A'udhu billahi minash-ShaYtanir-Rajeem, Bismillahir-Rahmanir-Rajeem.
" When you pass (congregational) prayers, celebrate Allah's praises, standing sitting down or lying down on your sides; but whim you are free from danger set up regular prayers: for such prayers are enjoined on believers at stated times. "
Salaat, my dear brothers and sisters, is the difference between a Muslim and a Kaafir. The Rasul (PBUH) said:
"That which distinguishes us from the disbelievers and hypocrites is our commitment to As-salaat. He who abandons it, becomes a disbeliever" (Tirmidhi).
But that is not all. Flow, what is the position of salaat in Islaam my dear brothers and sisters? Look at this: salaat is the second pillar in Islaam. It comes only after imaan: belief in Allah, His Books, Messengers, the Day of Judgement, and qadar of Allah whether good or evil. Do you see something? Yes, we cannot be Muslims unless we have imaan, but immediately we become Muslims, we must begin to work as Muslims, to behave as Muslims: and the very first work that Allah has demanded fom us is salaat. Know, my brothers and sisters, that all other works were communicated to the Prophet (PBUH) by Allah through Angel Jibreel (AS). But it was Allah Himself that gave the Prophet (PBUH) the five daily prayers. Allah took the Prophet (PBUH) to the heavens on the night of Isra wal miraj to receive the five daily prayers. 'What does this mean? It means we must guard our salaat. How do we guard our salaat? We must say it at its stated time; we must say it with concentration; we must say it the way the Prophet (PBUH) said it: we must let it affect our lives; for the person who is not deterred from evil by salaat increases in nothing but loss. How do we say our salaat today? As if salaat is a burdensome interruption in our lives: a disturbance· when we are conversing, a spoiI sport when we are watching T.V. or playing games, a nuisance when we are working. Ask yourself, how many times are you happy when you hear the ad han't Is it not true that you are thinking: Let me quickly get this over and return to normal life?
There's nothing the Kaafir (unbeliever) or the Munaafiq (hypocrite) hates about Islaam as much as salaat. The Munaafiq will not say his prayers, and, ifhe is a man, he will not say his salaat in the mosque or in Jama 'ah. The most difficult prayers for him are the Subh and Ishai prayers. What about the believer?' He is always happy when he hears the adhan. He goes to the mosque to observe his salaat in Jama 'ah. He is humble and attentive in his salaat. He says his salaat only the way the Prophet (PBUH) said it for the Prophet (PBUH) himself said:
"Pray as you have seen me pray" (Bukhari).
As for the person who is negligent about his salaat, Allah has cursed him:
"So woe to the worshippers who are neglectful of their Prayers" (Ql 07:4-5).
As for the person who humbly upholds his salaat, he is successful both in this life and the next:
"Successful indeed are the believers. Those who humble themselves in their prayers.(Q23:1-2).
SO be among those who uphold their salaat and do not be among the negligent!
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited