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Why do we pray?

What does Qur'an say about those who do not pray and those who pray?


Q.  Why do we pray?
A.  Is man really as strong and great as his ego tells him? The Holy Qur'an tells us the reality of manís nature: (It is Allah Who created you in a state of weakness, then gave you strength after weakness, then after strength, gave you weakness and a hoary head: He creates what He wills, and He is the All-knowing, the All-powerful) (Qur'an: 30/54)

Weakness in the beginning and weakness in the end: This is the essence of man. He is so weak and helpless at birth that his entire existence depends on his parents and his family.  As this child enters the years of youth and independence, he begins to take control of his own life.  He begins to despise those of less abilities, even scorning his parents, who exhausted their own health to nurture him. 

Allahu Akbar! - Allah is the Greatest! In our everyday lives, we say a warm thank you for the small acts of kindness which others do for us. So what about thanking Allah, Who, in His infinite Mercy, has provided for every single one of our needs. Just observe the beauty and perfection of the earth around you and fall down in gratitude to your Lord.

Prayer gives every Muslim the chance to communicate with his Lord.  Islam is like a building supported by its columns; remove just one column and the entire building weakens. In the same way, when a person stops praying, his faith becomes weak, and the mildest blows can cause it to crumble.

Q.  What does Qur'an say about those who do not pray and those who pray?

A.  Allah says, concerning the plight of the disbelievers on the Day of Judgment, that they will be asked by the Believers: ("What led you into the Hell-fire?" They will say: 'We were not of those who prayed.') (Qur'an: 74/42-43). Allah also says: (Successful indeed are the Believers, those who humble themselves in their prayers.) (Qur'an: 23/1-2), and: (And those who guard their worship, such will be the honored ones in the Gardens [of Bliss]) (Qur'an: 70/34-35).

Allah has emphasized the need for humility and concentration in prayers. There is no doubt that Satan is the most bitter enemy of man; he always tries to disturb the Believerís prayers. He (the worshipper) finds his mind suddenly engulfed with memories, problems, worries, work and his familyÖ This is how Satan steals the prayer. Man was created only to worship Allah. He says: (I created not the Jinns and mankind except to worship me.) (Qur'an: 51/56). Man is to live in this world as a worshipper of Allah and prayer is the best form of worship. On the Day of Judgment, man will have to answer for his deeds. Allah says: (Then shall you be questioned about the joy [you indulged in].) (Qur'an: 102/8)

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