Everyday Islam: An Easy And Peaceful Way Of Life covers many of the basic requirements of Islam, including our daily act of worship in the form of ritual prayer, or salaat. To borrow from Sister Shumaysa Amatul Hadi Faruqi, our daily prayers constantly remind us of the Creator, and when we humble ourselves before Allah (SWT) in prostration, we find peace, strength, and renewed Eman (faith).
Below is the section on Praying from Everyday Islam: An Easy And Peaceful Way Of Life
An inseparable part of a Muslim’s daily routine is his or her obligatory prayers. Prayer is the only daily duty among the few obligatory duties that a Muslim is expected to perform in his life. This is so beautiful that no matter what a person is doing in his life, no matter how busy he is and no matter what his condition is; he is always in a connection with Allah.
Surah Al Baqarah 43:
And establish prayer and give zakah and bow with those who bow [in worship and obedience].
These daily prayers constantly remind him of the Creator and he humbles himself before him in prostration and finds peace and strength from his renewed Eman day by day. The prayers are not just an exercise rather they act as our daily meditation and reconnection with the Creator amidst numerous activities that we do in a routine life. Prayers give us the feeling of solace and comfort that we belong to our Lord and He is our Master and Guide. Performing the daily prayers always freshens up our mind and gives us a new energy to continue with our life again and again. The ablution performed before each prayer refreshes our physical as well as spiritual body because we know the rewards and benefits attached to it.
A Muslim does not deliberately miss his prayer. A Muslim man is best when he prayers his daily obligatory prayers in the mosque.
Narrated `Abdullah bin `Umar:
Allah’s Messenger (SAW) said, “The prayer in congregation is twenty seven times superior to the prayer offered by person alone.”
Sahih Al Bukhari 645
A Muslim woman can also offer the prayer in the mosque but it is better if she chooses the inside of her house for her worship. Going to the mosque for the prayers and the special Friday prayers is very rewarding in the eyes of Allah. Congregation instills discipline, unity, oneness and devotion to Allah in all the Muslims.
Jabir (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “The five daily Salat (prayers) are like a great river running by your door in which you take a bath five times a day.”
Daily prayers keep many evils away from us as Allah says in Surah Al Ankabut 45:
Recite (O Muhammad SAW) what has been revealed to you of the Book (the Quran), and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat). Verily, As-Salat (the prayer) prevents from Al-Fahsha’ (i.e. great sins of every kind, unlawful sexual intercourse, etc.) and Al-Munkar (i.e. disbelief, polytheism, and every kind of evil wicked deed, etc.) and the remembering (praising, etc.) of (you by) Allah (in front of the angels) is greater indeed [than your remembering (praising, etc.) Allah in prayers, etc.]. And Allah knows what you do.
Making ablution keeps us clean physically as well as spiritually. As said by our dear Prophet, ablution and prayers shake off our sins from us just as a palm tree sheds its leaves and keep us clean as we are near a river bathing five times a day.
It is highly appreciated if a person dresses himself up properly for the mosque and is well groomed, clean and smelling good. Surah Al Araf 31 states:
O Seeds (Or: sons) of Adam! Take your adornment at every mosque, and eat and drink, and do not be extravagant; surely He does not love the extravagant.
It is best for us to take our children to the Masjid from the very start when they have learned how to pray. When they are manageable and know the etiquettes of the houses of Allah we must instill in them the love of Praying in Congregation as this proves to be very useful for them. From this practice of daily attending the mosque children tend to spend their time in more important things in life, prioritizing their routine tasks according to their importance and learning punctuality, discipline and manners from an early age. In the company of the righteous they naturally learn many things which cannot be taught to them through schooling or education like maturity of thought, wisdom, good company, spending time in rewarding actions and contemplation.
Surah Al Araf 204 reads:
So when the Qur’an is recited, then listen to it and pay attention that you may receive mercy.
They also learn patience and tolerance when they interact and socialize on a daily basis. Islam teaches community life and unity and cooperation within the society. Children learn to work as a team and feel as one whole body as Muslims.
Since we are talking of every day Islam this part of our daily life is the most important to instill in ourselves and our children and to be steadfast on it so that in the end we become one strong Ummah which ensures easy and peaceful living not just for the Muslims but for the whole of mankind.
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About The Author
Shumaysa Amatul Hadi Faruqi is a student of Al Quran and a qualified Special Educator and Psychologist with a Master’s degree from Jamia Millia Islamia. Her interests include reading, writing, researching and painting. She has been writing since high school and used to pen her feelings in the form of poems, articles and by the habit of keeping diaries. She is a member of Muslimah Writers Alliance and is an avid blogger – she writes regularly at: