I don’t know about the condition in other countries, but in my country, specially in my city, alhamdulillah, it is not difficult to do prayers. Mosques are everywhere, and most interesting thing is, almost in every hangout places, they provide a praying corner (musala). And even for non-hijabi, they also provide praying outfit (we call it : mukena). MashaAllah.
Praying is the most important act of worship for every muslims. It is made obligatory upon us, and it is the first thing Allah subhana wa taala will ask us about in the day of judgement.
Rasulullah salallahu alaihi wasalam said : ” The first thing that will be judged among a person’s deeds on the Day of Resurrection is the prayer. If that is in good order, he will pass the test and prosper, and it that is defective, he will fail the test and will be a loser.”[Tirmidhi]
Look at the hadith. If you leave prayer, Allah subhana wa taala will not look at your fasting, your charity, your kindness to your parents, your hijab, your kindness to your animals, or any other good deeds you have made in your life. This sounds to some people, unfair. But this is Allah’s rules. We must be submitted to the rules of Allah subhana wa taala, that is what being a muslim is all about. We can’t be a muslim but leaving the identity that makes us muslim. It is our identity, what differenciates us from kuffar.
The Prophet said: “The covenant between us and them (disbelievers) is prayer, so if anyone abandons it he has become a disbeliever.” [Tirmidhi]
What is disbeliever means? Disbeliever means kuffar, murtad, infidel. These are the darkest label a muslim can ever get. That is how important is the position of prayer for muslims.
Umar ibn al-Khattab reported that a man asked the Prophet : “Messenger of Allah, what action is dearest to Allah Most High?” The Prophet replied: “Prayer at its proper time. The one who does not pray has no religion. Prayer is the main pillar of the religion (of Islam).” [Baihaqi]
It is ironic when we see today muslims neglect prayer like it is normal. They treat prayer like food. They will eat it when they feel like it and when they don’t they will leave it, wihout feeling guilty. It is disgraceful. It is underestimating the law of Allah. We can’t have the religiousness of a muslim if we disobey Allah subhana wa taala.
Please don’t be offended. I do believe that when we are called to something we love more than anything else, we will be happy. I do believe that we love Allah subhana wa taala more than anything ♥. And one of the main way to prove it is by preserving our prayers.
Wallahu alam bishawab. Much love ♥