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Importance of Namaz

Salah (Namaz) is the second pillar of Islam. It is a form of worship that Muslims offer five times a day. It is mandatory for all Muslims to offer Salah regularly without any excuses. To learn how to read the Namaz please visit our websiteA'zaan

Salah establishes a direct relation between Muslims and their Lord, Allah. When Muslims offer prayers, whether alone or in congregation they are directly communicating with Allah. Standing together in front of the Lord at the time of Salah also overcomes discrimination. It promotes the concept of equality by proving that all Muslims no matter what caste, creed, social or financial status, bow down before the Almighty and all are His creation.

The importance of Salah in Islam cannot be overlooked. It is the first pillar of Islam that the Holy Prophet himself emphasized on, after Tauheed.To learn more about tauheed visit online quran lesson.It was made obligatory on all Muslims and all Prophets of all era as is evident from what Allah said to Hazrat Musa a.s:

And I have chosen you, so listen to that which is inspired to you.  Verily, I am God! There is none worthy of worship but I, so worship Me and offer prayer perfectly for My remembrance.

[QURAN 20:13-14] Similarly Salah was made obligatory on all Prophets including Hazrat Muhammad ﷺ. When Allah praises the believers in Surah Mo’minoon, the first character of theirs that he acknowledges is their submission to Him through their prayers.

PURPOSE OF CREATION:

Allah says in the Holy Quran:

I have not created the jinn and humankind for any other purpose except that they should worship Me.

[QURAN 51:56] It is evident from the above verses that the sole purpose of all mankind is to worship Allah and what would be better way of worshiping Him then to offer Salah.

IMPORTANCE OF SALAH IN QURAN:

Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran:

Recite what is sent of the Book by inspiration to thee, and establish Regular Prayer: for Prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds; and remembrance of Allah is the greatest (thing in life) without the doubt. And Allah knows the (deeds) that ye do.

[QURAN 29:45] In another verse it said:

And be steadfast in prayer; practice regular charity; and bow down your heads with those who bow down (in worship).

[QURAN 2:43] In another verse, Allah establishes the importance of Salah by saying that:

And be steadfast in prayer; practice regular charity; and bow down your heads with those who bow down (in worship).

[QURAN 5:55] It is stated in another verse that:

They are not all the same; among the followers of the scripture, there are those who are righteous. They recite God’s revelations through the night while prostrating.

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IMPORTANCE OF SALAH IN HADITH:

The Holy Prophet ﷺ also emphasized the importance of Salah on various occasions:

Between faith and unbelief is abandoning the prayer.

[MUSLIM]

The key to Paradise is prayer; the key to prayer is wudu (ablution).

[MUSNAD AHMAD]

The nearest a servant comes to his Lord is when he is prostrating himself, so make supplication (in this state).

[SAHIH BUKHARI] We can understand the importance of Salah by another incident of the life of the Holy Prophet ﷺ:

A companion of the Prophet ﷺ, named Sa’d, was very poor. He used to offer his prayers in the Imamat of The Holy Prophet ﷺ, who was well aware of his financial situation. The prophet ﷺ had promised him that whenever he got some money he would give it to Sa’d but time passed and no money came to the Holy Prophet ﷺ and he ﷺ became distressed with Sa’d’s financial state. One day Angel Jibrael a.s came to the Prophet ﷺ and gave him two Dirhams. He said to the Holy Prophet ﷺ:

Allah (SWT) has said: We are aware of your distress in connection with Sa’d’s poverty. If you want him to emerge from this state, give him these two Dirhams and ask him to engage himself in business.

He ﷺ took the Dirhams and set out to offer the Zuhr prayers and found Sa’d waiting for him there. The Holy Prophet ﷺ asked him:

Could you engage yourself in business?

Sa’d replied by saying:

By Allah (SWT)! I have no capital with which I can do business,

The Holy Prophet handed him the two Dirhams and told him to start business with this amount.

Sa’d took the money, offered his Salah and set out to start his business

Allah showered His blessings on Sa’d so miraculously that he earned almost double of what he spent. His financial situation started to improve gradually. Soon he was able to purchase a shop near the mosque and started his business there. As his business flourished he became negligent of his Salah and often ignored the call of Aa’zan.

The Holy Prophet ﷺ noticed his disregard for the Salah and said to him:

Sa’d, this world has made you so busy that it has even weaned you away from your Salah

Sa’d replied:

What can I do? If I leave my wealth unattended, it will go to waste and I will end up in loss. From one person, I have to collect the money for the goods sold, while from another I have to take possession of the goods purchased.

The Holy Prophet ﷺ was greatly disturbed by this. At this moment, Angel Jibrael a.s once again came to Him ﷺ and said:

We possess knowledge of your distress. Which of the two states do you prefer for Sa’d?

The Holy Prophet ﷺ said that the previous state of financial stress was more beneficial for Sa’d as it secured his afterlife. Angel Jibrael a.s agreed by saying:

Yes, love for the world causes man to become heedless of the hereafter. Take back the two Dirhams, which you had given to him previously.

The Holy Prophet ﷺ visited Sa’d and asked him if he could return the Dirhams that He ﷺ had given to him, to which Sa’d replied:

If you desire, I shall even give you two hundred Dirhams

The Prophet ﷺ said

No, just give me the two Dirhams, which you had taken from me.

Sa’d handed the money to the Holy Prophet ﷺ and within a short time, his financial situation turned and before long he found himself in his previous state.

BENEFITS OF SALAH:

1. INVOKING ALLAH:

Although there are no bounds as to how a person can invoke Allah but the preferred way is through Salah. When a Muslim establishes Salah, he establishes a connection with the Creator and communicates with the Almighty. When Allah sees his submission to Him, He fulfills that person’s deepest desires and rewards him with what is best for him.

Aayat

O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.

[QURAN 2:153]

2. LEADS TO TAQWA:

The ultimate goal of man in this world is to achieve piety and be successful in this world and the Hereafter. Though all forms of worship lead to righteousness, the Quran itself promotes the establishment of Taqwa through Salah:

This is the Book in which there is no doubt, a guidance for those who have Taqwa: who believe in the unseen, and who establish Salah, and spend out of what we have provided for them.

[QURAN 2:2-3]

3. REWARD IN THE HEREAFTER:

Although it is a Muslim’s firm belief that every deed he does in this World, good or bad, he will have to be accountable for it in the afterlife but Salah is an act for which a great reward has been promised in the Holy Quran:

Aayat

Indeed, those who believe and do righteous deeds and establish prayer and give zakah will have their reward with their Lord, and there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.

[QURAN 2:277]

4. PROTECTION FROM SHAI’TAN:

Shai’tan is one of the greatest enemies of Muslims. He invites people towards evil and those of the weaker faith accept his invitation and are drawn towards him. He then uses such people for his benefits thus luring them further into the pit of darkness.

Salah protects man from falling into the traps set by Shai’tan:

Aayat

Satan only wants to cause between you animosity and hatred through intoxicants and gambling and to avert you from the remembrance of Allah and from prayer. So will you not desist?

[QURAN 5:91]

5. PROTECTION FROM LEWDNESS:

It is a common phenomenon that the environment in which a man lives has direct impact on his life. The common habits among the people of the society are also adopted my man intentionally or unintentionally. It is also well-established that the society we live in today is corrupted of many vices and no matter how hard one tries, he too becomes a part of the society unless he has a strong connection with his Creator. This connection with the Almighty is established through Salah and a person who establishes Salah is bound to be free from all that is corrupt. It is said in the Holy Quran:

aayat

Recite, [O Muhammad], what has been revealed to you of the Book and establish prayer. Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing, and the remembrance of Allah is greater. And Allah knows that which you do.

[QURAN 29:45] In short those who have read the Quran and studied the life of the Holy Prophet know well about the importance of Salah. It is therefore the duty of every Muslim to establish Salah.