Islamic Prayer, Supplication, and Mathematics – A Simple Connection

Lay Mathematics Approach to Islam

Let me tell you at the outset itself that I am neither very good at mathematics nor do I claim to know everything about Islam. With the former, it has been at best a ‘one-way’ love affair. Although, I have to admit a few branches of this ‘dizzy’ damsel (algebra, trigonometry, and geometry) do love me quite thoroughly. However, I cannot say the same with the latter. Because the more you indulge in it, the more it loves you back.

Hadith [Saying of Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him)]

“The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Allah says: ‘I am just as My slave thinks I am, (i.e. I am able to do for him what he thinks I can do for him) and I am with him if He remembers Me.

If he remembers Me in himself, I too, remember him in Myself. And if he remembers Me in a group of people, I remember him in a group that is better than they. If he comes one span nearer to Me, I go one cubit nearer to him. And if he comes one cubit nearer to Me, I go a distance of two outstretched arms nearer to him; and if he comes to Me walking, I go to him running.’”

The Five Salaah/Namaaz

Consider the five compulsory Salaah (Namaaz/Prayers) to be performed by all Muslims. An infinite number of tangents can be drawn from a circle. This circle is special. Because it is the circle of life and a life righteously lived.

Siraatul Mustaqeem is the straight path mentioned by ALLAH in the Holy Quran. The tangents are the infinite number of things that a human being or a jinn (genie) can do due to their free will. And the ability to exercise it. Hence, both of these terrestrial beings do things both good and bad.

Let us consider prayers as tangents and several other things one can do. The only difference is that these ‘prayer’ tangents are very special. In that they help us come back to the righteous path. Unlike other ‘thing’ tangents that can technically go to any lengths! I hope you get what I am trying to convey.

The ‘super-special’ ‘prayer’ tangents

Islam = Quran + Sunnah

In Islam, there are two main sources to be followed and these are followed by the billions of Muslims in this world. They are the Holy Quran and the Sunnah [Hadith {Sayings of Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him)} and Seerah {the lifestyle of Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him)}]. If a Muslim has these two things in his two hands, i.e., if he follows them religiously, then he is on the Siraatul Mustaqeem (the straight Islamic path of success).

Since both are important and also due to the mentioning by ALLAH in the Holy Quran, that if someone loves HIM, he has to love and follow the path of Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him).

This is very important in that if the accursed Satan makes a Muslim forget the Fard (the compulsory/obligatory duties in Islam) if the latter at least follows the Sunnah, then he will recollect the Fard and do it. An example is that one has to lick the fingers of the right hand after eating.

But before even starting eating, one has to start by mentioning the name of ALLAH. Suppose ALLAH forbid if one forgets to say ALLAH’s name. Then in sha ALLAH (ALLAH willing) they will at least remember to say this while doing the sunnah of licking one’s fingers after eating. So on and so forth for all the other Fard and Sunnah!

Islamic Method of Supplication

While doing dua (supplication), one has to first praise ALLAH Subahaanahu Ta’aala profoundly. And there is no other prayer better than the seven oft-repeated verses. These verses constitute the first Surah of the Holy Quran (Surah Al-Fatihah). After this, one should say Durood Shareef at least thrice or more (ideally eleven times).

During Dua, one should sincerely supplicate to ALLAH whatever legal desires one has. Then one has to complete this process by repeating Durood Shareef at least thrice or more (ideally eleven times) and the Surah Al-Fatihah.

Let us apply flower brackets and brackets to the process of Dua.

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