It can be said that one of the key elements of success in the lives of the Sahabah was that their lives revolved around their salah, and not their salah around their lives. Can we say the same for our own lives? In this rushed age of fast food and high-speed everything, do our prayers (meant as a Divine Link between us slaves and our Lord) suffer the same fate as our mundane daily ? Or do we reserve for them the same reverence and enthusiasm as a meeting with a much beloved friend?
What better meeting can a person have than with his Creator, Nourisher and Sustainer? Alhamdulillah, in our five daily prayers, we have that meeting, that Divine Link!
“The closest moment of a servant to be near to his Lord is when he is in Sujood” [Muslim]
The time has come to revilatize our Divine Link. It’s time we shake off the misconception that Salah is a chore to be squeezed whenever convenient into our oh-so-busy schedules. Let us race TO Salah, instead of race to FINISH Salah. We have been blessed with an opportuniity to develop a direct connection with our Lord. No saint, priest, or middleman is needed–just you and your Creator! Excuses aside, it’s time we made Salah a priority in our Lives! Because it is only by perfecting our Salah that we attain true success. “Successful indeed are the believers. Those who offer their prayers with all solemnity and full submissiveness.” (Al-Mu’minun: 1-2) May Allah (swt) make us of these believers–Ameen!