And be steadfast in Salah
Prayer is the connection a Muslim establishes with his Lord and Creator and comprises the loftiest manifestations of total submissiveness to Allah, turning to Him and seeking His assistance and support. When a Muslim stands in prayer before his Lord, invokes and remembers Him, his mind becomes serene. He realizes his true and deep sense of nothingness, the worthlessness and transitory nature of this life, and recognizes the greatness of his Lord and the immense mercy He has shown him. This prayer then prompts him to adhere to the principles of the divine law and to shun injustice, indecency, and wrongdoing, as the Qur’an states,
“The prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds.”
Jumuah Salat is at 1:30, Insha Allah.
Five Obligatory Prayers and Times
Conditions that Must Be Met before Engaging in Prayer:
- Removing physical impurity and ritual impurity
- Covering the intimate parts of the body (‛awrah)
- The ‛awrah during the prayer is of three types:
- For an adult woman: All her body is considered ‛awrah except for the face and hands.
- For a small child: His ‛awrah includes his private parts and the buttocks.
- Facing the qiblah
- When its Appointed time Becomes Due
- It is better to offer the prayer as soon as its actual time becomes due.
- It must be offered at its stated times
Humility and Attentiveness in Prayer
Humility and attentiveness (khushoo‛) constitute the essence of the prayer and involve deep concentration and total humility before Almighty Allah, trying one’s best to concentrate and understand the Qur’anic verses and supplications recited in the prayer.
Being one of the most meritorious acts of worship, Allah ﷻ considers it to be one of the characteristics of the believers: “Successful indeed are the believers; they are those who humble themselves in their prayer.”
Those who observe khushoo‛ in their prayer taste the sweetness of worship and faith, hence the Prophet’s saying, “The prayer is the source of my greatest joy.”
(Sunan An-Nasaa’ee: 3940)