Allah azza wa jal blessed us with five pillars of Islam. Messenger ﷺ has explained for us, when he said: "Islam is built upon five [pillars]: the testimony that there is no god but Allaah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allaah; establishing regular prayer (salaah); paying the zakaah; Hajj (pilgrimage) and fasting Ramadaan." (al-Bukhaari)
I spoke about the shahaadah before in a previous post and today as I feel I ned the reminder, I thought I'd mention prayer (salah). Salah was made an obligation for Muslims and was revealed to the Prophet ﷺ. We learnt how to pray from the Sunnah.
When the Adhaan is sounded we are called to prayer and called to success. Yet the way we are today it is as if we do not want success. Our idea of true success has been warped in this world.
"Verily, As-Salaah (the prayer) is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours"[al-Nisa' 4:103]
I recommend looking into the seerah of Muhammad ﷺ to learn about the night of the Mi'raaj [Prophet's ascent to heaven], approximately three years before the Hijrah.
Fifty prayers (per day) were enjoined at first, then the number was reduced to five, but the reward of fifty remains. This emphasizes Allah subhanahu wa ta'aala's mercy and love for prayer.
This obligation, erases sins, strengthens our hearts and it what our emaan relies upon.
The Messenger of Allaah ﷺ said: "Between a man and shirk [associating others with Allaah] and kufr [disbelief] there stands his giving up prayer." (Muslim)
So if you read this post, please reflect over your prayers. Do you pray? How many times? If you're praying all five, is it with complete concentration?
I hope this post, reminds us all to pray and to make Salah our priority. We can't afford to not succeed due to our laziness and heedlessness over an obligation that we are rewarded mightily for and maintains and strengthens our faith.
"When you're hasty in your salah just remember that whatever you desire to get of whatever you fear losing is in the hands of the One in front of whom you're standing."
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