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Post by modi on Mon May 20, 2013 5:17 pm

ISL201 Assignment 01 Spring Fall 2013

Due Date 20 May 2013


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Post by modi on Mon May 20, 2013 5:18 pm

Why there is so much emphasis on Namaz?

The word “Salat” and its derivatives occur in the Scripture over 70 times and is emphasized by God Almighty as a critical aspect for the spiritual development and progress of believers.
According to the Muslims, the Salat was decreed by God to the Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be upon Him)during the night of ascension, in which God decreed 50 Salats per day, only to be reduced to 5 Salats per day due to pleading of the Prophet (Peace Be upon Him).A healthy body requires three meals a day. Similarly, the spiritual soul requires five times Salah a day.

Salat or regular prayer is the command of Allah. It is the most important Pillar of Islam. It distinguishes between the believers and non-believers. Salat is not an option; it is obligatory. It is not once a week or few times a week. Salat is obligatory five times a day. All prophets of Allah told their people to pray; Islam, however, made it a very essential part of religion. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) called the Salat as the “pillar of religion” (‘Imad al-din) and in one Hadith he is reported to have said that there is no good in a religion in which there is no ruku’ or bowing (meaning prayer).

The Prophet (Peace Be upon Him) said that the key of Jannah is Salat. (Al Tirmidhi, chapter on Purification, Hadith No. 4). This means that the sincere and devoted Salat helps a person to enter Jannah; but it also means that Salat is the key to everything that is good. The benefits of Salat are many both in this world and in the Hereafter.

Salat is our link, our bond and our communication with Allah. If you love Allah and you want Allah to love you, then you should pray. The Prophet –peace be upon him- called the Salat “the coolness of my eyes”. When he wanted Bilal (May Allah be pleased with him) to give Adhan for Salat, He (Peace Be Upon Him) used to say to him, “Give us comfort by it, O Bilal.” He (Peace Be upon Him) used to spend long time in his nightly prayers. Sometime He (Peace Be upon Him) used to pray one third of the night and sometimes half of the night, sometimes even more than that. He (Peace Be upon Him) used to find great comfort and joy in Salat.

ü Benefits of Namaz

Allah says in the Qur’an that the Salat restrains from all kinds of evils, vulgarities and indecencies.
Recite what is revealed to you of the Scripture and keep up the prayer: prayer restrains from shameful and evil (behavior). Remembering Allah is great. Allah knows everything you are doing.
(Al Ankabut 29:45)

Allah says in the Qur’an that the Salat saves from distresses and fears and it helps people during the time of difficulties:
Man was truly created anxious: he is fretful when misfortune touches him, but tight-fisted when good fortune comes his way. Not so are those who pray and are constant in their prayers.
(Al-Ma’arij 70:19-23)

Allah says in the Qur’an that Salat brings success in this life and in the life to come:
Successful are the believers. Those who pray humbly and who keep up their prayers, they shall be the heirs who shall inherit the Paradise and they shall be there forever.
(Al Mu’minun 23:1-11)

Salat requires Taharah (cleanliness of the body, clothes and the place of prayer). The people who are conscious of Taharah five times a day, their bodies, their clothes, their environment everything should be clean.
Salat is to be performed on appointed times. The people, who are conscious of their appointments five times a day, should be time conscious always.
In Salat Muslims stand together without any distinction of race, color, economic status or political position. The people who perform prayer in Jama’ah (congregation) regularly they learn equality, solidarity and brotherhood. Salat in Jama’ah is performed behind an Imam and everyone has to follow the Imam. The people who pray regularly they learn discipline, order and organization. If the Imam makes any mistake any person can correct him. This is the most democratic way. The benefits of Salat are countless, but it must be performed with full consciousness.

Let us pray regularly and pray in the best way, so that its benefits and beauty may reflect in our lives.


Psychological Benefits


Ultimate satisfaction –Peace of mind!
Mental relaxation
Sense of self-control
Reduced stress & tension
Increased ability to concentrate
Improved appearance
Reduced depressionand resistance to get upset
Better sleep
Increased mental alertness & comprehension
Increased intelligence & learning ability
Enhancedself-regard & esteem
Brain rest
One ‘focus - During prayers one is cut off from everything in the world except his/her Creator
External factors / influences minimized
In everyday life there are times when one isupset or depressed due to so many things around us. But a Namazi never feels any lossas he/she is at peace with Allah
Positive approach towards life
Confidence – Allah’s help
Whatever the failures of life but a Namazi isalways successful as Allah is happy with him/her



2. Physical Benefits



A haemodynamic exercise
Improve coordination, circulation, posture, balance and wellbeing.
Burning off calories and losing weight
Maintaining muscle tone and body composition
Joint flexibility and reduces arthritis
Makes the back bone strong, prevents Sciatica
Increases metabolic rate
Improves blood circulation
Improves heart and lung function and aerobic capacity
Decreases heart disease risk
Reduces incidence of brain hemorrhage & stroke
Retard the lossof bone mass in the elderly (osteoporosis)
Retard the aging process




ü Main Objective

According to the Qur'an, the main objective of Salat is "the remembrance of God," which is achieved through the recitation of God's Scripture:

"I am God, there is no god except Me, so serve Me and hold the Salat for My remembrance." (Qur'an 20:14)
“Recite what is inspired to you of the Book and hold the Salat, for the Salat prohibits evil and vice; but certainly the remembrance of God is the greatest. God knows everything you do.” (Qur’an 29:45)
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