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Hadith (11) Prayer, the Ultimate Comfort

Hadith (11) Prayer, the Ultimate Comfort / محمد لهلال

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Hadith -11-

Prayer, the Ultimate Comfort

 محمد لهلال

 

It was narrated that Anas said: “The Messenger of God, peace and blessings be upon him, said: “Women and perfume have been made dear to me, but my comfort has been provided in prayer”. This hadith was reported by an-Nasae.

Meanings and Lessons:

  • This hadith was contextualized by an-Nasae in chapter: “The kind treatment of women”. The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, links the love of women with his love of perfume, this connotes how high the esteem he feels towards righteous women. Who can argue about the fragrance of perfume when it is used to add charm and beauty? This hadith clearly refutes any assumption that Islam denigrates and debases women.
  • The dearest of all for the Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, remains the prayer. In prayer he finds the ultimate comfort and since we are commanded to follow the path of the Messenger in every detail, we have to exert effort to pray in the same way he prayed and find the comfort he enjoyed in his prayer. Some Muslims tend to focus and elaborate on the outward aspects of prayer and overlook the Prophet’s emotional state in his prayer which is the core part of: “Pray in the way you see me pray”.
  • Prayer is given this high status by God and His Messenger as it was decreed during the Prophet’s most miraculous journey of Isra’ and Mi’raj, and it is the most appropriate ritual that brings the worshiper closer to God. All rituals of the prayer are indicative of how humble and submissive the worshiper must be before God by reciting the Qur’an, bowing, prostrating, praising God, the Almighty, and expressing through Du’a (supplication) the ultimate need for His mercy, blessings and forgiveness.
  • Our prayer should not be deemed as a customary burden which needs to be lifted so quickly so that one returns to one’s daily business of greedily pursuing worldly benefits. For this reason, some would complain about the hollowness of the soul in terms of Iman (faith) that supposedly should increase whenever one prays and recites the Qur’an. The Muslim fails to find the comfort the Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him, talks about although he prays five times a day simply because he has not met the comprehensive pre-requisites of sound praying on the model of our Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him.
  • In order to find the precious comfort in prayer, a Muslim should get prepared by repeatedly repenting to God, repairing one’s intention, doing correct wudu’ and purifying the heart from vices that veil it from receiving the light of faith. The Muslim should also refine and discipline his character so that the darkness of sins would not damage his endeavor to get nearer to his Lord to enjoy the peace and comfort in prayer.
  • It is really sad to find many Muslims talk about any issue you name, in fields of politics, economics, society, etc. But when it comes to prayer, they would regard it a private concern. How conceivable can it be that a Muslim can fast Ramadan, but does not pray in some Muslim communities? Isn’t it a despicable policy when the curricula in our education system intentionally ignore teaching our children the basics of our “Deen”, mainly the prayer? Therefore, we should persevere in campaigning for and reviving the performance of prayer at school, in workplace, during public events, and so on. When the call for prayer is heard, Muslims should prioritize the prayer over anything else and show their need for spiritual energy and the mercy and blessings of God, Exalted is He.

And Praise be to the Lord of the worlds.

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