Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala has given us the responsibility to take care of our bodies. He has created rules for us to follow so that our bodies work probably. We have to eat, drink, sleep, keep ourselves clean, and so on. Just as Allah has given us rules to take care of our bodies, He has given us rules to take care of our souls. Taking care of our souls is even more important because our happiness and success in this life and in the hereafter are dependent upon the health of our souls also remember that our souls will leave our bodies on Earth when we die, our souls stay with us forever sent to heaven if we have taken proper care of them. Salah (Prayer) is the best way to take care of your soul. If you pray properly and worship Allah with all of your heart, you will have a healthy soul. Narrated prophet Muhammad (PBUH) found peace in prayer “Declare that the time for prayer has come, Bilal, and give us rest by it.” Hadith This probably means that prayer brings peace of mind.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said, “Pray as you have seen my prayer”. the obligatory prayers are:
2 Rak’at at Fajr, 4 Rak’at at Zuhr, 4 Rak’at ‘Asr, 3 Rak’at at Maghrib, 4 Rak’at at ‘isha.Hadith
Prayers in the Quran
Our prayers are our connection with Allah. The more we pray to Allah, the closer and better our relationship will be. Definitely, the closer we are to Allah, the happier and more successful our life will be. “And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah]” Surah Al-Baqarah: 45
Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala tells us in the Quran that Salah (prayer) is obligatory. We should not miss our prayers even if we are traveling or are sick. The person who doesn’t pray or not believing that prayer is obligatory, then he is in danger of leaving Islam. “And establish prayer and give Zakah and bow with those who bow [in worship and obedience].” Surah Al-Baqarah
- Have you seen the one who denies the Recompense?
- For that is the one who drives away the orphan
- And does not encourage the feeding of the poor.
- So woe to those who pray
- [But] who are heedless of their prayer –
- Those who make show [of their deeds]
- And withhold [simple] assistance.
Allah says about prayers in Quran that whenever you ask Allah for something, He hears you and answers your prayer “And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided.” Surah Al-Baqarah: 186
The rewards of prayer in the Quran
The rewards of praying are many and they are described in many verses of the Quran. “Who believe in the unseen, establish prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them. And who belief in what has been revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what was revealed before you, and of the Hereafter they are certain [in faith]. Those are upon [right] guidance from their Lord, and it is those who are the successful.” surah Al-Baqarah
we should never miss prayer for the following reasons:
- 1- prayer is a commandment from Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala. “Establish prayer!”, “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. Surah Al-Ankaboot
- 2- Allah will reward you with Paradise forever if you pray properly and on time. “Their reward with Allah will be gardens of perpetual residence beneath which rivers flow, wherein they will abide forever, Allah being pleased with them and they with Him. That is for whoever has feared his Lord.” Surah Al-Bayynah
- 3- prayer is the first pillar that we will be asked about by Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala on the last Day. Tameem -un- Dari (R) reported that prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said: “The First deed a person will be questioned about on the day of judgment is his prayer.” reported in At-Tirmithi.
- 4- Prayer is the building block of our religion related to the Hadith of the Five pillars of Islam.
. “O Muhammad, tell me about Islam.” He said: “It is to bear witness that there is none worthy of worship except Allah [SWT] and that Muhammad (PBUH) is the Messenger of Allah, to establish the Salah, to give Zakah, to fast Ramadan, and to perform Hajj to the House if you are able to bear the journey.” He said: “You have spoken the truth.”Sunan an-Nasa’i
- 5- prayer in Quran is the food for our soul and it keeps us peaceful and hopeful.
- 6- Prayer reminds us of Allah’s presence, His mercy, and His power.
- 7- Prayer is the protection from Hellfire, those who don’t pray will be punished.
Quran prayers importance
- Prayer is important it is direct communication with Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala “A pillar of Islam” Success lies in prayer. Prayers are shields against evil, for example, Allah sent surah Al- falaq and Surah Al-Naas for the prophet to ask for Allah’s protection from evil. We can also read these surahs to protect ourselves.
- The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “Do you not know that last night certain Ayat were revealed the like of which there is no precedence. They are: ‘Say: I seek refuge with (Allah) the Rubb of the daybreak’ (Surah 113), and ‘Say: I seek refuge with (Allah) the Rubb of mankind’ (Surah 114). [Muslim]
- Prayers enrich your soul, make you humble, and wash away your sins. The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “He who performs the Wudu’ perfectly (i.e., according to Sunnah), his sins will depart from his body, even from under his nails.” [Muslim]
- Prayer in Quran is mentioned in surah Al-Jumu’ah when Allah talks about the true believers “And when the prayer has been concluded, disperse within the land and seek from the bounty of Allah, and remember Allah often that you may succeed.
- Quran prayers are focusing on Muslim unity. Allah’s saying “What is with Allah is better than diversion and than a transaction, and Allah is the best of providers.” the prophet’s saying: “He who purifies (performs Wudu’) himself in his house and then walks to one of the houses of Allah (mosque) for performing an obligatory Salat, one step of his will wipe out his sins and another step will elevate his rank (in Jannah).”
The merits of prayers
“The Fajr (dawn) prayer and the ‘Isha’ (night) prayer; and if they knew their merits, they would come to them even if they had to crawl to do so.”[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]
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