riyada in arabic means "training" or "discipline". It was used by the arabs in relation to horse taming. Sufis refer to their discipline as "riyadat an-nafs": disciplining the soul / training the ego. Today, the word riyada has come to mean "sports". There is an Arabic proverb that says: "The purpose of sports (riyada) is not to win cups, but to discipline the soul". This blog is here to help me discipline my soul and train my body.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Ibn Idris' tafsir of the Salaat

I have translated two important teachings of sidi Ahmad ibn Idris regarding Salaat:

1) Why is it very important to pause at the end of every verse when reciting the Fatiha in Salaat?

2) An explanation of the takbir that begins the salaat, and the takbirs during the salaat, and the taslims at the end of the salaat. In effect, it is an explanation of the deeper meaning of the entirety of the salaat.

It is on my new blog: http://riyada.hadithuna.com/the-mumins-ascension/