the business. How do you suggest I should proceed?

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Queries Regarding Salah

I want to ask you few questions about the Ṣalāh:

1. Living in Saudi Arabia, I saw that most of the Saudis do not have wuḍū and just start offering the ṣalāh. A few days ago I noticed that our imām did the same. I feel he was not in the proper state of purification obtained by performing wuḍū. I, however, offered the ṣalāh. Please tell me if I did right or wrong?
2. Sometimes when I am happy and I start offering the ṣalāh as soon as I enter the time to offer the Prayer a lot of things run in my heart and mind. I forget Allah and things pop up and run in my mind. What should I do?
3. I have tried my level best in the ṣalāh and also socially but sometimes when I am with my friend I feel to be a bad boy. But when I am alone or moving somewhere durūd (prayer formulas for seeking blessing for the Prophet sws) fills my heart and wets my tongue.
4. I am going to offer ‘umrah tomorrow. Please tell me the right way to pray to God about our tension and, as you know, the problems in everyday life.
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نماز قائم کرنا

نماز پڑھنے اور قائم کرنے میں کیا فرق ہے اور پاکستان جیسی ریاست نماز کیسے قائم کر سکتی ہے یا یہ فرما دیں کہ نماز قائم کرنے میں ریاست کا کیا کردار ہے؟

کیا مسجد میں نمازیوں کو سلام کرنا جائز ہے۔ کیونکہ مسجد میں خاموشی ہوتی ہے اور سلام کرنے اور جواب دینے سے نمازی ڈسٹرب ہوتے ہیں؟

میں اپنی بیوی کو نماز پڑھنے کے لیے کیسے قائل کر سکتا ہوں اور اگر وہ نماز نہیں پڑھتی تو میں اس کے لیے کتنا ذمہ دار ہوں؟

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حضور سے زیادہ نمازیں پڑھنا

آپ نے اپنے ایک درس میں فرمایا تھا کہ آدمی کو اتنی ہی نمازیں پڑھنی چاہییں جتنی حضور نے پڑھی ہیں ۔ لیکن حضور کی زندگی میں تو گناہ بہت کم تھے ، جبکہ ہماری زندگیاں گناہوں سے بھری پڑی ہیں۔ اس وجہ سے کیا ہمیں زیادہ نمازیںپڑھنے کی ضرورت نہیں ہے؟

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طہارت قائم نہ رہنے کی صورت میں نماز

بواسیر کی بیماری کی وجہ سے کپڑے خراب ہوتے رہتے ہیں۔ چنانچہ نماز پڑھنے کے بارے میں بتائیے کہ وہ کیسے پڑھی جائے؟

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مسجد ميں نماز جنازہ

مسجد ميں نماز جنازہ پڑھنا کيسا ہے؟ اس سے منع کيا گيا ہے يا نہيں؟

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نماز قائم کرنا

نماز پڑھنے اور قائم کرنے میں کیا فرق ہے اور پاکستان جیسی ریاست نماز کیسے قائم کر سکتی ہے یا یہ فرما دیں کہ نماز قائم کرنے میں ریاست کا کیا کردار ہے؟

کیا مسجد میں نمازیوں کو سلام کرنا جائز ہے۔ کیونکہ مسجد میں خاموشی ہوتی ہے اور سلام کرنے اور جواب دینے سے نمازی ڈسٹرب ہوتے ہیں؟

میں اپنی بیوی کو نماز پڑھنے کے لیے کیسے قائل کر سکتا ہوں اور اگر وہ نماز نہیں پڑھتی تو میں اس کے لیے کتنا ذمہ دار ہوں؟

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