Abu Hurairah (RadhiAllahu Anhu) said,

“I heard the Messenger of ALLAH (صلى الله عليه وسلم), say: ‘What do you think would happen if there was a river by someone’s door in which he washed five times every day? Do you think that any dirt would remain on him?’ They said, ‘Not a scrap of dirt would remain on him.’ He said, ‘That is a metaphor of the five prayers by which ALLAH wipes out wrong actions.”

Jabir ibne – Abdullah (RadhiAllahu Anhuma) narrates that Nabi (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

‘The key to Paradise is Salaat and the key to Salaat is Wudhu’. [Musnad Ahmad]

Anas (RadhiAllahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

‘The comfort and delight of my eyes has been placed in Salaat.’ [An-Nasai]

Hanzalah Al Usaidi (RadhiAllahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

‘The person who guards the five times Salaah, its Wudhu, its prescribed time, its proper Ruku and Sujud, while perceiving it to be the Right of ALLAH on him, he is forbidden upon Fire.’ [Musnad Ahmad]

Abu Qatadah ibne-Rib’i (RadhiAllahu Anhu) reported that Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) narrates in a Hadith-e-Qudsi that ALLAH ‘AZZA WA JALL has said:

‘Verily, I have enjoined upon your Ummah five times Salaat, and I have taken upon myself an oath that anyone who observes them at their appointed time, I shall admit him into Paradise; if anyone does not offer them regularly, there is no such guarantee from ME for him (I may punish him or forgive him).’ [Abu Dawud]

Abu Hurairah (RadhiAllahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

‘The five times Salaah and the prayer of Friday to Friday, and the fasting of Ramadhaan to Ramadhaan, are atonements for sins that have been committed between them, provided the sinner avoids major sins.’ [Muslim]

Abdullah ibne-’Amr (RadhiAllahu Anhuma) narrates that one day, Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) mentioned Salaat and said:

‘For him who remains mindful of his Salaat, it will be a light and an argument in his favour and a means of his salvation on the Day of Judgement; and for him who is not mindful of his Salaat, there shall be neither a light, nor an argument in his favour, nor a means for his salvation. And on the Day of Judgement, he will be with Fir’aun, Haman and Ubayy ibne-Khalaf.’ [Musnad Ahmad]

Note: Fir’aun was the king of Egypt at the time of Musa (Alaihis Salaam), Haman was his minister, and Ubayy ibne-Khalaf was an ardent idolater and adversary of Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم). Abu Umamah (RadhiAllahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was asked: O Rasulullah! At what time is Du’a the most readily listened to and accepted? He replied:

‘The one made during the course of latter part of the night, and after the obligatory Salaat’. [At-Tirmidhi]

Ruwaibah (RadhiAllahu Anhu) narrates:

‘I heard Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) saying: Undoubtedly he will not enter Hell-Fire, who has offered Salaat before the rising of the sun, and before its setting; that is Fajr and Asr.’ [Muslim]

Jundub Al Qasri (RadhiAllahu Anhu) narrates that Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

‘He who offers the Fajr Salaat, is indeed in the Protection of ALLAH (so do not trouble those who are under ALLAH’S Protection); for you will be answerable to ALLAH for violating this protection; because undoubtedly, if HE takes anyone to account for violating this protection, HE will catch him and fling him headlong on his face into the Hell-Fire.’ [Muslim]

Umme Farwah (RadhiAllahu Anha) narrates that Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) was asked:

‘Which is the best of the good Deeds? He said: To offer Salaat at the beginning of its prescribed time.’ [Abu Dawud]

Jabir ibne-Abdullah (RadhiAllahu Anhuma) narrates: I heard Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) saying:

‘Between man and (his entering into) polytheism and unbelief is the abandonment of Salaat.’ [Muslim]

Note: Scholars of Islam have offered several explanations to this Hadith. One is that a person who abandons Salaat becomes increasingly arrogant and bold in committing sins, which may endanger his faith. Another explanation is that the one who abandons Salaat runs the risk of an evil end. Abdullah ibne-’Amr ibnil As narrates from his father, who heard from his grandfather (RadhiAllahu Anhuma), who narrated that Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

‘Command your children when they are seven years old, to perform Salaat; and beat them for not observing it when they are ten years old. And at this age separate their beds (i.e. do not let brothers and sisters sleep together).’ [Abu Dawud]

Note: Beating should not cause bodily harm.’Uthman ibn ‘Affan said, I heard the Messenger of ALLAH (صلى الله عليه وسلم), say,

“There is no Muslim man who attends a prescribed prayer and does wudhu’ for it well and is humble in it and in its bowing, without that being expiation for the sins before it as long as he did not commit any major sin. This will always apply.”

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