When You Exercise Your Soul
"So worship Me and establish prayer for My remembrance." (Taha, 20:14)
Whilst the salah involves a set of physical movements and prayers, it is in fact an exercise of the soul,
Alhamdulillah, praise be to Allah, who has gifted us the gift of salah. A gift that helps to remember Him, and a command that helps us to connect with Him, the Holy, the King.
وَأَنْ أَقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَاتَّقُوهُ ۚ وَهُوَ الَّذِي إِلَيْهِ تُحْشَرُونَ
And to establish prayer and fear Him. And it is He to whom you will be gathered. (6:72)
When Allah spoke to Musa in the holy valley of Tuwa, He said to Musa:
إِنَّنِي أَنَا اللَّهُ لَا إِلَٰهَ إِلَّا أَنَا فَاعْبُدْنِي وَأَقِمِ الصَّلَاةَ لِذِكْرِي
Indeed, I am Allah. There is no god except Me, so worship Me and establish prayer for My remembrance. (20:14)
And in His honored Quran, He said:
وَأَقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَآتُوا الزَّكَاةَ وَأَقْرِضُوا اللَّهَ قَرْضًا حَسَنًا
And establish prayer and give zakah and loan Allah a goodly loan. (73:20)
And He said about His Prophet Ismaeel, peace be upon him:
وَكَانَ يَأْمُرُ أَهْلَهُ بِالصَّلَاةِ وَالزَّكَاةِ وَكَانَ عِندَ رَبِّهِ مَرْضِيًّا
And he used to enjoin on his people prayer and zakah and was to his Lord pleasing. (19:55)
The salah is a pillar of Islam, a dividing line between belief and disbelief, and the first thing to be accounted for on the day of judgement.
Whilst the salah involves a set of physical movements and prayers, it is in fact an exercise of the soul, a nourishment for the heart, and a reminder of God.
So remember Him in the salah, and be not of the neglectful.
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