Salah-One of The Five Pillars of Islam: –
Allah has ordered Muslims to pray obligatory prayers five times a day. This is one of the five basic pillars of Islam. When Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) ascended to the Heavens on the night of Miraj by the grace of Almighty, Allah blessed him with the five daily prayers. Since then prayers are obligatory upon Muslims till this world lasts. There is a huge reward for offering prayers. If a person fails to offer prayer, he faces severe wrath of Allah. There is no excuse for missing prayers. Even if a person is sick he must still offer prayers by lying on the bed. Likewise, a person must not delay the prayer. He must offer it within the prescribed time. The best of the prayers are those that are offered as soon as the call to prayer is made.
Five Daily Prayers: –
Daily prayers in Islam are spread across different times of the day based on the position of Sun. The idea is to remember Allah at all times of the day, signifying your submission towards the Creator. The five prayers are as follows: –
Salat al-Fajr: –
This is the first prayer of the day which is to be offered at dawn. Fajr prayer marks the start of a Muslim’s day. The time limit for Fajr prayer is before the sun rises. The best way to start your day is by remembering Allah at Fajr prayer.
Salat al-Dhuhur: –
This prayer is scheduled at midday. The idea is to remember Allah when you are thoroughly engrossed in your work. Take a break from your work and prostrate before your Allah indicating that nothing is more important than the command of Allah.
Salat al-Asr: –
This prayer is offered in the late afternoon. Asr time holds great significance in Islam. There are many ahadith that reflect on the importance of Asr prayer and offering it without delaying. Asr is the time when a person gets to reflect upon his life and its purpose. Spending this time in remembrance of Allah earns great rewards and blessings.
Salat al-Maghrib: –
As the day comes to an end and the sun sets down, it is time for Maghrib prayer. Muslims thank Allah the Almighty for putting an end to the day successfully.
Salat al-Isha: –
Finally, before going to bed and mark an end to your day, it is time for Isha prayer at night. The best way to end your day is by offering gratitude to Allah and asking for his forgiveness by offering Isha prayer.
Blessings of The Five Daily Prayers: –
Prayers are indeed one of the most beautiful blessings of Allah. Prayers lead to Heaven. A person who offers prayers regularly is saved from many social vices. Prayers keep a person clean and pure. Not just physically as you perform ablution, but spiritually as well. Such a person is protected from the evil forces of the devil. Allah showers his blessings abundantly on a person who offers prayers regularly. He increases provision and sustenance for such a person. He blesses him with submissive and obedient offspring.
Prayer is one of the best ways to communicate with Allah, to thank Him and to plead to Him for His mercy. Especially when faced with a tough situation, offering prayers can make things easy. On the Day of Judgment when everyone would be desperate for help and relief, prayer will rescue the person from the fire of Hell. Not just that, prayers make a person punctual and responsible. They have a great impact on the physical as well as mental health. Prayers help you attain peace and tranquility. So offer the five daily prayers and walk on the road to eternal success. As the Holy Quran says: –
‘And be steadfast in prayer; practice regular charity, and bow down your heads with those who bow down in worship.’ (Qur’an, 2:43)