The most favourable of deeds in Islam is Salah (prayer)
The most favourable of deeds in Islam is Salah. We read in hadith:
Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Remain upright, though you cannot encompass it entirely. Know that most favourable of your deeds is prayer and that none can preserve his ablution but a believer.” (Sunan ibn Majah)
We are even rewarded for the time in which we are waiting to pray. Indeed, our Lord is more keen to benefit us than we are ourselves. We have been blessed with so many ways to gain rewards, ways that we have made a part of our daily lives. We read about this in a hadith:
Abu Sa’id al-Khudri reported: We prayed with the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, at nightfall and he did not come out until half of the night had passed. The Prophet said, “Take your places.” We took our places and the Prophet said, “Verily, people have prayed and laid down in their beds, but you continue to be in prayer as long as you wait for prayer. Were it not for the weakness of the weak and the sickness of the sick, I would delay this prayer until half of the night had passed.” (Sunan Abi Dawud)
We learn from this hadith that the Prophet (SAW) had delayed the prayer, and would have delayed it further if it was possible, as a reward is gained even in waiting for prayer to begin. We are indeed blessed to be able to achieve good deeds in so many ways.
Islam simplifies our lives, as we are able to find guidance on every aspect of life. We read in a hadith:
Ibn Umar reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, used to order the caller to say on a cold, rainy night, “Surely, pray in your homes.” (Sahih Bukhari and Sahih Muslim)
This shows us that when the weather is harsh and it will be difficult to go and pray in the mosques, we can pray at home. Indeed, our practice of this Deen bring us ease in abundance, as Allah is Ar-Rahman (The Most Merciful).
Therefore, even those who are leading the prayer are advised to not lengthen the prayer as those who may struggle with this are taken into consideration. We read in a hadith:
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “If one of you leads people in prayer, let him lighten it as among them are the weak, sick, and elderly. If one of you prays by himself, let him pray for as long as he wishes.” (Sahih Bukhari)
Salah is a blessing for us that even gives us a chance to reduce our sins each time we pray. We read in a hadith:
Ibn Umar reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, when a servant stands to pray, his sins are placed on top of his head and shoulders. Every time he bows or prostrates, they fall away from him.” (Sahih ibn Hibban)
May Allah accept our Salah and make it a means for us to enter Paradise. Aameen.