‘Uthman bin `Affan (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) saying: “One who performs `Isha’ prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Salaah for half of the night. And one who performs the Fajr prayer in congregation, is as if he has performed Salaah the whole night.”
It was narrated that Ibn Mas’ood (may Allah be pleased with him) said: Whoever would like to meet Allah tomorrow as a Muslim, let him regularly perform these prayers when the call for them is given, for they are among the ways of guidance. Allah has prescribed for your Prophet ways of guidance, and if you pray in your homes, as the one who stays away from the prayers prays in his home, then you will have abandoned the way of your Prophet, and if you abandon the way of your Prophet you will go astray.
There is no man who purifies himself and does it well, then he goes to one of these mosques, but for every step he takes Allah will record for him one hasanah (good deed) and will raise him thereby one degree in status and will erase for him one sayi’ah (bad deed). I saw us (at the time of the Prophet (saw)) and no one stayed behind from these prayers except a hypocrite who was known for his hypocrisy. A man would come supported by two others so that he could stand in the row.
From Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri: The Messenger of Allaah (saw) saw some of his companions falling back (in the rows for prayer) and said to them: “Come forward and follow me (in prayer) and let those who come after you follow you. People will persist in falling back until Allaah puts them back.”
Some Ulema have said that this means if you are late for salaah and are always in the last rows, you’ll start falling behind in many good actions!
If you are finding that you are unable to concentrate during the prayer, then this is usually due to a sin you’re doing outside the of the salaah. It is most likely not lowering the gaze.
If someone can’t take care of their salaah, they won’t be able to take care of anything.
The status of the prayer in a person’s heart shows how much he loves Allah.
It is narrated from ‘Uthmaan (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever prays ‘Isha’ in congregation, it is as if he spent half the night in prayer, and whoever prays Fajr in congregation, it is as if he spent the whole night in prayer.”
[Saheeh Muslim (656)]
When the Prophet (saw) was asked what the MOST beloved action to Allah was, he (saw) would consistently answer, “Prayer performed on time.” (Bukhari, Nasaai).
Allah (Subhanahu wa ta’ala) describes the later generations of Bani Israeel as having “Lost the prayer” because they stopped praying on time.
But there came after them successors who neglected prayer and pursued desires; so, they are going to meet evil –
This led them to pursue their evil empty desires and meet destruction in the Hereafter.
When one has no desire or longing to remember their Lord, they stand at the end of the time of prayer with laziness just to get it over with. This is how Allah describes the hypocrites.
Indeed, the hypocrites [think to] deceive Allah, but He is deceiving them. And when they stand for prayer, they stand lazily, showing [themselves to] the people and not remembering Allah except a little,
Let’s train ourselves to pray our salaah on time within the time frame insha’Allah.
Ramadan is the time to establish good habits and what better habit can you start than the one that is most beloved to Allah!