The Virtues and Rewards of Prayer

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The testament of five daily prayers was ordained to the Prophet Muhammad during the night of His ascension to Heaven, whereas the rest of the rules of worship were given to Him while back on earth. This has a great importance for Muslims for it denotes prayer as a special act of worship, a direct link to Heaven, a way to talk to the Lord, to express your admiration and love for Him and to plead with Him for the forgiveness of sins and the granting of favours. Prayer comes first and ranks highest with Allah. Because of its lofty status, it can do a Muslim lots of good for it is the source of many virtues and rewards.

1) It reminds you of your Lord constantly, throughout the day. This reminder is an important profession of faith, your connection to Heaven. Waiving prayer is a grave sin, doing prayer is not a difficult burden, taking into account the enormity of God’s love poured on those who stay true. The five daily prayers come as a direct command from the Lord, therefore they are of cardinal importance. “Maintain with care the obligatory prayers and in particular the middle prayer and stand before Allah, devoutly obedient.” (2:238);

2) It is the most important deed in the eyes of Allah, it is the sum of all virtue and will absolve you of many sins in the Day of Judgement. “Know that the best of your deeds is prayer and that no one maintains his ablution except a believer.” (Ibn Majah, 277)

3) It is a shield against Satan. “The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, ‘When the son of Adam recites a verse of prostration and he prostrates, Satan withdraws and he weeps and he says: Woe to me! The son of Adam was commanded to prostrate and he prostrated, so he will go to Paradise. I was commanded to prostrate and I refused, so I will go to Hellfire.’ “ (Sahih Muslim, 81)

4) It clears the soul, alleviates trouble and opens the vision to see the way. While we pray, Allah looks favourably upon us and sends His bountiful blessings upon us;

5) It is the first thing to be judged at the Day of Resurrection. ““The first thing for which the slave will be held accountable for on the day of Resurrection is his prayer; if it is good by performing it properly and on time, then all his affairs will be good, and if it is ruined by neglecting it, then all his affairs will be ruined.” (At-Tabarani)

6) Last but not least, Salat (Prayer) is the shield against vile deeds and bad temper, one of the gravest sins in Islam. The act of prayer changes your state of mind and douses your intemperance channeling them into a groove favoured by the Lord. “Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing, and the remembrance of Allah is greater. And Allah knows that which you do.” (29:45)

That should make a strong case for Namaz. But even without the above reasoning, a true believer will always know it from his heart.

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