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بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Bismillaahir Rah’maanir Rah’eem. Qad aflah’a man tazakka wa dhakarasma rabbihi fa s’alla. In the Name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful. He indeed shall be successful who purifies himself. And magnifies the name of his Lord and prays.
All praise to Allah. Let peace, blessings be on our beloved unlettered Prophet, his family and his noble companions. I seek refuge in Allah from the accursed shaitan and I begin in the name of Allah, the most beneficent, the most merciful.
Salah is the pride of muslims
My dear esteemed, honorable brothers and elders of Islam and the sacred mothers and sisters of the ummat-e-islam, just like how a soldier has pride and trust in his weapons, the rich has pride and trust in his wealth, a little child has trust in his crying that he will get the attention of its mother, a muslim too had more pride and trust than this in his salah that through this he will get the attention of Allah ﷺ and he will draw the mercy of Allah ﷻ towards him and he will make the door of the Rabb open for him. That is why the Sahabahs (RadhiAllahu anhum) said whenever Prophet ﷺ found himself ﷺ in difficulty; he ﷺ will stand for the salah for Heﷻ is the refuge, the peace and salah is the door of the Kareem and when a faqeer (poor) fall before it, definitely it will open.
Salah is the means to draw mercy of Allah ﷻ towards one
A buzurg used to say, “I am a beggar; I am a beggar;” He was proud in saying that even his forefathers were beggars for they were beggars in front of the Kareem deity. A Muslim used to have such a pride and trust in his salah. Just like a fish cannot live without water and it flounders without water, Muslim too was in a similar state without salah. That is why Prophet ﷺ used to say, “Allah ﷻ has placed my coolness of the eyes in salah.” He ﷺ used to say, “O Bilal, arrange for the prayer and give me feel comfort.” In every single difficult time, the Muslim used to stand at the door of Allah ﷻ and turn His ﷻ mercy towards him. What happened to today’s Muslim for he knocks everyone’s door but he doesn’t knock the door of the Kareem? He uses the tips of others but doesn’t use the tips of Nabi ﷺ.
Salah is the part of muslims
When the Prophet ﷺ brought the gift of salah, the Sahabahs (radhiAllahu anhum) became very happy and said; “Now we have got the direct source to ask Allah.” Muslim had such a contact with his salah. Prophet ﷺ used to say, “Salah distinguishes a Muslim from a kafir.” One who leaves the salah doesn’t remain a Muslim. Wa aqeemus salaah walaa takoonoo minal mushriki-And establish the Salat, and do not be of the mushriks. (Al Quran: 30:31). fa in tabu wa aqamu salata wa atawu zakata fa khallu sabilahum innallaha gafurun rahimun-But if they repent and establish regular prayers, and practice regular charity, then open the way for them, for Allah is most forgiving, most merciful. Salah distinguishes a believer from the mushrik for a believer performs salah while the Mushrik doesn’t perform. The Sahabahs (radhiAllahu anhum) used to say, “Salah has become so part of us that none of us were believers without salah.” Even those munafiqs who didn’t have an atom of eeman in their heart didn’t leave the salah when they came to the jamat of Muslims because they know very well that they will be seen as kafirs if they leave the salah.
The two goodness of Saudi that keeps the punishment of Allah ﷻ away and the state of countries like Pakistan
I was telling my friends, “Allah ﷻ has protected Saudi in spite of being a chaos and face of ruin and confusion in the Arab land because of two goodness in it: 1) From the ruler to the soldier and the whole army, from the rich to the poor, from the masjid to the educational institutes, from the markets to the business places, every single person performs salah. They might have thousand faults but they have this excellence of performing salah and the arrangement is made for the same everywhere. 2) Filth and shameful acts cannot be seen as something common be it in markets or universities or anywhere. They have the hayaa. By these two qualities, Allah ﷻ has saved them from destruction.
In our country (Pakistan), there are many good acts going on but because of the two things; 1) increase in people abandoning salah and 2) increase in shameful acts be it in schools, colleges or markets which came along with people abandoning salah, the blessing of all other good acts came to an end. These two sins have dirtied the entire environment. This is because in those markets, where women’s head is uncovered, Allah’s lanat (curse) showers; in those schools, where girls’ head remains uncovered, Allah’s lanat (curse) showers; in those markets and offices, where be-namazi (the one who doesn’t offer salah) are present, there is more adversity. This is why the environment is dirty. The effect of this is the righteous deeds of the righteous person too lose its effect and we can’t see the blessings of righteous acts. Even the duaas (supplications) don’t show its effect. If there are two family members performing salah, there are five who don’t perform the salah. The practice of performing fajr salah has come to an end among the Muslims. We see few namazis (those who perform salah) in a factory and the rest are be-namazi and so is the case with the offices.
Salah distinguishes a muslim from a kafir
When a daughter starts smoking before the guests and the son brings in home the bottle of liquor, the parents feel humiliated but when the daughter or the son abandon fajr salah, does it bother them to the least? Oh honorable ones! Abandoning salah is worst than consuming alcohol. If you see your driver consuming alcohol, for how many days you will keep him as a driver? And how about if he is a be-namazi! Today even those who perform salah do not have any azmat (greatness) for the salah in their hearts. If a man consumes alcohol, will anyone marry his daughter to him? If a girl smokes cigarette, will anyone engage her to his son? But when one is a be-namazi, then how do they take this aspect? Abandoning salah is worst than consuming alcohol or smoking cigarette. People will not accept a drunkard as a son-in-law but will accept a be-namazi as a son-in-law or a daughter-in-law. As even the namazi don’t have azmat for namaz, the whole environment is filled with be-namazis. Prophet ﷺ said with his truthful tongue that one who leaves salah purposely has become a kaafir. It is such a worst thing that the caller of Allah ﷻ calls him, “Come to Salah and come towards victory” and he still doesn’t come. He is doing the same thing what a hindu and a christian is doing and a sikh and an idol worshipper is doing.
The worst state of this ummah where abandoning salah has become common
Today, the sin of leaving salah has become common that even in the hearts of those who perform salah, its identity and the feel of disgust in abandoning the salah has been removed. If some colleague of an employee comes drunken everyday and sits beside him, won’t he advise him to give up drinking some day and for how many years, the colleague is abandoning salah, does he tell him to offer salah? When 80% of the students drink alcohol in an institute, will you admit your child in such an institute? And in the institute, if 80% of the students do not offer salah, do you have this same thinking that your child too might become a be-namazi if you admit him there? Oh people, leaving salah is worst that consuming alcohol and in fact worst than committing zina (fornication and adultery). The consumption of alcohol is not common because people have the realization that how bad it is or you can take that people think that a drunkard is very evil but they do not think that a be-namazi is evil. As people do not think badly of this sin, the very realization of this being a sin has been destroyed from the hearts of the people. The sin is not a sin anymore in the eyes of the people.
Abandoning salah is worst than consuming alcohol and committing zina
When a shop keeper is a drunkard, won’t you think before sending your son to that shop? And here is a be-namazi sitting, do you ever think that why should I go to that be-namazi? This is because the importance of salah has been removed even from the hearts of namazis. That is why no drunkard will dare to sit near us while a be-namazi can come even as our guest. No drunkard will come to our majlis but be-namazi will come and sit in our majlis because he knows that we don’t see anything bad in a benamazi. “ma salakum fi saqar” -what led you into hell fire? “qaloo lam naku minal musaleen’- they said “we were not of those who prayed.” His state is that he has been a be-namazi for years and years but still he is a shareef (noble and honorable) and no change came in his nobility. He is still a righteous man and no change came in his righteousness. Oh they are very good people and so one can accept marriage proposal from them. When the namazis get this azmat of salah in their hearts, then the surrounding around them will change into a namazi one. The father is a namazi and stood always stands in fisrt saff (row) but his young daughter doesn’t perform salah. The mother performs salah but the son is a be-namazi. Think if a bottle of alcohol is found near the same son, how would the parents feel? This is because this sin is not something common and the sin of abandoning salah has become a tradition.
Salah is the manifestation of eeman
Prophet ﷺ who speaks nothing but the truth said that the one who abandons one asr salah, it is as if all his family and wealth has been destroyed. By missing just one salah, the man goes through such a huge loss and how many of our salahs go wasted and that too without any reason! When there are ten be-namazis and couple of namazis in an office, then where will one find barakat for there will be only loss? From where will one get barakat when there are be-namazis in a house? She performs two or more prayers but the tradition of performing fajr salah has come to an end. She sleeps only by 2 am and even if she performs fajr salah all through out the week, the fajr salah of Sunday will be missed. Is there any part of Islam left even after abandoning salah? Is there any part of eeman left even after abandoning salah? This sin has become a tradition and there is no zikr of this sin and people can’t even digest if they are called towards salah. It has been said by the pious scholars of the past about these be-namazis to keep them locked till they die. When the qibla was changed from Bait-ul-muqaddas to Kaaba, the Jews started the propaganda that which of the prayers of the muslims will be accepted, the one before changing the qibla or the one after changing it when Allah ﷻ replied, “Both the prayers were right and no prayer will be wasted because in both the cases, the hukm of Allah was followed.” Look at the words of the Quran, wama kana Allahu liyudeeAAa eemanakum- And Allah would never make your faith (prayers) to be lost. The prayers are associated with the word eeman. Here eemankum means your prayers.
Salah is not excused for anyone in any state
Eeman is the state of the heart and salah is the apparent face of that eeman. This is why salah is not excused for the rich and the poor, the young and the old, the healthy and the sick, the traveler and the residentiary be they in any state because there is no eeman without salah. Today a muslim thinks he is doing good to the sick when he is not troubled to offer the salah. Our beloved Mother Ayesha (radhiAllahu anha) said that our beloved Prophet’s ﷺ health was very critical and when he ﷺ came out of his ﷺ unconsciousness, he ﷺ asked “Did people offer salah?” He ﷺ was replied, ‘O Prophet of Allah, no, they are waiting for you.” Prophet ﷺ asked for water to perform wudhu and when he ﷺ completed wudhu, he ﷺ became unconscious again. He ﷺ got the consciousness again and asked, “Did people offer salah?” He ﷺ was replied again, ‘O Prophet of Allah, no, they are waiting for you.” He ﷺ asked for water again, performed wudhu and became unconscious again. This was repeated again and this happened three times and every time, he ﷺ somehow wanted to reach masjid and he ﷺ was worried about salah.
The Sahabahs (radhilalahu anhum) used to say, “If there was anyone among us who could be brought by two persons to the masjid, he would be brought and made to stand in the saff.” The two persons who didn’t come to the masjid were one whose nifaq was very open and the other who was helpless to reach the masjid. Without salah, how can there be Islam. That is why the prayer was shortened to two units in safar (journey) and if sick, one is permitted to offer salah sitting and if it is possible to offer salah only by gesture, he is allowed to do so for he can be identified as a man of eeman but he is never excused to leave the salah. If a muslim is sitting in a market where there are Christians, hindus and other religious people and when the call for prayer is heard and if he shows the same attitude like that of the hindu without responding, he is behaving just like them. Similarly, in hospital when every one is lying there be it a hindu, a Christian or a muslim and if the muslim does the same like hindus or Christians hearing the azan, he is behaving like them. This should never be the case of a muslim for he should offer the salah even be it by the gesture. If he cannot use water, he should do tayammum and offer the salah and thus manifest himself as a muslim. Salah distinguishes one from being a muslim or a kafir and so be it school or college or university, where he teach or he is taught, he should offer the salah on hearing the azan.
Salah surpasses all the duties of Islam, even the Jihad
A muslim can do any great service of Islam, he is still not excused from the salah for salah surpasses them all. Is there any great service than Jihad? The Quran is asking the mujahid in the field of Jihad not to abandon the salah. Let one party of them stand up [in Salat (prayer)] with you taking their arms with them; when they finish their prostrations, let them take their positions in the rear and let the other party come up which have not yet prayed, and let them pray with you taking all the precautions and bearing arms (Al-Quran). Salah is never allowed to be abandoned because without salah, there is no other work in deen. Without salah, there is no service of deen or service of humanity. Here in the battle field, not just the salah is offered but it is offered in a congregation. Look at our condition today how far it is from what the Quran taught us and from what our beloved Prophet ﷺ taught about its azmat. We prepared the destruction for ourselves. If inside our houses and markets, there are only few who offer salah, won’t there be any adversity? If in a big city, there are only few namazis, won’t Allah ﷻ hold us with the punishment?
The evil consequence of committing sins openly
When the sin is committed in secret, then one gets slap too in secret and when the sins are committed openly, then the punishment of Allah ﷻ too comes very open to everyone. Today the be-namazi is proclaiming his sins openly and the woman is proclaiming her sin openly by not adopting purdah. Prophet ﷺ said that all sins of his ﷺ ummat will be forgiven but the one who commits sins openly will not be forgiven. Today there is no regard and respect for Allah ﷻ and the hayaa has left completely. How big the institutes are but the namazis cannot be seen. The offices are filled with be-namazis; the factories are filled with be-namazis. There is no difference between rich and poor when it comes to the sin of leaving salah and be-namazis are seen everywhere and so the adversity is seen in the entire atmosphere.
The azmat of salah
The salah has its azmat. Qad aflahal muminoon, alladhina hum fi salaatihim khashioon- Successful indeed are the believers, those that offer their Salah with all earnestness and full obedience. Alif-lam-meem. Dhalika alkitabu la rayba feehi hudan lilmuttaqeena. Allatheena yuminoona bialghaybi wayuqeemoona alssalata- Alif-lam-meem. This is the Book (the Qur’an), whereof there is no doubt, a guidance to those who are Al-Muttaqun [the pious believers of Islamic Monotheism who fear Allah much]. Who believe in the Ghaib and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat). We see here the salah comes after eeman and the successful are the ones who preserve their salah. Our pious predecessors compete in offering salah in the first saff and the greatest man of this ummah Hazrat Abu Bakar Siddique used to pray as if the stick is pegged in the ground. The greatest people of this ummah, Abu Bakar, Umar, Uthman and Ali (RadhiAllahu anhum) used to be seen in the first saff. They too used to do trade and cultivate the land but Allah ﷻ praises them as Rijalun la tulheehim tijaratun wala bayAAun AAan dhikri Allahi waiqami alssalati – Men whom neither trade nor sale (business) diverts from the Remembrance of Allah (with heart and tongue), nor from performing As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat.
Realize the severity of this sin and check your mind-set
You employ a be-namazi but not a drunkard because you don’t see him as evil as you see the drunkard. You will say that you don’t get namazis these days. So if you see only drunkards, will you start employing them? None employs a drunkard. If you find someone unchaste, will you employ him? Let one realize the severity of this sin that leaving salah is worst than consuming alcohol. Then will one dare to tolerate a be-namazi? No, but he will be asked to offer salah. Think of this mind-set: The shop can be shut but a be-namazi cannot be tolerated. We cannot tolerate the adversity from you. The adversity of a be-namazi reaches forty houses and here is a be-namazi right inside my office? A be-namazi inside my shop! A be-namazi inside my factory! Why should I employ a driver who eats my food and disobeys Allah ﷻ? I cannot feed such a man. I can employ a namazi even if I have to pay him more but I cannot employ a be-namazi. If we got this sort of mind-set, then see how it would become a tradition to offer salah.
How to change our state?
Today’s problem is even the namazi do not have the azmat for salah and that is why many be-namazis wander right before his eyes. Tomorrow in the Qayamat, the loins of one will become firm like wood and people will recognize him that he is a man who didn’t bow down before Allah ﷻ in the dunya and he was a be-namazi. It will be written on his fore-head that he is a be-namazi. I am telling the truth that right here the state of be-namazi is seen for Allah ﷻ snatches away the noor from his face. The namazi can have thousands of faults in him but today in times of adversity where people’s wealth and life are being played, the namazi will have some khauf (fear) of Allah ﷻ in him. Unless we get this feeling that everyone around us should become namazi and unless this present state changes in our offices or factories or institutes, our condition will not change. We should definitely do something. Hazrat Anas bin Malik used to say, “Nothing will set right the last rank of this ummah but what set right the first rank of this ummah.” Next to eeman the first thing comes is the salah through which the human gets tarbiyat (training). Salah is the first obligation after eeman. Allah ﷻ has commanded more than seventy places in Quran just about this one obligation, the salah. Aqeemus Salaath-establish salah has been repeated more than seventy times. It is not commanded as addus salaat- perform salah but to establish salah.
The mufassireen (commentators) has written in explanation to aqeemus salaat that this is to give importance to the aadaab of salah, keeping up its time and also to make such an environment in which a man cannot live without offering salah. If everyone in my house offer tahajjud, then leaving fajr will become difficult for me and if everyone abandons salah altogether, then performing fajr salah will become difficult. If everyone in my office offers salah, then it will be very difficult for me to leave the salah and if everyone is be-namazi in the office, then it will be difficult for me to offer the salah. Same goes inside an airplane when everyone offers salah but we rarely see people offering salah except few as the habit of offering the salah has come to an end. A person will do hajj but he will leave the salah inside the plane and a person will go to do nafl umrah but he will leave out the farz of offering salah. Seventy nafl acts cannot compensate a single farz act. The recognition has come to an end that leaving salah is a major sin and how Allah ﷻ is getting angry at this.
Create the atmosphere to offer salah
Oh honorable ones! First you have to give importance to salah in your life and make your salah excel and second, you have to create an environment of offering salah around you and every week you should be determined to make someone to perform salah. This can be done by both men and women. Start inviting people towards salah. Some say we perform salah but only four. Prophet ﷺ said that the fajr salah is heavy for the munafiq. It is not heavy for a muslim. If one wants fajr salah then one should make true tawbah for his nifaq. The sins have its adversities. When a small splinter of wood falls on someone, he can easily get up pushing that away and when a buffalo falls on him, how difficult it would be to get up? When the sin is small, it will be easy to get up but when the sin is like a mountain upon us, then it will be very difficult to get up. So we should get this thought that there should be no be-namazi and there should be no be-namazi in my house from today onwards.
Stop the evils as the punishment seizes both namazis and be-namazis
Our beloved Prophet ﷺ when it comes to the tarbiyat of children asked us to make them habitual to offer salah within eight years old and make it strict when they reach ten years old. Why are we instructed like this? Because let Allah ﷻ forbid when the child becomes an adult, he doesn’t leave any salah and he break his relation with Islam. Create the azmat of salah in the child when it is just ten years old and thus there will be no be-namazi. First create this atmosphere in the house. Second, Allah ﷻ has given everyone of us some status when we are in offices or factories or anywhere where people listen to us. So have the intention that you have to create namazis in that atmosphere. If someone is drinking alcohol sitting near you and if someone is falling in the fire close to you, won’t you save him based on humanity? Quran, the truthful Book from Allah ﷻ is saying about those who abandon the salah that they are going deep into the hell fire and he is going right before your eyes, is it not a humanity to make him perform salah? How big is this sympathy towards him! We should look around ourselves and see where we will be heard. We should turn them also towards salah. Prophet ﷺ said if any of you see munkar (evil) (and the biggest munkar after kufr and shirk is leaving salah), stop it with your hands where your order or command works be it your office or your home that you cannot tolerate your employee to be a be-namazi. Now people say each goes to his qabr with his own deeds and so why to compel others. If this is so, let us have some drunkards in our homes for each one carry their own deeds to their qabr and why should it bother us. We don’t think like this when it comes to drinking alcohol when leaving salah is worst than that.
Have three to four drunkards in your office for they have to go to their qabr and you to your qabr. Here you will say the atmosphere of office will be ruined if you allow them to drink. So the atmosphere of office won’t be ruined if salah is abandoned? This is because its adversity cannot be seen by you. So Prophet ﷺ said to stop the evil with your hands and if you cannot, stop it with your tongue. When you see the fire erupting and if you cannot extinguish it, won’t you shout for help, “O people, for Allah’s sake come and extinguish this fire for I cannot do it myself throwing water.” If one cannot stop even by his tongue and he is helpless, then one should think in his heart how to make him a namazi and what tactic he should adopt? If he could at least do this, then think that, there is some eeman left in him. On the other hand, if be-namazis are growing right in his house, in his office, in front of his eyes then even though he himself might be a namazi, a Haji, he will equally taste the punishment that will descend on others. Whatever lanat of Allah ﷻ showers there, he will be equally afflicted.
Offer the salah in congregation
So first we have to offer salahs knowing its importance and establish it. Prophet ﷺ didn’t just bring in salah for this ummah but he ﷺ brought salah in congregation for men. A sahabi came to the Prophet ﷺ and said there is none to take him to masjid and he asked if he is permitted to offer salah in his house. Prophet ﷺ gave the permission but then called him again and asked, “Do you hear the azan?” The sahabi replied in affirmative. Prophet ﷺ then replied, “You have to offer salah in masjid and there is no excuse.” The salahs of men used to be in masajid and that of women used to be in their homes for they get more ajr performing in their homes. When men offer salah in the masajid, it has its own barkat. It is narrated in a hadith that there are some blessed people in masjid because of whom others too get blessed when they join them in congregation. The men are thus commanded to offer salah in masajid with jamah. Once when Prophet ﷺ was explaining about the importance of salah in jamah, he ﷺ said, “I wish I gather wood and burn the houses where men pray abandoning jamah in masajid.” How stern are his ﷺ words! This is because the muslims pride is manifested in salah in congregation and salah in congregation is the manifestation of muslims assembly. Allah’s ﷻ mercy is turned towards such an environment.
The worst state of this ummah
The masajid used to be filled with muslims. Now the courts are filled, the jails are filled, the hospitals are filled and only the house of Allah ﷻ is empty. This is what will happen when Allah’s ﷻ house goes empty, the hospitals, the courts and the jails will be filled. In these places, the people are present more than expected and in house of Allah ﷻ, the people are far less than expected. How big are the houses and we are seeing only two rows in masjid. How big are the markets and there are very few rows. If at least 60% of Muslims become namazis, we will see the change in our state and Allah’s ﷻ mercy will turn towards us but unfortunately not even 5% are namazis. Today Muslim parents are not worried if they do not find any place for children to offer salah in schools and colleges. What happened to them? They just don’t have any value for this. If in same schools and colleges, if alcohol is offered in canteens, how will they take this issue? If the parents had azmat for salah, they would have gathered together and pressurized the administration who will be compelled to build masjid inside the school or college. They would be compelled to allot time for salah because those are the muslim children whose parents are muslims, the country is a Muslim country and the institute is a muslim institute.
As there is no azmat left, the irreligious people and be-namazis are over powering. If one student gets up for salah, the teacher makes him sit that it is the time for lesson. If one doctor gets up for salah, he is told that this is also the service of mankind and so let him stay back. Without salah, there is no service of humanity. The greatest obligation after eeman is salah. That is why the greatest man of this universe, Prophet ﷺ when leaving this world reminded us of rights of Allah ﷻ and rights of creation and he placed the rights of Allah ﷻ before the rights of the creation and he ﷺ repeated as-salah, as-salah, as-salah’ wamaa malakat aymaanukum-And what your right-hand possesses and thus in few words huqooq-ul-Allah (the rights of Allah) and huqooq-ul-ibaad (the rights of the slaves or creations) came in. Our beloved mother Ayesha (RadhiAllahu anha) says that our beloved Prophet ﷺ was moving his lips in his ﷺ death bed when there was no voice coming out and she moved close to him ﷺ to hear what he ﷺ says and she heard, ‘as-salah, as-salah, as-salah’ wamaa malakat aymaanukum . Among the huqooq-ul-Allah, the greatest right is salah and our beloved Prophet ﷺ mentioned it first.
The tarbiyat of a Muslim depends on his salah
As there is no azmat for salah today, the be-namazi doesn’t feel ashamed to leave the salah. He doesn’t even get the thought that he is abandoning salah being amidst the muslims because this sin has become common. So honorable ones, we should not just perform salah but we should invite others also and make it a tradition to offer the salah and you should excel in your own salah with jamat. The women should pray inside their houses immediately after hearing the azan and this is their way of giving importance to the salah. The greater is one’s salah, the greater is the tarbiyat of a muslim in accordance to Islam. The salah show its effect on the akhlaq of a muslim, his thought and concern and on every single thing of his life. innas salata tanha anilfahshaee wal munkar- Surely the Prayer, keep you save from all kinds of evil deeds. Every salah has its own color and weight. The more one puts efforts in his salah, the heavier his salah becomes. The weight of the salah depends on his love for Allah ﷻ, his contact with Allah ﷻ and his concentration in the salah. The two units of salah of whole of the ummah cannot match the two unit of salah of our beloved Prophet ﷺ in weight. There is no limit in excelling oneself in salah. One can make it excellent as much as one wants.
Don’t ever give up salah
How many amulets have muslims come with and people don’t give up trying any of them. Prophet ﷺ said,”Whenever you fall into a tribulation, pray two units of salah.” Keep knocking the door of Allah ﷻ and become a beggar at His ﷻ door. Definitely the door will open. Don’t ever leave the salah. Hazrat Anas lived long among all the sahabahs (RadhiAllahu anhum) and once there was utter darkness. People asked him if they ever met such a condition during the times of Prophet ﷺ. Hazrat Anas replied, “If the wind blew little violent, Prophet ﷺ and the muslims used to rush to Masjid to perform salah.” When there was a solar eclipse or a lunar eclipse, they use to turn to the salah immediately. Even if they get little distressed, they will perform salah. When the child cries, it is very confident about its scream that now the mother will turn her attention towards him. This is how the muslims used to have hope, confidence and trust in salah that definitely now the mercy of Allah ﷻ will turn towards them. Just like a fish feels comfortable inside the water, the muslim used to feel peace and tranquility in his salah and all the worries used to leave him. They get confidence that now they got the contact of Allah ﷻ. This was the status of salah in the life of a muslim. They used to ask every single thing to his Allah ﷻ through salah.
Come to the saff of friends of Allah ﷻ
Leaving salah is the aspect of a mushrik and when a be-namazi gets that aspect, what will he get from Allah ﷻ when he is doing the job of His ﷻ enemy and then seeks the help from Allah ﷻ? He wants his condition to be changed through Allah ﷻ and he wants his need to be filled through Allah ﷻ all by doing the work of His ﷻ enemy. This is like you stand in the saff of the army of your country’s enemy and you ask your country’s help. What will happen? Have some aql and come out of enemy’s army and join the friends and then you will be helped. If you want your needs to be fulfilled and want your problems to be solved by Allah ﷻ, then come to the saff of His ﷻ friends. It is the enemies of Allah ﷻ who abandon salah and it is the habit of His ﷻ enemies. Only mushrik leaves the salah while for a believer, salah is the weapon and he never leaves the salah in his life. That is why when a muslim who establishes salah all through out his life falls unconscious for few days and then dies, it is incumbent upon his close associates to write the will to pay the compensation for very single prayer he missed.
Make up the missed salahs and make a strong resolution
As far as those who didn’t perform salah in the past and by Allah’s ﷻ hidayat became namazi, they should count their salahs they missed be it for 2 years or five years or as many years they missed and make them up like praying a missed salah after every farz salah one time or two times or as many times as he could and in this way in few years he can make up all his missed salahs. Oh honorable ones, once you have concern for this, things will become easy for you. Just do the qaza for farz and wajib salahs. If you have sincerely repented and started the qaza, then inshaaAllah, Allah ﷻ will forgive this grave sin. Yes if you have left the salah out of laziness all these years and if you truly repent and start offering qaza salahs and start performing your salah with new aspiration, Allah ﷻ will then forgive this transgression. In fact Allah ﷻ is saying, Fawaylun lilmusalleen. Allatheena hum AAan salatihim sahoon – So woe unto those performers of Salat. Those who delay their Salat (prayer from their stated fixed times).
Even those who pray salah will face ruin if they are heedless in their salahs like they pray when they get time and leave out when they do not get time. They give up salah for simple reasons. She leaves salah if she goes to market. So do tawbah before Allah ﷻ for leaving the salah and also make tawbah for the sin that you left people as be-namazis be it in your home or in your office to wander freely before you. So make a strong resolution that from today onwards you will never leave anyone to leave the salah as far as possible where your action and words will work. Give more importance to this dawah and inshaaAllah, Allah’s ﷻ mercy will turn towards us and He ﷻ will change our condition. If this act gets life inside our markets, houses and offices, inshaaAllah there will be peace everywhere. There will be chador of Allah’s ﷻ mercy spread everywhere. Today because of leaving salah and because of abandoning purdah, there is adversity everywhere and there is effect of Allah’s ﷻ curse everywhere. Because of this the peace and tranquility has been lifted, the love and affection has come to an end and there is no trace of humanity. If this command of Allah ﷻ is brought into light in markets, schools, colleges, factories, offices and houses, then Allah’s ﷻ mercy will turn towards us. Ya Allah ﷻ grant me and all of us tawfeeq to act on what we preach and hear. All praise and thanks to Allah ﷻ. Let Allah ﷻ help us remember Him ﷻ excessively, to show Him ﷻ gratitude and to worship Him ﷻ in the most beautiful manner. Ya Allah ﷻ grant us life of eeman, peace and tranquility. Ya Allah ﷻ grant us Your ﷻ talluq and love and a life pure from sins. Ya Allah ﷻ make us establish prayers and give more importance to that and make us sincerely repent for the sins. Ya Allah ﷻ grant us all the barakat of salah and grant us the life of salah.