IMPORTANCE OF SALAAH
Salaah is the second and one of the most important pillars of Islam decreed by Allah after the testimony of the Shahada. Allah has decreed that we perform different types of Ibadah and Salaah is one of the actions that must be performed regularly. Salaah is the means to keep us on the straight path and prevents us from doing actions that will bring the displeasure of God.
The Salaah is the opportunity for the worshipper to humble himself in front of his Creator and plead for forgiveness in areas where he has disobeyed. The Salaah is one of those actions that are beloved to our Messenger. The Salaah is the opportunity for the believer to communicate with His Lord and request from His Lord that which he desires.
"Verily, the prayer keeps one from the great sins and evil deeds" (Qur'an Surah Al-Ankaboot: 45)
The believers will be held to account about the Salaah on The Day of Judgement according to the hadeeth: "The first matter that the slave will be brought to account for on the Day of Judgment is the prayer. If it is sound, then the rest of his deeds will be sound. And if it is bad, then the rest of his deeds will be bad." Sunan an-Nasa'i 467
Narrated by ‘Ubadah bin Samit(R) said: “I heard the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم say: ‘Five prayers that Allah has enjoined upon His slaves, so whoever does them, and does not omit anything out of negligence, on the Day of Resurrection Allah will make a covenant with him that He will admit him to Paradise. But whoever does them but omits something from them out of negligence, will not have such a covenant with Allah; if He wills He will punish him, and if He wills, He will forgive him." Sunan Ibn Majah Vol. 1:1401(Arabic 1465), Sunan Nasai Vol. 1:462
The prayer should be regarded as a blessing for us as it’s a means of purification from all the sins that we accumulate. Allah has given us an opportunity to ask Him directly so that He may pardon us for our errors and increase in our good deeds. We should observe our prayers towards Him as though He is watching us at all times and this is a means of increasing our humility. If this action is done to impress others, then know that this is a grave error committed by the worshipper.
The Prophet ﷺ said: "If there was a river at the door of anyone of you and he took a bath in it five times a day would you notice any dirt on him?" They said, "Not a trace of dirt would be left." The Prophet (ﷺ) added, "That is the example of the five prayers with which Allah blots out (annuls) evil deeds." Sahih al-Bukhari 528 and Sahih Muslim 667