Importance Of Salat (Part 2)


Having mercy upon this Ummat [1] Allahu ta'ala and His Prophet bestowed a great blessing upon them, and made it fard [2] for them to perform salat [3]. Hamd and thanks be to our Allah for this! We send our salawat, tahiyyat (regards) and prayers to His beloved Prophet! The ease and serenity enjoyed when performing salat is something transcendental. My murshid [Hadrat [4] Mazhar-i Janan] said, "Though it is impossible to see Allahu ta'ala as one performs salat, some hal is felt like seeing. "

The great superiors of tasawwuf [5] have said unanimously that this hal does happen. In the beginning of Islam salat used to be performed towards Quds (Jerusalem). When the Muslims were commanded to give up performing it towards the Bayt-ul-muqaddas and to turn towards the qibla of Hadrat Ibrahim, the Jews became mad and said derisively, "What will become of your prayers which you have performed towards the Bayt-ul-maqaddas?" The hundred and forty-third ayat [6] was revealed to declare: "Allahu ta'ala will not lose your iman!" So it was informed that salat would not be left without rewards.

Salat was described with the word "iman (belief). " This means that not to perform salat suitably with the Sunnat is to lose iman. Our Master, Rasulullah, stated, "The light and the flavour of my eyes are in salat. " This hadith [7] means, "Allahu ta'ala manifests and is perceived in salat. Thus, my eyes feel comfortable. " Another hadith stated, "O Bilal! Soothe me!" which means, "O Bilal, give me relief by reciting the adhan and saying the iqamat of salat. " A person who looks for relief in anything other than salat is not a good one. He who wastes, misses salat will lose other Islamic deeds all the more.

[1] ummat: (pl. of umma) the community, body of believers, of a prophet.
[2] fard: an act or thing that is commanded by Allahu ta'ala in the Qur'an al-karim. Fard (or fard) means (any behaviour or thought or belief which is) obligatory. Islam's open commandments are called fard (pl. faraid).
[4] Hadrat: title of respect used before the names of great people like and Islamic scholars.
[5] tasawwuf: (Islamic sufism as defined by Islam) knowledge and (after adapting oneself to fiqh) practice of the manners of the Prophet ('alaihi 's-salam) which strengthens iman, makes the practice of fiqh easy and provides one to attain ma'rifa; 'ilm at-tasawwuf. [See the book Maktubat by Ahmad al-Faruqi as-Sirhindi (rahmatullahi ta'ala 'alaih)].
[6] ayat: A verse of al-Qur'an al-karim; al-ayat al-karima.
[7] salat: i) prayer; (with salam)= salawat; ii) ritual prayer of at least two rak'as; "namaz", in Persian; salat janaza: funeral prayer.