Is there a hadith meaning ‘My happiness is in prayer’?

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Yes, there is a hadith like that.

The Prophet (pbuh) said, “Three things have been made dear to me from the world: women, perfume and prayer but my comfort is in prayer.” (Nasai, Ishratun- Nisa, 1)

Although there are scholars who think that worship should be performed just because it is the command of Allah and that there is no need to seek any wisdom behind worship when there is a command, and hence there is no need to seek a purpose and benefit for worship, most scholars state that every command definitely has some wisdom and benefits whether they are known by people or not.

In this respect, if a person who is the addressee of a command thinks about the benefits and purposes of the command when he fulfils it, and tries to understand the wisdom behind it, he may be carried to a different consciousness and a different dimension.

While thinking about the purpose of worship, it is not appropriate to reduce it to one dimension. It is not appropriate in terms of both the nature of the worship and the rank and level of those who perform that worship. For, it is possible that the purpose of worship for a person of a certain level is only test and trial while it can be the elevation of the soul through the education of the soul and disciplining it for another person. Perhaps for a higher level, worshipping Allah can be a superior pleasure, a delight and a blessing for the heart above and beyond all those purposes, rejoining for the souls, in short, happiness of man.

The statement of the Prophet (pbuh) "My happiness is in prayer" shows the importance of prayer along with the meaning the Prophet attributes to prayer because for the Prophet (pbuh), who performs prayers in a deep state of feelings, prayer turns into a meeting with the supreme Creator and supplication and invocation in His presence.

In that case, prayer is one of the biggest reasons for happiness, peace, tranquility and peace of mind. Therefore, prayer was made the apple of the eye of the Prophet.

In Arabic, the phrase translated as "the apple of the eye" means something more than love because not every loved thing brightens one's eyes. The eye becomes brightened only with the best of the beloved ones: either Allah or deeds that enable man to approach Him.

One of the deeds that makes man approach Allah most and makes him comfortable and happy is prayer.

Thus,
- Our comfort is in prayer.
- Our reliance is in prayer.
- Our happiness is in prayer.
- The peace of our heart is in prayer.

Allah Almighty states the following in a sacred hadith:  

“I have divided the prayer into two halves between Me and My slave, and My slave will receive what he asks. When the slave says,

“Praise be to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds”, Allah will say,

“My slave has praised Me.” When the slave says,

“Most Gracious, Most Merciful”, Allah will say,

“My slave has lauded Me.” When the slave says,

“Master of the Day of Judgment”, Allah will say,

“My slave has glorified Me.” When the slave says,

“Thee do we worship, and Thine aid we seek”, Allah will say,

“This is between Me and My slave, and My slave will receive what he asks for.” When the slave says,

“Show us the straight way, the way of those on whom Thou hast bestowed Thy Grace, those whose (portion) is not wrath, and who go not astray”, Allah will say,

This is for My slave, and My slave will receive what he asks for.” (Muslim, Salah 38; Muwatta, Salah 39)

To sum up, when it is remembered that prayer was also commanded in the previous religions, it is understood that prayer has a great function in showing resistance to difficulties and attaining peace and happiness.

As a matter of fact, the following is stated in a verse:

"O ye who believe! seek help with patient perseverance and prayer." (al-Baqara 2/153)

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