Since Âdam ’alaihis-salâm, there was salat once a day in every religion. All that had been performed were brought together and were made fard (commandment) for those who believe in Muhammad ’alaihis-salâm. Although performing namâz is not one of the principles of îmân, it is essential for îmân to believe that namâz is fard.
Salat is the main pillar of the religion. He who performs his namâzes constantly, correctly and completely will have set up his religion and he will have made the building of Islam stay intact.
Those who do not perform salat will have demolished their religion and the building of Islam. Our Prophet “sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam” said, “The head of our religion is salat.” As no human can live without a head, it is not possible to have religion without salat.
In Islam, salat is the first command after having îmân. Allahu ta’âlâ made salat fard so that His slaves would worship only Him. Allahu ta’âlâ commands “Perform salat!” in more than one hundred verses of the Qur’ân al-karîm.
In a hadîth-i sherîf, it is declared that “Allahu ta’âlâ commanded to perform salat five times every day. Allahu ta’âlâ has promised that He shall put in Paradise the person who performs salat respectfully and observing the conditions five times every day.”
Salat is the most valuable of worships commanded in our religion. A hadîth-i sherîf declares: “A Person who does not perform salat has not had a share from Islam.”
In another hadîth-i sherîf, it was stated: “It is salat which distinguishes the Muslim from the disbeliever,” that is, the Believer performs salat, and the disbeliever does not. Munâfiqs (hypocrites), however, sometimes perform it and sometimes do not. Munâfiqs will undergo very bitter torment in Hell. Rasûlullah “sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam” said, “Those who do not perform salat will find Allahu ta’âlâ angry on the Day of Resurrection.”