RENEWAL SERIES: First Quarter: On Acts of Worship  Book 3: Mysteries of Worship

RENEWAL SERIES: First Quarter: On Acts of Worship Book 3: Mysteries of Worship

"The hardest test I ever faced in my life was praying. You understand. But bending my knees to pray -- that act -- well, that took me a week ... I had to force myself to bend my knees. And waves of shame and embarrassment would force me back up. For evil to bend its knees, admitting its guilt, and to implore God's forgiveness is the hardest thing in the world. It's easy for me to see and to say that now. But then, when I was the personification of evil, I was going through it. Again, I would force myself back down into the praying-to-Allah posture. When finally, I was able to make myself stay down -- I didn't know what to say to Allah." (The Autobiography of Malcolm X). 
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RENEWAL SERIES: First Quarter - On Acts of Worship Book 3: Mysteries of  Purity

RENEWAL SERIES: First Quarter - On Acts of Worship Book 3: Mysteries of Purity

Whenever the word purification is mentioned, the concept that comes to most mind is the cleanliness of an object, so cleansing for rituals is automatically associated with purification of the body from filth. Imam al-Ghazali redirects our attention to the reality of purity. Purification is an integral part of worship but is not limited to cleaning some body parts. 

The transaction between us and Allah (God) is built upon purity, and the religion is of three levels; Islam (associated to five pillars of worship), Eeman (the beliefs in oneness of God), and Ihsan (the state of Excellence with God while perfecting Islam and Eeman). These are synonymous with; body (outward), mind (inward), and the soul (inward of the inward).
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RENEWAL SERIES: First Quarter - On Acts of Worship Book 2: Foundations of Belief

RENEWAL SERIES: First Quarter - On Acts of Worship Book 2: Foundations of Belief

What is essential of a believer is to know who you are in connection to having faith in your Lord and His Messenger and the other crucial components of belief (or articles of faith) that serves as the foundation for a creed. Because we are Allah's (God's), and to Him is our return as we always affirm when a person dies. This statement is to remind us of the reality of our existence, not to pity the dead.
As explained in the introduction, the Ihya book's essence is the realization of faith as a knowledge that is lived and acted upon to improve our connection to Allah (God), the state of the heart in every action and inaction.

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