most particular about the Namaz the sacred Prophet (Peace be upon him) is reported to have observed:

“Whoever will offer the Namaz properly and regularly it will be for him on the Last Day a source of light. A proof of his faith and a mean to salvation. (On the other hand) whoever will not offer it carefully and regularly it will be for him neither a source of light, and the end of such a person will be with Karun, Fir’aun, Haman and Ubai-bin- Khalaf.

Brother, let us now imagine what our end is going to be if we fail to cultivate the habit of offering the Namaz correctly and regularly.

The Ignominy and Disgrace of the Defaulters on the Last Day

The ignominy and disgrace the defaulters of Namaz will have to suffer at the very outset on the Day of Judgment has been spoken of in these words in the Quran:

The day that the shin shall be laid bare, and they shall be summoned to bow in adoration, but they shall not be able, their eyes will be cast down, ignominy will cover them, seeing that they had been summoned aforetime to bow in adoration while they were whole (and had refused).

The verse tells that on the Last Day when the hour of Judgment will arrive (when all mystery will vanish and reality will be fully manifest) and gathered together, Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) will reveal Himself to them in full glory and splendor. Everyone will then be called upon to bow in adoration before Allah. The fortunate and the faithful among them who had been regular in their Namaz in the world and were, thus, accustomed to kneeling down before Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) will, at once, bow down in adoration, but those who in spite of being healthy and strong had not observed the Namaz in their lifetime will find that their backs had suddenly grown stiff like a board and they will remain standing with the infidels, unable to bend down and carry out the prostration. They will be covered with ignominy, their eyes will be downcast, and they will not be able even to look up. Before the chastisement of hell, they will have to bear this chastisement of humiliation and disgrace. May Allah, by His Grace, save us all from it!

In truth, a habitual defaulter of the Namaz is a sort of a rebel against Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) and deserves all the humiliation and punishment that may be meted out to him. According to some legists of Islam, a Muslim who rejects the Namaz is liable to be punished with death like an apostate.

Brothers - We must realize it thoroughly and well that without the Namaz the claim to

Islam is altogether meaningless. Namaz alone is the Islamic act that joins us with Allah (Subhaanahu Wata’aalaa) and makes us deserving of His grace.

Blessings of Namaz

When a person stands before the Almighty with his arms folded, five times a day, and celebrates His praises and kneels down before Him and touches the ground with his forehead and makes earnest supplications to Him, he becomes worthy of His love and beneficence, his sins are forgiven with every Namaz he offers, his heart attains enlightenment and his life becomes pure. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) once gave an excellent example to illustrate this truth. He asked his Companions, “Tell me, if a stream flows at the door of anyone of you and he takes a dip in it five times a day will there be left any grime on his body?”

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