SALAAT: SYMBOL OF OBEDIENCE TO ALLAH (SWT), DISCIPLINE, UNITY AND EQUALITY IN ISLAM
There are multiform of worship adopted by different religions but Salaah, the high frequency, the most visible facet of Islamic worship, is unique and unparalleled. It was gifted to Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) directly from Allah (SWT) during his ascent to Heaven (Me’raaj) for the benefit of the followers of Islam. Five times daily Salaah were made obligatory on all adult Muslims. Excepting that those offering Salaah should face the Ka’bah at Makkah Al-Mukarramah, there is no other restriction of space and location. While Mosque is a preferred location for offering Salaah, it can however be performed in any neat and clean spot. Thus the whole world has been made a mosque (place of worship) for the Muslims.
It is stressed in this Monograph that Salaah is a preeminent fundamental pillar of Islam. It symbolizes total submission to the Divine will, unqualified acceptance of the Supreme Authority of Allah (SWT) and all that is enjoined upon the Muslims in the Holy Qur'an. A Muslim repeatedly reaffirms it five times a day. This establishes a unique bond between Allah (SWT) and His slaves, as all Muslims are.
The Monograph highlights the fact that regular performance of Salaah with devotion and sincerity instills in the hearts and minds of Muslims a fear of Allah (SWT) and makes them conscious of their obligations towards both Allah (SWT) and mankind. It repeatedly reminds the Muslims to refrain from obscene and prohibited acts. It brings about a strong sense of discipline, unity, equality and social cohesiveness because of the encouragement to offer Salaah in congregations in the mosques. Further, it inculcates the habit of cleanliness for no one can offer Salaah unless he/she is in a state of perfect cleanliness.
It is also emphasized in this book and illustrated with examples that Salaah has a distinct etiquette and has to be offered in a correct manner as ordained by Allah (SWT) and practiced by Prophet Muhammad (SAWS). This Monograph will, Insha Allah, act as a perfect guide to enable the Muslims to perform this obligatory religious duty correctly with equanimity, composure, complete confidence and total satisfaction. This monograph also provides the fundamental philosophy of worship in Islam to the non-Muslims readers who are eager to enhance their knowledge, but find it difficult to lay hands on authentic and reader friendly source that is easily available at reasonable cost.