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“Wa aushooni bish-sholaati waz-zakaati maa dumtu hayyan.” (surah Maryam ayah 31)
My Lord has firmly commanded me,
to pray and to give charity or to purify myself,
as long as I am alive, “Maa dumtu hayyan“,
as long I remained alive.
This is statement of ‘Isa ‘alaihissalaam.
This is a very powerful reminder about our approach to prayer,
and how we approach prayer and how we perceive and think,
and how we implement prayer in our lives.
You see, we’re supposed to pray, it’s saying, “As long as I am alive.”
Till my last breath, I’m committed to salah, to prayer.
Now what is that exactly mean?
It means no matter what comes up,
prayer is something that I will hold on to till my last breath.
I will concern myself with, till death.
And the Prophet shallallahu alaihi wa sallam demonstrated this,
he lived this.
This isn’t just a theory, this isn’t something just fancy to say,
it’s not just a fancy slogan,
the Prophet shallallahu alaihi wa sallam lived it.
About a week before the passing of the Prophet shallallahu alaihi wa sallam,
he fell very ill.
The Prophet shallallahu alaihi wa sallam was incapable of
standing up and even walking on his own,
very soon after.
So the Prophet shallallahu alaihi wa sallam, what he did?
He would send for a couple of sahabah to come to his home to get him.
And the hadith actually mentioned,
“Yuhaadi baina ithnain“, he will be carried in between two people.
And what that word “Yuhaadi” means in classical Arabic is,
you know when you have trouble walking on your own,
and you put your arms around like next to two people’s shoulders
and they kind of carry you and walk with you like this?
That’s called “Yuhaadi baina ithnain“.
To kind of stumble and walk led by two people.
So the Prophet shallallahu alaihi wa sallam would send for two sahabah,
they would come to his home, and they would carry him,
he put his arm around their shoulders,
and they would literally carry him to the prayer like this.
But he would still go for prayer.
And subhanallah, something very profound that we find in that narration,
we know about the Prophet shallallahu alaihi wa sallam,
he was a little bit taller than the average individual.
When you send in a group of people, he’s just a little bit taller than everybody.
He wasn’t freaking tall like he wasn’t seven feet tall,
but he was just a little bit taller than the average person.
And so the hadith’s actually mentioned that while
they would be leading him, because he was a little bit taller than them,
his feet would be dragging on the ground behind him.
But he’d still go for prayer in this condition.
Teaching us, prayer is something we do till our last breath.
Umar ibn Khattab radhiyallahu ‘anhu,
can anyone tell me how he passed away?
He was stabbed while he was leading the prayer.
The narration goes on to tell us
that Umar radhiyallahu ‘anhu has this big open wound,
he had literally a hole in his stomach.
And he’s lying there and he’s bleeding out,
and he’s fading in and out of consciousness.
And then while he’s in that state and in that condition,
he hears the call, the adhan for prayer,
And he starts getting up.
Everyone around him is like, “Whoa, whoa, wait a sec, where do you think you’re going?”
He says, “I have to go pray, the adhan.”
“I have to go and pray, it’s the adhan.”
They say, “You’re dying.”
“You have a hole in your stomach,
what do you mean you’re gonna go pray?”
And he says that, “I remember the Prophet shallallahu alaihi wa sallam telling me
that there’s no deen for the one who doesn’t pray.”
That the salah is like the head in the body.
“I have to go and pray.”
This was the commitment that these people had to prayer,
“As long as I’m alive, salah is something I do.”
That’s the commitment, the connection that they had with prayer.
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