Salah – the most important aspect of a Muslim life

Friday Blog: Salah - the important aspect of a Muslim Life | Iftikhar Islam | Islamic Reasoning

Salah usually referred as merely a ‘prayer’, actually consist of programing of one’s self – to become a righteous servant of God and a law-abiding citizen of the society. We program ourselves during salah in such a way that we strive to do righteous deeds and stay away from evil. It is one of the ways to build a good spiritual as well as physical life. The Glorious Quran says, “Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing” (29:45)

Salah is a very important aspect of a Muslim life. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “The difference between us and them (Non-Muslim) is salaah. Whoever neglects it is a kaafir.” (Ref: Ahmed) These are the harsh words the Prophet (peace be upon him) have used to display the importance of Salah in the life of a Muslim.

There is no excuse for not offering Salah. No matter where we are, we need to give our attendance before Allah at the prescribed time. Even in the battle field it is not excused. We may have not offered salah since a long time (even years), yet we have a time now – to turn back to Allah in repentance - and start offering salah, rather, establish it.

Establishing Salah is what Allah commands at various places in the Glorious Quran. ‘Establishing Salah’ means regularly offering salah at the right time and in the right way. The state of our Salah shows how much we love Allah. The more we love Allah, the more beautiful our salah will be.

We have received salah as an honourable gift from Allah. So, anything given as a gift from our Creator – The Most High – should be taken with utmost respect. It is the honour to receive a gift from Allah and we, as a Muslims, should love to offer salah with sincerity. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “…the coolness of my eyes is in salah” (Sunan Nasai 3939). Let’s make our salah ‘the coolness of our eyes’.

If we really want our salah to be beautiful, we need to offer it not because we HAVE to offer it, but because we WANT to offer it. We need to offer salah not as a compulsion but as a passion - out of love towards Allah. Let’s fall in love with Salah and experience the real joy of worshiping Allah alone.

O Allah make me of those who establish the salah as it needs to be established. Aameen

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