The Essence of the Holy Qur’an
Neglecting Prayer Is A Great Loss
There came after them successors who neglected prayer and pursued desires, so they are going to meet evil.
(Surah 19.Maryam, Verse -59)
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
One of the most significant losses for a believer on the earth is to lose prayer, to neglect it. Because prayer is submission to the Lord and also one of the most special and beautiful manifestations of our servitude. Prayer means reaching a peaceful place. It is a union longingly awaited by the believer. It is meeting our Lord five times a day. As believers who pray are deemed worthy of praise in our Holy Book, those who neglect prayer are criticized just as much. As those who perform their due prayer and elevate themselves are given the good news of grace, those who deprive themselves of this great blessing are warned just as much. They consider prayer as elevation. They are the ones who understand the hadith, “Prayer becomes a warrant for light, proof, and salvation on the Day for those who regularly perform it.”
Prayer protects us as long as we protect it. It preserves us so long as we preserve it. It never spares us its generosity. All we need to do is not to spare ourselves prayer. Our Prophet (pbuh) said the best prayer was the one performed on time. He said to his distinguished muezzin, “Get up, o Bilal! Refresh us with prayer!” and eased the intensity of life with prayer. He took away his exhaustion with prayer. He found peace with prayer.
Let us ask ourselves these questions: Do we protect our prayers, and do they protect us? Do we pain for the remorse of the prayers we delayed or neglected? Are our prayers the bridge of union and fondness that connects us to our Lord? Are our prayers a shield that protects us against evil? May the Almighty grant us to be among those who elevate with prayer. May He grant us to be among those who are purified with prayer, who earn His favour with prayer, and who attain His eternal blessings.
Jobayer Al Mahmud, Istanbul, Turkey.