|Salat 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 and indeed declares
it to be a fundamental trait of a believer. The benefits of salat are countless. The Holy Quran says: |
|"And enjoin Prayer on thy people, and be constant therein. We ask thee not for
provision; it is We that provide for thee. And the end is for the righteous". |
|Salat strengthens man's spiritual faculties. It is the best way to form a relationship
with one's Creator. It purifies one's spirit, and through it, constant remembrance of Allah delivers one of the self that
incites to evil. |
|God created man to worship Him and salat is the most excellent kind of worship.
|The Holy Quran also says: |
|"Recite that which has been revealed to thee of the Book, and observe Prayer.
Surely, Prayer restrains one from indecency and manifest evil, and remembrance of Allah indeed is the greatest virtue. And
Allah knows what you do." (29:46) |
|Abu Hurairah, may Allah be pleased with him, relates that he heard the Holy Prophet,
peace and blessings be on him, say: |
|"Tell me if one of you had a stream running at his door and he should take a bath
in it five times every day would any dirt be left upon him? He was answered: No dirt would be left on him. The Holy Prophet
(peace and blessings be on him) observed: This is the case of the five prayers. Allah wipes out all faults in consequence
of them." (Bukhari) |
|As for the punishment of not observing the salat, all matters of reward and punishment
rest solely with Allah. |
|Jabir, may Allah be pleased with him, relates that he heard the Holy Prophet, peace
and blessings of Allah be upon him, say: |
|"Giving up prayer is tantamount to disbelief and associating partners with Allah."
|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. The Isha prayer can be said after dusk has finally disappeared, giving way to darkness of the night.