Prayer or al-Ṣalāt (Arabic: الصلاة) is the most important worship of Muslims which is referred to by highly respectful and reverent phrases in the Qur'an and hadiths, such as the pillar of the religion, ascension of spirit, soul purifier, the first practice which will be questioned about on the Judgement Day, and the requisite for the acceptance of good deeds.
It is also mentioned that prayer wards the sins off, determines the border of faith and infidelity (kufr), and eliminates arrogance.
Prayer became obligatory for Muslims before the Prophet's (s) hijra. At the beginning, Muslims performed prayer towards Masjid al-Aqsa in Bayt al-Maqdis, but from the second year after hijra/623-4, they were supposed to say prayer in the direction of Ka'ba in Mecca.
The word salat (prayer) along with its derivatives has been repeated 98 times in the Qur'an. It has such a great importance that has been mentioned, beside faith, as the first and the most important individual and collective practice in many verses. It has been said in the Holy Qur'an that the first groans and shrieks of hell dwellers, refer to not having said their prayer in their life in this world.
🗝 Also, people who were negligent about their prayer have been said to be similar to those denying the religion.🗝
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