Prayer is an essential practice in Islam and very important in the life of any Muslim. Praying is important in Islam because it keeps Muslims of the whole world united.
Praying is the first pillar of Islam, and it helps Muslims stay mindful of their faiths and actions during their entire life. While praying, a person connects with God and states that there is none worthy of worship except God.
Importance of Prayer in Quran and Hadith
Muslims pray in obedience to Allah because they believe that God created men for his worship. In Quran, Allah says:
“And I did not create man…except to worship Me Alone” (Holy Quran 51:56)
We can also find the importance of praying in Hadith. One time a man asked the Prophet that what is the most virtuous deed. The Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) said the most righteous deed is Prayer. The man asked repeatedly, and the Prophet replied, “The Prayer” for the first three times.
Why God Teaches Us to Pray
There are many reasons why God teaches us to pray.
Prayer Wipes Away the Sin
God teaches us to pray because it keeps us from great sins and evil deeds. In Islam:
“If somebody had a stream outside his door and he bathed in it five times a day, do you think he would have any filth left on him?” The people said,” No dirt would remain on him whatsoever”.
Praying Improves our Characters
Praying provides us with a good chance to realize all the wrongdoings and evil deeds and ask for God’s forgiveness. We can seek guidance and forgiveness for our wrong actions. As Muslims, we stand in front of God five times a day, realize what we have done, and pay more attention to our acts.
Praying Ensures we Remember God Every Day
In Quran, Allah says, “Only in the remembrance of God do hearts find peace”. Remembering God help us with our troubles and relaxes our hearts. The best way to remember Allah is through ritual Prayer, which Muslims pray five times a day.
Holy Prophet knew the value and importance of Prayer, and he expressed this in a Hadith, saying:” My happiness is in the prayers”.
Praying Reminds us of the Day of Judgement
Our busy lives make us forgetful of the day of judgement and hereafter. People who forget about the day they will hold accountable for their actions can lead them to do wrong deeds. Praying for daily help, them to remain in touch with God. When a Muslim remember judgement day, he will stay away from evil.
Prayer Makes our Day Blessed
Praying helps us stay on schedule, and we can easily perform our daily tasks on time when we start our day by praying. With noon and late afternoon prayer, we take time to say Allahu Akbar and other prayers to remember God and relax.
Praying is an essential part of a Muslim’s life. We pray every day and remember God to seek his guidance and ask forgiveness for our evil deeds. God teaches us to pray to clean our souls, be blessed, and improve our character.