The second pillar of Islam- Salah (Prayers, Islamic worship, namaz)

Salah, Salat or Namaz is the second pillar of Islam; this is the basic and major form of prayer that is devoted to Allah five times daily. Salah is obligatory practice, for every Muslim. The Muslims who do not offer these prayers are going to be questioned for it. The first thing we will have to answer about on the Day of Judgment is Salah. In Quran Surat Al-Baqarah, Allah asks the believers to offer Salah

“And establish Salah and give Zakah, and bow down (in worship) along with those who bow down (in worship)” (2:43)254183894_9e983d6505

And in (2:2-3) Allah says:

This is the Book about which there is no doubt, a guidance for those conscious of Allah. Who believe in the unseen, establish prayer, and spend out of what We have provided for them

There is emphasis on Salah in many other places, even the Salah is considered to be the sign of a believer and a true Muslim, like in Surat At-Tawbah Allah says:

“The believing men and believing women are allies of one another. They enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and establish prayer and give Zakah and obey Allah and His Messenger. Those – Allah will have mercy upon them. Indeed, Allah is exalted in Might and Wise. (9: 71)

In fact in Quran Salah is described to be the purpose of life and existence of mankind. In Surat Adh-Dhāriyāt (51:56) of the Quran Allah says:

“And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me.”

The Salah teaches us discipline and punctuality. And not only is that, it’s considered to be the best meditation according to the modern science, the effect of Salah than other different therapies is far more. The effectiveness of Salah is physical and psychological. Salah is Bodily health along with mental health. The physical exercise of Salah is scientifically proven to improve complaints against the problems regarding body posture. In Surat Al-Baqarah Allah says:

And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah ]

The key to health is hygiene; everyone knows that, before Salah every Muslim has to do ablution, 5 times a day.

The Holy Prophet Mohammad (peace be upon him) said “The key to Heaven is Salah. The key to Salah is Purification.”

The different steps of salah can be like physiotherapy for the body, the position of Ruku is considered to reduce backaches and reduce the flatulence, we stretch our calve muscles and the blood flows towards our upper torso, the stomach muscles, kidney, heart muscles get flushed with blood. And when we again stand up and the body is detoxified.haj

In Surat Al-Baqarah Allah says:

“Truly, those who believe and do righteous deeds, and perform Salah, and give Zakah, they will have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.” (2:277)

Sajadah (Sujud), when we prostrate in front of Allah, in this position we touch down eight parts of our body to the earth, which includes our forehead, nose, hands, knees and foot. It is scientifically proven that ian this position, we discharge electrostatic charges which start perspiration in the nervous system. Electrostatic charges cause headache, muscles spasms and neck ache. Drugs and tranquilizers are used to get relief from these electrostatic charges.

Some extra blood which is fresh rushes into our brain which can help in concentration, improvement in hearing, memory etc. The sajda or prostration helps the frontal lobe, which is involved in the thinking capacity to lose the electrostatic charges and hence help improve its performance.10251

In Sujud, the blood flows to our head and neck, this also helps rejuvenating our skin.

Not only this, medical science also agreed that Sajda can help in removing certain mental toxins that can cause chilblains and Fibromyalgia. And prevent sinusitis.

In Surat Al-`Ankabūt of the Quran, Allah says:

“Recite that which has been revealed to you of the Book, and perform Salah. Verily, Salah prevents from lewdness and evils. And indeed, the remembrance of Allah (by you) is greatest. And Allah knows what you do.”

Then there is the spiritual or psychological treatment of the Salah, one has concentrate, keep one’s eyes at one place, not talk and just have the feeling of sharing their fears and problems with the highest power of the world. In Surat-al- Baqarah (2:153) of the Quran, Allah says:

“O you, who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.”

Then after the Salah, the part comes when you offer Dua, when you ask from Allah for whatever to want from Him. In Quran, Surah An-Naml, Allah says:

“Is He [not best] who responds to the desperate one when he calls upon Him and removes evil and makes you inheritors of the earth? Is there a deity with Allah? Little do you remember.”gain-concentration-in-prayer

The peace of mind and heart along with the physical benefits is the prayer we offer to Allah in obedience to Him.

Not offering Salah is a mistake, in Surat Maryum, Allah says:

“Then, there came after them a generation who gave up Salah and followed lusts; so they will be thrown in Hell.” (19: 59)

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