A life without prayers is a life without purpose

THE relationship between us and our Creator is dependent on communication. Your relationship with the Magnificent or anyone as a matter of fact, will never grow and develop without communication. Muslims do not merely pray to ask for things but rather to give thanks and to remember Allah, the Most High. Hence prayer to the believer is remembrance and communication with God.

By Abid Ishaq

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Published: Fri 8 Jul 2005, 11:09 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 6:44 PM

Dear readers, our prayers express our dependence on Allah. Prayers help us remember that we can do nothing of significance without Him. As a matter of fact, the Holy Quran outlines the reality of our nature and our dependence on the Creator: "It is Allah who created you in a state of weakness, then gave you strength after weakness, then after strength, gave you weakness and a hoary head: He creates what He wills, and He is the All-knowing, the All-powerful." [Quran, 30:54]

Weakness in the beginning and weakness in the end: This is the essence of man. He is so weak and helpless at birth that his entire existence depends on his parents and his family. If he were to be abandoned in these first crucial years, he could not survive on his own. He needs a gentle and loving hand, not only in his infancy, but in his childhood and even in his teenage years. As this child enters the years of youth and independence, he begins to take control of his own life. He looks with pride at his strong physique, his handsome features and his many talents. He begins to despise those of lesser abilities, even scorning his parents, who exhausted their own health to nurture him.

He becomes unjust and cruel, using his strength and vigour to dominate others. He thinks he is master, free to act as he wills. But does this youth, these good looks last forever? In only a few decades, he begins to lose his strength, his youth is replaced by old age; Weakness in the beginning, weakness in the end. The message is clear: The Real Master is Allah, the Creator, the Most High. He alone is Mighty. He alone is Great. He alone is never tired, never needs rest, never dependent upon anyone. Allah is the Greatest! Everyday, we say a warm thank you for the small acts of kindness which others do for us. So how about thanking Allah, who, in His infinite mercy, has provided for every single one of our needs?

This is one of the reasons as to why we pray to Allah. Our relationship with God forces us to honestly face our situation and represents the only means of humbling ourselves in front of Allah, all the time reminding us of our humble beginning and end.

Yet today, it is unfortunate that many Muslims on a daily basis fail to communicate with God and hence recognise their Creator. Time flies and the following verse reflects their life: "Then there has succeeded them a generation which has given up prayers (i.e. made their prayers to be lost, either by not offering them at all or by not offering them perfectly or by not offering them in their proper fixed times, etc.) and have followed lusts. So they will be thrown in Hell. Except those who repent and believe in the Oneness of Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him), and act righteously." [Quran, 19:59-60]

Furthermore, regarding those who have abandoned their prayers, the Quran states: "Woe unto those performers of prayers (hypocrites) who are unmindful of their prayers (i.e., delay their prayer from its stipulated time)." [Quran, 107:4-5]

And: "O you who believe! Let not your properties or your children divert you from the remembrance of Allah. And whosoever does that, then they are the losers." [Quran, 63:9]

Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, warned his Ummah saying: "What lies between a man and disbelief is the abandonment of prayer." [Muslim, Abu Dawood, Nasa’i]

Dear readers, we are really not as strong and great as our egos tell us. We should ponder over our relationship with our Lord and hasten to thank and fulfil our duty to our Creator. Communicating with and remembering Allah are vital elements of our daily life. Without reflecting and praying, our lives lose focus and power. Now can there be a greater loss than a life without a purpose?

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