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Prayer and its Significance

Prayer and its Significance

Hafiz Aziz

The word Salah is derived from the Arabic word meaning “connection”. Salah is the main media through which a Muslim can establish a direct connection with his\her Creator and is a practical sign of obedience to the commands of Allah. Salah is the only act of Ibadat which was revealed directly to our Prophet PBUH in the night of Miraj without any messenger in between. After the Testimony of Faith (Kalima)Salah is the second and most important pillar of Islam. Salah is considered the most important act of worship and is thefirst deed for which a person will be called to account on the Day of Judgement. We renew our commitment of our faith to Allah every time we perform Salah. Due to its importance, Salah has been emphasized about 500 times in the Quran.

Direct link to Allah: Salah establishes a direct connection between the worshipper and Allah with no earthly intermediaries. Allah says, “Pray to me and I will hear your prayer” [40:60] - Prophet PBUH said, “When any one of you stands to pray, he is communicating with his Lord, so let him pay attention to how he speaks to Him.” - Allah says, “And whoever turns away from My remembrance, indeed for him is a life of hardship. And We will raise him on the Day of Resurrection, blind. He will say, “My Lord, why have you raised me blind while I was (once) seeing?” (Allah) will say, “Thus did Our signs come to you, and you forgot (disregarded) them; and thus will you, this Day, be forgotten.” [20:124-6]

Prayer wipes away sins: Human beings are prone to error and sin, however, Allah has provided through prayer a way to wipe out those sins.Just as the water cleans one's body, the prayer purifies one's soul.Prophet PBUH once asked his companions "Do you think that if there was a river at the door of ones house and he bathed in it five times a day, would any dirt remain upon him?" They said, "No dirt would remain upon him." He PBUH then said, "That is how it is with the five daily prayers; through them Allah washes away the sins." [Bukhari] - Allah says, “And perform prayer… surely the good deeds remove the evils deeds.” [11:114] - Prophet PBUH once took a dried tree branch and shook it until all the leaves fell off. Then he said "The sins of those who pray drop off just like the leaves of this branch fell off.” - Prophet PBUH said, "There is not a man who commits a sin, then stands and performs the purification, then prays and seeks Allah's forgiveness except that Allah forgives him.”

Prayer enriches soul and heart: Prayer satisfies our spiritual need to be in contact with our Creator and this gives our soul peace and contentment. By constantly turning to Allah, we are reminded that we only need to rely on Him to achieve peace and comfort. Allah says: "... Say, [O Muhammad], 'Verily Allah sends astray whom He wills and guides unto Himself those who turn to him in repentance.' Those who believe and whose hearts find rest in the remembrance of Allah. Verily in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest." [13:27] - Allah says, “Without doubt, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find satisfaction.” [13:28] -Prophet PBUH said, “The position of Salah with respect to religion is similar to that of the head with respect to the body.”

Prayer earns one Paradise: Salah is not merely a mechanical set of moves and recitations, if one performs obligatory prayers with full concentration only to please Allah, then he\she is promised a place in Paradise. Once a man asked the Prophet PBUH about the most virtuous deed, He PBUH responded “the most virtuous deed is the prayer”. The man asked again and again and for the first three times, the Prophet answered, “The prayer,” then on the fourth occasion he stated, “Jihad in the way of God.” – Allah says, “(The people in Hell will be asked:) What has caused you to enter Hell? They will say: We were not of those who used to pray…” [74:42] – Allah says, “Truly, those who believe and do righteous deeds, and perform Salah, and give Zakah, they will have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” [2:277] - Prophet PBUH said, “The key to Paradise is Salah”.

    أَقُول قَوْلِي هَذَا ،  وَأَسْتَغْفِرُ اللّهَ لِيَ وَلَكُمْ ولِسَائِر الْمُسْلِمِي ، فَاسْتَغْفِرُوه ،  إِنَهُ هُوَ الْغَفُور الرّحِيمُ.

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بِسْمِ اللّهِ ،  والْحَمْدُ ِلّهِ ،  والصّلَاةُ والسّلَامُ عَلَى رَسُولِ اللّهِ ،  صَلّى اللّهُ عَلَيْهِ وسَلَم

Prayer is an act of worship that must be fulfilled daily, regardless of the circumstance. The purpose of prayer is to strengthen our relationship with Allah; to be grateful for all His blessings and to remind ourselves of His greatness. Just as the body requires food and water, the soul needs to be nourished by acts of worship, the most important of which is prayer. We know our Salah may not be perfect as Shietan will do its best to interfere during prayers, however, Allah is merciful and most forgiving and there should be no doubt in our hearts about His mercy and acceptance of all our Ibadats, provided it is only done with the intention to please Him. Allah doesn’t need our prayers, it is us that are in need of His Mercy. What excuse for abandoning prayer we could possibly have when we face our Lord on the Judgement Day? We cannot encourage our children the need to establish regular prayers if we do not act as an example ourselves. May Allah accept all our Ibadats, lead us to the right path and grant us Janet-ul-Ferdous - Ameen.

عِبَادَ اللّهِ ،   إنّ اللّهَ يَأْمُر بِالْعَدْلِ والْإِحْسَانِ وإيْتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَى ويَنْهَى عَنِ الفَحْشَاءِ والْمُنْكَرِ والْبَغِي  ،  يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلّكُمْ تَذَكّرُونَ  .   اُذْكُرُوا الَ الْعَظِيمَ  يَذْكُرْكُمْ واشْكُروهُ  يَزِدْكُمْ واسْتَغْفِرُوه يَغْفِرْ لكُمْ واتّقُوهُ  يَجْعَلْ لَكُمْ مِنْ أَمْرِكُمْ مَخْرَجًا.         وَأَقِم الصّلَاة

إنَّ الْحَمْدَ لِلهِ نَحْمَدُهُ وَنَسْتَعِينُهُ وَنَسْتَغْفِرُهُ  ،   وَنَعُوذُ بِاللهِ مِنْ شُرُورِ أَنْفُسِنَا وَمِنْ سَيِّئَاتِ أَعْمَالِنَا ،  مَنْ يَهْدِهِ اللهُ فَلاَ مُضِلَّ لَهُ ،  وَمَنْ يُضْلِلْ فَلاَ هَادِىَ لَهُ،وَأَشْهَدُ أَنْ لاَ إِلَهَ إِلاَّ 

اللهُ وَحْدَهُ لاَ شَرِيكَ لَهُ ،  وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا عَبْدُهُ وَرَسُولُهُ

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ حَقَّ تُقَاتِهِ وَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنْتُمْ



يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ اتَّقُوا رَبَّكُمُ الَّذِي خَلَقَكُمْ مِنْ نَفْسٍ وَاحِدَةٍ وَخَلَقَ مِنْهَا زَوْجَهَا وَبَثَّ مِنْهُمَا رِجَالًا كَثِيرًا وَنِسَاءً وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ الَّذِي تَسَاءَلُونَ بِهِ وَالْأَرْحَامَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ كَانَ عَلَيْكُمْ رَقِيبًا


يَاأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُو اللَّهَ وَقُولُوا قَوْلاً سَدِيدًا  *  يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَالَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ وَمَنْ يُطِعِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزًا عَظِيمًا

                اما بعد:
                         إنَّ أَصْدَقَ اْلحَدْيثِ كِتَابُ اللّهِ وَأَحْسَنَ الْهَدْيِ هَدْيُ مُحَمَّدٍ وَشَرُّ الْأُمُوْرِ مُحدَثَاتُها وَكُلُّ مُحْدَثَةٍ بِدْعَةٌ وكُلُّ بِدْعَةٍ ضَلَالَةٌ وكُلُّ ضَلَالَةٍ    فِي النَّار 

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