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"Allah is the Protecting Guardian of those who believe. He bringeth them out of darkness into light." — Holy Qur'an 2:257

Excerpts Related to Recitation of the Holy Dua Three Times a Day On Time

This post addresses the issue of compulsory daily prayers:

Teachings of Allah and His Holy Prophet Muhammad (s.a.s.):

"Ibn Mas'ud said: I asked the Prophet which action is dearest to God and he replied, "Prayer at its proper time." 1

"Ibn Mas'ud said that a man kissed a woman and came and told the Prophet. Then God revealed, "And observe the prayer at the two ends of the day and the neighbouring parts of the night, for good deeds remove evil deeds." (Holy Qur'an 11:114). The man asked God's messenger whether this referred to him, and he replied, "It refers to everyone of my whole people." 2

"Abdallah b. 'Amr. b. al-'As said that the Prophet mentioned prayer one day saying, "If anyone keeps to it, it will be light, evidence and salvation for him on the day of resurrection." 3

Teaching of Hazrat (Noor) Mowlana (Shah) Murtaza Ali (a.s.):

"Optional prayers cannot attain the pleasures of God for you when compulsory daily prayers are left unattended." 4

Teaching of Noor Mowlana Shah Sultan Muhammad Shah (a.s.):

"The healthy human body is the temple in which the flame of the Holy Spirit burns, and thus it deserves the respect of scrupulous cleanliness and personal hygiene. Prayer is a daily necessity, a direct communication of the spark with the universal flame" 5

End Notes

  1. Robson, J., Book IV. Prayer. Chapter XVII. In: Mishkat al Masabih Vol. I (English translation with explanatory notes), 114-115.
  2. Robson, J., Book IV. Prayer. Chapter XVII. In: Mishkat al Masabih Vol. I (English translation with explanatory notes), 114.
  3. Robson, J., Book IV. Prayer. Chapter XVII. In: Mishkat al Masabih Vol. I (English translation with explanatory notes), 116.
  4. Imam Hazrat (Noor) Mowlana (Shah) Murtaza Ali (a.s.). Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali (Translated by Jafery, Syed Mohammed Askari), Sayings of Hazrat Ali: 39, 277.
  5. Aga Khan III (Noor Mowlana Shah Sultan Mohammed Shah), Memoirs of Aga Khan, 176.

References

  1. Imam Noor Mowlana Shah Mustansir bi'l-laah II. Advices of Manliness (Pandiyat-i Jawanmardi). Translated from Persian to English by W. Ivanow. The Ismaili Society Series A No. 6.
  2. Robson, J. Mishkat al Masabih Vol. I (English translation with explanatory notes), Sh. Muhammad Ashraf, Lahore, r1990.
  3. Jafery, Syed Mohammed Askari. Nahjul Balagha: Sermons, letters and saying of Hazrat Ali, Tahrike Tarsile Quran, New York, 1981.
  4. Aga Khan III. Memoirs of Aga Khan. Cassell, London, 1954.

Peace, light, barakat and tayid,
Noorallah Juma
Feb. 10, 2004

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