Shaykh Muhammad Hisham Kabbani
Prayer is one of the central elements of Islamic practice and worship. Indeed, it is the second of the Five Pillars of Islam and, along with the testimony of faith, the pilgrimage to Mecca, fasting the month of Ramadan and paying the poor tax, forms the essential framework of religious life for Muslims. More than that, the observance of the ritual prayer forms the framework of each Muslims day, from the pre!dawn morning prayer to the night prayer that precedes sleep.
Prayer’s Importance in Islam
Prayer, in the ritual sense, is an obligation of the faith, to be performed five times a day by adult Muslims. "ccording to Islamic law, prayers have a variety of obligations and conditions of observance. #owever, beyond the level of practice, there are spiritual conditions and aspects of prayer which represent its essence.In the #oly $ur%n, "llah says&
I created the jinn and humankind only that they might worship Me.
'hus, prayer first and foremost, is the response to this (ivine directive to worship the )reator. Prayer represents the individuals affirmation of servanthood before the *ord of )reation and submission to #is +mnipotent ill. It also represents a willing acknowledgment of our weakness and neediness by seeking (ivine -race, Mercy, "bundance and Forgiveness. Prayer, then, is a willful, directed action by the believer, seeking direct, unmediated communication with "llah, for Muslims believe that every human being is of interest to the (ivine. It also represents a concrete manifestation of the Islamic conception of freewill, in that the decision to pray is one that must be made by each individual. In this way, prayer is a uniuely /human0 form of worship, for all other creatures submit without uestion to "llahs ill and are engaged in #is praise, glorification and remembrance, as the #oly $ur%n asserts&