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PostSubject: Enjoining Prayers   Sat Jul 09, 2011 12:49 am

Enjoining Prayers

The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, underwent many hardships and ordeals after the death of his uncle, Abu Taalib, and his wife Khadeejah Bint Khuwaylid, may Allaah be pleased with her who was the first person to believe in him, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam.

He, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, experienced great sorrow and grief when she passed away, because she, may Allaah be pleased with her, was a sincere and loyal wife and used to look after and comfort him, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, and this of course relieved much of his pain and hardships. In addition to this, his uncle Abu Taalib used to support and protect the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, with every means he had at his disposal. Therefore, the polytheists in Makkah seized this opportunity; the death of Abu Taalib and Khadeejah, may Allah be pleased with her, and increased their aggression against the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, and his Companions. Hence, the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, tried to find an alternative means for his call to Islam. He decided to go to At-Taa'if to invite the people there to Islam. He was accompanied by his servant Zayd Ibn Haarithah, may Allaah be pleased with him. The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, went there on foot through the barren desert, and reached there after a very hard journey.

He, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, spent at Taa'if ten days calling people to Islam but they refused his call. Moreover, they mocked him and caused him a lot of trouble and sadness. They made their children and the fool among them abuse and stone him until his feet bled. Zayd, may Allaah be pleased with him,


was hit with a rock on his head while he was protecting the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, and was injured.

The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, set out to return to Makkah with a soul filled with sadness and grief because of the pain he, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, had suffered throughout this venture.

After all these sufferings and pains, a great gift descended from the heavens. Allaah intervened to protect and glorify His Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, with something that was never given to anyone before him, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, and which will not happen to anyone after him. This precious gift was Al-Israa' and Al-Mi'raaj (the Night Journey and Ascension to the heavens); the greatest and longest journey in the history of mankind.
While the Prophet,sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam , was sleeping,

the angel Jibreel (Gabriel), may Allaah exalt his mention, came and woke him up. Jibreel, asked the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, to ride Al-Buraaq that was with him. (a great animal that is very different from worldly animals). Al-Buraaq moved as fast as lightening.


It set its foot in the farthest spot it could see. The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, rode Al-Buraaq and within a few moments he, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, reached Al-Aqsaa mosque in Palestine.

He, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, entered the mosque with Jibreel and found all the prophets and messengers of Allaah (may Allaah exalt their mention). He led them in Prayer (offering two Raka'hs) after which the journey of Ascension began from Al-Aqsaa mosque to the heavens with the angel Jibreel.

On this great journey, the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, ascended from one heaven to another. He, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, saw a number of prophets on this journey such as Aadam, 'Eesaa Ibn Maryam (Jesus son of Marry), Yahyaa Ibn Zakariyyaa (John, son of Zachariah), Yoosuf (Joseph), Idrees (Enoch), Haaroon (Aaron), and Moosaa (Moses), may Allaah exalt their mention. They all welcomed the Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, and invoked Allaah to bestow His grace upon him. Then, he ascended to the seventh heaven and met the father of the Prophets, Ibraaheem (Abraham), may Allaah exalt his mention.

The Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, greeted him, and then, he was raised to Sidratul-Muntahaa (a lote-tree of the utmost boundary over the seventh heaven beyond which none can pass). No prophet or angel knows anything beyond this place. No one can describe this wonderful place because of its marvelous beauty wherein lies the paradise of Ma'waa (Abode). In this Paradise the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, witnessed that which has never been seen or heard of or even thought of by any human being. After this, the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, was raised to an unimaginable and indescribable place. At that point Allaah revealed to His slave Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, whatever He chose to reveal. The Great Creator gave His honorable Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, a great gift for him and for his nation till the Day of Judgment. This gift allows every believer to contact his Great Lord, invoke Him, and complain about his grief and sorrow to Him at any time. This blessed gift is the Prayer. It represents the ascension of the soul of every Muslim. In the beginning, it was not prescribed as five Prayers each day as we pray now. In fact, fifty obligatory Prayers were enjoined for every day. The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, returned with this gift, and he met Prophet Moosaa, may Allaah exalt his mention, in the sixth heaven and he asked Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, about what Allaah had ordained upon his people. He, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, replied, "Fifty prayers". Moosaa, may Allaah exalt his mention, said, "Your nation will not be able to perform these prayers". Moosaa, may Allaah exalt his mention, told our Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, that Allaah had ordained upon the children of Israel very few things, but they could not do them. Then, Moosaa, may Allaah exalt his mention, asked him, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, to return to his Lord and ask Him to reduce this obligation. Then the Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, returned to his Lord and asked Him to reduce this obligation. Allaah cancelled five prayers from the original fifty Prayers. Then he, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, returned to Moosaa and told him that Allaah had made it five less.

Moosaa, may Allaah exalt his mention, said, "Your nation will not be able to do so. Therefore, return to your Lord and ask Him to decrease this number." So the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, continued to go back and forth between his Lord and Moosaa till Allaah said to his honorable Prophet, “O Muhammad! They are five Prayers per day. Every Prayer will get the reward of ten. Therefore, they will be rewarded as fifty prayers." Then, Allaah bestowed His grace on him out of His Bounty and Mercy to him and his nation. Allaah said to His Prophet and messenger Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, "Whoever intends to do a righteous deed from among your nation but does not do it, it will be recorded as a good deed. If he does it, it will be recorded as ten good deeds. Whoever intends to do an evil deed but does not do it, it will not be recorded against him. But if he does it, it will be recorded as one evil deed only."

Then, the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, descended filled with joy and happiness. He, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, met Prophet Moosaa, may Allaah exalt his mention, and told him about Allaah's Bounty and Mercy upon him and his nation. Moosaa, may Allaah exalt his mention, said, “Return to your Lord and ask Him to decrease the Prayers more than that." The Prophet Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said, “I am shy to ask my Lord more than this. I will submit and be satisfied with this." All acts of worship, obligations, and prohibitions were revealed from Allaah, the most Exalted, to His messenger, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, through the angel Jibreel (Gabriel), may Allaah exalt his mention, except the Prayer. It is the only act of worship that was ordained directly by Allaah without any mediation from above the seventh heaven. This denotes the great status that the Prayer has in Islam. The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said, "Prayer is the first thing about which the slave will be reckoned (on the Day of Judgment)." [An-Nasaa'ee]

Indeed, the Prayer was the last thing the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, advised his nation to abide by before his death. He used to say, while he was breathing his last, "(Stick to) the prayer and (be kind to) what your right hands possess (female slaves)". [Ibn Maajah]

Prayer is also the last thing that will be lost in this religion because if it is neglected, the whole religion will be lost. The Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said, "The firm bonds of Islam will be dissolved one by one. Once a bond is dissolved, people will stick to the next one. The first one to be dissolved is governing (according to the rule of Allaah) and the last one is prayer."[Ahmad].


Therefore, we have to keep performing the Prayer in adherence to the command of Allaah, the Most Exalted, and the in fulfillment to the instructions of the Prophet, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam.

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