Importance of Salah

A man woke up early in the morning in order to perform the Fajr Prayer. He got dressed, made his ablution and was on his way to the Masjid. On his way to the Masjid, the man fell down and his clothes got dirty. He got up, brushed himself off, and headed home. He changed his clothes, made his ablution once again on his way to the Masjid.

On his way he fell again and at the same spot! He, again, got up, brushed himself off and headed home. Once again, he changed his clothes, made his ablution and was on his way to the Masjid.

On his way to the Masjid, he met a man holding a lamp. He asked the man of his identity and the man replied ‘I saw you fall twice on your way to the Masjid, so I brought a lamp so I can light your way.’ The first man thanked him profusely and the two where on their way to the Masjid.

Once at the Masjid, the first man asked the man with the lamp to come in and pray Fajr with him. The second man refused. The first man asked him a couple more times and, again, the answer was the same. The first man asked him why he did not wish to come in and pray. The man replied: “I am Shaytan”. The man was shocked at this reply.

Shaytan went on to explain: ‘I saw you on your way to the Masjid and it was I who made you fall. When you went home, cleaned yourself and went back on your way to the Masjid, Allah forgave all of your sins.I made you fall a second time, and even that did not encourage you to stay home, but rather, you went back on your way to the Masjid. Because of that, Allah forgave all the sins of the people of your household. I was afraid if I made you fall one more time, then Allah will forgive the sins of the people of your village, so I made sure that you reached the Masjid safely..’

So do not let Shaytan benefit from his actions. Do not put off a good that you intended to do as you never know how much reward your might receive from the hardships you encounter while trying to achieve that good.

‎”Allah (mighty and sublime be He) says: ‘The first of his actions for which a servant of Allah will be held accountable on the Day of Resurrection will be his prayers.’ If they are in order, then he will have prospered and succeeded; and if they are wanting, then he will have failed and lost. If there is something defective in his obligatory prayers, the Lord (glorified and exalted be He) will say: ‘See if My servant has any supererogatory prayers with which may be completed that which was defective in his obligatory prayers.’ Then the rest of his actions will be judged in like fashion.” [At-Tirmidhi (also by Abu Dawud, an-Nasa’i, Ibn Majah and Ahmad).]
Abu Huraira RadiyAllahu `anhu narrates that once Muhammad(SAW) asked his companions, ‘Do you think that dirt can remain on a person bathing five times a day in a brook running in front of his door?’ ‘No’, replied the compan­ions, ‘No dirt can remain on his body.’ Muhammad ﷺ remarked: ‘So, exactly similar is the effect of salat offered five times a day. With the grace of Allah, it washes away all the sins’.(Bukhari, Muslim)
Abu Umamah narrates that the Muhammad ﷺ said, “Allah does not Listen to anything from His servant as He does to the two rakahs (of prayer) that he offers. Mercy descends over the servant’s head as long as he remains in prayer.” (Tirmidhi and Ahmad) As-Suyuti considers it sahih.”
In Al-Muwatta, Imam Malik ibn Anas says: “It reached me that the Prophet(SAW) said: ‘(Try to) keep to the straight path although you won’t be able to do so completely; and know that the best of your deeds is salah, and only a (true) believer preserves his wudhu.'” Abu Zar RadiyAllahu `anhu narrates that once Muhammad(SAW) came out of his house. It was autumn and the leaves were falling off the trees. He caught a branch of a tree and its leaves began to drop in large number. At this he remarked, ‘O, Abu Zar! when a Muslim offers his salat to please Allah, his sins are shed away from him just as these leaves are falling off this tree.’ (Ahmad)
Sabrah bin Ma’bad Al-Juhani reported: Muhammad(SAW) said, “Teach a boy Salat when he attains the age of seven years, and punish him (if he does not offer it) at ten.” (Abu Dawood) Abu Huraira narrated: Muhammad(SAW) said, “The angels keep on asking Allah’s forgiveness for anyone of you, as long as he is at his Mu,salla (praying place) and he does not pass wind (Hadath). They say, ‘O Allah! Forgive him, O Allah! be Merciful to him.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 8, Hadith #436) Hasan ibn Ali narrates that Muhammad(SAW) stated: “He who recites Ayatul Kursi after obligatory salat, is in the protection of Allah til the next salat.” from Tabarani, Majma uz-Zuwaid Umm Farwah narrates that Muhammad(SAW) asked which is the best of the good deeds. He said, “To offer Salat at the beginning of its prescribed time.” From Abu Dawood
Abu Hurairah narrates that Muhammad(SAW) said, “The first row of salat amongst the men is most rewarding and the last is the least; whereas the last rows of salat amongst the women are most rewarding and the first the least.” from Muslim
Uthman bin Affan narrates that Muhammad(SAW) said, “He who performed wudhu for salat and performed it properly and then went on foot to offer the obligatory salat and offered it along with the people or in congregation or in the masjid, Allah would forgive his sins.” from Muslim
Abu Darda narrates that Muhammad(SAW) said, “If three persons in a village or a forest do not offer the congregational salat, then shaitan fully overpowers them. So make it obligatory on yourself to offer salat in congregation. For undoubtedly the wolf eats only the stray goat.” from Abu Dawood…..
The chief purpose of prayer in Islam is to act as a person’s communication with God. By reciting “The Opening”, the first chapter of the Qur’an, as required in all prayer, the worshipper can stand before God, thank and praise Him, and to ask for guidance along the Straight Path. In addition, the daily prayers remind Muslims to give thanks for Allah’s blessings and that Islam takes precedence over all other concerns, thereby revolving their life around Allah and submitting to His will. Prayer also serves as a formal method of remembering Allah, or dhikr.
According to a hadith in the collection Sahih Bukhari, the prophet Muhammad ﷺ considered salah “the best deed”. In the Qur’an, it is written that: “The true believers are those who feel fear in their hearts when God is mentioned. And when His Revelations are recited to them, they find their faith strengthened. They do their best and then put their trust in their Lord.” [Qur’an 8:2] “To those whose hearts, when God is mentioned, are filled with fear, who show patient perseverance over their afflictions, keep up regular prayer, and spend (in charity) out of what We have bestowed upon them.” [Qur’an 22:35] Prayer is also cited as a means of restraining a believer from social wrongs and moral deviancy. [Qur’an 29:45]

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