My brother and my sister ,pray! No matter what’s happening in your life pray; no matter what sin you’re committing and how much of it you’re committing pray. There are no excuses.
A sister tells me: “Brother, I don’t wear hijab,” I tell you pray; she tells me, “my dress code is not the best,” I tell you pray; a brother tells, “I drink alcohol, I take drugs, I have a girlfriend…” I tell you pray. No matter what’s happening in your life, pray.
But how can I be committing all of these sins and I pray? That’s disrespectful, or that makes me a hypocrite.
Prayer Takes us Away from Sin
I tell you no! We pray because we’re not perfect, we’re sinners, we do wrong… Pray. Allah says the prayer will take you away from sin.
Sometimes people say, “look let me straighten my life out and inshallah I’m going to start praying! You will never straighten anything yet if you don’t pray. That’s why you pray, to straighten your life out.
Let no man or anything get between you and Allah. Pray, no matter what’s happening in your life. No matter where you are, pray. You know sometimes people come to you and tell you, “you’re a hypocrite sister! You don’t wear hijab and you pray.”
Tell them, “Thank you very much! I’m a hypocrite, but my prayer is between me and Allah, no one else’s business.”
Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said:
The difference between us and them is the prayer.
Earn Allah’s Love
The very first question on the Day of Resurrection that you’re going to be asked is about the prayer. If you pass, then everything after that is going to be easy; but if you fail that, then everything after that is just going to get worse.
So, pray and you will earn Allah’s love; pray and you will earn His mercy and His forgiveness.
Imagine your friend is Allah, never mind wealth. The heavens and the earth belong to Him. You become an unstoppable force when Allah is on your side.
So, no matter what’s happening in your life pray; don’t let anyone turn you away from Allah. You know when your forehead is on the floor that’s the closest you will ever be to Allah. Cry to Him. Beg Him. Ask Allah for direction and you will see happiness through prayer.
We ask Allah to make us of those who establish their prayer and never leave it no matter what.