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Ramadan 1438

Volume 33 No 6

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Submitters Perspective

Monthly Bulletin of the International Community of Submitters Published by Masjid Tucson

24 / 7

24/7 began as a slang term in the 1980s. It’s an abbreviation, a short way of saying twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. So its meaning is that it’s continuous, constant, all the time.

That’s how we should worship God—24/7. [33:42] You shall glorify Him day and night. [17:111] … and magnify Him constantly.

God tells us to glorify Him day and night and to magnify him constantly. Can we do that? Literally, perhaps not. We have to sleep; we have to eat; we have to work; we have to enjoy God’s gifts to us like our children and pets. So there will be times when our mind will be on something else. Yet, 7:205-6 again tells us we should be constantly worshiping God. [7:205] You shall remember your Lord within yourself, publicly, privately, and quietly, day and night; do not be unaware. [7:206] Those at your Lord are never too proud to worship Him; they glorify Him and fall prostrate before Him.

The footnote here can help us reconcile this. *7:205 Your god is whoever or whatever occupies your mind most of the day. This explains the fact that most of those who believe in God are destined for Hell.

The key to making God totally our GOD, to coming as close as we can to worshiping Him night and day, 24/7, is to use every single opportunity in every day (and night) to consciously think about God. We want to find the way to have God on our minds most of the time.

God has given us so many ways to do this. The most obvious is the Contact Prayers. Five times every day we pull ourselves away from the distractions of this world to focus all our attention on God alone. We think of God when we look at the clock to see if it’s time to pray; we plan when or where we could do our prayer; we use the time of ablution to thank God for the opportunity to make contact with our Creator. And then during the actual prayer, we try very hard to concentrate on the words we’re saying.

[23:1-2] Successful indeed are the believers; who are reverent during their Contact Prayers (Salat).

[29:45] You shall recite what is revealed to you of the scripture, and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), for the Contact Prayers prohibit evil and vice.

But the remembrance of GOD (through Salat) is the most important objective. GOD knows everything you do.

The remembrance of God is most important. He doesn’t need our worship. We need it for the growth of our soul and to help us against evil and vice.

[87:14-5] Successful indeed is the one who redeems his soul. By remembering the name of his Lord, and observing the contact prayers (Salat).

[2:153] O you who believe, seek help through steadfastness and the Contact Prayers (Salat). GOD is with those who steadfastly persevere.

The Contact Prayers five times a day, including preparation, takes up a small part of our 24/7. We are left with hours in the day when we need to find ways to focus on God. How can we become one who glorifies God “night and day without every tiring” (21:19-20)and constantly thinks about God (33:21)?

We just need to bring God into everything we do, make Him a prominent part of our eating, working, playing, even sleeping. God tells us to mention

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