There is a hadith as follows: "The thief is the person who steals from his prayer." What is implied in this hadith; what does theft in prayer mean?

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There is a hadith as follows: "The thief is the person who steals from his prayer." What is implied in this hadith; what does theft in prayer mean?
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Dear Brother / Sister,

The explanation of the prophet (PBUH) regarding the issue is as follows:

"The worst type of thief is the one who steals from his prayer."

The people asked, "O Messenger of Allah, how can a person steal from his prayer?"

"By not doing ruku and sajda properly. This is stealing from prayer. The most miserly of people are those who are stingy with their salaams (i.e., do not greet others).” (Musnad Ahmad b. Hanbal, III/70).

So not performing the fards of prayer properly is evaluated as theft from prayer.

It is not true for man to leave tadil al-arkan by excusing the muchness of his work and the lack of time because this will become a habit in time. Hurrying up in salah is against the rules of Islam. Making a sacrifice in works for salah is permissible but it is never a true attitude to make a sacrifice in tadil al-arkan. This is a theft from worship which is the basis of and  benefit of our hereafter.

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