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4) Not Performing the Prayer

Allah,the Almighty, says,
{But after them there followed a posterity who missed Prayers and followed after lusts soon, then, will they
face destruction, except those who repent and believe, and work righteousness.} (Maryam: 59-60)
Commenting on the above verses (Ayat), Ibn 'Abbas said,
"Allah's statement, "Who missed Prayers does not
mean that they did not perform it at all but rather they did not perform it in its due time.”

Sa'id Ibn AI-Mussaiyyib, Imam of the Tabi'een (may Allah be pleased with him) said, "It is he who
postpones the Dhuhr (Early Afternoon Prayer) until the time of Asr Prayer (Late Afternoon Prayer) and so
are Maghrib (Sunset Prayer) until' /sha' (Evening Prayer), /sha until Fajr (Dawn Prayer) and Fajr until the
sun rises. If someone dies persisting in such habits and does not repent to Allah, Allah promises to make
him face Ghayy (destruction). But Ghayy may also be the name of a valley in the Hell whose bottom is so deep and tastes so bitter.
Allah, the Almighty, says, {So woe to the worshipers who are neglectful of their Prayer.} (Ma'un: 4-5

Sa'd Ibn Abi Waqqas related, "I asked the Prophet (pbuh) about the meaning of "the worshipers who are neglectful of their Prayer.' He said, "It is the delaying of performing the Prayer in its definite time." The word (Wayl) in the Ayah may refer to severe torture or it may be the name of a valley in the Hell. Were the whole mountains of the world brought in such valley it would melt because of severe heat. This is the abode of those who are not serious in Prayer unless they repent to Allah and regret for what they have done.

Allah, the Almighty, says,
{O ye who believe! Let not your riches or your children divert you from the remembrance of Allah, if any act thus, surely they are the losers.} (AI-Munafiqun: 9)
The exegetes said, "The remembrance of Allah in the above Ayah means the five daily Prayers.

Therefore, whoever preoccupies himself with his property, trade, livelihood or children rather performing
Prayer in its definite time will be a loser.

The Prophet (pbuh) said, "The first of one's works that he shall be called to account for on the Day of Judgment is the Prayer. If he performed it well, he will be prosperous. Otherwise, he will be loser.

The Prophet (pbuh) said,
"The covenant between us and them consists of the Prayer:Whoever leaves it has disbelieved.”

It was related that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,
"Between a man and unbelief is the nonperformance of the Prayer.”

"Whoever neglects the Prayer of 'Asr (Late Afternoon Prayer) will have his deeds vain.”

"Whoever neglects the Prayer intentionally will be free from Allah's covenant.”

"I have been commanded to fight people until they testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammed is the Messenger of Allah and perform the Prayer, and pay Zakah. If they say it, they have saved their blood and possessions from me, except for the right of Islam over them, and their final reckoning is with Allah.”

"Whoever keeps on performing Prayers (in its due time), it will be a light, a proof and redemption for him
on the Day of Judgment. Otherwise, he will be assembled with Pharaoh, Qarun Haman and 'Ubai Ibn
Khalaf .”

'Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said,
"Whoever neglects the Prayer is beyond the pole of Islam.”

One of the scholars of sacred knowledge said, "He (the one who neglects the Prayer) will be assembled with these four people because he is either preoccupied from performing Prayer by property,kingdom,ministry or trade. If he is preoccupied by wealth, he will be assembled with Qarun. If by kingdom, he will be with Pharaoh. If by ministry,he will be with Haman and if by trade, he will be with Ubai Ibn Khalaf." Mu'adh Ibn Jabal (may Allah be pleased with him) related that the Prophet (pbuh) said'Umar Ibn Al-Khattab said, "A man came to the Messenger of Allah and asked, "O Messenger of Allah, what are most beloved deeds to Allah in Islam?" The Messenger said, "To perform Prayers on time, and whoever neglect Prayers has no religion. Prayers are the pillar of Islam.,

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