I have some new recipes coming up, so be on the look out! For now I have posted an article and want you to think about what makes us do the things we do? What motivates us? What motivates you to pray on time?
Image courtesy of David Pasillas
Originally featured in IFN December 2010
Where the birds stir from their nests of twigs and yarn and fly out in search of filling their bellies, between the dawn and the rising of the sun kissing the sky, and where the careless burrow further beneath the covers of sleep and warmth, and where they work till their hands bleed, Fajr and Asr are the hours where the most pious congregate.
They are two of the most missed fard prayers that have swallowed our ummah.
This is unfortunate because these are prayers that separate a believer from a hypocrite.
What person awakens from their deep slumber to splash cold water to make ablution and perform a prayer whilst others sleep?
A devoted and strong believer.
Abu Zuhair ‘Umarah Ruwaibah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) saying: “He who performs Salat (prayers) before the rising of the sun and before its setting will not enter Hell.” (Muslim)
This does not mean that this is the only condition to enter Jannah.
One who dutifully cares and observes these particular important prayers (Fajr and Asr), demonstrates that the believer also practices in observing other religious obligations and follows the sunnah.
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “There are angels who take turns in visiting you by night and by day, and they all assemble at the dawn (Fajr) and the afternoon (‘Asr) prayers. Those who have spent the night with you ascend to the heavens and their Rab, Who knows better about them, asks: ‘In what condition did you leave My slaves?’ They reply: ‘We left them while they were performing Salat and we went to them while they were performing Salat.” (Al-Bukhari and Muslim)
Praying these two specific prayers are important and when we are steadfast and reliable in performing them, they surely go unnoticed by the angels and Allah (swt).
How great is it to have angels scribbling and reporting away to our Creator that we are prostrating for Him every time the angels descend upon us?
Fajr and Asr prayers are important prayers because of their difficulty to maintain them and to do them in their short prescribed time is an accomplishment and a break for us from toiling away in work and play.