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

  1. #1 by mona on February 15, 2011 - 1:02 pm

    Nicely written, Ree
    Straight to the point and focused.
    Love it, masyaallah..

    • #2 by rialive on February 15, 2011 - 10:33 pm

      I’m happy you love it, kak Mona 😀

  2. #3 by Halima on February 15, 2011 - 9:49 am

    Woops! Sorry if my comments seemed unfair or wrong, Sister. I didn’t mean to judge others. Astaghfirullah. I do agree with what you said, I was just adding some thoughts of my own.

    • #4 by rialive on February 15, 2011 - 10:12 am

      I know what you mean.
      Masjids are also places to show off jewelries *LOL*

      I do agree that when we (women) can pray at home, then we should do it at home.
      But, the reason to do prayer at home is not the reason we can use when masjids and musala are near so we can pray on time.
      Non-hijabis, even hijabis, leave prayer by only thinking it is difficult to prayer when they are not at home, it is not difficult, it is lazy.

      Wallahu alam.

  3. #5 by Halima on February 15, 2011 - 4:55 am

    Asalaamu aleikum-

    Of course neglecting salat is a terrible thing, and people come up with the most flimsy exscuses for it- “I don’t have enough time”, “I’m too tired” etc. I guess the shaytan is hard at work!
    And of course, going to the masjid for salat or Jum’aa can be a good, rewarding thing for women, and they shouldn’t be stopped from doing so. But then, when they use the masjid as a place for socializing and chatting instead of listening to the khutbah, when they have uncontrolled children that annoy others, when they don’t dress appropriately and mingle with men… maybe it’s better if they stay at home?

    • #6 by rialive on February 15, 2011 - 8:34 am

      Wa alaikum salam,

      1st, when a woman we know go to the masjid we should not have negative opinion about her.
      2nd, the picture I took is when I was on the way home and I heard azan for maghrib, so I went to the nearest masjid and took the picture. Those women, I dont know them. I dont think i should have suspicion about how their kids at home.
      3rd, let’s not discuss this, it s not what the topic is all about. This is not about how woman should go to the masjid or not.

      I was saying that even on the street no woman should leave prayers, specially in my country, where every places have musala, and they provide praying outfit, like in the picture =)

      wallahu alam

  4. #7 by rasna on February 14, 2011 - 9:00 pm

    Good article..
    There are many muslims i seen , who will only offer Jumah 0- friday salah..
    but i will try my best to do,,i dint force anyone to prayer,,i just walk away infront of them atleast by seeing everyday on prayer time may be they realise,,even here in sharjah where i wrok,,we started our masjid , which was built by used furnitures,,in begining we are some people only 3 – 4 in farz namaz time..
    after it grown now the nuber is moret han 11,,its great feeking of us ,,and that was very small place and the main things is here in afternoon there will be a break and many people sleep or they will take rest after heavy work,,and in asar time they are busy in work,..
    but ,,inspite of that it turning gud strength now,,alhamdulillah…
    and inshallah masjid will also grow,,and muncipality also here clean its surroundings and they promise all helps ,,if more people come to pray ..definately one day it will very big masjid..

    thank to Almighty Allah,,many time i get chance to lead tha prayer..
    thak you for nice article sis,,carry on..ur sword..whihc is mightier than sword…

    • #8 by rialive on February 14, 2011 - 9:12 pm

      My friends from Pakistan visited a year ago and they said, the difference between here and any other places is, we always call people to pray.
      When we want to go to masjid or musalla, we will suggest people to come with us. At least, they will be used to step their feet to go on prayer.

      I am happy to know about your masjid, may Allah reward you good from it.
      I hope every masjid in the world grow bigger, with many muslims visit and pray in them.

      Jazakallahu khair for your support, you too carry on with your propagation (da’wah).
      May Allah bless us, and love us even more, amin 🙂

  5. #9 by fathya on February 13, 2011 - 11:54 pm

    I don’t think any muslims should be offended at all.
    This is a very nice post, and i never heard about the 3rd hadith so this gives me new knowledge, alhamdulillah..

    Keep it up, sister!

    • #10 by rialive on February 14, 2011 - 9:13 am

      Wa alaikum salam,
      I’m happy to know you get something from the post, sister Fathya..
      Jazakallahu Khair for the support 🙂

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