Model Prayers for the Week (Selected Prayers of Imam Zainul-Abidin)

by Al-Hajja Khurshid Khanum Qassim Ali Jairazbhoy


Our late lamented friend, Mr Qassim Ali Jairazbhoy, and his worthy wife, Mrs Khurshid Khanum Jairazbhoy, who survives him, are among those few Muslims today whom wealth has not made oblivious of their duty to God and His religion. Quite a number of books, calculated to serve the best interests of Islam in modern times, enjoy the honour of their author­ship and publication.

The present is a very useful compilation. Imam Muhammad Ibn-i-Hussain, more generally known by his popular title of Zainul-Abidin, is a saint of recog­nised accomplishments. A worthy great-grandson of the Holy Prophet Muhammad, he manifested great spiritual powers at a time when the Muslims were apt to forget this invaluable treasure of Islam in the midst of their political pre-occupations.

Surrounded on all sides by enormous difficulties, the Imam cultivated his attachment to God in a manner no other Muslim of his time was privileged to do. Deprived of all worldly resources, his sole resort was God. It was on good grounds that he was given the title of Sajjad, or the most frequent prostrater. Living in the most dismal circumstances, he focussed the whole energy of his life on the light Divine, thus making his whole life a kind of living prayer, which an ideal Muslim life is expected to be.

There are many recorded prayers of the Imam, all of which breathe an inspiring spirit of Islamic surrender. He had a prayer for everything, it seems. He appears to have no desires, but prayers.

The prayers published in these pages are one for each day of the week. In the field of particularised prayers, they challenge corresponding prayers in any other religion in their complete comprehension of the Divine presence and in the excellence of the other-worldliness of mind’s desires. Given proper attention, they are expected to serve as a great help to those who concentrate on the devotional side of life.

May Allah reward our sister-in-Islam with the best of His rewards for this useful addition to Islamic English literature and may she be spared long to serve the cause of Islam.

The Shah Jehan Mosque
Woking, Surrey, England