From Murshid Shaykh Taner Ansari
PRAYER WITH MINDFULNESS:
I explained Aqim al Salat. Some translate it as worship. We translate it as prayer, especially prayer of your heart. Prayer of your heart is very important. Establish the prayer when you’re eating. Establish the prayer when you’re sleeping. Establish the prayer whatever you’re doing.
Establish the formal prayer, which we call Namaz. Allah said this to all the nations. Establish the prayer does not just mean you have to establish Namaz, which means going up and down. Establish the prayer means all of that, and especially Zikr (Mention / Remembrance).
Some people say Sufism is Bid’ah (Innovation). First of all, Sufism is not Bid’ah. Second, our Prophet (pbuh) himself established Zikr for everybody. Zikr of Sufism is special to those people who want Allah’s Zat (Essence). Zikr of Sufism is designed to clean your nafs (ego). This is what the Prophet (pbuh) established. After each prayer, you say Subhanallah (Glory be to God) 33 times, Alhamdulillah (Praise be to God) 33 times, and Allahu Akbar (God is Greater) 33 times. Allah said: “When you are talking about the Quran, you start with Bismillah er Rahman er Rahim” (In the name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate). Then He added, “Euzu billahi minesh shaytan irrajim, Bismillah er Rahman er Rahim” (I seek refuge from Shaytan the outcast, in the name of God, the Most Merciful, Most Compassionate) !
What I am trying to do is to bring you to the consciousness of your actions and your acceptance and the belief so that you do not do actions blindly. You have to be conscious of what you are doing and acknowledge the importance of being conscious of what you are doing. Allah created us as Allah’s Khalifas (representatives) against shaytan’s objections, against the objections of the angels. So we owe Allah a lot. Allah chose us. And in return, we should choose Allah. That is why we say, “Bismillah er Rahman er Rahim. Euzu billahi minesh shaytan irrajim”, which means “I take refuge in Allah from the outcast/stoned shaytan, and in the Name of Allah, the Owner of Compassion and Who Acts with Compassion and Mercy.” What does this mean? It means that whatever you are doing will be in the Name of Allah. So that is a reminder to you that you are connected, you are representing Allah, and not to do anything that Allah is not pleased with. I also suggest you start each morning when you wake up by saying this: Euzu billahi minesh shaytan irrajim, Bismillah er Rahman er Rahim !