After testimony of faith, prayers (or, salat in Arabic) is the next important pillar of Islam. It was made obligatory for all the prophets and the peoples over the ages. Allah has declared its status in many places in the Qur’an: “And I have chosen you (Moses), so hearken to that which is inspired. Lo! Indeed I am God. None should be worshipped but Me. So worship Me and establish worship for My remembrance.” (Qur’an, 20:13-14)
In another verse, He says, “Recite (O Muhammad) that which has been inspired in you of the Scripture, and establish worship. Lo! Worship preserves from lewdness and iniquity, but verily remembrance of God is more important. And Allah knows what you do.” (Qur’an, 29:45)
Besides, we must not forget the fact about daily prayers that they were were made obligatory during the Prophet Muhammad’s (peace be upon him) ascension to Heaven.
While praising the believers, like in the beginning of Surah Al-Muminoon, Allah also states their adherence to the prayers: “Successful indeed are the believers who are humble in their prayers, and who shun vain conservation, and who pay the poor-due … ” (Qur’an, 23:1-2)
Once a man asked the Prophet (peace be upon him) about the most virtuous deed. The Prophet (peace be upon him) stated that the most virtuous deed is the prayer and he repeated this three times. (Ahmad and Ibn Hibban)
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The first thing that the slave will be brought to account for on the Day of Judgment is prayer. If it is sound, then the rest of his deeds will be sound. And if it is bad, then the rest of his deeds will be bad.” (Al-Tabarani)
Prayers help in establishing one’s relationship with Allah. Therefore, if the prayers are sound and proper, the rest of the deeds will be sound and proper; and if the prayers are not sound and proper, then the rest of the deeds will not be sound and proper.
Nadwi has described this effect in the following eloquent way: “Its aim is to generate within the subliminal self of man such spiritual power, light of faith and awareness of God as can enable him to strive successfully against all kinds of evils and temptations and remain steadfast at times of trial and adversity and protect himself against the weakness of the flesh and the mischief of immoderate appetites.” (Nadwi, p. 24)
As for the Hereafter, Allah’s forgiveness and pleasure is closely related to the prayers. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “Allah has obligated prayers for five times. Whoever performs their ablutions perfectly, prays them in their proper times, completes their bows and prostrations with complete sincerity has a promise from Allah that he will be forgiven. And whoever does not do that has no promise from Allah. He may either forgive him or punish him.” (Malik, Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Al-Nasai and others)
The Prophet (peace be upon him): “If a person had a stream outside his door and he bathed in it five times a day, do you think he would have any filth left on him?” The people said, ‘No filth would remain on him whatsoever.’ The Prophet (peace be upon him) then said, “That is like the five daily prayers: Allah wipes away the sins by them.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
In another Hadith, the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The five daily prayers and the Friday prayer until the Friday prayer are expiation for what is between them.” (Muslim)
To be a complete Muslim one needs to show complete faith in Allah and practice all the teachings of Islam in daily life.
Those who maintain peace on earth, submit wholly to the Will of Allah and stick to the commandments of Allah have great rewards awaiting for them in the Heaven.
Indeed, at the Day of Judgment, all the people will have to be accountable for their deeds in the world, and, Muslims believe in the Day of Judgment. Hence, what should matter to a Muslim in this temporal life is his good deeds to earn pleasure and the goodwill of Allah and his prayers that will bring him to the proximity of Allah Almighty.
A Muslim should be judged by the character he possesses and not by the amount of wealth or luxuries he carries because nothing will last forever but the faith that will remain intact.
As the body of a Muslim needs food and nutrition to keep the life going on; the soul of a Muslim also needs nourishment. This nourishment comes from the power of the religion Islam and the practices of Islam that a Muslim follows like offering prayer, paying zakat and doing other noble deeds.
The Satan will constantly seduce a Muslim to the wrong path but Muslims should have strong faith to overcome the false wiles of Satan.
God will always be with you but to get mercy of Allah you need to make the effort and please God through performing all the fundamental practices of Islam.
Praying five times in a day is a necessary practice that all Muslims should follow. It is the basis of all noble deeds as it connects a Muslim to his God who is Benevolent and Merciful. Praying five times a day will keep a Muslim away from many other sins and he will not fall prey to evil deeds.
Islam is a religion of peace and it cannot be forced as a religion on somebody. Muslim should present themselves as ideal human beings toward others.
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