Assalamu Alaikum Everyone!
How are you doing? I hope you are having an amazing day wherever you are in the world! May Allah bless and shower you and all those you love with happiness and health.
Today we will be talking about an extremely important part of the Islamic religion. That is the salah or praying that a Muslim commits in their daily life. I will cover why it is so important to complete your five daily prayers, and the benefits of praying that Allah (SWT) has provided for us.
Before we begin, let's define salah or praying in the Islamic religion. Salah is the second of the Five Pillars in Islam, and an obligatory religious duty for every Muslim. It is a physical, mental, and spiritual act of worship that is observed five times every day at certain times of the day. The five prayers are; Salat al-fajr: dawn, before sunrise, Salat al-duhr: midday, after the sun passes its highest, Salat al-asr: the late part of the afternoon, Salat al-maghrib: just after sunset, Salat al-'isha: between sunset and midnight. SubhanAllah, the prayer times were created at perfect times by the Perfect Almighty Allah. These specific prayer times gives Muslims the pattern of their day. It gives the healthy times of when to wake up (Salat al-fajr) and sleep (Salat al-’isha).
A Muslim must make sure that they are in the right frame of mind before they pray; they push aside anything distracting them from the day and they concentrate exclusively on Allah. Allah does not need our prayers, but we need Allah, so we perform our prayers for Him. Performing salah allows us to directly communicate with Allah. The Arabic word of prayer (salah) actually comes from the word meaning connection. Those who do not have a strong connection with Allah, will live a life full of tragedy and burden. With no connection or communication from the Almighty Allah (SWT), a person is left lost and astray.
The importance of salah lies in the fact that no matter what we do in our life, the most important aspect is our relationship to Allah. Salah is the setting stone for one’s faith (imaan), Allah-consciousness (taqwa), sincerity (ikhlas) and worship of Allah (ibaadah). This relationship with Allah is shown and put into practice. In addition, with each time a Muslim says ‘Allahu - Akbar’ to pray, that relationship with Allah strengthens and improves. Thus, if our salah is sound and proper, the rest of our deeds will be sound and proper. While, if our salah is not sound and proper, then the rest of our deeds will not be sound and proper, as Prophet Muhammad ﷺ stated.
Now that we covered why Muslims pray and its importance, let's talk about the benefits of salah. In this post, only some of the benefits that Allah (SWT) has brought down for us will be mentioned. There are so many benefits to praying, Alhamdulillah. I suggest you definitely should research more about the benefits of salah on your own time.
The medical world is continuously finding medical benefits of salah. The different positions during prayer have many physical benefits. During prostration, blood flow to the brain is increased just enough to provide many benefits to the brain. Extra blood flow to the brain has a positive effect on the memory, vision, hearing, concentration, and the psyche. Those who regularly perform salah have fewer incidences of headaches and psychological problems. Prostration reduces the chance of hernia and hemorrhoids. As well, during prostration, the back and neck muscles are exercised and strengthened. This position is done 34 times a day, thus it has amazing physical benefits. All positions of the salah activate numerous muscles and thus increase physical well being.
My Muslimah Mind
12 / 23 / 2019 at 11:50 AM