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STRUGGLING WITH SALAAT (NAMAAZ)?

Why don’t you pray Salaat?

– Beautiful Advice by our dear brother Kamal El-Mekki.The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The first of his deeds for which a man will be called to account on the Day of Resurrection will be the prayers. If it is found to be perfect, he will be safe and successful. But if it is defective, he will be unfortunate and a loser.”

Benefits of Salaat:

•Shields against evil

•Enriches your soul

•Makes you humble

•Washes away sins

•Solves your problems

•Unites the Muslims

Abandoning Salaat (Qur’an 31:12 “You are flirting with disbelief”):

•You are disobeying your Creator

•You are being ungrateful

•You are being lazy

•You will be miserable

•You are only harming yourself

Allah doesn’t need your prayer or anything from anyone – Glory be to Him!  It is you that stands in need of His Mercy.  Many Scholars of Islam hold the opinion that if you do not pray, you are a disbeliever, quoting the following hadith:

“The covenant which distinguishes between us and them (i.e., between believers and disbelievers) is the prayer, and whoever neglects it has disbelieved.”

Additionally, the Prophet’s companions (may Allah be pleased with them) did not consider the abandonment of any act as disbelief, except for prayer.

Common Excuses:

No time (work, study, busy, etc): Pure and simple deception. You haven’t given prayers priority. Allah will bless your time and make you more effective, efficient and successful.

My heart is clean: Allah judges who has clean hearts, and He wants you to pray! Actions will reflect what is in your heart. No one has a cleaner heart than Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who used to pray regularly.

My alarm: It’s hard for your alarm to go off, if you don’t SET it!!! Purify your intention and sleep according to the Sunnah.

My family/spouse/parents/friends prevent me: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “There is no obedience to anyone in disobedience to Allah.” You will be judged alone.

I’m sinning too much: In time, your prayers will prevent you from committing these sins – just pray! You are sinning because you are not praying.

Contemplate over this hadith, “If they knew the merits of the ‘Isha and Fajr prayers, they would come to them (in the mosque) even if they had to crawl.” What excuse for abandoning prayer do you honestly have when you face your Lord on that difficult Day?

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