Can you give some information about not performing salah relying on the idea that sooner or later Allah will forgive me. Will there be a difference between those who perform their salahs and those who do not perform their salahs?
Submitted by on Sat, 25/04/2015 - 10:10
Dear Brother / Sister,
It is not appropriate for a person to leave salah by saying, “Sooner or later Allah will forgive me.” Their condition is like that of those who give up eating and drinking water by saying, “Allah is merciful, He will not let me die.” Allah has informed people about how He is going to treat those who do not perform their salahs. Allah has stated in the Qur’an that He will torment the people who do not perform their salahs.
Allah Ta’ala states the following about the torment in the afterworld:
"And (ask) of the Sinners: What led you into Hell-Fire?They will say: "We were not of those who prayed… " (al-Muddathir, 74/40-43).
“But after them there followed a posterity who missed prayers and followed after lusts: soon, then will they face Destruction. Except those who repent and believe, and work Righteousness: for these will enter the Garden and will not be wronged in the least.” (Maryam, 19/59, 60)
“So woe to the worshippers, Who are neglectful of their Prayers.” (al-Maun, 107/4-5)
Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.) said,
“The protection of Allah and His Messenger is removed from those who leave their salahs intentionally.” (Ahmad b. Hanbal, IV, 238, VI, 461)
“The deeds of those who leave their afternoon prayer go in vain.” (Bukhari, Mawaqit,13, 34; Nasai, Salat, 15)
“Allah Ta’ala seals the hearts of those who leave three jumu’ah (Friday) salahs negligently.” (Nasai, Jumu’ah, 2; Tirmidhi, Jumu’ah 7; Ibn Majah, Iqama, 93)
Since Prophet Adam, there had been one salah a day in every religion. The salahs performed by all of them were gathered together and were made fard for those who believed in Prophet Muhammad. It is not a pillar of iman (belief) to perform salah. But, to believe that salah is a fard is a pillar of iman.
Salah is the pillar of religion. A person who performs his/her salah regularly and properly will have established his/her religion and kept the building of Islam erect. And he who does not perform his/her salah will have destroyed his/her religion and the building of Islam. Our Prophet (pbuh) said, “The head of our religion is the salah. There is no one without a head; similarly, there is no religion without salah.”
The prophet (s.a.w.) criticizes the people who leave congregation as follows:
“I swear I wish in my heart that I shall order people to perform salah and they shall carry out this; after that, I shall order a man to lead people to perform the salah. After this order, I shall take some men with loads of wood to the ones who have not come to congregation and burn their houses furiously.” (al-Muwatta', Jama'ah 3; Ibn Majah, Masajid, 17).
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