Spiritual Benefits of Prayer

Prayer, or Salat, was made obligatory for all Muslims, whether they be rich or poor, strong or weak, black or white, male or female. Prayer allows the believer to enrich their spirituality and cultivate the soul’s right to love and worship the Creator, Allah.

“Verily, I am Allah! There is none worthy of worship but I, so worship Me and offer prayer perfectly for My remembrance.” [Quran, Taha, 13-14]

The importance of prayer is conveyed constantly in the Quran and was also stressed by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh): “Know that among your duties, prayer is foremost”.

The performance of prayer five times a day is considered vital to attain success in this life and the hereafter. Following the testimony of faith, performance of the prayers at their correct times and complete in bowings, prostrations and humility, will guarantee forgiveness from God and everlasting paradise. Muslims believe that the first matter that they will be brought to account for on the Day of Judgment is the prayer. If it is sound, then the rest of their deeds will be sound. And if it is bad, then the rest of his deeds will be bad.

Prayer provides a constant reminder of the essence of our creation and provides a direct connection to Allah, who linked success and felicity to humility in prayer. It emphasizes the proximity between religion and daily life. Life, from an Islamic standpoint, is to be directed to Allah. Life is an opportunity for worship and the remembrance of Allah. Praying repeatedly throughout the day and interrupting the daily activities brings about the realization of this concept. The believer, through prayer, acquires a spiritual awareness that he takes with him throughout all of life’s endeavors.

Prayer purifies the heart and truly, through Prayer, a believer attains spiritual devotion and moral elevation. Prayer not only gives a deep connection with God, but in prayer one establishes patience, humility and sincerity. Prayer provides a means of repentance and is a restrainer from shameful and unjust deeds. This is portrayed through the following saying of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh):

“If a person had a stream outside his door and he bathed in it five times a day, do you think he would have any filth left on him?” The people said, “No filth would remain on him whatsoever.” The Prophet (peace be upon him) then said, “That is like the five daily prayers: Allah wipes away the sins by them.” (From the Hadeeth collections of Al-Bukhari and Muslim.)

Praying five times a day engages the believer in constant remembrance of God and keeps him away from any unjust deeds and leads him only to deeds that will earn the pleasure of God. It is through prayer that one really finds inner peace and fulfillment. It is also a source of patience, courage, hope, confidence, inner peace, stability, equality, unity and an expression of thankfulness to God.


  1. Aalia Aalia says:

    Masha Allah , I liked it.

  2. Prayer is not just remembrance, Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving, Supplication, or Offering (ACTSO). But also listening, comfort, guidance and counsel. The holy Spirit also empowers, but it seems to happen outside of formal prayer and spontaneously which would be right to honor and do the the ACTSO for that, too. All of life whether mental, emotional or spiritual prayer or even in intentional action, should be for God. The Christian God is not Allah, Muslims say, but the test is in its effect on the human person and by your fruits you will know the tree. Follow the sagely saying of Christ, if they are not against God or Allah, then they are with you. Let us all work at unity and taking what is right and just in all religion. God must've created all things and possibilities for a reason, all for His greater glory. Massah Allah. ;)

  3. Umair Ansari says:

    The GOD of Jesus(PBUH) is indeed Allah(SWT). Jesus(PBUH) is one of the most beloved of prophets of ALLAH(SWT). Jesus(PBUH) was for his nation and people while prophet Muhammad(PBUH) was sent for entire manking. For us, all of mankind, Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) is our prophet.

  4. Umair Ansari says:

    A study of Holy Quran will certainly help you. To get you started how about accepting this challenge verse?

    "And if you are in doubt as to that which we have revealed to Our servant, then bring a Surah the like of this, and do call your supporters other than Allah, if you are true. But if you do not – and you never shall -then guard yourselves against the fire, the fuel of which are men and stones. It has been prepared for disbelievers”.

    Holy Quran- Chapter Al Fajr verses 23-24.

  5. Umair Ansari I would like to correct the Chapter you mention Umair Ansari…not Chapter Al Fajr but Chapter Al Baqarah verses 23 – 24… Thanks.

  6. Carolyn Snow says:

    I think you're forgetting that Muhammad forbade women to pray while on their periods, so they cannot possibly be obligated to pray five times a day every single day. (Why did he do that, by the way? What is so wrong with a woman in the eyes of Allah or Muhammad that she cannot even worship her God just because she is menstruating?)

  7. Adil Jan says:

    its ur missconception and miss reciption..read the above

  8. Jenus Jenus says:

    It not not an issue of wrong, Allah knows it is a different situation and some are coming with pain. So Allah relaxed the women from praying in that time which is genericity of Allah. But after the end of the time period she had to do the elapsed prayer. Think, Allah made it obligatory, in the rightaway you will speakout like, why Allah is not giving us a rest considering our situation.. Please get the benifit of what extra advantage you have. Allah knows better than us on seen and unseen issues.

  9. Kj Saunders says:

    Unlikely that the writer of the comment may read this, but for the benefit of others, God willing, Allah is God in Arabic. If you get an Arabic copy of the bible, God is referred to as Allah. God is an English word from the German 'Got' meaning that which is worshipped

  10. Aliya Aamir says:

    May Allah SWT bless you and give barakah in this effort. Aameen

  11. Swarna Dwifa says:

    Kamarodin A. Abdulkarim ….Alhamdulillah to correcting,

  12. You are so stupid. Your God, my God are the same person, and what he wants is a clean spirt, soul and heart. How to do that? Easy, repent, repent and repent, plus, love your neighbor as you love your self. Do not be stupid!!! Do not think that by praying five times a day you will be forgiven? No, if you do not receive God's body and blood, you are not doing God's Will!!!

  13. We are all people of the book, from similar teachings that promote peace and wellness in society, while its true to repent, repent, and repent even more; thats not all there is to do, praying 5 times a day strengthens your spirit and allows you to be strong enough to not commit the sins that you usually would have. Keeping in touch with god is one of the best ways to protect ones self agains the evils of this world. Peace be to you. (:

  14. For me i have no comments on this issue ,what ever the belief of other people must be respected ,religion cannot save us,only the right relationship with God can ,if we have God in our life and then live according to the will of God ,you cannot tell somebody i have God but you are doing things against the will of God ,the question is "Is your heart clean,your mind clean,is your heart full of love, because God is love,anyway judgement will definitely come to everyone,who is belong to God will go to heaven,belong to satan will go to hell ,please stop judging each other instead pray for one another ,dont judge so that you will not be judge ,just do what is the will of God ,and let us pray for uae for more blessing and prosperity of this country let us pray the leaders and the people of this land and let us be thankful to God because he allow us to stay here for a long time i am a Christain and i love this country so much i had been here for almost 20 years ,in this country as i have observed and experienced if you obey the law nobody will disturb and even touch you !!!!!God bless united Arabs emirates i pray the president and the leaders of this country that God will always guide them ,!!!!WE ARE ALL BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE EYES OF GOD THE ONE WHO CREATED THE HEAVEN AND EARTH,THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD THAT WE SHOULD BELIEVE IN ,TO GOD BE THE GLORY ,

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