Is Prayer a Burden or Blessing?

Some people may claim that Salah is a heavy burden. This, however, can never be the thinking of a believer, who has tasted the sweetness of servitude to the Owner of the heavens and the earth. Sadly, in reality, we see people presenting greater servitude to human beings for the purpose of gaining some transient materialistic benefits. The One who is the sole reason for our existence and sustenance certainly deserves more than this.

Prayer is the spiritual therapy for one’s inner self. without it, a person will never rest in peace. Just as we are so cautious to cleanse our bodies from physical impurities, Salah spiritually cleanses our souls from the agonies and worries of this worldly life. Salah is the strong bond between us and the One who created us; that’s why prayer is a necessity. Like food and drink are necessary for our bodies, prayer is necessary for our souls and it is the substance of our serenity and tranquility.

Know that by praying, we not only show submission to the commands of the One who created us, but we also gain many benefits in this life before the hereafter. Reflects on this yourself and compare those who pray to those who do not.

Abu Malik al-Harith bin Asim al-Asharee reported that: the Prophet said: “And the Salah(prayer) is light” (Muslim)

Allah, the Exalted, is not in need of our prayers; we are the ones who are in need of Him in every breath we take. Bear in mind whenever you stand in prayer you are not doing Allah any favor.

Allah the Exalted said: (O mankind, you are the ones who are in need of Allah is the free of need, the praiseworthy) (The Noble Qu’ran 35:15)

Allah the Exalted said: (If you disbelieve – indeed, Allah is free from need of you. And He does not approve of His servant’s disbelief. And if you are grateful, He approves it for you) ( The Noble Qu’ran 39:7)

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