One day, Hadrat Ali could not perform the late afternoon prayer in its due time. Out of his agony, he threw himself to the ground. Moaning, he wept and cried. When our Prophet Muhammad Mustafâ “sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam” learned of the situation, with his Companions, he went to Hadrat Ali “radî- Allâhu ’anh.” When he saw his state, our Prophet, the Master of the worlds, “sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam,” began to weep. He invoked Allahu ta’âlâ. The sun re-appeared. Our Master Rasûlullah “sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam” told Hadrat Ali, “O Ali! Raise your head. The sun is still visible.” Hadrat Ali “radî-Allâhu ’anh” greatly rejoiced. He performed his namâz.
One night, Hadrat Abû Bakr Siddîq “radî-Allâhu ’anh” had worshipped much and fell asleep towards the end of the night. The time of witr prayer expired. In the morning prayer, he followed our Master, the Prophet. He came to the gate of the masjîd, and he cried. He begged, “O Rasûlallah! Help me, the time of my witr namâz has lapsed.” Our Master Rasûlullah started weeping too. Upon this, Jabrâil ’alaihis-salâm came and said, “O Rasûlullah! Tell Siddîq that Allahu ta’âlâ has forgiven him.”
One night Hadrat Bâyazîd-i Bistâmî “quddîsa sirruh,” a great walî, could not wake up for the morning prayer. He wept and moaned so much that he heard a voice, “O Bâyazîd! I have forgiven this fault of yours. I have given you the rewards of seventy thousand namâzes due to your weeping.” Several months later, he was overwhelmed with sleep again. The Satan came and awoke him by holding his blessed foot. He said, “Get up, the time of your namâz is about to lapse!” Hadrat Bâyazîd-i Bistâmî asked, “O accursed! How can you do such a thing? You want everyone not to perform his prayer in its due time. Why have you awakened me?” The Satan answered, “You attained the thawâb of seventy thousand namâzes by weeping on the day you missed the morning prayer. Considering this, I woke you up so that you will attain the thawâb of only one namâz, not seventy thousand namâzes!
Hadrat Junayd-i Baghdâdî, a great walî, said, “An hour of this worldly life is better than one thousand years on the Day of Judgement. For, in this one hour, one can do a pious and accepted deed; however, it is impossible to make anything in those one thousand years.” Rasûlullah “sall-Allâhu ’alaihi wa sallam” said, “Allahu ta’âlâ will keep a person, who performs a namâz after its time is over, in Hell for eighty hukbas.” One hukba is equal to eighty years of the Hereafter. One day of the Hereafter equals one thousand worldly years.
Therefore, O my brother in religion! Do not waste your time with useless things. Appreciate the value of your time. Pass your time doing the best things. Our beloved Prophet ’alaihis-salâm said, “The greatest affliction is to pass the time with useless things!” Perform your namâzes in their due times so that you will not be sorry on the Judgement Day and you will attain many rewards! In a hadîth-i sherîf, it is declared, “Seventy thousand trenches will be opened to a person who has not performed one of the daily prayers in its due time and passed away before making qadâ of it. He will be tormented (in his grave) until the Last Day.”
A person who does not perform a namâz within its prescribed time intentionally; that is, if he is not sorry for not performing a namâz while its prescribed time is ending, will become a kâfir or he will lose his îmân while he dies. What will become of those who do not remember namâz or see namâz as a duty? The scholars of the four
Madhhabs unanimously declared that anyone who slights namâz, who does not accept it as a duty will be a murtadd, that is, disbeliever. Also, Hadrat Abdulghânî Nablusî stated in his book “Hadîqatun Nadiyya”, in the chapter titled “The afflictions of the tongue” that a person who does not perform namâz knowingly and who does not want to make qadâ of it and who does not fear that he will be tormented for this reason will be a murtadd, that is disbeliever.