The Philosophy of "Salaah"
The importance of Salaah (obligatory 5 times prayers) in a Muslim’s life is undeniable, unquestionable, and undisputable. Every Muslim would agree that acts such as recitation of the Qur’an (qirat), giving charity to the poor (zakaat), pilgrimage (Hajj), fasting during Ramadan (fasting), respecting elders, loving the younger ones, abstaining from watching hearing and doing the haraam, and practices such as taqwa, kindness, prostrations (sajda), and supplications (dua) hold extreme importance in a Muslim’s life.
Our Beloved Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassallum commanded the Muslims to practice and teach all of the above mentioned devotions to themselves, others, and especially the children. But never has the Prophet stressed so much on any other element, as He has stressed on Salaat. The Prophet has emphasized Salaat so much that a child is to be disciplined from an early tender age and be put into the practice of offering his prayers. If the child does not recite the Qur’an, that’s ok. If he does not fast, that’s ok. But it is not ok for the child to not offer his prayers. The Prophet commanded the believers to condition their children in such a way that Salaat becomes part of his daily activity from as early of an age as 7 and 10 years. Salaat is to be offered 5 times a day irrespective of any excuses, whether in a standing position, in a sitting posture, or even while lying down, but it can not be ignored. The question arises to mind that what is it about Salaat that makes it so different from other pious activities? Why has the Salaat been emphasized so much that it is one of the only few things that are actually commanded for even a child. Why???
Allah says in the Qur’an, “Seek help from Salaat.” Whenever
the Prophet happened to face any difficulty, he would immediately resort to
Salaat. When a Muslim offers his Salaat to please Allah, his sins are shed away
from him just as leaves drop from trees in Autumn. Just as dirt can not remain
on a person’s body who bathes five times, exactly similar is the effect of
Salaat offered five times a day with the Grace of Allah it washes away all the
dirt of the mind and spirit. Accountability of Salaat will be one of the only
three questions asked in the grave, and will be the first and the foremost
thing to be accounted for on the Day of Judgement. Salaat is the key to
With these points in mind, one begins to understand the importance of Salaat on an individual’s life, and only now can we begin to understand why Allah and His Messenger emphasized so much on Salaat and wished to embed Salaat as part of every believer’s life, children and adults alike.
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