Prayer (Salat)

Ṣalāh was practiced in some form or the other throughout history by all Prophets عَـلَيْـهِمُ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام and their followers as an essential part of Almighty Allah’s عزوجل religion. Islam, the final message to humanity, considers prayer as crucial. A Muslim is required to pray five times daily within specified periods, as taught by the Beloved Prophet Muhammad صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. These prayers are obligatory, and form a direct bond between the worshipper and his Creator. Islam does not call upon Muslims to merely perform this act of worship; rather; it wants them to purify their souls. Allah عزوجل the Most High says, regarding prayer:


اُتْلُ مَاۤ اُوْحِیَ اِلَیْكَ مِنَ الْكِتٰبِ وَ اَقِمِ الصَّلٰوةَؕ-اِنَّ الصَّلٰوةَ تَنْهٰى عَنِ الْفَحْشَآءِ وَ الْمُنْكَرِؕ-وَ لَذِكْرُ اللّٰهِ اَكْبَرُؕ-وَ اللّٰهُ یَعْلَمُ مَا تَصْنَعُوْنَ(۴۵)
O dear Prophet (Muhammad صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم), recite from the Book which has been sent down to you, and establish the prayer; indeed the prayer stops from indecency and evil; and indeed the remembrance of Allah (عزوجل) is the greatest; and Allah (عزوجل) knows all what you do. [Ankabut 29:45](welcome to islam.page21)

Zakaah cleanses a Muslim of greed, selfishness, and the love of the temporal world. Almighty Allah عَزَّوَجَلّ says:

And those who accepted this city as their home and accepted faith before them, befriend those who migrated towards them, and in their breasts do not find any need for what they have been given, and prefer the migrants above themselves even if they themselves are in dire need; and whoever is saved from the greed of his soul – it is they who are the successful. [Hashr 59:9]

It is the ideal way to meet the needs of the poorer sections of society without causing hardship to the wealthy.(welcome to islam,page:22)