As you’re all beginning to feel the load of the Taraweeh prayers and your legs, arms and back are all begging for a rest. Many of you are probably asking, is it really worth it?
Well, here’s some motivation to keep you going.
For starters, the Prophet ﷺ explicitly informed us of the virtues of standing in prayer, particularly in this month, when he said “Whosoever stands in the nights of Ramadan, with faith and in hope of receiving Allah’s reward, his past sins will be forgiven” (Bukhari).
Secondly, by praying Taraweeh you gain the reward of standing the whole night in prayer. The Prophet ﷺ is reported to have said “Whoever stands praying with the Imam until he is finished, it is recorded for him that he prayed the whole night.” (Tirmidhi Sahih)
Another point to note is that your extra voluntary prayers will make up for all the shortcomings in your obligatory Salah. The Prophet informed us that when a man stands before Allah on the Day of Resurrection, and his obligatory prayers are found to be defective, Allah will say: “See if my servant has any voluntary prayers that can complete what is lacking in his obligatory prayers.” (Tirmidhī Sahih)
We should never look at the salah as a burden or a chore, the reality is that Allah gains no benefit from our prayers, we only benefit. For the Prophet Muhammad, prayer was considered a comfort and a form of relaxation, an escape from the daily grind. He used to tell Bilal, the Mua’thin, “Call for the prayer, so we can pray and feel at ease.”
Lastly, the fact of the matter is, our prayers are the most important aspect of our lives. And this is exactly how the Prophet and the companions understood it.
In fact, one of the final statements of our beloved Prophet before he passed away was “The prayer, the prayer” advising the Muslims not to neglect their prayer, this pillar of our religion.
Likewise, with the great companion Umar Ibn Khattab, after being stabbed in the Fajr prayer and as he lay upon the pangs of death coming in and out of consciousness; his major concern was not the fact that he was only moments away from death, but rather whether or not the people had completed the prayer! He would say “Have the people completed their prayer?!”
My dear brothers and sisters, I hope these quick examples will illustrate the importance of our prayers not only in this month, but throughout our entire lives. May Allah grant us perfection in our prayer and grant us the strength to perform our prayers in a manner pleasing to Him.
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