To perform namâz is to consider the greatness of Allahu ta’âlâ and to realize one’s own inferiority before Him. A person who realizes this will always do good things. He will never do evil things. If a person intends to be in the presence of his Rabb (Allah) five times every day, his heart will be filled with ikhlâs (sincerity). Every act commanded to be done in namâz gives various benefits to the heart and the body.
Performing namâz in jamâ’at in mosques will attach Muslims’ hearts to one another. It will bring about love between them. They will realize that they are brothers. The seniors will be affable with the juniors. And the juniors will be respectful to the seniors. The rich will be helpful to the poor, and the powerful to the weak. The healthy will visit the sick in their homes as they will miss them in the mosque. For being blessed with the glad tidings given in the hadîth-i sherîf, “Allah is the helper of a person who runs to help his brother-in-Islam,” they will race one another.
Namâz prevents people from doing nasty, bad and forbidden things. It becomes atonement for sins. In a hadîth-i sherîf it is declared, “The five daily prayers are like a river which runs before your house. If one washed himself in that river five times every day, there would be no dirt left on him. Likewise, minor sins of those who perform the five daily prayers are forgiven.”
After having faith in Allahu ta’âlâ and His Messenger ’alaihissalâm, namâz is superior to all other deeds and worships. Therefore, it is necessary to perform it by observing its fards, wâjibs, sunnats and mustahabs.
Our Prophet “sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam” declared in one of his hadîth-i sherîfs, “O my Umma (Community) and my Companions! A namâz performed by
observing its rules completely is the most superior of all the deeds that Allahu ta’âlâ loves. It is a sunnat of the Prophets. It is loved by Angels. It is the light of ma’rifa, the earth and the skies (Ma’rifa: Knowledge pertaining to Allahu ta’âlâ’s Dhât [Person] and Attributes). It is the power of the body. It is the abundance of the sustenance. It causes prayers to be accepted. It is an intercessor against the Angel of Death. It is a light in the grave. It is an answer to Munkar and Nakîr (Questioning Angels in the grave).
It is a shade over one in the Day of Rising. It is a trench between oneself and the fire of Hell. It makes one pass over the Sirât Bridge like lightning. It is the key to Paradise. It is one’s crown in Paradise. Allahu ta’âlâ has not given anything more important than namâz to the Believers. He would bestow upon the Believers any other worship first if there were a superior one. For, some of the angels are constantly in the qiyâm, some in the rukû’, some in the sajda, some in the tashahhud. He gathered all of these in one rak’at of namâz and gave them as a present to the Believers. For, namâz is the head of îmân, the pillar of the religion, the word of Islam and the mi’râj of the Believers. It is the light of the sky. It is the rescuer from Hell.