The Inner Meanings of Worship in Islam

Table of Contents

    • CHAPTER ONE: The Stages and Degrees of Knowledge
      • THE RELATIONSHIP OF REVEALED LAW TO REASONING
      • RESPONSIBILITY TO THE SHARI`AH
      • STAGES AND LEVELS OF DEVOTION
      • OBEDIENCE AND DISOBEDIENCE
      • THE REMEDY FOR THE SELF
      • THE PROPELLING FORCES OF THE SELF
      • SELF-KNOWLEDGE AND ITS REFINEMENT
      • THE REALMS OF THE SELF
      • THE BEGINNING AND THE RETURN
      • WITHDRAWAL AND DRAWING NEAR
      • THE JOURNEY TO ALLAH
      • REVELATION AND INSPIRATION
    • CHAPTER TWO: The Roots of Faith
      • THE FOUNDATION OF WORSHIP (`IBADAH)
      • UNITY
        • Unity for the People of Shari`ah
        • Unity for the People of Tariqah
        • Unity for the People of Haqiqah
      • JUSTICE
        • Justice for the People of Shari`ah
        • Justice for the People of Tariqah
        • Justice for the People of Haqiqah
      • PROPHETHOOD
        • Prophethood for the People of Shari`ah
        • Prophethood for the People of Tariqah
        • Prophethood for the People of Haqiqah
      • IMAMATE
      • THE RETURN
        • The Return for the People of Shari`ah
        • The Return for the People of Tariqah
        • The Spiritual and Physical Resurrection
        • The Lesser Spiritual Resurrection
        • The Intermediate Spiritual Resurrection
        • The Greater Spiritual Resurrection
        • The Return for the People of Haqiqah
    • CHAPTER THREE: Preface to Worship – Prayer and Ritual Purity
      • SUPPLICATION AND PRAYER (DU`A’ AND SALAT)
      • RITUAL PURIFICATION (TAHARAH)
      • RITUAL ABLUTION (WUDU’)
        • The Ritual Ablution for the People of Shari`ah
        • The Ritual Ablution for the People of Tariqah
        • The Ritual Ablution for the People of Haqiqah
      • RITUAL BATHING (GHUSL)
        • The Ritual Bathing of the People of Shari`ah
        • The Ritual Bathing of the People of Tariqah
        • The Ritual Bathing of the People of Haqiqah
      • DRY ABLUTION (TAYAMMUM)
        • The Tayammum of the People of Shari`ah
        • The Tayammum of the People of Tariqah
        • The Tayammum of the People of Haqiqah
        • Obligatory Actions of Tayammum
        • Invalidations of Tayammum
    • CHAPTER FOUR: The Acts of Worship
      • THE BRANCHES OF FAITH
        • Prayer (salat)
          • Courtesies of the acts of devotion and the presence of the heart
          • Preface to prayer and the focusing of the heart
          • The meaning behind raising the two hands
          • The meaning of the Basmala (Bismi’llahi al-Rahman al-Rahim)
          • Definition and meaning of the word ‘prayer’ (salat) and its significance
          • Obligatory actions and conditions
          • The Intention (niyyah)
          • The Standing Position (qiyam)
          • The Initial Takbir (takbir al-ihram)
          • Bowing from the waist (ruku`)
          • The Prostration (sajdah)
          • Other Obligatory Actions
        • Further Obligatory Actions of Prayer
          • Another Category of Requirements
        • Times of Prayer
        • Prayer for the People of Shari`ah
        • Prayer for the People of Tariqah
        • Prayer for the People of Haqiqah
      • FASTING (SAWM)
        • Fasting for the People of Shari`ah
        • Fasting for the People of Tariqah
        • The Outward Abstentions of the People of Tariqah
        • The Inner Abstentions
        • Fasting for the People of Haqiqah
        • The Feast of Fast-Breaking (`Id al-fitr)
      • OBLIGATORY AND CHARITABLE TAX (ZAKAT AND KHUMS)
        • The Various Types of Tax and their Significance
        • Gratitude or Thankfulness
        • The Tax of `Ayn
        • The Tax upon Livestock and its Categories
        • Those Deserving of (Spiritual) Donations
        • Zakat for the People of Shari`ah
        • Zakat for the People of Tariqah
        • Zakat for the People of Haqiqah
      • THE PILGRIMAGE (HAJJ)
        • Definition of Hajj
        • The Pillars of the Pilgrimage
        • Other Obligatory Actions
        • The Lesser Pilgrimage or `Umrah
        • Further points
        • The Pilgrimage of the People of Shari`ah
          • The Types of the Pilgrimage
          • The Activities of the Pilgrimage
        • The Pilgrimage of the People of Tariqah
          • The Physical Ka`bah
          • The Spiritual Ka`bah
        • The Pilgrimage of the People of Haqiqah
      • STRIVING IN THE WAY OF GOD (JIHAD)
        • The Jihad of the People of Shari`ah
        • The Jihad of the People of Tariqah
        • The Jihad of the People of Haqiqah
      • COMMANDING GOODNESS AND FORBIDDING EVIL (AMR BI’L-MA`RUF WA’N-NAHI `AN AL-MUNKAR)

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