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Miftah-ul-Janna (Booklet for way to Paradise)

5– A person will be

5– A person will be sinful for not (kindly and with due tact and finesse) warning another person whom he sees to perform namâz without the ta’dîl-i-arkân. 6– You have to reperform the namâz (which you performed without observing the ta’dîl-i-arkân). 7– It causes dying without îmân. 8– It makes you a thief who steals from namâz. 9– The namâz you have performed will be flung like an old rag to your teeth on the Day of Judgment. 10– You will be deprived of the Mercy of Allâhu ta’âlâ. 11– You will have behaved improperly in your supplication to Allâhu ta’âlâ. 12– You will be deprived of the plenty of thawâb inherent in namâz. 13– It causes the thawâbs that you are to be given for your other acts of worship to be withheld. 14– It causes you to deserve Hell. 15– It causes ignorant people who see you to (follow your bad example and) disignore the ta’dîl-i-arkân. It is for the same matter that sinning on the part of a man of religion will incur more torment. 16– You will have opposed your imâm. 17– You will have omitted the sunnats at the intiqâlât (transitions). 18– You will incur Wrath of Allâhu ’adhîm-ush-shân. 19– You will have pleased the Satan. 20– You will be far from Paradise. 21– You will be close to Hell. 22– You will have been cruel to your own nafs. 23– You will have made your own nafs dirty. 24– You will have hurt the angels on your right and left. 25– You will have saddened Rasûlullah ‘sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam’. 26– You will have caused harm to the entire creation. For, on account of your sin, there will be no rains and crops, or there will be unseasonable rains, which will cause harm to crops, instead of nourishing them. – 140 –

NAMÂZ DURING LONG-DISTANCE JOURNEYS It is written as follows in the book entitled Ni’mat-i-islâm (and written by Hâdji Muhammad Zihnî ‘rahmatullâhi ta’âlâ ’alaih, 1262–1332 [1914 A.D.], Küplüce-Beğlerbeği, Istanbul:) It is permissible, always and everywhere, to perform nâfila (supererogatory) namâz sitting even when it is possible to perform it standing. As you perform namâz sitting, you bend down your body for the Rukû’. For the Sajda you put your head on the ground (or floor, or on the prayer rug). However, if a person performs namâz sitting without any ’udhr (a good reason justified by Islam) to do so, he will be given half the thawâb that he would earn if he performed it standing. The sunnats of the daily five prayers (namâzes) and the namâz of Tarâwîh are among the nâfila namâzes. (Please see the nineteenth chapter of the fourth fascicle of Endless Bliss for ‘tarâwîh’.) On a journey, i.e. outside of urban areas, it is permissible to perform nâfila namâzes on the back of an animal, (e.g. a horse.) It is not obligatory to turn towards the Qibla or to make Rukû’ or Sajda. You perform it with îmâ, (i.e. with signs.) In other words, you bend down a little with your body. For the Sajda, you bend down somewhat more. Existence of plenty of najâsat on the animal will not have a detrimental effect on the namâz. It is permissible for a person who becomes tired as he performs namâz on the ground to perform it leaning against a walking stick or another person or a wall. It is not sahîh to perform namâz as you yourself are walking. (In other words, namâz performed thereby will not be valid.) As for namâzes that are farz or wâjib; it is only when there is an ’udhr can they be performed on an animal outside (of) urban areas. An ’udhr (in this matter) is one of the following cases: To fear that your fellow travellers will leave you alone in case you dismount from your animal; to fear that there may be highwaymen around, so that you may lose your life, your property, or your animal; muddy ground; inability to mount your animal; other similar situations. If possible, you make your animal stand in the direction of Qibla and perform your namâz. If it is not possible you perform it in the direction wherein your animal is walking. The same rule applies in performing it in a boxlike litter placed on the animal. If the animal is made to stop and a mast is placed under the litter, it changes into a serîr, i.e. a table or couch, so that performing namâz on it is like doing so on the ground. In that case you will have to perform your namâz standing – 141 –

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