Islamic Shari‘ah of the Prayer
To do good deeds is the foremost requirement of Islam after
professing faith. In as much as salvation in the Hereafter is dependent on faith
it is a result of how well we have fulfilled this requirement. Of all the good
deeds, the prayer (salah) occupies supreme importance. So much so, any
negligence in offering this all-important ritual is considered tantamount to
kufr (disbelief). It is simply self-contradictory that a person has faith in God
but shows indifference to worship Him.
To properly understand its importance in Islam, how it is
offered and other relevant details about it should therefore be our first
priority. The present article is the first episode of a detailed dissertation of
Mr Javed Ahmad Ghamidi on this topic. The present episode covers topics like
importance of the prayer, history of the prayer, pre-requisites of the prayer
and the utterances of the prayer.
The article will be completed in the next issue.