Ever Thought about the Consequences of Delaying Prayer?

Prayer is an act of pure devotion and worship of Allah and it is most dear to Him. Prayer is a conversation only between Allah and His believer where Allah’s servant turns to His master and submits himself to Him completely; mind, body, and soul.

It is through Prayer that the believer expresses his need and dependence on his Creator through this connection. However, this connection can only be achieved if the it is offered with utter sincerity and obedience, and prayed on time.

We have all had times where we have delayed saying our daily prayers without any justification till the time of the next salah is upon us and we have only a few minutes left before our salah becomes ‘Qada”’. But do we ever ponder about the consequences of our delayed prayers?

In Surah Al-Maa’un, Allah mentions:

Woe to the worshipers who are unmindful of their prayer. (Quran 107: 4-5)

This verse sheds light on the importance of Prayer in the lives of Muslims. It calls for us to consciously make it a habit to say our prayers at their designated time. To help us develop this habit, Adhan is the much-needed alarm clock that every Muslim needs.

We need this application to pull us out of our busy routines every day and remind us to turn to the One who created us and offer supplications to Him, all day, and every day to fulfill our duty as a Muslim.

Prayer is Allah’s most favorite form of worship by His believers; and Islam without Prayer would be incomplete. They are inseparable; just like coldness can’t be separated from ice, one cannot even think of separating the act of Salah from a Muslim.

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To become a good Muslim it is important that we complete the designated deeds such as offering the daily prayers; and the best way to offer them is to pray on time.

Upon being asked which Ibadah was the most virtuous, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) replied:

To pray your Salah on time. (Al-Bukhari, 527; Muslim, 85)

In another hadith narrated by Sahih Muslim:

Someone came to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and asked him about the times of prayer… and the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) explained to him the beginning and end of the time for each prayer, and said:

The time is between these two. (Muslim, 614)

The root causes behind delaying Prayer is either due to Satan’s games and tricks that he plays on the believers, or because the believers choose to follow their nafs and inner desires while being fully aware of the cost at which the choice is being made. Satan takes it upon himself to mislead the believer and distance him from his duties to Allah (SWT). According to a hadith:

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