Tuesday, December 12

One Who Ignores His Prayers(Salaah).

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Jabir (RA) reports that the Prophet, (SAS)  said, “Between a person and disbelief is discarding prayer.” (Related by Ahmad, Muslim, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah.)

Buraidah (RA) reported that the Prophet, (SAS) said, “The pact between us and them is prayer. Whoever abandons it is a disbeliever.” (Related by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, at-Tirmidhi, anNasa’i and Ibn Majah.)

العهد الذي بيننا و بينهم الصلاة فمن تركها فقد كفر

“Al-‘ahd-ulladhi baynanaa wa baynahum assalaatu, fa man tarakahaa faqad kafara”

“The covenant between us and them (the kuffar) is the prayer.  So whoever leaves it has committed kufr.”

‘Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas (RA) reported that the Prophet, (SAS) one day mentioned the prayer and said, “Whoever guards and observes his prayer, they will be a light and a proof and a savior for him on the Day of Resurrection. Whoever does not guard and observe them, they will not be a light or a proof or a savior for him. On the Day of Resurrection, he will be with Qaarun, Fir’aun, Haaman and Ubayy ibn Khalf.” (Related by Ahmad, at-Tabarani and Ibn Hibban)

That one who does not pray will be with the leaders of the unbelievers in the Hereafter makes it evident that such a person is an unbeliever.

Says Ibn al-Qayyim (RA), “The one who does not pray may be preoccupied with his wealth, kingdom, position or business. If one is kept away from his prayers by his wealth, he will be with Qaarun. One whose kingdom keeps him away from the prayers will be with Haaman, and one whose business keeps him away from the prayers will be with Ubayy ibn Khalf.”

Says ‘Abdullah ibn Shaqiq al-‘Aqeely (RA), “The companions of Muhammad, (SAS) did not consider the abandonment of any act, with the exception of prayer, as being disbelief.” (Related by at-Tirmidhi and al-Hakim, who said it met al-Bukahri’s and Muslim’s conditions.)

Says Muhammad ibn Nasr al-Mirwazi (RA), “I heard Ishaq say, ‘It is authentic (that) the Prophet (SAS) (said or ruled): One who does not pray is an unbeliever.” It is from the Prophet (SAS) himself that one who intentionally does not pray until the time for the prayer is over is an unbeliever.”

Says Ibn Hazm (RA), “It has come from ‘Umar, ‘Abdurahman ibn ‘Auf, Mu’adh ibn Jabal, Abu Hurairah and other companions that anyone who skips one obligatory prayer until its time has finished becomes an apostate. We find no difference of opinion among them on this point.” This was mentioned by al-Mundhiri in at-Targheeb wa atTarheeb. Then he comments, “A group of companions and those who came after them believed that an intentional decision to skip one prayer until its time is completely finished makes one an unbeliever. The people of this opinion incude ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab, ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud, ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas, Mu’adh ibn Jabal, Jabir ibn ‘Abdullah and Abu ad-Darda’. Among the non-companions who shared this view were Ibn Hanbal, Ishaq ibn Rahwaih, ‘Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak, an-Nakha’i, al-Hakim ibn ‘Utaibah, Abu Ayyub as-Sakhtiyani, Abu Dawud at-Tayalisi, Abu Bakr ibn Abu Shaibah, Zuhair ibn Harb, and others


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