Tawaidh is an Arabic word which means ‘prayer’. It is used in many Islamic prayers and forms a major component of tasbih, the Ghazal (ritual prayer). Tawaidh can be repeat repeatedly and is consider to be very important. The act of tawaidh is believe to bring the mind and heart of the worshiper to God, whilst also reflecting upon the path and teachings of the religion. Worshippers are made to stand for lengthy period in order to pray. The act of tasbih has been used for centuries as a method of spiritual contemplation and was also used during battles to strengthen the warriors and camaraderie.
Tasbih, also known as namaz tasbih, is a common form of Dhikr which involves the praising of God through a prayer. It is regularly repeat either using the right hand in prayer, or with a Mubarak (turban). The act of tasbih, also call namaz, has been practise since the times of the prophet Muhammad (SAW), when it was count among the sacred rituals of Islam. Today, it enjoys a high status in the Islamic cultural tradition and is usually recited before the prayer of Eid ul-Fitr. This article will discuss the traditional function of tasbih in the lives of Muslims and explore its religious, spiritual and emotional associations.
Many scholars believe that tasbih was reveal to the Prophet Muhammad (SAW), and not the dhimmi, as is commonly believ. The dispute is rooted in the fact that some early Muslim writings contained a revelation which was ascribed to the dhimmi, and many modern scholars believe that tasbih cannot be attribut to the dhimmis because it does not mention their name or mention any verse mentioning tasbih. The only contemporary reference to the act of tasbih which is both credible and authentic is the hadith. However, scholars disagree about how to interpret the hadith and, therefore, about the original meaning of the hadith. It is believed that the faith must be regard as a symbolic act, in order to shed light on the true meaning of tasbih, which can only be understood in terms of a religious ritual.
In Arabic, tasbih literally means “prayer” or “remembrance”. This act of worship is perform before dawn (and is call Mufti sahib in the classical language of Arabic), in order to make up for the loss of ‘prayer’ with the dawn prayer. According to the tradition, once the faithful Muslims completes this tasbih, the day of Ramadan begins and they are enjoin to fast for the whole day without any food or water consumption. During this time, prayers are repeat thrice in a day (prayers are also performed at bedtime). If a Muslim should miss one prayer, then it would be as good as performing no prayer, because Allah will compensate for it with extra prayers on other days of Ramadan.
Another commonly use word in Arabic for tasbih, which is also found in classical Arabic and in Urdu, is khurasaniyya. In Urdu, khurasaniyya means “seated in a tub”, whereas khurasani means “in a bath”. In Arabic, however, khurasaniyya is use to mean “stripped nake in front of others”. While the two words are often use interchangeably in Urdu, modern scholars regard them to be two different words, reflecting local custom (which is also apply to the punishment of the muharram). Modern Muslims also refers to the punishment of “stripping the flesh” (khurasaniyya) as “being given a bath (hira).”
Like many Islamic terms, both Islamic and secular, tasbih has both religious and non-religious applications. The term was widely apply in the Islamic world to public humiliation. For example, it is a common practice for an Islamic ruler to order that those who attend his funeral prayers must perform tasbih, or face the leader of the funeral procession and suffer ridicule.
However, the most common application of personalised tasbeeh is in the recitation of Allah’s message. Reciting the Quran in a state of tasbih is believe to bring blessings and favor on the Muslim community. Recitation of verses from the Quran in a melodious tone, while accompani by proper Muslim etiquette (like standing for the prescrib prayer before the prayer) is believ to draw closer to Allah and increase chances of obtaining Paradise. Moreover, the Islamic leaders, the ulama (clergymen), are suppose to make sure that their prayers are answer; in this case, answering with tasbih would show that one has indeed gone to the mosque.
Now, back to the original question: what is tasbih? To answer that, we need to know that tasbih means “striking the clot” (maghrib) in Arabic. This is because the Islamic law demands that one must pray (taub) before one can perform any acts of worship. The Islamic scholars have also point out that tasbih cannot be restrict to one thing, which makes it very practical.
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