Movements in a Salat
There are 40 Kiyam (standing-up), 40 Ruku (bending forward), 80 Secde (prostrations), and 21 Tahiyyat (sitting still) positions in the daily salat. In order to complete the daily obligation of salat, we must do these physical movements that in total are as follows:Kiyam 40Ruku 40Secde 40Tahiyyat 21Total 181
As was mentioned above, the total number of words in salat is 1,494, and the total movements we repeat in salat are 181; the grand total of these two sub-totals is 1,675.1+6+7+5= 191+4+9+4= 18 000 universes181 can be 18 and 1 or 1 and 81. The total of 18+81=99 Esmaul husna (the 99 beautiful names of Allah c.c.).What does the number 19 represent? The number 19 is Insani-i Kamil who pervades throughout the 18 000 universes by performing salat. Regardless of the point of view this is analyzed from, an abundant amount of truth concerning salat is discovered and emphasized with every passing day. We will now try to determine the true meaning of the movements mentioned above. If we pay close attention to the Arabic alphabet standing up represents the shape of the letter Alif, bending forward represents the shape of the letter Dal, and prostration represents the shape of the letter Mim.
When the above-mentioned Arabic letters are placed together, they form the word “Adam” (the first human being and father of all of us). Everyday one physically forms the word “Adam,” thus identifying oneself. Moreover, the letter Alif is composed of 12 black dots that are placed atop each other; 7 of the 12 dots represent the 7 steps or mertebes of the self (nefs)¾[ Ettur-u sema ] that are as follows: [/font]
[/size]Step 1: EmmareStep 2: LevvameStep 3: MulhimeStep 4: MutmeinneStep 5: RadiyeStep 6: MerdiyyeStep 7: Safiye(These will be explained in the other book.)The remaining 5 dots represent the steps or mertebes of Hazarat (Hazarat-i Hamse) that are as follows:
- Ef’al alemi (universe of Ef’al)
- Esma alemi (universe of Esma)
- Sifat alemi (universe of Sifat)
- Zat Alemi (universe of Zat)
- Insan-i Kamil
[/size]The letter Alif itself is flexible and if it is bent a little, it forms the letter Dal, and if it is bent a little more, it becomes the letter Mim. As a result, we, too, can form the letters in the word Adam by being flexible and bending and changing as the letter itself. Arabic numbers can also be formed by reshaping the letter Alif. The only source of what is discussed above is the letter Alif. In reality, the letter Alif is the step or mertebe of oneness in Unity, and it is also from where our universe evolved. This is the reason why we form the shape of the letter Alif, which represents oneness, when we are in the standing up position in salat, and Alif also contains the 12 steps or mertebes of Insan-i Kamil.When we bend forward we are in the step or mertebe of the letter Dal, likewise, we form the letter Mim by prostrating. One who performs the movements of salat forms the word Adam, and in reality, engraves the word Adam on the pages of one’s eternal journal for the hereafter. Additionally, one also proves one’s existence as Adam. For this reason, the days we avoid performing salat the pages in our eternal journal, our only evidence for the hereafter, are left blank. We are precluded from engraving anything in the only record that is valid in the hands of God on the days in which we do not perform salat. I wish we could see what we miss by not bringing the daily salats into our reality.During the repetitions of the Sura Tahiyyat, while we are in the sitting position, our bodies form the word Muhammad in Arabic. Specifically, the head’s position forms the first letter Mim, the body forms the second letter Dal,[ ] and the heels again form the letter Mim; [ ] together, these letters form the word Muhammad. Anyone performing this stage profoundly also performs and completes a salat completely. [ ] In summarizing this part, we conclude that whoever starts a salat and forms the letter Alif becomes an ADAM and reaches the state of Muhammadi (mim-i Muhammediye).Moreover, after we finish the Sura Tahiyyat we might have reached the truth of Muhammediye, this being our opportunity to become Insan-i Kamil.