Importance of Prayers
Recently, we heard about people missing their prayers due to the feeling of not being connected yet with Allah swt or they feel that performing their prayers during working hours is impossible.
It is a sad fact that is common to hear these days.
The purpose of Solah is to put ourselves in touch with God. Allah swt knows that as humans we tend to forget and we get distracted by worldly things easily.
One moment we could be reminded be the fear of being sent down to hellfire, the next moment we could be enjoying our time with friends after dusk and end up missing the Maghrib prayers.
The prayer also helps us to strengthen our relationship with Him, to be grateful for all his blessings, and to remind ourselves of his Greatness.
Just as the body requires physical needs such as food and water, the soul has spiritual needs. The needs of the soul are provided by acts of worship, the most important of which is prayer. It could be that the body of a person is healthy but the person is spiritually dead.
Disobeying Our Creator
This is the most serious and obvious consequence. The whole purpose of your existence is to worship Allah, yet you are disobeying your Creator every day.
For example, in the Quran, Allah mentioned:
“Then, there has succeeded them a generation who have given up prayer and have followed their desires. So they will be thrown in Hell. Except those who repent and believe, and work righteousness.”Qur’an 19:59-60
“(The people in Hell will be asked:) What has caused you to enter Hell? They will say: We were not of those who used to pray…”Qur’an 74:42-43
Considered As Ungrateful
Allah created you and gave you everything,
“It is He who has created you and endowed you with hearing and seeing and hearts, little are you grateful.”Qur’an 67:23
The Prophet’s feet would sometimes get swollen because he would stand in prayer for lengthy periods, and when asked about this, he would reply: “Should I not be a grateful servant of my Lord?”
Even the prophet who God himself has promised him the highest ranks among his creation would still perform prayers to the point of getting his feet swollen.
What about us?
Lazy & Astray From The Right Path
What excuse will you give to your Creator, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, on the Day of Judgement? The One who blessed you with 24 hours, yet only asked that you spend about 30 minutes a day for prayer.
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, "On the Day of Resurrection the feet of the son of Adam will not move away till he is questioned about five matters: on what he spent his life; in doing what he made his youth pass away; where he acquired his property, and on what he spent it; and what he did regarding what he knew."
Surely, if your intention has never been about getting close to Allah swt, you will not be able to answer all of these questions with those that brings you towards His heavens.
You will be miserable here and blind in the hereafter
If we do not seek the Almighty during times of hardship, who else will we go too? If we turn to alcohol, people, material things to keep our emotions in check, surely these things will just make us feel even more stressed as they do not last long nor do they promise anything worth chasing for after we have leave this Earth.
“And whoever turns away from My remembrance - indeed for him is a life of hardship. And We will raise him on the Day of Resurrection, blind. He will say, “My Lord, why have you raised me blind while I was (once) seeing?” (Allah) will say, “Thus did Our signs come to you, and you forgot (disregarded) them; and thus will you, this Day, be forgotten.”Qur’an 20:124-6
What If this may be our last chance..
Let's not waste our time idling on worldly entertainments and thinking that we have all the time in this world to repent or to focus on our ibadah.
The fact is, our time left on this Earth may not be that long. Maybe, the next month would be our last chance to repent or to further improve on our islamic knowledge and Ibadah. Maybe even next week or tomorrow? Who knows.
Let's have the intention to start praying, to start improving our islamic knowledge, and to get closer to Allah swt not only for ourselves but our whole family and loved ones too.
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