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  • හිජාස් පෙත්සම ඉල්ලා අස්කරගනී
    (තිළිණි ද සිල්වා සහ රංජන් කටුගම්පොළ)

    රැඳවුම් නියෝග මත රදවා සිටින තමාව වහාම මුදාහරින්නැයි පොලිස්පතිවරයාට සහ අපරාධ පරීක්ෂණ දෙපාර්තමේන්තුවට නියෝග කරන ලෙස  ඉල්ලා නීතීඥ හිජාස් හිස්බුල්ලා මහතා අභියාචනාධිකරණය ගොනු කළ රිට් පෙත්සම අද (24) ඒ මහතා විසින්ම ඉල්ලා අස් කරගන්නා ලදි.

    පාස්කු ඉරුදින කොළඹ සිනමන් ග්‍රෑන්ඩ් හෝටලයේ සිදුවූ...
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  • Disappointed to see Govt. backing away from ending cremation policy: US
    US Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alaina B Teplitz said she was disappointed to see that the Government and Prime Minister are backing away from ending discriminatory cremation policy. She tweeted that “People, including loved ones recently passed away, deserve more respect for their rights from a democratic government”.   http://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking_news/Disappointed-to-see-Govt-backing-away-from-ending-cremation-policy-US/108-206094



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  • Hizbullah and Madrasa School Principal remanded
    Attorney-at-Law Hejaaz Hizbullah and Principal of Madrasa School Mohammed Shakeel were remanded till March 3 by the Fort Magistrate’s Court today. The Attorney General yesterday directed the IGP to produce them in a relevant court under section 2 (1) (h) of the PTA and section 3(1) of the ICCPR Act.   http://www.dailymirror.lk/breaking_news/Hizbullah-and-Madrasa-School-Principal-remanded/108-206092 Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.
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  • හිජාස් හිස්බුල්ලා කොටුව අධිකරණයට

    (රොමේෂ් ධනුෂ්ක ද සිල්වා) පාස්කු ප්‍රහාරය සම්බන්ධයෙන් රහස් පොලිසිය මගින්  අත්අඩංගුවට ගෙන මාස 10කට අධික කාලයක් රැඳවුම් නියෝග මත සිටි නීතිඥ හිජාස් හිස්බුල්ලා මහතා අද(18) පස්වරුවේ කොළඹ කොටුව මහේස්ත්‍රාත් අධිකරණයට ඉදිරිපත් කරනු ලැබීය. හිස්බුල්ලා මහතා සමඟ අත්අඩංගුවට ගත් පුත්තලම, මද්‍රසා පාසලේ විදුහල්පති මොහොමඩ්...
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  • හිජාස් හිස්බුල්ලාගේ පෙත්සම 24 දා සළකා බලයි
    (තිළිණි ද සිල්වා සහ රංජන් කටුගම්පොළ)

    නීතීඥ හිජාස් හිස්බුල්ලා මහතා ගොනු කළ රිට් පෙත්සම මෙම මස 24 වැනිදා සළකා බැලීමට අභියාචනාධිකරණය අද (16) තීරණය කළේය.

    පාස්කු ඉරුදින කොළඹ සිනමන් ග්‍රෑන්ඩ් හෝටලයේ සිදුවූ මරාගෙන මැරෙන බෝම්බ ප්‍රහාරය සිදුකළ බෝම්බකරු සමඟ සම්බන්ධතා පැවැත්වුයැයි කියන සිද්ධියකට සැකපිට...
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  • UK Muslims complain to UN over Sri Lanka’s cremation policy
    Muslim Council of Britain leads calls for an end to the ‘unjust and discriminatory’ mandatory cremation policy.
    9 Feb 2021
    Muslim families in the United Kingdom whose loved ones have been cremated in Sri Lanka have submitted a complaint to the United Nations, branding the South Asian country’s controversial policy “unjust and discriminatory” and calling for its immediate suspension.

    Buddhist-majority Sri Lanka made cremation mandatory last March for people who die, or are suspected to have died, with coronavirus.

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  • කොවිඩ් සිරුරු භූමදානයට ඉඩදෙන බව අගමැති කියයි
    බන්දුල ඉලේපෙරුම

    කොවිඩ් 19 ආසාදනය වීමෙන් මියයන පුද්ගලයන්ගේ සිරුරු භූමදානයට ඉඩදෙන බව අගමැති මහින්ද රාජපක්ෂ මහතා අද(10) පාර්ලිමේන්තුවේදී පැවසීය.
    අගමැතිවරයා සභාවේ නැගී සිටිමින් එසේ කියා සිටියේ එස්.එම්.මරික්කාර් මන්ත්‍රීවරයා නැගූ පැනයකට පිළිතුරු වශයෙනි.
    ජලයෙන් කොවිඩ් 19 ‍බෝ නොවන බවට සුදර්ශනී ප්‍රනාන්දුපුල්ලේ ඇමැතිවරිය...
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  • එකම විකල්පය ආදාහනය පමණද?

    ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ කොවිඩ් ආසාදිතව මියයන පුද්ගලයන්ගේ අවසන් කටයුතු සිදුකිරීමේදී ආගමික විශ්වාසවලට සහ සංස්කෘතික සම්ප්‍රදායන්ට ගරු කරන්නැයි ජාත්‍යන්තරයෙන් යළිත් බලපෑම් එල්ලවෙමින් තිබේ. එම පුද්ගල මෘතදේහ සම්බන්ධයෙන් අවසන් කටයුතු කිරීමේ දී ඇති එකම විකල්පය ආදාහනය බවට තීරණය කිරීම මානව හිමිකම් උල්ලංඝනය කිරීමකට මුලපුරන හේතුවක්...
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  • ඇමරිකාවෙන් ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට බලකිරීමක්
    (හර්ෂණ තුෂාර සිල්වා)

    ජාත්‍යන්තර මහජන සෞඛ්‍ය මාර්ගෝපදේශවලට අනුව ආගමික විශ්වාසවලට සහ සංස්කෘතික සම්ප්‍රදායවලට ගරු කරන්නැයි ශ්‍රී ලංකාවට බල කර සිටින බව ඇමෙරිකා එක්සත් ජනපදය ප්‍රකාශ කරයි.

    එසේ කිරීම තුළින් ජනතාවට සිය විශ්වාසවලට අනුකූලව ඔවුන්ගේ ආදරණීයන්ට නිසි පරිදි සමුදීමට අවස්ථාව උදා වනු ඇතැයි ද ඇමෙරිකා එක්සත් ජනපදය...
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  • එ. ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් විශේෂඥයන්ගෙන් අනතුරු ඇඟවීමක්
    කොවිඩ්-19’ ආසාදනය වීමෙන් මිය යන පුද්ගලයන්ගේ මළ සිරුරු සම්බන්ධයෙන් අවසන් කටයුතු කිරීමේදී ඇති එකම විකල්පය ආදාහනය යැයි තීරණය කිරීම මානව හිමිකම් උල්ලංඝනය කිරීමකට මුල පුරන බවට එක්සත් ජාතීන්ගේ මානව හිමිකම් විශේෂඥයන් අනතුරු අඟවා ඇතැයි ඇමෙරිකා එක්සත් ජනපදයේ සෙනට් සභිකයකු වන ක්‍රිස් වැන් හොලන් මහතා ප්‍රකාශ කරයි.

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The Healing Power of Prayer

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The Healing Power of Prayer - Productive Muslim

In times of hardship, pain and loss, many of us attempt to find solutions in the very dunya that caused that calamity to befall us in the first place. We search for temporary comforts in people and worldly objects, all of which have the potential to break us again. Some of us find relief in medication and counselling, some surround themselves with sympathetic ears and some simply lose hope and derail from the path of Islam. However, Allah sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He) has provided us with the best tool of all: Prayer.

 

And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah] [Qur'an: Chapter 2, Verse 45].

Allah sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He) is the Almighty, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. So who better to call upon than Him? Who better to seek ease from pain and hardship than Him?

Does Prayer Heal?

It sure does! As many verses of the Qur’an reiterate, Allah sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He) tells us to enjoin in prayer and it is not without wisdom that Allah sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He) says:

“… Unquestionably, by the remembrance of Allah hearts are assured, [Qur'an: Chapter 13, Verse 28].

Dr Andrew Newsberg of the University of Pennsylvania attempts to enlighten us with this hidden wisdom. He studied brain wave activity during prayer and found a direct impact on several brain locations. The benefits of prayer are incredible! Regular daily prayers halt the frontal lobe from shrinking with age, which is the part of the brain that regulates our speaking, reading and memory; therefore, this helps prevent memory loss in old age.

High activity was found in the anterior cingulate, the location that regulates our connectivity to others. A high activity in this part of the brain means a healthier and happier person. Our self-awareness is found in the parietal lobe, the overuse of which causes feelings of isolation and loneliness, and the limbic system is where negative emotions are stimulated. Prayer deactivates both of these areas of the brain, removing the negative emotions and allowing us to benefit from the frontal lobe and anterior cingulate. The result is a healthier, happier and longer life, In sha Allah. [1]

We need not look further to see that prayer is beneficial for us, making us healthier and happier. It is a healer in and of itself, activating regions of the brain that make us happier and ridding negativity. It is not just a form of worshipping Allah sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He), but also a form of meditation: A self-help tool to bring us to a state of tranquility. The more regular the prayer and the deeper our connection with Allah sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He), the more beneficial it is for us.

A Perfect Example In Our Prophet ?allallahu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)

Our beloved Prophet Muhammad ?allallahu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) relied on prayer as a source of comfort. As we all know, the Prophet ?allallahu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was tested with many trials and tribulations in his time, and it is with prayer that he found mental calmness.

The prayer of the Prophet ?allallahu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was always with great humbleness, full concentration and sincere submission to the Almighty sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He). This is what is known as the state of khushu’, a state of full awareness of the Almighty sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He) as we direct our minds and heart to our Lord alone.

“There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern…” [Qur'an: Chapter 33, Verse 21].

“Certainly will the believers have succeeded: They who are during their prayer humbly submissive…” (Qur’an: Chapter 23, Verses 1-2).

This is the state that we should aim to achieve in our prayers. It is in this state that we will find the biggest stimulations in the brain so we may reap the true benefits of prayer, In sha Allah.

The Prophet ?allallahu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did not only pray at times of need, but would pray in all situations and occasions. He ?allallahu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) would pray to thank Allah, seek His forgiveness, and ask for His protection and guidance. He ?allallahu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) would offer prayer for rain, decision-making, before undertaking a journey and even during battles; the list is endless. And, there was not a prayer that he ?allallahu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) would offer except that, through the mercy of Allah sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He), it brought about some sort of blessing, guidance or ease!

How Can We Attain Maximum Benefit From Prayer?

As Dr Newberg revealed, prayer performed regularly and with a deep spiritual connection, makes a happier and healthier person. Our Prophet ?allallahu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is a perfect example of how and when prayer should be offered. We take from his example four practical steps by which we can gain maximum benefit from prayer: Engage, Connect, Submit and Make Dua.

1. Engage

Incorporate prayer into your daily life. We should always focus on improving our relationship with Allah sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He) and the best way to do this is to engage in regular prayer. So make prayer your habit. Converse with Allah sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He) through your duas and try to connect with Him sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He) every day. Remember Him sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He) and He sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He) will remember you.

First and foremost, make sure you pray on time — no matter how busy you are — and do not miss any fardh prayers, especially Fajr.  A busy life may make prayer harder, but prayer makes a busy life easier! The five fardh prayers should be our first step if we have not yet already established them daily.

Abu Huraira (ranhu) narrated that Allah’s Messenger ?allallahu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

The first thing about which the people will be called to account out of their actions on the Day of Judgment is prayer. Our Lord, the Exalted, will say to the angels – though He knows better: Look into the prayer of My servant and see whether he has offered it perfectly or imperfectly. If it is perfect, that will be recorded perfect. If it is defective, He will say: See there are some optional prayers offered by My servant. If there are optional prayer to his credit, He will say: Compensate the obligatory prayer by the optional prayer for My servant. Then all the actions will be considered similarly. [Sunan Abi Dawud]

Once we have established the fardh prayers, we can move on to incorporating more optional prayers into our daily lives. The more we pray, the better our connection with Allah sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He) and the more we can seek the blessings and benefits of prayer. Take time to look into the many prayers that the Prophet ?allallahu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) taught us to perform and their benefits, and try to incorporate as many as you can in your daily lives. Whether it is in times of need to seek council, or in times of ease to thank Him sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He), you can never call upon Allah sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He) too many times.

2. Connect

Make prayer deeper and more meaningful. We must try to concentrate and allow ourselves to enjoy a personal and proximate relationship with our Lord sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He). The best way to do that is to pray as the Prophet Muhammad ?allallahu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) did — with khushu. Here are some simple tips we can incorporate in our prayers to build a stronger connection and attain maximum benefit, In sha Allah:

  • When you stand to pray, remember who you are standing before and humble yourself in His sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He) presence. Pray as if it is your last prayer. Imagine Allah sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He) standing before you and the angel of death behind you.
  • Know that you are in control of your mind and body. Remain still, focus on the place of sujood and avoid thinking of worldly matters; the time of prayer should be dedicated solely to focusing on your relationship with Allah sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He). So let go of your worries and let yourself indulge in His sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He) love and greatness.
  • Reflect and ponder on every ayah that you recite. This will help you concentrate on finding a personal meaning and help prevent your mind from drifting. The more you reflect, the more sincere your prayer will become.
  • Try to set aside time specifically for your prayers. Go to a quiet area, with least distractions possible and truly focus on the prayer alone. If you are praying in congregation, then let the spiritual atmosphere inspire you, not distract you.
  • Do not rush off from the prayer mat when you have finished your prayer. Take some time to reflect, recite the post-prayer duas, embrace the moment of closeness to Allah sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He) and know that He sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He) is present and listening.

3. Submit

Remember that sujood is the position in which you are the closest to Allah sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He). Take your time and let yourself embrace that closeness, and be warmed and comforted by it. It is best to make dua while in this position, as per the Prophet’s ?allallahu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) recommendation:

A slave becomes nearest to his Rabb when he is in prostration. So increase supplications while prostrating.” [Sahih Muslim]

Ibnul Qayyim described sujood as the secret of prayer, the greatest pillar and the seal of the rukoo’. In this position, we can truly submit ourselves to the Almighty sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He).

In fact, further to Dr Newberg’s research, Dr. Ahmad Sakr found that the position of sujood is one method scientifically proven to bring peace, tranquility and happiness to the one in prostration [2]. He explains that we are all exposed to electrostatic charges from the atmosphere and ridding ourselves of these extra charges is beneficial to one’s health. The best way to rid these extra electrostatic charges according to Dr Ahmad Sakr, is to prostrate with one’s forehead to the ground. This brings about a calming feeling and dissipates electromagnetic energy.

Once again, science enlightens us on the wisdoms behind sujood. Not only do we find ourselves the closest to Allah sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He) in this position, but it also physically brings us peace and tranquility. So whenever you are in need of mental calmness, follow the footsteps of the Prophet ?allallahu 'alayhi wa sallam (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and prostrate to the Almighty sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He). It is also the best time for us to make dua, as here, we are the closest to Allah sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He).

4. Make Dua

I need not say more. Make dua, and trust in Allah sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He), for He knows what is best for you. Remember that Allah sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He) alone is sufficient for us and through worshipping the Almighty with sincere submission, our hearts will find peace In sha Allah. Trust in Him sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He) and have faith that He sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He) will always answer your prayers.

“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me — indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided” [Qur'an: Chapter 2, Verse 186].

“For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease.” [Qur'an: Chapter 94, Verse 5].

Whether you take it from science or take it from our beautiful religion, call upon Allah sub?anahu wa ta'ala (glorified and exalted be He) with full sincerity and submission, and you will find bliss, In sha Allah.

Has this article been beneficial to you? I would love to hear about your experiences; how has prayer helped you through your hardships? What helps you gain khushu’ in your prayers? Please share your thoughts below!

[1] Newberg, Andrew B.; Waldman, Mark Robert (2009). How God Changes Your Brain.

[2] Sakr, Ahmad H. (1997). Sujood (Prostration).


About the Author:

Saadia recently graduated with a BSc in Psychology and has a healthy background working in this field. As a student of Islam, she aims to utilise her degree to its true depth by focusing on interlinking Islam with psychology. Her passion in writing is inspired by the beautiful harmonisation between the two.

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