The Promised Messiah (AS) has stated two objectives for his people:
1) Bring about purity amongst the Muslims
2) Re-establish the Unity of God.
So, what can we do to attain this? The answer is salat. Just from this we can see the importance of salat. We can recognise the importance of salat as it is the second pillar of Islam. Also, in the Holy Qur’an it states:
‘Surely, Prayer restrains one from indecency and manifest evil’ (Ch. 29: V. 46).
Furthermore, the Holy Prophet ﷺ once said: “If there was a river at the door of anyone of you and he took a bath in it five times a day would you notice any dirt on him?” They followers said: “Not a trace of dirt would be left.” The Prophet ﷺ added, “That is the example of the five prayers with which Allah blots out (annuls) evil deeds.” From this we can clearly see how Salat contributes to our spiritual cleanliness.
Another time the Holy Prophet ﷺ said: “The first action for which a servant of Allah will be held accountable on the day of resurrection will be his prayers.”
Again, I know I am saying different examples about the same thing but my dear readers the aim of this article is to remind you the importance of salat.
Carrying on, it is also the 3rd condition of Bai’at which states: ‘That he shall offer prayers (Salat) five times daily.’ My dear readers you have seen a few examples from The Holy Prophet ﷺ’s life. I will now state some incredibly beautiful words that came out from our blessed Prophet ﷺ’s tongue. And these words were the last ones he said.
‘Be mindful of prayer and what your right hand possesses.’
I want to remind you all that, salat is a meeting with Allah, and it is not a formality. If you were to go to a meeting with someone respected, you would definitely want to wear nice clothes and look presentable. Now I am not trying to say that you should wear nice and new clothes but my point is that you are meeting the person that gave you everything and so we can at least wear clean clothes and meet Him with purity by performing Wudhu.