All Muslims, whether rich or poor, powerful or weak, black or white, male or female, are compelled to pray, or Salat. Prayer helps believers to grow spiritually and nurture their soul’s right to love and adore Allah, the Creator. In Holy Quran, Allah said:
“Indeed, I am Allah!” There is none more deserving of worship than I, therefore adore Me and give flawless prayer in My honour.” [Taha 13-14: Quran]
Every Muslim must perform Salah five times a day. Fajr, Zohar, Asar, Maghrib, and Isha are the five prayers in Islam. Prayer establishes a relationship between a man and the Creator of the universe, hence praying salah on a regular basis is extremely important. Praying is not a need for Muslims; rather, it is a gift from Allah Almighty. We may put everything in perspective and understand what is truly essential in life via prayer. Prayer reminds us that everything comes from Allah (SWT), and everything will return to Him.
Benefits of Daily Five Times Prayers in Islam
Salat’s benefits and value are well known among Muslims. It draws a Muslim closer to Allah Almighty, acts as a supplication, aids in finding relief from the trials of this life, and enhances the likelihood of a Muslim receiving a better reward in the world to come. As a result, every Muslim, without a doubt, gives Salat as a method of satisfying his or her commitment and growing in piety and righteousness. Few benefits are given below.
Prayer keeps us away from sins:
Prayer, according to the Quran, keeps us away from sins and wickedness, which helps us in this life and the next. When completed correctly, the five daily prayers serve as ongoing reminders to Christians to stay in a condition of God-consciousness. To sustain the sensation of being spiritually pure after doing prayers, humans must avoid from wicked activities. As a result, prayer to our Lord five times a day serves as a powerful deterrent to committing sins. We would be significantly more susceptible and at risk of falling to our bad impulses as well as Satan’s constant whispering if we did not recall Allah (SWT) regularly enough.
Prayer strengthens faith of a Muslim:
Prayer not only protects us from sins, but it also strengthens our faith. Regular prayer enables us to maintain our attention on the hereafter and pleasing Allah (SWT). This prevents us from being unduly devoted to worldly pleasures and, as a result, from succumbing to despair when confronted with difficulties. We are able to keep things in perspective because of our intense emphasis on our prayers. We must persist patiently while keeping content with Allah’s (SWT) will. Humankind is impatient when confronted with evil, as Allah (SWT) said in the Quran. With the exception of those who are persistent in their prayers.
Prayer is a source of seeking Forgiveness:
According to the Prophet (PBUH),
“Whomever does proper ablution and performs the Farz Namaz on time and in a proper way will be assured of Allah’s forgiveness. Those who do not, on the other hand, will not be assured pardon, and their fate will be determined by Allah’s (SWT) kindness or punishment”.
(Hadeeth: Abu Dawood)
Furthermore, making dua and seeking Allah’s forgiveness during prayer is an excellent idea. Specifically, when doing the sajdah (prostration), the Prophet (PBUH) reminded us that,
“Prostrating (sajdah) brings believers closer to Allah” (Hadith: Saheeh Muslim).
Prayer purifies the Soul:
Our Salah not only earns us good acts, but it also purifies us by cancelling our sins. Muhammad (PBUH) likened the five daily prayers to washing five times a day in a brook. He said,
“Our prayers purify us of our sins in the same way that water cleanses the body of Impurities”.
(Hadith: Saheeh Al-Bukhari).
Significance of Namaz by Quran and Hadees:
The significance of prayer is often emphasised throughout the Quran, and it was also emphasised by the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH):
“Know that prayer is first among your tasks.”
It is essential to pray five times a day in order to achieve success in this world and the next. Saying prayers on time and with complete bowings, prostrations, and khushu’ (submission to Allah) ensures mercy and high rankings in Paradise. Allah, the Almighty, says:
Certainly, the faithful will have triumphed. Those who are meekly submissive during prayer.
Prayer cleanses both the heart and the soul, and it helps a believer achieve heavenly devotion. Prayer establishes a strong bond with Allah. Through prayer, a Muslim establishes patience, humility and sincerity.
Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) saying,
“Say, if there were a river at the door of one of you in which he takes a bath five times a day, would any soiling remain on him?” They replied, “No soiling would left on him.” He (peace be upon him) said, “That is the five (obligatory) salat (prayers). Allah obliterates all sins as a result of performing them.”
According to Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) the Prophet (PBUH) said,
“The five daily (recommended) prayers, and Friday (prayer) to the next Friday (prayer), and the fasting of Ramadan to the next Ramadan, is penance of the misdeeds committed in between them, so long as major sins are avoided.” (Muslim)
If you begin your day with prayers, Allah Almighty will protect you throughout the day. Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) has said, declared in a hadith
“Whoever offers the Morning Prayer is under the shelter of Allah, the Mighty and Sublime,”
We start the day with light and life thanks to the Fajr prayer. By starting the day off well, early morning sets the tone and energy for the rest of the day. Our beloved Prophet (PBUH) stated.
“Whoever prays the morning prayer in congregation, then sits remembering Allah till the sun rises, then prays two units of prayer obtains the recompense of Hajj and ‘Umrah,” (Tirmidhi)
In hadith, offering Asar prayer is extremely important. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said,
“He who performs Salat (prayer) before the rising of the sun and before its setting will not enter Hell,” (Muslim).
Isha is the concluding prayer of the day. Its time begins when the Maghrib prayer concludes and continues till midnight. Isha prayer is difficult to perform, thus it comes with a lot of benefits from Allah. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) remarked,
“Whoever offers Isha salah in jama’ah is as if he spent half the night in devotion, And whoever does the fajr salah in jama’ah is as if he had spent the entire night in prayer.” (Muslim).
The five daily prayers, as we’ve already said, contain a variety of rewards and benefits. Failure to deliver them effectively, or missing any or all of them, on the other hand, might have devastating effects. As Muslims, we must make every effort to never undervalue the importance of prayer in our faith. Prayer is, without a doubt, the difference between believe and disbelieve.
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