“Islamic work” and Salah (Prayer)

It is encouraging to see many of the youths dedicating their time and efforts for a wide range of Islamic works. These men and women are enthusiastic, dedicated and committed to their causes. Oftentimes, they choose the fields of studying the various Islamic sciences, calling others to Islam (Tabligh, Da’wah and Islah) or Islamic social activism. However, there has been a pervasive trend among many of these youth to forget the importance of spirituality. By spirituality I mean purifying one’s soul and strengthening his relationship with Allah, the Lord of the worlds.

salahOf the things that contribute to uplifting our state of spirituality, Salah (Prayer) comes first and foremost. Hence, Salah is the most important act for any Muslim, most important than even any other “Islamic work”. Yes, Salah is more important than our “Islamic works”.

Keeping this background in mind, I have compiled some Tweets to remind myself and others, particularly the “Islamic workers”, regarding the significance of Salah over other “Islamic works”. I hope that these Tweets will be beneficial to put the things into their right perspectives. 

Tweet 1:

If any of my “Islamic work” leads to missing #Fajr #Prayer, then in reality that is not an #Islamic work.

Why is the Fajr (dawn) Prayer most important among the five daily Prayers?

Because, the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “He who offers the Fajr Prayers will come under the Protection of Allah. O son of Adam! Beware, lest Allah should call you to account in any respect from (for withdrawing) His Protection.” [Narrated by Muslim]

Do we want to dare losing the Protection of Allah?

Moreover, it is highly unlikely that the one who performs the Fajr Prayer on time will miss the rest of the obligatory Prayers of the day.

Tweet 2:

If any of my “Islamic work” leads to continuously missing #Prayer in #Jamah, then in reality that is not an #Islamic work.

Why is praying in the Jam’ah (congregation) so important?

Because, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Prayer in congregation is twenty-seven times more meritorious than a Prayer performed individually.” [Narrated by al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Don’t we want these additional rewards?

Furthermore, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) also said: “If three men in a village or in the desert make no arrangement for Prayer in congregation, Satan must have certainly overcome them. So observe Prayer in congregation, for the wolf eats up a solitary sheep that stays far from the flock.” [Narrated by Abu Dawood]

Tweet 3:

If any of my “Islamic work” leads to continuously missing the regular #Sunnah #Prayers, then in reality that is not an #Islamic work.

Regular Sunnah Prayers aren’t obligatory, right? So, why are they so important?

Because, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “A house will be built in Jannah (Paradise) for every Muslim who offers twelve Rak`ah of optional Prayers other than the obligatory Prayers in a day and a night (to seek the Pleasure of Allah).” [Narrated by Muslim]

Don’t we want to build our very own house in Jannah?

Additionally, we should also try our level best to perform the Tahajjud and other Sunnah Prayers; plus don’t forget to pray Witr every night.

Tweet 4:

If any of my “Islamic work” leads to continuously losing #Khusoo in #Prayer, then in reality that is not an #Islamic work.

What is Khushoo?

It is a state of mind that contains serenity, tranquillity, dignity and humility during the Prayer, which springs from one’s heart standing in front of Allah in humility and submission. Click here for a deeper understanding of Khushoo.

Khushoo is the heart of the Prayer. In the absence of Khushoo, our Prayers become mere lip services and movement of the limbs. The first characteristic of a true believer is that he has Khushoo in his Prayers, as Allah says in the Qur’an (interpretation of the meaning):

“Successful indeed are the believers.

Those who offer their Salât (prayers) with all solemnity and full submissiveness.

And those who …” [Al Qur’an 23:1-11]

Are we satisfied with our level of Khushoo in Prayer?

Let’s conclude today with the following words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him):

“The first thing about which the people will be called to account out of their actions on the Day of Judgment is Prayer. Our Lord, the Exalted, will say to the angels – though He knows better: Look into the Prayer of My servant and see whether he has offered it perfectly or imperfectly. If it is perfect, that will be recorded perfect.

If it is defective, He will say: See there are some optional Prayers offered by My servant. If there are optional Prayers to his credit, He will say: Compensate the obligatory Prayer by the optional Prayer for My servant. Then all the actions will be considered similarly.” [Narrated by Abu Dawood]

I ask Allah to make these words beneficial for every one of us.

Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, January 12, 2013

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