Pray five times a day
Why Muslims Pray 5 Times a Day
From Azhar Goraya, Mexico
If I told you to do something five times a day, you would probably start making up excuses for not doing it or how you couldn't do it.
But there are over a billion Muslims in the world who stand, bow and prostrate before Allah in their daily prayers five times a day.
Nowadays, fewer and fewer people seem willing to lead a disciplined lifestyle. Islam teaches that discipline and perseverance are necessary for spiritual advancement, while a mindset of instant reward and laziness keeps one away from high performance.
Prayer is a central part of the Islamic faith. Muslims are required to pray five times a day, which is also known as salaat.
Before the prayer, a physical cleansing is performed in which the hands, arms, face and other parts of the body are washed with water. In addition to verbal prayers, the prayer itself consists of various postures.
No other religious group shows such devotion to prayer. So the question is: WHY do Muslims pray 5 times a day?
Today I'm going to give you five reasons why Muslims pray five times a day.
Salaat is mandatory. It is one of the five pillars of Islam, or actions in Islam. The Holy Qur'an, the holy book of Muslims, urges Muslims to offer prayer, and not to do so is disobedience to Allah and is considered a sin:
Perform prayer as the sun falls until dark, and read the Quran at daybreak. Verily, the reading of the Quran at daybreak is specially advised. (Holy Quran 17:79)
The Holy Prophet MuhammadSAW explained that not eating salaat is synonymous with disbelief. He said:
"(The separation) between unbelief and belief is the omission of Salaat." (Saheeh-Muslim)
Second: love and gratitude
Daily prayers are an opportunity for a Muslim to show gratitude to Allah and have the opportunity to get in touch with him.
Therefore remember mine, I want to remember you; and thank me and do not be ungrateful to me. (Holy Quran 2: 153)
Muslims are taught to love Allah. Therefore, prayers are not a burden, but something Muslims look forward to.
The Holy Quran teaches that through prayer one can stay away from immorality and wrongful acts:
Verily, prayer avoids shamefulness and injustice; (Holy Quran 29:46)
The purpose of our life as Muslims is to get closer to Allah, and sins hinder this progress. The daily prayers purify the Muslims and remove the tendency to sin.
The Holy Prophet MuhammadSAW once asked his companions: If a river flows in front of your house and you bathe in it five times a day, would dirt still remain on you? They replied that this was not the case. He said this is the case with the five daily prayers. Prayers purify a person:
Hadrat Abu HurairaRA Narrated that he was the Holy ProphetSAW Heard say: "Say: If for one of you a river flows in front of his door and he washes himself in it five times a day, would some dirt remain on his body?" They said, "There will be no dirt on it." The saint prophetSAW continued, “This example is similar to the five daily prayers. Allah clears up the sins and weaknesses of men through them. "(Ṣaḥīḥu l-Buḫārī)
Fourth, spiritual nourishment
Prayers are like spiritual nourishment. You cannot live without it, because through prayer a person establishes and then rebuilds his relationship with God. Just as our physical body relies on food several times a day to stay strong, our soul also relies on food several times a day to stay strong. This spiritual nourishment is obtained through daily prayers.
Fifth, it comes by itself
The Promised Messiah, Hadrat Mirza Ghulam AhmadAS explained that the five daily prayers are a manifestation of the five states that come over a person in life, after which he naturally turns to God.
The first prayer is called Zuhur and is performed after the sun begins to sink from its zenith. This represents a time when a person is faced with a problem that they must face and their happiness begins to wane. For example, if he receives an indictment to appear before a judge. He starts to worry and automatically seeks security and a way to protect himself from his problem.
Likewise, the next three prayers (Asr, Maghrib and Isha) are other anxieties that coincide with the setting of the sun, which can be compared to the same person being tried, found guilty, and eventually jailed. The last prayer is Fajrwhich is done at daybreak. It is as if a person is finally released from prison and his happiness knows no bounds. The five daily prayers represent our natural states of fear and distress in life, and the prayers remind us that we must turn to God at each stage for comfort and deliverance from our problems.
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