[Shaikh Zakariyya Kandhlawi (rahimahullah)]
Hadhrat Abu Hurairah (Radhiyallahu anhu) narrates that he heard the Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) saying:
“There is no place in Islam for a person who does not say his salaat, and there is no salaat without wudhu.”
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Umar (Radhiyallahu anhu) also heard the Prophet (Sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) saying, “There is no Islam in a person when there is no salaat by him. The position of salaat in Islam is as the position of the head in a body.”
Let those who do not offer salaat, and not only call themselves Muslims, but also boast of their being champions of the Muslim cause, ponder over these words of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam).They dream of reviving the past glory of Islam but would not care to know how rigidly the people responsible for that glory stuck to the practices of Islam.
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Abbas (Radhiyallahu anhu) suffered from cataract of the eye. People told him that the disease could be treated but he would have to miss his salaat for a few days. He said: “This is not possible: I have heard
the Prophet (Sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) saying. ‘A person who does not say his salaat shall stand before Allah while Allah shall be angry with him.” The companions of the Prophet would rather like to go blind than to forego salaat (though permissible under such circumstances) even for a few days. When on his last day Hadhrat Umar (Radhiyallahu anhu) was stabbed by a Majoos, he often remained unconscious and eventually expired due to excessive bleeding. While on his death-bed. he was made conscious of the approaching salaat hours and he performed salaat in that very condition, and would remark: “There is no lot in Islaam for a person who does not say his salaat.” These days it is considered unkind and improper to induce the patient or even allow him to say his salaat. What a world of difference is there between the view-points and approach of tlie Muslims of these two ages!
Hadhrat Ali (Radhiyallahu anhu) once requested the Prophet (Sallallaahu alaihi wasallam) to give him a servant. The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said “Here are three slaves; take anyone you like.” Hadhrat Ali (Radhiyallahu anhu) said, “You may kindly choose one for me.” The Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wasallam) pointed towards a certain man and said, “Take this one he is particular about his salaat. But you are not to beat him. We are forbidden to beat one who says salaat.” We, on the other hand, mock at our servant and consider him a liability if he goes for salaat.
Sufyaan Thauri (Rahmatullah alaih), the famous Sufi once fell into a state of ecstasy. He remained in his house for seven days without sleep, food and drink. When his Shaikh was informed of his condition, he inquired if Sufyaan was observing the hours of his salaat. He was told that his salaat was quite regular and safe. At this, the Shaikh remarked, “Glory be to Allah, Who has not allowed the Devil to have an upper hand on him!”
[Fadha’il e Namaaz]