Thursday, August 27, 2015

SECOND PILLAR OF ISLAM - PRAYERS AND RELATED MATTERS-1

SECOND PILLAR OF ISLAM - PRAYERS AND RELATED MATTERS-1

22.  Sayyidina Uthmaan bin ‘Affan (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
       As for a Muslim who, when the time of prayer is at hand, performs ablution carefully, observes humility and bows devotedly, his behavior will be an expiration for his past sins as long as he has not committed a major sin. This (expiration) is for all time. (Muslim, Mishkat)
23.  Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
       My people will be called on the Day of Resurrection while their faces and feet are bright being the result of ablution. (Muslim, Bukhari,  Mishkat)
24.  Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
       Tell me, if there were a river at the door of one of you and he bathed himself in it five times every day, will he have dirt over him anymore? The companions affirmed that he will not have any dirt on him. So, the Prophet(SALLALLAAHU-ALAYHI-WA-'AALIHII-WASALLAMsaid, this is the example of the five daily prayers through which Allah removes sins. (Muslim, Bukhari, Mishkat)
25.  Sayyidina Abu Zarr (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)
        Muslim worshipper observes prayer for the sake of Allah, his sins fall from him as the leaves fall from tree. (Ahmad, Mishkat)
26.  Sayyidina ‘Ali (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)           
       O Ali! Do not delay observing three things:
·         Prayer when the time has come,
·         A funeral when it is there, and
·         The marriage of an unmarried woman when you find a match for her. (Tirmizi, Mishkat) 
27.  Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho) 
            If people realized the excellence of Azaan and the first row (in the congregational prayer) then (to decide who calls the Azaan and who stands in the first row) they will surely draw lots if there is no alternative to that. Also, if they find out the immense rewards on observing prayer at the earliest time then they will compete with each other in doing that. Also, if they know the advantages in offering the I’shaa and Fajr prayers with the congregation then they will surely make it to the two congregations even if they have to crawl on their knees. (Muslim, Bukhari, Mishkat, at-Targheeb wat Tarheeb) 
28.  Sayyidina Uthmaan (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho)           
            If anyone is in the mosque when the Azaan is called out but goes out of it after that without a valid reason, not intending to return, then he is a hypocrite. (Ibn-Majah, Targheeb) 
29.  Sayyidina Wa’athila bin al-Asqa’(Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho) 
            Keep your mosques safe from children and lunatics. Preserve them from buying and selling, loud gossip, punishing the criminals and un-shielding swords. Build wash rooms at their gates and apply incense on them on Fridays. (Ibn-Majah, Targheeb) 
30.  Sayyidina Abu Hurayrah (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho) 
            The congregational prayer fetches reward that is twenty five times more than a person who prays at home or in the market. This is because if he performs ablution, being careful about it, and walks towards the mosque having no other reason for going out then he does not take a step but is elevated by a degree and gets a (minor) sin obliterated. Then when he begins his prayer, as long as he is there, the Angels invoke blessings on him in these words, “O Allah! Forgive him, have mercy on him.” And, as he is rewarded as if he is in prayer provided he does not harm anybody. (Bukhari, Muslim, Targheeb)
 31.  Sayyidina Abullah bin Qurt (Radi-ALLAHO-An-ho) 
            On the day of Resurrection, man will be asked first of all about prayers. If that is found satisfactory, then all his deeds will be approved. But, if that is defective then all his deeds will be corrupted.  (Jabaraani; awsat, Targheeb) 
Collected by Muhammad Sharif from The Book “Sayings of The Prophet” (Peace Be Upon Him), Darul Ishaat, Urdu Bazaar Karachi