Thursday, 7 June 2007

ABC Advice On Solat

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls,

The first and foremost important duty in Islam after one has brought Faith in Allah and in the Prophet Muhammad SAW is - SOLAT.

Solat is a very special act of Divine Worship which a Muslim is called upon to perform five times a day.

There are numerous verses of the Holy Qur'an and the Hadith of the Holy Prophet Muhammad SAW enjoining the Solat upon us. Solat has been described as a pillar of Islam, and also the foundation of Islam.

Solat, when offered with a sincere heart, proper devotion and mental concentration, is particularly vested with the ability of cleansing the heart, reforming one's life and ridding it of sins and impurities. Solat generates love, piety and also Truth. Solat promotes Fear of Allah in us.

The Holy Prophet Muhammad SAW has given a clear distinction of a Believer:

"What separates a Believer from disbelief is simply the Solat."

This tradition clearly warns, that if a Muslim gives up Solat, he/she will get associated with infidelity; his/her conduct will become that of an infidel.

In another tradition, the Holy Prophet Muhammad SAW has said:

"He has no share in Islam who does not offer Solat."

Let us now imagine what our end is going to be if we fail to cultivate the habit of Solat. Most of us have heard on numerous occasions that on the Day of Qiyamah, we will be raised with those groups of people who we imitated in this world.

Do we ever stop to think -

Who are we imitating?

Why do we behave the way we do?

What is our goal in life?

What do we hope to achieve in life?

Performing Solat five times a day is the basis of Islam upon which everything else will fall into place accordingly, by the Grace of Allah.

May Allah SWT grant us the ability to perform our five-times-a-day Solat.

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