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Salat (Prayers)

The second pillar of islam is performing prayer. The muslim is enjoined to perform five obligatory prayers every day to keep himself in relation with his lord, to invoke and implore him and to refrain himself from committing indecency. These prayers not only ensure pyschological rest to the muslim in this present life but they also pave the way to him to gian eternel happiness in the hereafter.
To perform prayer, one should be pure, wearing pure clothes and perform prayer in a clean place.
Before prayer, the muslim should clean himself by pure water, he removes all traces of stool, urine or any other dirt. In this way he purifies himself physically and moraly.
Prayer is the pillar of religion. It succeeds in importance the two testimonies. Therefore, it is not only a duty on the muslim to observe performing prayers from his maturity up to his death, but he household to perform it. He should also order hir children to start practising is from the time when they are 7 years old so that they may be accustomed to perform it promptly.
Qur'an say :-

performing prayers at fixed times has been enjoined on the believers. (Al-Nisaa_103)

Another evidence from Qur'an :-

And they are ordered naught else than to serve Allah, keeping religion pure to him with sincere devotion and to perform worship and to pay the Zakat (poor-due). That is the true religion. (Al-Bayyainah_5)

In the first of these two verses, Allah told people that prayer is a prescribed duty on all the believers and that they should fulfil this duty at its fixed time. In the second verse, Allah made is well known to mankind that he had created them in order to worship him alone, be sineere in their devotion to him, perform prayer and say zakat(poor-due) to those who deserve it. The prophet (s.a.w) said :-

"The obligation which distinguishes between us and the unbelievers is prayer, therefore, whosoever desists prayer, becomes an unbeliever."
Thus prayer is a duty on the muslim in all circumstances. Even if he is sick frightened he should perform his daily prayers, sitting, standing or sleeping. If he is unable to perform them in any of these ways, he is permitted to perform it by his eye-gesture or by his heart.
The five obligatory daily prayers are the morning prayer (Fajr), the noon prayer (Zuhr), the after noon prayer (Asr), the evening prayer (Maghrib) and the night prayer (Ishaa).
The time due for morning prayer begins at true dawn and extends until the sun rises. It should not be delayed beyond this span of time. The time for noon prayer starts from the zawal(a little after the sun has passed the meridian) and extends till one's shadow becomes equal to his own length plus the length of its noon-time shadow. The time enjoined for after noon prayer starts after the end of noon prayer time and extends untill the sun turns yellow. One must harten to perform it while the sun is still bright. The evening-prayer time begins soon after runset and lasts till the disappearance of the twilight. Its performance shold not be delayed. The night-prayer time begins after the disappearance of the twilight and lasts till midnight. If a muslim delays one of these five prayers, he commits a major sin. He should turn to Allah in repentance and qefrain himself from recommitting it.
The Qur'an warns :-

So woe unto those prayers who delay their prayers from its stated fixed time (Al-Maoun).


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