Namaz is the first pillar of Islam that the Prophet (PBUH) mentioned after mentioning the Testimony of Faith (Imaan), by which one becomes a Muslim. Namaz was made obligatory upon all the prophets and for all peoples.
Verse 20:13-14 of Holy Quran,
And I have chosen you, so listen to what is revealed [to you]. Indeed, I am ALLAH. There is no deity except Me, so worship Me and establish prayer for My remembrance.
In the same way, the prayers were made obligatory upon the Prophet Muhammad, furthermore, when ALLAH Almighty praises the believers, such as in the start of the chapter entitled ‘al-Muminoon’ (the Believers), one of the primary descriptions ALLAH Almighty states is their adherence to the prayers.
The significance of the namaz lies in the fact that no matter what actions an individual performs in his life, the most significant aspect is one’s relationship to ALLAH Almighty, that is, person’s faith (imaan),
God-consciousness, sincerity and Ibadah of ALLAH Almighty. Thus, if the prayers are sound and appropriate, the rest of the deeds will be sound and proper; and if the namaz are not sound and proper, then the rest of the deeds and actions will not be sound and proper.
In actuality, the namaz is performed properly with true remembrance of ALLAH Almighty and turning to Him for pardon it will have an eternal effect on the person. After he finishes the namaz, his heart will be filled with the remembrance of ALLAH Almighty. He will be frightened as well as hopeful of ALLAH Almighty. ALLAH Almighty has mentioned this aspect of the namaz when He has said in verse 29:45 of Holy Quran,
Recite, [O Muhammad], what has been revealed to you of the Book and establish prayer. Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing, and the remembrance of ALLAH is greater. And ALLAH knows that which you do.
Verse 70:19-23 of Holy Quran,
Indeed, mankind was created anxious: When evil touches him, impatient, And when good touches him, withholding [of it], Except the observers of prayer – Those who are constant in their prayer
As for the Hereafter, ALLAH Almighty’s forgiveness and pleasure is closely linked to the prayers. The prayers are a kind of purification for a human being. He turns and meets with his Lord five times every day. This repeated standing in front of ALLAH Almighty should keep the person from doing sinful acts during the whole day. Moreover, it must also be a time of regret and repentance, such that he earnestly asks ALLAH Almighty for forgiveness for all those sins that he committed. In adding up, the namaz in itself is a superior deed that wipes away many of the evil deeds that he performed.
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