The Rationale & Benefits of Salat (Islamic Prayers)
The prayer (Salat) is one of the basic precepts of Islam. After the testimony (Shanddah), it provides religious identity to the Muslims as ALLAH said: "...And perform the prayer and be not of the disbelievers." (30:31) The Prophet صلی الله علیه وآله وسلم said: "The covenant between us (Muslims) and them (non-Muslims) is the prayer. Whoever abandons it, he is a disbeliever." (Mu'atta Imam Malik) Its significance may be viewed from the following Hadith: "The first act that the slave (of ALLAH) will be accountable on the Day of Judgment will be prayer. If it is good, then the rest of his acts will be good, And if it is evil, then the rest of his acts will be evil." (Tabarani) The present book, compiled by the famous scholar, Dr. Norlain Dindang Mababaya, explains the rationale of the prayer and the necessity to perform it properly, humbly and sincerely according to the Prophet's Sunnah at the specified times. The author has frequently given proofs from the Qur'an and Ahadith to this effect. We are pleased to bring about the book for the readers hoping they will benefit from it and adhere to the performance of the prayer in the manner as required. May ALLAH Bless us with the guidance and salvation. Ameen. Abdul Malik Mujahid General Manager.