The importance of performing Salat in a given time

Allah (swt) says: ” Prayer is obligatory for believers at the appointed time. “[ Surah An-Nisa: 1 ]

About this, Al-Bukhari (RA) said:  The time mentioned is the appointed time. He has set a deadline for prayer. ”  Abu Amr Al-saibani narrated:” The owner of the house (pointing to the house of Ibn Mas’ud) said: I am the messenger (peace be upon him) asked: What ‘amalati most beloved to Allah?’ He (pbuh) replied: “As-Salat (in time).” Then he asked: ‘What then?’ He (pbuh) said: “Treating parents fairly.” He asked again, ‘What then?’ He said: “Fight in the way of Allah.” After saying this, he (Abdullah) said: If I wanted to know more, he would have told me more. “[Bukhari, Volume: 1, Chapter: 1, Hadith: 1]

In this hadeeth the Prophet (peace be upon him) has made it clear that praying at the appointed time is the most beloved ‘act of God. He has given this practice a higher place than he (pbuh) used to deal with his parents and to fight in the road of God. The proof is that in the hadith, ‘What then?’ The use of sequential measures. This phrase is used to indicate the order of importance and is well known to Arabic speakers.

Al-Hafiz Ibn Hajar mentions in his ‘Al-Fateh’:  Ibn Bajiyah says: What is significant in this case is that Jihad is the first place out of all physical endeavors, because it involves sacrifice. However, patience is the exception. Because it is a matter of patience that protecting the obligatory prayers, realizing them at the right time, and dealing well with one’s parents is a matter of patience. None other than the truthful (Sadhikun) can be constantly patient in obeying Allah’s command. And Allah is Knowing of all things. 

To illustrate this point, I want to put an example here: Suppose a businessman spends his days trading and trading. Because of the devil’s temptation, these people are often deprived of the takbir al-ihram (the first takbir of prayer) or part of the prayer in Jama’at. At that time you appeared to the man with the Qur’an and Hadith documents on the status of jihad in the road of God and the heroic verses of the Companions. He made her desire for Paradise. As a result, his hatred for the world was born. Upon hearing your warning, the man thought of the world and the world seemed trivial and insignificant to him. He thought of the afterlife which seemed to him more important and dignified. So he rushed to the path of paradise whose vastness is the vastness of the earth and the heavens. Without delay, he wrote down his will, cleared everyone’s debt, The family said goodbye to family and went to the field of jihad on the road to God. He was killed there and was martyred in the road of God.

What would have happened if he had not summoned the man for jihad in the road of God, had presented the Qur’anic Hadith documents for his custody and inspiration, telling a story that would have frightened him and influenced his mind. What do you think?

Maybe it worked; He may have repented and repented because of his disregard for prayer. Maybe he was determined to take care of his prayer and to pray at the right time. Maybe he would implement that vision for a while. But then the devil will come again and beg him; Again, its business and transactions will increase; The pressure of meeting, rallying with people, etc. will continue to increase in equal rhythm. As a result, whatever Satan wants, it will happen again. The deviation will come again in his Salah. He will again fight against his own soul to protect himself from Satan. Will again be seduced by the devil and wage jihad against the devil as before; The jihad will be held five times a day. Thus, every day of life … and life is nothing more than a mere few days.

This parable is a jihad against the Nafs. Again, the precedent is also a jihad against Nafs. However, there is a difference of position with the second. The second is to fight jihad till the last day of life; And the first one may be for hours, days or months, or years. However, both of them, in my opinion, are good.

Do pray to God that He should include me in Salat and its pleasures (humility), as well as enable me to obey every command of Him and include me as a martyr. Surely He is Able to do all things.

Mis’ab ibn Sa’ad said: I asked my father: O father! “ Those who are indifferent to their prayer. “[ 3: 1 ] – What is your interpretation of this verse? Who among us is lazy? Who among us (in prayer) does not speak to his soul? He said: This is not meant to be so. This implies the (prescribed) time of prayer. People waste time unnecessarily until the time of prayer is over. [Narrated by Hasan Surah from Abu Ya’ala. See also: Sahih At-Targib Wat Tahrib, Hadith: 1]

Musa ibn Isma’il says: From Anas to Gilan, Mahdi describes: ” Once Anas (ra) prophesied and shouted,” Now I do not see any of the things I saw in the Prophet’s time. One person said, prayer is now pending. Anas said, “Look! How did you destroy the Salat? “[Al-Bukhari, Volume: 1, Chapter: 1” Destroying Prayer Without Praying As Prayer “, Hadith: 125]

Here he is basically talking about the untimely prayer by passing the time of prayer. Abdul ‘Aziz’s brother, Usman Ibn Abi Rawwad, said: ” I heard Johari say: Once in Damascus Anas Ibn Malik approached and saw him crying. So I asked: Why are you crying? He paused for a while and said: Alas! Now I see nothing of what I saw. Even this prayer is being destroyed. “[Al-Bukhari, Volume: 1, Chapter: 1” Abolishing Prayer That Is Not Practicing Prayer “, Hadith: 125]

In Fatah al-Bari, Ibn Hazar (RA) has said: Al-Muhallab says: “being wasted” means delaying the time of good and guidance. This does not mean that they used to pray after the end of the period. ‘ Ibn Hazar disagreed on this matter and said that it means to pray after the end of the period.

In my opinion, the poet said the truth: “I say both are tita, which is a bit sweet in both.” Anas (ra) used to cry about this and what are we doing? What is recommended in our case? Should we not become a river of tears for neglecting Salat and for violating other laws of God?

Ubdah Inbu Samit (ra) said: I testify that I heard the Messenger of Allah (saw) say: ” Allah (Azza wa Jalla) compels the prayer five times. The person who beautifies his auuu, performs Salat at the appointed time and completes Khusu ‘Ruku’ with Sajdah and prostration, has promised God that he will forgive him. And the person who did not do so, has no such commitment to God. God can forgive him if he wants, and he can punish him if he wants. ” [Compiled by Malik, Abu Dawid and An Nasa’i. Ibn Hibban has said that this is true. Sahih al-Targib wa-Tahrib (Hadith: 1)

Ka’b ibn Ujrah (ra) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) came to us and we were a group of five. Four of us were freed slaves and the rest were never slaves. We were leaning on the wall of the mosque and he (pbuh) said: “Why are you sitting?” We said: We are waiting for Salat. He (Ka’b) said: Then he (peace be upon him) remained silent for a while and turned to us: “Do you know what your Lord has said?” We said: “No.” He said: “Surely your Lord has said: Whoever prays at the right time, continuously takes care of the prayer and does not ruin it without considering its true importance, I promise him that I will enter Paradise. And I do not have any obligation to one who does not pray at the right time, does not continuously take care of the prayer, and destroys it by ignoring its true importance. If I want, I will forgive him and punish him if I want. ” [Narrated by al-Kabir by At-Tabarani and by al-Ahsat by Ahmad. There is also the book Sahihhut Tarigib Wat-Tahrib (Hadith: 1).]

Abdullah ibn Mas’id said: One day when the Prophet (peace be upon him) passed by his disciples, he said: “Do you know what your Lord (Subhanahu wa Ta’ala) said?” We said: Allah and His Messenger (।) know best. The Prophet of Allah said this three times. Then he said: “By my power and greatness! I will enter Paradise for everyone who prays in due time. And whoever prays at a time other than the appointed time, I can have mercy on him and punish him as well. ” [Narrated by al-Kabir by At-Tabarani. There is also the book Sahihhut Tarigib Wat-Tahrib (Hadith: 1).]


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