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                           Summary of the Lessons, Rewards and Benefits of Prayer

            You should know - My dear Brother and Sister Muslim that the following has been                 authentically     reported from our Messenger (sas) regarding the lessons, benefits and rewards of the five daily prayers:

 

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1. That Allaah the Exalted wipes away sins by the five prayers.

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2. That the five prayers are an expiation for what occurs between them, if major sins are avoided.

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3. That sins burn and destroy a person and thus it is necessary to extinguish that with the prayers.

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4. That the muslim reaches the level of the truthful and the martyrs on account of his prayers, charity and fasting.

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5. The superiority of prayer[1] over other actions.

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6. That Allaah the Exalted bestowed a favour upon that companion by entering him into Paradise before his brother who died as a martyr because he prayed more than him.

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7. That the prayer is light which illuminates the path of the servant in this world and the hereafter.

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8. That an abundance of prostrations and prayers is the way to accompany the Messenger (sas) in Paradise.

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9. That a two rakah prayer is more loved by the dead person than the world and what is in it.

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10. That emptying the heart for Allaah in the prayer puts a person in the same condition as the day when his mother gave birth to him.

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11. That should a person enter the Fire - refuge is sought from that - the angels will remove him from it and will recognise him by the marks of prostration.[2]

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12. That the prayer participates in undoing the knots which Shaytaan places at the top of ones head.

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13. That the night prayer is the most excellent prayer after the obligatory prayers.

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14. That the one who prays at night obtains a reward which most of mankind do not.

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15. Gratitude is shown to Allaah with the (obligatory) prayer and night prayer.

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16. That the prayer most loved by Allaah is the prayer of Daawood (as) which is to pray for a third of the night and to sleep for two thirds of the night.[3]

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17. That has Allaah has bestowed a favour upon His servant by the hour during the night in which the supplication is answered. It is befitting for the muslim that he aspires for it and seeks to find it so that he is given the good of this world and the Hereafter.

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18. That the night prayer is an evidence for righteousness and taqwaa and it expiates the sins and prevents one from falling into them.

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19. That Allaah Azzawajall covers the husband and wife who help each other in performing the night prayer with His mercy. If one of them refuses the other sprinkles water on his or her face.

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20. That two rakahs of prayer at night makes a person amongst the men who remember Allaah often or the women who remember Allaah often.

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21. That Allaah is amazed by the man who gets up from his sleep, leaving his bedsheet, his wife and his love for her in order to perform prayer. Allaah laughs at him and informs the angels about him.

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22. That there is no jealousy or competition except with regard to two men, one of whom prays at night reciting the Qur'an which Allaah has bestowed upon him.

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23. That whoever recited ten verses in the night (in prayer) will not be written amongst the heedless, a Qintaar of reward will be written for him and Allaah the Exalted will say to him: "Recite and rise by one degree with every verse", until he comes to the last verse he knows. Allaah favours him by giving him eternity.

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24. That whoever prays at night with a hundred verses is written amongst the devout worshippers and whoever prays with a thousand verses is written amongst the Muqantareen and whoever prays with two-hundred verses is written amongst the devout worshippers and sincere ones.

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25. That the one who walks to the prayer (in the mosque) is raised in ranks and has his sins removed, both while he goes to the mosque and when he returns from it.

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26. That for every step he takes he receives ten good deeds.

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27. That the muslim is written amongst the worshippers from the time he leaves the house till he returns to it.

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28. That the one receiving the greatest reward for the prayer is the one who walks the furthest towards it and and then the one further than him (from the mosque).

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29. That one step which a servant takes to the prayer in congregation is counted as an act of charity for him.

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30. That taking many steps towards the mosque is from ar-Ribaat (guarding the frontiers)

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31. That every time a servant leaves for the mosque in the morning or the evening Allaah prepares for him a feast in Paradise.

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32. That Allaah makes the light of those who walk throught the darkness to the mosques complete and perfect on the Day of Judgement.

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33. That the reward for the one who leaves his house in a state of purity for the obligatory prayer is like the reward of the pilgrim in the state of ihraam.

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34. That the one who leaves for the mosque has a guarantee from Allaah in that he should provide for him sustenance and suffice him (in his affairs).

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35. That the one who walks for the prayer in congregation, after having beautified his wudhoo and travels to visit Allaah the Exalted, is bestowed with a great favour in that Allaah honours those of his servants who visit Him, and Allaah's honouring of them is increasing their Eemaan, showing benevolence to them, rewarding them, raising their ranks, removing their difficulties and making their hearts content and happy.

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36. The obligation to pray in congregation.

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37. That the Prophet (sas) did not make a concession for the old blind man by allowing him to leave the congregational prayer. How then can those who are fit and well be allowed a concession?

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38. That whoever abandons the congregational prayer has been threatened with heedlessness and having a seal placed on his heart.

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39. That staying away from the congregational prayer is a sign of hypocrisy.

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40. The extreme striving of the Companions (ra) for attending the congregational prayer inspite of difficult circumstances.

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Footnotes

1 Its condition is that the Aqeedah of the person is correct, sound and in accordance with the Pious Predecessors of this Ummah.

2 The condition for being removed from the fire due to the intercession of the angels (and others) is that a person should be from the People of Tawheed. Intercession is only for the People of Tawheed.

3 Due to his (sas) saying: "...He used to sleep half the night, then prayer for a third and then go to sleep for a sixth of it." When a half is added to a sixth they give two-thirds.

English Translation by

Amjad ibn Muhammad Rafiq

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