The Prayer (As-Salah) – Part 1

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The Great Importance of the Prayer

Allah the Almighty says, “Prayers have been prescribed for the believers at set times.”

(Surah an-Nisaa 4.103)

Here, Alan commands Muslims to perform the prayer (salah) at its prescribed times. In fact, the prayer was the first obligatory duty upon the Prophet (pbuh) and his followers. It will also be the first action Allah the Almighty will question us on the Day of Judgement. Indeed, the salah is the supporting pillar of Islam. If someone believes it is not obligatory and abandons it, he becomes a disbeliever. The Prophet (pbuh) said, “The covenant between us and them (i.e. the disbelievers) is the prayer; so if anyone abandons it he has become a disbeliever” (Ahmad, At-Tirmidhee and An-Nasaa’ee)

The Merits of Offering the Obligatory Prayers at their Stated Times

Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said, ‘There are five prayers which Allah has prescribed for His servants. For those who perform them properly, without disrespectful omissions, there is a guarantee from Allah that He will admit them into Paradise. For those who do not observe them, howeve,. Allah offers such guarantee; He may punish them if He so wills, or He may forgive them if He so wills.” (Ahmad and others)

He also said, “If there was a river at the door of anyone of you and he took a bath in it five times a day. would you notice any dirt on him?” They said, “Not a trace of dirt would be left.” Then he said, “That is the example of the five prayers with which Allah removes sins.” (Al-Bukhaaree)

When the Prophet (pbuh) was asked, “Which deed is the best?” He replied, “Performing salah at its due time.” (Muslim)

The Merits of the Congregational Prayer (Jamaa’ah)

Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) said, “The congregational prayer is better than the individual prayer by twenty-seven degrees” (Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim)

Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) also said, “Whoever performs the Isha prayer in congregation, it is as if he prayed half the night: and whoever performs the Fair prayer in congregation, it is as if he prayed the whole night.” (Muslim)

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