Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Virtues Of Prayer

Salaat (Prayer) performed genuinely with humility and submission to Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) has unlimited virtues and benefits. It is the noblest expression of faith and the surest way of thanking Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) for His unlimited favors.

It is the way to obtaining Allah's mercy, generosity, kindness, blessings and a sure way to paradise.

Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) says in the Holy Qur'an:“ Prosperous indeed are the believers who are humble in their prayers” (Qur'an-Al-Mukminuun 23:1-2).

It is a deliverance on the Day of Judgement for those who used to observe it well.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) says:“ The first thing that the servant of Allah (subhanahu wa ta'ala) will be called to account for on the Day of Judgement will be the prayer; and if it was good the person's deeds will have been good, but if it was bad, the person's deeds will have been bad” (Reported by Imam Bukhari).

Prayer purifies the soul, refines the character and inculcates in man the excellent virtues of truthfulness, honesty and modesty.

It keeps one who performs it from falsehood and from all forbidden actions as is categorically confirmed by the following verse of the Holy Qur'an:“ Verily, prayer refrains from indecency and evil” (Qur'an-Al-Ankabut 29:45).

[Source : Kitab Al-Salaah (The book of Prayer)]

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