VIRTUES OF SALAAH
THE REWARDS OF SALAAT
HADITH - 1
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Umar (Radhiyallaho anho) narrates that he
heard the Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) saying:
"Islam is founded on five pillars: bearing witness that there
is no god but Allah, and Muhammad (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) is
His servant and apostle; establishment of salaat; paying of Zakaat;
performance of Hajj; and fasting in Ramadhaan."
The Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) has compared Islam to
a canopy resting on five supports. The Kali-mah is the central support
and the other four pillars of Islam are, so to say, the remaining
four supports, one at each corner of the canopy. Without the central
support, the canopy cannot possibly stand, and if any one of the
corner supports is missing a collapse will result in the defective
corner. Now, let us judge for ourselves how far we have kept up
the canopy of Islam. Is there really any pillar that is being held
in its proper place?
The five pillars of Islam mentioned in this Hadith signify the
most essential duties of a Muslim. Although a Muslim cannot do without
any one of them, yet salaat in Islam occupies a position next only
to Imaan. Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mas'ood (Radhiyallaho anho) says:
"Once, I inquired of the Holy Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam),
which act (of man) was the dearest to Allah. The Prophet replied,
'salaat'. I then inquired which act came next (in order of merit)
and the Prophet replied, 'Kindness to parents'. I again asked what
was next and he answered 'Jihaad'."
Mulla Ali Qari (Rahmatullah alaih) has quoted this Hadith in support
of the belief that salaat is the most important religious duty after
Imaan. This is further corroborated by a hadith, in which the Holy
Prophet (Sallallaho alaihe wasallam) is reported to have said:
"Salaat is the best of all that has been ordained by Allah."
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