The first and foremost important duty in Islam after one has brought faith in Allah and in the Prophet Peace and blessings be upon him and borne testimony to the oneness of Allah and Prophethood of Muhammed Peace and blessings be upon him as His Prophet is Salaah.

It is a very special act of Divine worship which a Muslim is called upon to perform five times a day. There are numerous verses of the Holy Qur'an and the tradition of the Holy Prophet Peace and blessings be upon him enjoining the Salaah on us. It has been described as a pillar of Islam, and also the foundation of Islam.

Salaah, if it is offered with a sincere heart, proper devotion and mental concentration, is particularly vested with the property of cleansing the heart, reforming one's life and ridding it of sins and impurities. It generates love, piety and also truth. It promotes fear of Allah in man.

A tradition of the Holy Prophet Peace and blessings be upon him reads:

“What separates a believer from infidelity is simply the Salaah.”

This tradition clearly warns that if a Muslim gives up Salaah he will get associated with infidelity; his conduct will become that of an infidel. In another tradition, the Holy Prophet Peace and blessings be upon him has said:

“He has no share in Islam who does not offer Salaah.”

Let us now imagine what our end is going to be if we fail to cultivate the habit of Salaah. It has been heard by most of us on numerous occasions that on the day of Qiyamah, we will be raised with those groups of people who we imitated in this world.

Do we ever stop to think who we are imitating? Why do we behave the way we do? What is our goal in life? What do we hope to achieve in this life?

Performing Salaah five times daily is the basis of Islam upon which Inshallah everything else will fall into place accordingly.

May Allah Taa'la grant us the ability to perform our 5 daily Salaah. Ameen

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