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Namaz in islam
Alikum Brothers and sisters Allah (SWT) has said in the Noble Qur'an: "I have
not created the jinn and humankind for any other purpose except that they
should worship Me." (Noble Qur'an 51:56)
clear from the above verse of Noble Qur'an that the purpose of our birth and
of our life is no other than that of the worship of Allah (SWT). There are
many acts of worship (Ibadah, Ibadat) in Islam, and Salah is one of the most
important obligatory acts.
Namaz) is the ritual prayer practiced by Muslims in supplication to Allah (SWT).
The term is commonly used to refer to the five daily prayers, which are
compulsory upon all mature Muslims. Salah (Salat, Namaz) is considered the
most important act of worship (Ibadah, Ibadat) in Islam and its importance is
such that under very few circumstances it can be omitted.
Namaz) strengthens the foundations of our faith. It prepares a person to live
the life of goodness and obedience to Allah (SWT), and it builds courage and
determination. Every time we perform Salah, we renew our commitments to Allah
(SWT) and we rid ourselves from worldly pressures five times a day.
According to a Hadith a companion of Holy Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) came to him
one day and asked him "What is the thing that Allah (SWT) loves most?" Holy
Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) replied "The thing that Allah (SWT) loves most is when
his people pray Salah on time."
Namaz) is a practical sign of obedience to the commands of Allah (SWT). Its
importance has been emphasized about 500 times in the Noble Qur'an.
Holy Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) shook a dry branch of a tree so that all of the
leaves of the branch fell off than the Holy Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said "The
sins of those who pray Salah, drop off as the leaves of this branch fell off."
Salah, we make Wudu. Wudu (Ablution) is a unique way of cleansing certain
parts of our body so we are clean before bowing down to the one who created
us, who created the universe the one and only Allah (SWT).
Holy Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) once asked his companions "Tell me if there was a
river at the door step of one of you in which you washed five times a day
would any of your dirt remain?" When Holy Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) received the
reply that none of it would remain he then said "That is like the five times
Salah, with which Allah (SWT) wipes out sin.
last thing that Holy Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) emphasized at his deathbed was
Salah. He also said the first thing we will have to answer about on the day of
judgement is Salah.
in Salah one communicates with Allah (SWT) and experiences his presence.
That's why a Hadith says: Salah is the Meraj of a Momin (Namaz is called as
Holy Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) also said "The key to Heaven is Salah. The key to
Salah is Purification."
is a pillar of Religion. If Namaz is accepted all other deeds are accepted. If
Namaz is rejected then all other Deeds are rejected." (Holy Prophet Mohammad (pbuh)
on Salah (Salat, Namaz).
Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said: "Almighty Allah (SWT) has set the light of my
eyes in Salah (Salat, Namaz) and made it the most desirable thing for me, like
the food for the hungry and the water for the thirsty. The hungry is contented
after the meal and the thirsty is satisfied after drinking water. But my
thirst for Salah (Salat, Namaz) is never quenched."
Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) said: "Everything has a face and the face of your
religion is Salah (Salat, Namaz); none of you should stain the face of his
Commander of the Believers Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (pbuh) said: "Almighty Allah
(SWT) has ordained the obligation of faith for purification from polytheism
and the obligation of Salah (Salat, Namaz) for refraining from pride and
Jafar Sadiq (pbuh) said: "The superiority of Salah (Salat, Namaz) performed in
the earliest moments over the one offered in the last moments of its specified
time is the same as the superiority of the Hereafter over this world."
Jafar Sadiq (pbuh) said: "It is quite possible that a person lives for fifty
years and not even a single prayer of his is accepted. Is there anything
harder and more painful than this? There are some people ... whose prayers ...
will not be accepted ... because they belittle Salah (Salat, Namaz), while
nothing but good is admitted to Almighty Allah (SWT). How can Almighty Allah (SWT)
accept that which is considered to be of little worth?"
Ali bin Moosa Al Ridha (pbuh) said: "When it is time for Salah (Salat, Namaz),
perform your prayers; you never know what will happen afterwards ... Nothing
is dearer to Almighty Allah than Salah (Salat, Namaz). Worldly affairs must
not detract you from the prayer timings. Do not delay your prayers (from the
prescribed timings) for no reason. Always perform your Salah (Salat, Namaz) on
its best time."
Ali bin Moosa Al Ridha (pbuh) said: "When you are praying, avoid being drowsy,
slumberous, playing and hastening. Pray with solemnity, gravity and soberness.
It is up to you to remain attentive, humble and submissive in Almighty Allah's
presence. Stand in front of your Lord as a slave appears before his master.
Keep your feet in order and your stature firm. Do not look here and there. Be
as if you could see Him; for, if you do not see Him, He sees you.
ALlah(swt) guide us all and make us steadfast in our prayers. JazakAllh