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Imām al-Riḍā ▧:

May Allāh ◣ shower mercy upon an obedient who has revived our cause.  The Imām was asked “how could one revive your cause”?  He replied: by learning about our knowledge, and making it known to [other] people.  People would indeed follow us if they knew about the virtue of our words.

 Book No. 25, v.1, p.180

Imām al-Ḥusayn ▧:

Verily, the love of us, Ahl al- Bayt, sheds sins off an individual, just as a strong wind sheds leaves off the tree.

Book No. 3, v. 27, p. 77, h. 9, c. 4.

Imām al-Bāqir ▧:

A believer can escalate to highest degree of belief with prudent study of our narration.

Book No. 3, v. 1, p. 106, h. 2, c. 3.

Ḥaḍrat Fāṭimah Zahrā ▨:

We, Ahl al-Bayt, are the intermediaries in His Creation, we are His favourites, and the descending point of divinities, and we are His final Proof of His unseen world, and we are inheritors of His prophets.

The Fatimiyyeh Sahifah, p.174

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Ṣalāt ( صَلاَة or صَلَوة ) is a derivative of the root < ص.ل.و . >.  It is a diversified word, having many meanings and applications.  It is a bi-directional process; i.e. it can be descended from the heavens, or be ascended from the earth.

In general, it means mercy, attention, blessing, purification, wishing peace upon someone, inclination toward someone, returning to Allāh, treating compassionately, pleading for forgiveness, supplication, salutation, glorification, praising, well wishing, facing or striding towards Allāh, appealing to Him, and special remembrance of Allāh, depending on the usage of this word.  In particular, it means the regular daily ṣalāt (prayer), with certain procedures and formalities, which include relevant features of physical and spiritual applications.

Normally, the Arabic word ṣalāt is translated as prayer.  The English word prayer does not exactly reflect the meaning of ṣalāt.  In Islām, there are many types of prayers, with specific names, for specific purposes.  Ṣalāt is the most important -and most complete- type of prayer.  It is a multi-dimensional obligatory ritual, which includes all other types of prayers in it (such as glorification and gratification, du ʿā , munājāt, dhikr, recitation of the Glorious Qur ān, bowing down, prostration, etc.).  This is performed five times a day, at least.

In shortest summary, just a few physical benefits of ṣalāt are listed below.  Spiritual aspect of ṣalāt cannot be summarised at all.  It takes books to cover the spiritual benefits of ṣalāt.

1.  Takes us away from mischief, corruption, or immorality.

2.  Provides pure divine energy.

3.  One who performs ṣalāh must be free of any misappropriation.  Even if a button of his shirt is sown with ḥarām thread (not belonging to him), his ṣalāt is not accepted by All ā h .

4.  His body, clothes, and the place of performing the ṣalāh must be perfectly clean.  He must perform ritual ablution before standing up for the ṣalāh.

5.  The timing of this ritual gives certain discipline to the life of a person who keeps his ṣalāh.  In particular, midnight and dawn prayers are quite healthy, soothing, and spiritual exercises.

6.  The ṣalāt is the best regular exercise for awareness, concentration, and meditation.

7.  The most important physical and spiritual benefit of ṣalāt is the manifest feeling of unity with other Muslim brothers and sisters, all over the world.  All Muslims with different nationalities, languages, colours, and backgrounds face one unique Qiblah (Ka ʿbah in  Makkah), and perform one unique ritual in one unique labguage.  It is the power of All ā h , the target of their attention, that unites the hearts of these praying individuals, generating one great family of sympathetic Muslims.

For more information, please refer to Section 18 ( Ṣalāt (Prayer) and Ṣawm (Fasting) ), part 1 and part 2 , under the “Words of Wisdom.”   

The plural form of ṣalāt is ṣalawāt ( صَلَوات ).  The latter has also a specific meaning.  It means wishing peace upon ḥaḍrat Muḥammad and his infallible and purified progeny, as is frequently used in the phrase (O Allāh Please bestow peace and blessing upon Muḥammad and his progeny الٰهُمَّ صَلِّ عَلیٰ مُحَمّدٍ وَ آلِ مُحَمّد ).  We have abbreviated this phrase to (ph&hp) in this web-site.

Unithetically, it resembles salute, salvation[I], solution, and supplication.

[I] - Redeem, rescue, save.                                                                                                       

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