Why Salat?

Why Salat?

In his Friday sermon dated 20 Jan 2017, Khalifatul Masih V (aba) called upon us to focus on our Salat. Here are some points from the sermon.

1 While it is given that offering Salat is obligatory on every Ahmadi, but along with that as per the Holy Prophet's (peace be upon him) instructions the congregational prayers are obligatory on every able Muslim man.
2 The Jama'at organization should also keep reminding people about congregational prayers. They should convey the message of the importance of congregational prayer over and over again to each member of Jama'at.

From the Holy Qur’an:

“And when thou art among them, and leadest the Prayer for them, let a party of them stand with thee and let them take their arms. And when they have performed their prostrations, let them go to your rear, and let another party, who have not yet prayed, come forward and pray with thee.” (4:103)

From Hadith:

Sayyidna Usman, (RA), has reported that he heard the Holy Prophet, (SAW), say: "The person who observes the Isha prayer in congregation, will have the reward and blessings of staying up half the night in prayer, and the one who observes the Fajr prayer in congregation will have the reward and blessings of staying up the whole night in prayer." (Tirmidhi)

From the words of Promised Messiah (as):

“The purpose of religion is also the human race be united in the form of the beads of Tasbeeh (rosary) through one thread. The congregational prayers or Salat is also for such unification so that all worshipers are counted as one. The reason why we are prescribed to stand shoulder to shoulder is so that whoever has greater wisdom or spiritual charisma is able to influence the weak. It is hoped that spiritual influence of the wise will diffuse into the weak.”