Mokuso for Muslims

At the end of our training sessions, we follow the tradition of Mokuso (黙想, mokusō), the japanese term for mediation.  Mokuso (pronounced “moh-kso”) is performed before beginning or at the end of a training session in order to “clear one’s mind”, very similar to the zen concept of mushin. This term is more formally known to mean, “Warming up the mind for training hard.”

As Muslims believe it is not right to totaly empty the mind of all thoughts (a Muslim should alway keep the Almighty in his mind), we at the Academy has modified the ritual slightly. As we see our training sessions as educational & learning sessions it is then appropriate that we begin and end these sessions as we open each class with Surah Al Fathihah and end it with Tasbih Qifarah and Suratul Asr.

Tasbih Qifarah:

سُبْحَانَكَ اللَّهُمَّ وَبِحَمْدِكَ أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاََإِلَهَ إِلاَّ أَنْتَ َأسْتَغْفِرُكَ وَأَتُوْبُ إِلَيْكَ

SUBHANALLAHI WABIHAMDIHI SUBHANAKALLAHUMMA WABIHAMDIKA ASYHADU ALLAA ILAHA ILLA ANTA ASTAGHFIRUKA WA ATUUBU ILAIK”


Our non-muslims members may follow the Japanese method, or one of their own, as long as it is not intrusive.

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One response to “Mokuso for Muslims

  1. Salam ‘alaik, job well done on this site. Perhaps a little contribution on the Mokuso. The Companions of the Prophet make it a tradition as well to recite the surah Al Asr (Time) at the end of every of their meetings. It is so that we are reminded about the precious time we spent training and make every minute count! Perhaps if I may recommend it to include in our Mokuso after reciting the Tasbih Kafarah.

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