THE EXCELLENCE OF AS-SALAAT (The Prayer)

THE EXCELLENCE OF AS-SALAAT (The Prayer)

Allah, the Exalted, says:

“Verily, As-Salat (the prayer) prevents from Al-Fahsha’ (i.e., great sins of every kind, unlawful sexual intercourse) and Al-Munkar (i.e., disbelief, polytheism, and every kind of evil, wicked deed).” [Qur'an (29:45)]

AHADITH:

1. Abu Hurairahu (RadiyAllahu Anhu) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (Sallellahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) saying:

“Say, if there were a river at the door of one of you in which he takes a bath five times a day, would any soiling remain on him?”

They replied:
“No soiling would be left on him.”

He (S.A.W.S.) said:

“That is the five (obligatory) Salat (prayers). Allah obliterates all sins as a result of performing them.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

COMMENTARY:
This Hadith tells us about the merit and benefits of the performance of the prescribed five daily Salat, performing them will wash off one’s sins, but this is true of only such Salat which is performed in accordance with Sunnah, i.e., punctually in exactly the manner showed by the Prophet (S.A.W.S.), and not of that which is offered at will in one’s own way.

2. Abu Hurairah (RadiyAllahu Anhu) reported: The Messenger of Allah (Sallellahu Alayhi Wa Sallam) said:

“There are angels who take turns in visiting you by night and by day, and they all assemble at the dawn (Fajr) and the afternoon (Asr) prayers. Those who have spent the night with you, ascend to the heaven and their Rubb, Who knows better about them, asks:

“In what condition did you leave My slaves?”

They reply: “We left them while they were performing Salat and we went to them while they were performing Salat.”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

COMMENTARY:
The angels for the night come at the time of Asr when the angels for the morning are present. This is how the angels of the two shifts assemble at this time. The angels of the shift of Asr leave their duty in the morning, and the angels of the morning shift resume their duty when the pious persons are engaged in Fajr prayer. This is how the two groups assemble again at that time. Thus, when the angels come or go, the people who are punctual in their prayer are engaged in Fajr and Asr. Almighty Allah knows everything but even then He asks the angels about his pious slaves so that the piousness of the believers and their merit and distinction become evident to them.

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