Will you give information about establishing regular prayers (being steadfast in prayer)?

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Will you give information about establishing regular prayers (being steadfast in prayer)?
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Al-Baqara, verse 43- And be steadfast in prayer; give Zakat, and bow down your heads with those who bow down (in worship).

Al-An'am, verse 72- Say: "To establish regular prayers and to fear Allah; for it is to him that we shall be gathered together."

Being steadfast in prayer, praying regularly and in a spiritually and materially clean state means the growing of the belief and bursting out of the body, arranging the course of life in a regular and straight form. The body is cleaned spiritually and materially with it and, the body and the heart become strong by getting used to each other. If you compare the state of a person when he prays to when he does not pray, you will definitely see that his manners when he prays are better than when he does not.

This verse: “Prayer restrains from shameful and unjust deeds." (al-Ankabut, 29/45) indicates that truth. The mistakes in this kind of comparison originate from comparing different people. A person who does not perform prayers but who is regarded to have high ethics in terms of some issues becomes much better ethically and spiritually when he performs prayers. A person who performs prayers has benefits in terms of at least four ways: The first one is cleanliness; the second is the strength of heart; the third one is the order in terms of the times of the day; the fourth one is the social improvement. Those benefits are present even in the most formal prayer if one performs it regularly. It is impossible to calculate all of the benefits of performing prayers.

That issue is emphasized in many verses. Being steadfast in prayers essentially means performing prayers by paying attention to the pillars of prayers and with complete concentration.

"And they perform (yusalluna) prayers.” That is, they establish regular prayers. It is very interesting that the verbs “yusalluna” and “sallu” are used a lot in the Quran about prayers.

Doubtlessly, saying “they are steadfast in prayer” is more comprehensive than “they perform prayers”; it indicates performing prayers properly, that is, by paying attention to the pillars of prayers, surrendering to Allah and showing humbleness and even leading prayers. Therefore, it is wajib to perform prayers by paying attention to the pillars of prayers; it is also deemed necessary by the religion to command the good and forbid the evil especially for prayer and to make efforts to perform prayers properly.

The following are all related to commanding the good and forbid the evil regarding prayers: the training of the children by the parents about performing prayers, the advise and reminding by Muslim brothers of prayers to each other, the elimination of the barriers for prayer by the administrators and their encouragement for prayer by facilitating it, going to the mosque for the Friday prayer and performing prayers in congregation regularly. (see Elmalılı Hamdi, Hak Dini, the interpretation of the relevant verse)

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