15 June 2011

The Importance Of Salah

I was talking to somebody recently who said that they struggle to keep their five daily prayers, I must admit I was pretty surprised at the time considering the person in question is very knowledgeable in both Islam and the Quran. What troubled me is that despite their knowledge they did not care that they missed some of the prayers, notably fajr and evening, going as far as saying it doesn't really matter and that other things are more important.

Well, if by "other things" they mean the shahada then yes, other things are more important. I decided to put together a post of hadiths and short reminders on the true weighting of prayer in Islam.

These are just a sample of the many, many ahadith on the importance and virtue of the 5 daily prayers.

It is narrated on the authority of Jabir(Radi Allah Anhu) that he heard the Apostle (may peace and blessings be upon him) saying
"Verily between man and between polytheism and unbelief is the negligence of prayer." (Muslim)

It is narrated on the authority of 'Abdullah b. Mas'ud(Radi Allah Anhu) that he observed. I asked the Messenger of Allah (sal-allahu- alleihi-wasallam ) which deed was the best. He (the Holy Prophet) replied: Prayer at its appointed hour. I (again) said: Then what? He (the Holy Prophet) replied: Kindness to the parents. I (again) said: Then what? He replied: Earnest endeavour (Jihad) in the cause of Allah. And I would have not ceased asking more questions but out of regard (for his feelings). (Muslim)

Narrated Uthman ibn Affan (RAA) Rasulullah (SAW) at the time of our returning from our prayer told us (certain things pertaining to purification).
He said: I do not know whether I should tell you a thing or keep quiet. We said: Rasulullah, tell us if it is good and if it is otherwise, Allah and Messenger (SAW) know better. Upon this he said: A Muslim who purifies (himself) and completes purification as enjoined upon him by Allah and then offers the prayers, that will be expiatious (of his sins he committed) between these (prayers). (Sahih Muslim Book 2, Hadith # 0444)

Narrated Jabir ibn Abdullah (RAA) Rasulullah (SAW) said: The similitude of five prayers is like an overflowing river passing by the gate of one of you in which he washes five times daily. Hasan said: No filthiness can remain on him. (Sahih Muslim Book 4, Hadith # 1411)

Narrated Abu Hurairah (RAA) Rasualullah (SAW) said, "No prayer is harder for the hypocrites than the Fajr and the 'Isha' prayers and if they knew the reward for these prayers at their respective times, they would certainly present themselves (in the mosques) even if they had to crawl." The Prophet added, "Certainly I wish to order the Mu'adh-dhin (call-maker) to pronounce Iqama and order a man to lead the prayer and then take a fire flame to burn all those who had not left their houses so far for the prayer along with their houses." (Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 1, Book 11, Hadith # 626)

Allah (SWT) says "Then, there has succeeded them a posterity who have given up As-Salât (the prayers) and have followed lusts. So they will be thrown in Hell. Except those who repent and believe (in the Oneness of Allâh and His Messenger Muhammad SAW), and work righteousness. Such will enter Paradise and they will not be wronged in aught." (Sura Maryam, ayat 59-60)

Afterall, what is half an hour a day in return for everything Allah (SWT) has given us?


Qur'an said...

Salat is one of the five pillars of Islam...we should offer prayer five times a day…
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “The first thing that Allah made obligatory upon my Ummah was the five prayers; and the first thing from their acts of worship that shall be taken up will be the five prayers; and the first thing that they will be questioned about will be the five prayers.”

Anonymous said...

Subhanallah its scary to think were sometimes lazy enough to not offer salat, and just easily miss it. I have been quilty of this also. Jazakallah Khair for bringing up the topic. At the end of the day salat is what distinguishes us from non-Muslims.

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Anonymous said...

Salaam. Just wanted to share this with everyone.

On the authority of Abu Harayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Prophet (PBUH) said: Allah the Almighty said:

I am as My servant thinks I am (1). I am with him when he makes mention of Me. If he makes mention of Me to himself, I make mention of him to Myself; and if he makes mention of Me in an assembly, I make mention of him in an assemble better than it. And if he draws near to Me an arm's length, I draw near to him a fathom's length. And if he comes to Me walking, I go to him at speed.

Anonymous said...

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Sunshine said...

Nice post. I wish I prayed regularly. I always forget.. or get lazy. I'm not proud of it.. Sigh! Inshallah I shall start very soon, before my life ends. Thanks for sharing your knowledge :)

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