The recitations practiced by Muslims all over the world and the students here at the Alamiyah Institute can generally be classed into three types :
- Istighfar - Seeking forgiveness from Allah
- Dhikrullah - Remembrance of Allah
- Salawaat - Salutations upon the Prophets
The above combined with knowledge has in the past been described by prominent scholars as the two wings of a bird, having one without the other would be like a bird with only one wing, unable to fly, unable to progress and come to know our Creator, in which lies our pleasure and satisfaction.
The practices stem around the obligatory prayers and are avenues to express further gratitude towards God, to articulate that state of consciousness and awareness about God that lasts beyond the prayer.
Even though nowadays we may not be able to readily witness these practices in the congregational prayer, they have existed throughout our history and their traces can still be found all over the muslim world where Islam is preserved through the scholars, the 'people of the book', with direct chains of transmission of knowledge back to the Prophet Muhammad (saw), to Gibrael, back to Allah.
Many of the students at the 'Alamiyah Institute have been privileged enough to travel and experience this reality, from the mosques in Turkey, to the deserts of Morocco and Mauritania, to the feet of the scholars in Syria, Yemen, the asian sub-continent, right the way across to Malaysia.
Below are some of the recitations that form part of the regular practices of the students. These practices are also available in a newly published book.