Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Prayer (Namaz)

Namaz is one of the five pillars of Islam; it is a most important constituent of the faith. It is prayer of a very high level. The Holy Quran repeatedly enjoins the offering of Salat or Namaz and indeed declares it to be a fundamental trait of a believer. The benefits of salat are countless.
God created man to worship Him and salat is the most excellent kind of worship

Five Daily Prayers :

Salat, the obligatory Muslim prayer, is said at appointed time fixed in relation to the sun's position.
The time of Fajr, the morning prayer begins at dawn and ends just before sunrise.
The time of Zuhr, the midday prayer, begins after the sun has crossed the zenith point and has begun to decline.
The Asr prayer is said when the sun has further advanced in decline, in the late afternoon.
The time of the Maghrib prayer begins immediately after sunset. It lasts till dusk.
Isha': The Isha’ prayer can be said after dusk has finally disappeared, giving way to darkness of the night.

Benefits of Prayers:

Those who regularly pray in this world will be rewarded with a festival in the Hereafter for prayer includes the meaning to lead the servant to perfection and Divine reward.
Prayer provides the following Physical benefits:
  • Prayer requires physical acts that are healthy for the body. It also organizes one’s time during the day and regularizes one’s entire life.

Prayer provides Spiritual benefits as follows:
  • It provides, when performed properly, the joy of being in Allah’s presence, meditation, comfort in the time of fear, pleasure in the time of joy, sustaining the spiritual character of the soul, maintenance of faith, and a good relationship with the Divine Being.

Prayer provides the following Sociological benefits:
  • The sense of coming together, knowing one another, friendship, and reinforcement of the bonds of brotherhood.

It must be stated here that no excuse is acceptable for not attempting to offer prayer. Even those who are on the battlefield are supposed to pray by turns. And there can be no excuse for women as well, apart from those related to female health.
The Prophet (pbuh) was so serious about prayer that he warned us even when he was in his last moments of life:
“Be careful about prayer!”

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