Aug 6, 2009

Solat one of the main pillars of Islam

PERFORMING the five daily solat or prayers is compulsory for all Muslims, a command that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received from Allah SWT during the miraculous Isra' Mi'raj event, in which the Prophet witnessed many strange and unusual happenings.

The Friday sermon yesterday highlighted solat, one of the main pillars of Islam, as the main form of worship for Muslims.

This is evidenced by the fact that the Prophet had received the command to perform solat directly from Allah SWT during Isra' Mi'raj.

This is in contrast to other forms of worship — such as fasting, the giving of alms and pilgrimage — the commands of which had been received through wahyu or revelations, in which the angel Jibrail acted as the mediator.

Given its importance, Rasullullah SAW had emphasised that it be taught to children from the age of seven, and that those 10 years old and over who refuse to perform it should be punished reasonably.

Such actions are part of parents' education for their children, to ensure the latter perform their prayers.

The sermon also emphasised that punishment will be meted out to those who forget to perform the prayer or waste it.

Wasting solat means that it is performed outside of its allocated time, for instance by performing the Zuhur prayer during the Asar period.

Those who do not repent and still carry out this wasteful practice will be thrown into a valley in hell and given the most disgusting food.

"If performing prayers outside of the specified time already bring such repercussions, imagine the punishment meted out for those who do not perform prayers at all," the sermon read.

It also highlighted the plentiful advantages of solat, one of which is that it encourages one to constantly think of God.

It is also a means by which the subjects of Allah SWT can demonstrate their servitude and gratitude for all the blessings that have bestowed by the Almighty.

Solat can also erase small sins, and prevent a person from committing evil and wrongdoings. It can also lead to much blessings and happiness in life.

There are also some health benefits of performing the prayer, which have been proven to increase concentration and refine memory, provide a calming effect and regulate stress, and make the body healthy and active.

Studies have shown that the act of sujud, or prostrating, in solat, provides blood circulation to several nerves in the brain which do not receive regular blood flow in normal positions, and that the hearts and spines of pious Muslims are healthy as they receive constant stimulation.

Source :The Brunei Times
Saturday, August 11, 2007

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