True Believers

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: “Adhere to righteousness even though you will not be able to count it (the reward you will achieve from righteousness). Know that the best of your acts is Salah. Indeed, the (true) believers will always be in a state of Wudu.” (Sunan Ibn Majah)

True Believers

THE EXCELLENCE OF SALAH

Five daily Salah were made Fard (obligatory) on the Night of Mi‘raj (ascension) before Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) migrated to Madinah. The wisdom for the prescription of Salah is offering one’s servanthood in humility, submitting to Allah Ta‘ala’s command, taking refuge in Him via Quranic recitation and other forms of Adhkar and devoting all their body parts in the service of Allah Almighty.

In the 56th Ayah of Surah al-Nur, Allah Ta‘ala says: “Establish the Salah (Prayer) …” which is interpreted as praying Salah by adhering to all its conditions and pillars. To have the Salah perfected, the Musalli (performer of Salah) needs to fulfil all the posts of Salah properly such as Qiyam, Ruku’ and Sajdah, adhering to Ta’dil al-Arkan. Moreover, the Musalli is required to observe other conditions such as sincerity, mindfulness, fear of Allah, Khushu (submission, tranquillity), repelling the Waswasah (satanic whispers), and bearing in mind that he is in the presence of his Rabb.

Rasulullah (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) was reported to have said: “Whosoever takes due care of his Salah (praying them on time and paying attention to their requirements), on the Day of Qiyamah he will find them as Nur (light), proof for his Iman and means of salvation from the terrors of the Day of Qiyamah. And whosoever does not take due care of his Salah, on the Day of Qiyamah there will neither be Nur nor proof for his Iman, nor will he attain salvation from the horrors of Qiyamah. He will be resurrected together with Qarun, Firawn, Haman and Ubay bin Khalaf.”

Why will such people be resurrected together with those sinister Kuffar (disbelievers)? The similitude is explained in this way: Those who neglect their Salah (prayers) due to their wealth resemble Qarun. Those who neglect their Salah due to their position and leadership resemble Firawn (Pharaoh). Those who do not guard their Salah because of a position resemble Haman, the vizier of Firawn. And those who do not take good care of their Salah thanks to their trade resemble Ubay bin Khalaf, the Makkan Mushrik (polytheist) trader.

Salah is the most virtuous of all bodily Ibadahs. The Fard part of Salah is the most superior of all Faraid, and its Nafilah (supererogatory) part is the most superior of all the Nafilah Ibadahs.

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