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MENAFN - Arab News - 18/04/2014
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(MENAFN - Arab News) When young muslims meet others for the first time and find out that they are muslim often one of the very first questions they ask each other is 'do you pray?" it's as if this is their touchstone to see if the person they have met is a real muslim or not. calling yourself muslim is one thing being a muslim is something else.

praying five times a day is at the heart of islam. it is one of the things that distinguishes a muslim from everyone else in the world; that all the activities of life can be made significant by the cycle of prayer and praise which we offer to almighty allah. so why then do we have such a problem being faithful to prayer?

my first umrah was one of the most important experiences of my life and it had its effects on me. being so close to the kaaba was a deeply moving experience. being at the very place where our beloved prophet (peace be upon him) like all the prophets before him had walked and prayed was amazing.

one of the things that hit me most about being in makkah among so many others was when the call to prayer sounded for fajr the dawn prayer. thousands of people appeared from every direction and headed toward the kaaba for prayer.

getting up in the middle of the night wasn't difficult at all because the experience of praying at the kaaba was so moving. at the time moving with the vast crowd i couldn't help thinking about what it is usually like back home.

those getting up and going to the mosque for the dawn prayer are certainly a minority aren't they? away from makkah it is all too easy to ignore the adhan completely and stay in the comfort of one's bed.

at special times like ramadan or when we go on pilgrimage it seems so much easier to be faithful to prayer and to take islam so much more seriously. how many of us for example attended tarawih prayers in the mosque during ramadan even though we might occasionally miss one or two of the obligatory prayers?

it's one of life's paradoxes that we want so much to be good and yet we find ourselves falling into the same old traps and doing things we later regret. how odd we are as human beings! we can quite happily sit in front of the television for hours or sit idly chatting on the internet to no one in particular yet we can't manage to set aside 10 minutes to pray.

we do pray of course when we want something. prayer is no problem for us at all then. it comes quite naturally and is no inconvenience at all. the minute a plane begins to plummet to the ground because of engine failure even the least religious person on board raises his hands in prayer. when a loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness or when we desperately want an interview to go well we pray.

the words of

the adhan

the very words of the adhan call us to prayer and to security. there is no greater security than knowing that we are in the presence of allah who controls all things. we fret so much and we waste so much time worrying about what might happen when allah is guiding everything and we have nothing to fear.

how beautiful it is for example to get up in the middle of the night when all is still and calm and to prostrate ourselves in prayer before the maker of the heavens and the earth. no one else is around and we can be completely ourselves before him pouring out our hearts asking begging and thanking.

if we want something from a friend we have to couch our request with explanations: 'can i borrow such and such becauseā€¦." with allah we need no explanations. he knows more about what we need than we know ourselves. all we need to do is to bow down in prayer. the very movement of the prayers is relaxing to our bodies and it helps us to put our lives into the proper context. in the presence of such greatness life is very fragile.

for muslims the call to prayer is like an air raid siren. in times of war or danger an air raid siren will sound to tell the citizens to run and take cover. no one thinks twice about doing so. the siren sounds and you run as fast as your legs can carry you to a place of safety.

the adhan is just the same but it is calling us to escape not from bombs falling from the sky but from the everyday concerns and worries of life which often threaten to crush us. it calls us instead to take shelter in allah alone who knows us and cares for us and who wants the best for us. how quickly we should rush to prayer taking refuge in allah. how quickly we should leave the inconsequential things of life and turn in prayer to life's creator.

we have all seen old people in the mosque and been deeply touched by this old man or that old lady who spends so much time in prayer. praying has made a difference to them.

it is very moving too to see a man come into the mosque from the street straight from his work which is both back breaking and hard and to see him prostrate himself in prayer praying perhaps for his children or for the money he needs just to make ends meet. with our foreheads touching the ground we are all equal. there is no pretending when we pray.

who should we

thank and how?

we are truly blessed as muslims. allah has given us everything we need to live a good life which will bring us happiness. the five pillars of islam guide us to paradise.

the five daily prayers are a way of giving meaning to our lives and of setting aside just a few minutes each day to return thanks for all we have. every ramadan we make lots of resolutions about how we are going to improve. the greatest resolution of all is to be faithful to prayer.

all our talk about muslims and about islam is worthless if we don't ground it in prayer. being faithful to the five daily prayers changes us for the better. better than watching tv better than chatting on the internet prayer on a regular basis re-charges our spiritual batteries and makes us feel good.

what's more regular prayer makes us better people better muslims since its effects stay with us for the rest of the day. in the words of the adhan which call us to get out of bed and to pray fajr the dawn prayer 'prayer is better than sleep."

courtesy: onislam.net


 


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