Hectic week I must say! Nevertheless, Alhamdulillah I managed to settle few things on time, which of course I'm referring to assignments. Sigh. Despite the busy week, a few things cross my mind which leave me wondering, one of it is regarding our responsibility as a Muslim to pray 5 times a day.
No matter how busy we think we are, we can never leave the responsibility; to pray 5 times a day. In the Holy Quran it is mentioned that ..
"... And seek (Allah’s) help through patience and Prayer. But this is no doubt very hard, surely difficult except for the humble" (Al Baqarah 1:45)
"Dan mohonlah pertolongan dari Allah dengan sabar dan solat. Sesungguhnya solat itu amatlah berat kecuali bagi orang-orang yang khusyuk"
Why do sometimes we feel that it is too hard for us to spend at least 5 minutes of our 1440 minutes (24 hours) of life in a day to pray? Why does this happen? Why do we think that other stuffs are more important than praying? Let's recap back the story of Isra' Mikraj.. The initial order from Allah was Muslims were supposed to pray 50 times a day, but our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) asked for less as Prophet Musa (Alaih Assalam) told Muhammad pbuh that his ummah would not be able to do it. So our beloved Muhammad pbuh went to Allah swt 10 times which leaves us with only 5 times a day.
Why 50 at the beginning? This is obvious. The reason of our creation in this world is to worship Allah and to do whatever that pleases Him. Nothing else matters. So He creates us to pray to Him. Thus, people will be busy praying all night and day as this is what Allah please... However, people become civilized and globalisation+modernisation come in, making people have a lot of other things to do. For example as uni students we need to study to get knowledge, work to earn money, businessmen have a business to look out for and etc.. These are actually 'side things' to keep us moving in the world. The sad thing is.. as days go by, we forgot the initial reason of our existence in this world which is to obey Allah.
I'm not saying that we have to stop everything that we are doing and spend our whole lives just praying. In fact every 'side things' that we do is actually an Ibadah if we do it because of Allah, because all we want in this world is to get His blessings. What I'm trying to say is.. We should reflect back the purpose of our lives in this world.
The first thing that will be judged at Yaum al Mahsyar (padang Mahsyar) in Hereafter is.. our Solat. It is only 5 times a day and it is THE KEY that differs our path. Either to Heaven or Hell.
So, is our solat enough to bring us to Heaven? ...