Salah is a very important part of Islam and the reason for establishing a relationship with Allah Almighty. Our beloved Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) described prayer as a guarantee of going to Paradise and a refreshment for his eyes. Salah is not forgiven under any circumstances. Whether it is heat or cold, peace or fear, health or illness, even on the battlefield, this duty has to be fulfilled. Because the importance of Salah becomes clear from the examples and conduct (اسوہ حسنہ) of the Prophet (sws).
This was the last will and testament of the Prophet (peace be upon him) to his ummah.
“O Muslims! Always take care of prayers and your slaves.”
The method of Salah is just as important as the prayer itself. The ruling on prayers is not only to perform it, but also to say, “Perform it as you see me performing it.”
The Virtue of Salah
Hazrat Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) says that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “What do you think if a canal flows at the door of one of you and he bathes in this canal five times a day? So will the dirt remain on his body?”
The Companions (may Allah be pleased with them) said, “No. No dirt will be remained.”
It is said by Hazrat Muhammad (peace be upon him): “This is an example of five prayers (Salah). Allah Almighty removes sins through these Prayers.”(Bukhari and Muslim)
Hazrat Abu Zar (may Allah be pleased with him) says that once the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came out in the cold season and the leaves were falling from the trees. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) took a branch of a tree in his hands and its leaves began to fall even more. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “O Abu Zar! When a Muslim prays to Allah Almighty with sincerity, his sins fall as if these leaves are falling from a tree.”(Rawah Ahmad)
Hazrat Abdullah bin Amro bin Al-Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) says that once the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) while mentioning the Salah said: “For the person who protects the Prayers, the Prayers on the Day of Resurrection will be a source of light, proof and salvation. He who does not guard his Prayers will have no light, no proof, no salvation. Also, on the Day of Resurrection, it will end with Qarun, Pharaoh, Haman and Abi bin Khalaf.” (Ibn Hayyan)
Hazrat Jabir (may Allah be pleased with him) said that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: The difference between man and shirk or disbelief is to skip Salah. (Muslim)
Hazrat Amro narrates from his father Shoaib and Shoaib from his grandfather Abdullah bin Amro bin Al-Aas (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “When your children are seven years old, order them to pray Salah. When they are ten years old and do not offer Prayers regularly, hit them to offer Prayers. Also put ten year old children to bed separately.” (Abu Dawud)
When is Salah obligatory?
The five daily prayers were obligatory on the occasion of Ascension (معراج), but historians differ in determining the date of Ascension. Some people say that this event took place in the month of Rabi-ul-Awal Some people say that this incident took place in the month of Rabi al-Thani. It is believed that this incident took place in the month of Rajab one year before the migration and it is known about the day that it happened on the 27th. But researchers say the 27th date is incorrect. In short, according to the prevailing view, five prayers became obligatory on the 12th of Rajab. (Darul Fataah, Jamia-ul-Uloom Islamia)