دعاء الاستفتاح in the prayer

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2 years 9 months ago - 2 years 9 months ago #19 by Mahmood Ahmed
Assalam Alaykum

We start with the name of Allah (ﷻ). First topic is the prayer and we start our prayer with دعاء الاستفتاح. This means opening Duaa. As we all know the meaning of Fatha is to open. There are many Duaas in Ahadith. We'll do Ieraab, in depth study and meaning of few of them In Sha Allah.

The most famous in our country is this:

 سُبْحانَكَ اللَّهمَ وبِحَمْدكَ، وتَبَارَك اسْمُكَ، وتَعَالَى جَدُّكَ، ولا إلهَ غَيْرُكَ

We'll start with the first word ( سُبْحانَ ).

But before that, let's recall one lesson from the 10 families of verbs we studied. Here is a copy paste from our class notes about Family X (10).

Words from family X usually imply wanting, seeking or trying. For example, غفر means to forgive and استغفر means to seek forgiveness. نصر  means to help and  استنصر means to seek help.

Question No. 1.  Using above logic,  فتح  means to open. What does  استفتح  mean? Reply to this post and answer please. Also link your reply with Namaz (prayer), what are we seeking for?

We'll start with the first word ( سُبْحانَ ).

This is from the root  (ح-ب-س). The root of the word subḥān (سُبْحَان) is derived from the word sabaḥa (سَبَحَ, "to be above"), to be afloat. Swimming pool in Arabic is known as السباحة .

Question No. 2. What has swimming or being afloat to do with Tasbeeh of Allah?

Wassalam
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2 years 9 months ago #20 by Izhar ul Haq
استفتح  means to seek help, seek help and guidance from Allah towards the right path.

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2 years 9 months ago #21 by Sara
Question 2.Answer:Meaning of floating in the water/air ,remaining in its place without sinking into the water. When something stays in its place, it is staying in its position(status). Allah is perfect and any description of Him(names and attributes) that is accurate floats where it is supposed to, without sinking down even a little.
God" floats above "all imperfections(what ever non muslims says).
An other meaning of سُبْحانَ can be quick move towards the worship of Allah ,when one is engage in the act of Tasbeeh.

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2 years 9 months ago - 2 years 9 months ago #22 by Mahmood Ahmed
Jazakallah Khair Izhar bhai. استفتح  means to seek door opening. Now door opening could be for:

1) Guidance
2) Rizq
3) Health
4) Emaan
5) etc, etc..

Thanks for your reply. You are the door opener as you replied first :)
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2 years 9 months ago - 2 years 9 months ago #23 by Mahmood Ahmed
Assalam Alaykum Mrs. Amir.

Thanks for your reply. You answered correctly. A perfect swimmer floats and doesn't sink. Similarly, Tasbeeh of Allah means HE is glorified and perfect.

The second meaning is also correct. That is Swift Movement towards obedience and worship of Allah.

Jazakillah Khair
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2 years 9 months ago #24 by Mahmood Ahmed
Assalam Alaykum

Two meanings of Subhan Allah explained:

1) PERFECTION
2) SWIFT MOVEMENT

What are other dimensions and meanings of Subhan Allah?

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