8a) 1 Acceptance
Let us pray in acceptance that God knows better than we do what our needs are (Matthew 6:8, Romans 8:26, 2Corinthians 12:7-10).
The blessing of prayer has been clearly revealed to us in the scriptures. Let us trust what they say, and pray without doubting (James 1:5-7).
In Matthew 7:7-8 the Greek carries the idea of “keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking”. Jesus said we should always pray and not give up (Luke 18:1-8, 1Thessalonians 5:17, Acts 16:23-25).
4 Right Motives
“You ask and do not receive because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:1-3). They were not wrong to ask, but their asking was wrongly motivated. Example of wrong motives, James and John (Mark 10:35-37). Example of right motives, young Solomon (1Kings 3:3-15).
5 Harmony with God’s Will
If we pray anything according to God’s will he hears us and grants that prayer (1John 5:14).
When the Bible clearly reveals God’s will, we have confidence in the answer. For example when we genuinely repent of sin and ask forgiveness, we know our sin is forgiven (1John 1:8-9, Acts 8:18-24, Isaiah 1:15-20, Psalms 51:1-17).
When God’s will in the matter is unrevealed, then we pray in the attitude, “If it be possible… nevertheless not my will but Your will be done” (Matthew 26:39).
6 Desire to Obey
Only “the prayer of a righteous man is powerful” (James 5:16). We receive from God what we ask only when we show ourselves willing and eager to keep God’s commandments and do the things that please God (1John 3:22).
We are to make all our requests to God with thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6). God loves the grateful soul. He is not much interested in whingers (Daniel 2:23, Hebrews 13:15, Colossians 4:2, Ephesians 5:20).
ii)Turning Away From Scripture
A disciple is a learner or follower who attaches himself to a great teacher.
-Discipleship demands personal sacrifice both physically and spiritually
-Discipleship demands one top give God the highest priority.God should be first disciples do
-Discipleship demands full commitment as none who put his hand on the plough should not look back
-Discipleship calls for self denial and selfless devotion to the cause of God
-A disciple should be ready at all times to carry his own cross in risking shame,persecution,suffering and even death
-Disciples must have spiritual and moral qualities to endure to the end
-Put God first
-Have high intergrity
-Self denial and selfless devotion
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, the earth was without form and void, and the spirit of God move upon the deep, And God said “let their be light” and their was light and he separated it from the existing darkness, and he named the light day and the darkness night He proceeded separating theater from waters, he separated the waters beneath and the waters above and call the above.
Nathan had finished rebuking David for sleeping with Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife. God was displeased with David’s conduct. Nathan prophesied that the child born to David through his sin with Bathsheba would surely die. As soon as Nathan left David’s house, the child was struck with sickness.
David fasted and prayed to God that the child might be saved. He lay on the floor all night. The older servants of the house tried to cheer him up but he refused to wake up. He did not eat either. He was inconsolable.
Narrated: Tamim Al-Dari that the Prophet, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said: “Religion is nasihah (view commentary for meaning).” We said: “To whom?” The Prophet,
sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, said: “To Allah and His Book, and His messenger, and to the leaders of the Muslims and their common folk.
Prophet Muhammad (saw)Makkah ( Bakka, Baca , Mecca). His father, Abdullah, died several weeks before his birth in Yathrib (Medinah) where he went to visit his father’s maternal relatives. His mother died while on the return journey from Medinah at a place called ‘Abwa’ when he was six years old. He was raised by his paternal grandfather ‘Abd al Muttalib (Shaybah) until the age of eight, and
after his grandfather’s death by Abu Talib, his paternal uncle. The Angel Gabriel then embraced him until he reached the limit of his endurance and after releasing said: “Iqraa.” Muhammad’s answer was the same as before. Gabriel repeated the embrace for the third time, asked him to repeat after him and said: “Recite in the name of your Lord who created! He created man from that which clings. Recite; and thy Lord is most Bountiful, He who has taught by the pen, taught man what he knew not.”
Itikaf is a form of worship. It is formed by staying in a Mosque for a certain time. It is important that one should stay with the intention to worship Allah by praying formal or informal prayers although prayer is not a condition.
-Intention as in the rest of the worship acts.
-Belief in Islam.
-Freedom from mental illness.
-Fasting; thus the Itikaf of one who cannot fast for some reason is not valid.
-Completing it in the Mosque where it was started.
-The holy Mosque in Makkah
-the holy Mosque of the Prophet in Medina
-the holy Mosque of Kufa
-the holy Mosque of Basrah
-the Mosque which is assigned for the
Friday prayer in any town or city.
-Having sex and also according to Ehtiyat
kissing or playing with one’s wife;
-According to a necessary Ehtiyat causing a semen discharge,
-And smelling perfumes for enjoyment
-Selling or buying in the form of a business deal, according to a necessary Ehtiyat
-Expressing bitterness in talking about worldly or religious matters in order to prove one’s ability, not the truth which is one of the best worships.
the wealth collected by Bayt al-Māl for the various expenses can be categorized into special wealth and general wealth. Special wealth includes all revenues that are determined by the Shari‘ah . This wealth cannot be spent on any other purposes except for those stated in the Holy Qur’an and Sunnah. The main item under this category is zakāt which, according to the Shi‘ite jurisprudence
view includes nine assets. For example,
according to Ayatollah Khomeini zakātable assets include wheat, barley, date, raisins, gold, silver, camel, cow and sheep. Each of these items after reaching certain amount become zakātable. General wealth consists of all wealth collected by the Bayt al-Māl with the exception of Zakāt , such as dfferent types of taxes.