Prayers and its Effects

The Holy Prophet (p.bu.h.) said: ” The one who takes prayer light is not of me. No, by Allah, such a person will not reach the Haudh, Pond of abundant.”

Man-La-Yahdhurul-Faghih, vol. 1,  p.152

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said: “If there be a stream at the house of one of you in which the one washes himself five times a day, will there remain anything from the dirt over his body? Verily, the likeness of prayers is the same as the stream. The person who establishes ritual prayers clears out his sins thereby, except for the sin that takes him out from Faith he believes in.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 82, p. 236

The Holy Prophet (p.bu.h.) said: “An obligatory prayer, with Allah, is equivalent to one thousand Hajj pilgrimages and one thousand Umrah performances (voluntary pilgrimages to the Ka’ba) which are right and accepted.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 99, p.14

The Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said: “Do not waste your prayers, because, surely, the person who wastes them will be raised with Croesus (Qarun) and Haman so that it is rightfully certain for Allah to put the one in hell with hypocrites.”  

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 83, p. 14

The Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said: “Say each of your prayer as if it were your last prayer.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 69, p. 408

Imam Amir-ul-Mu’mineen Ali (a.s.) said: “If a prayerful person knew to what extent he was surrounded by His Mercy, he would never raise his head from (the state of) prostration.”

Tasnif-i-Qurar-ul-Hikam, p. 175

Imam Baqir (a.s.) said: “On the Reckoning Day, the First thing that the servant will be reckoned for is the prayer; therefore, if it is accepted, the rest (good actions) will be accepted, too, (otherwise, his other good deeds will not avail him.)”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 7, p. 267

At the last moments of his life, Imam Sadiq (a.s.) called his relations and companions and told them: “Verily, our intercession never reaches the one who takes prayers lightly.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 82, p. 236

Imam Baqir, the fifth Imam, (a.s.) said: “There are ten things that when a person meets Allah, the Almighty and Glorious, with them, he will enter Heaven:

  1. Confessing that there is no god besides Allah.

  2. And that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.

  3. Acknowledging what has come down to the Prophet (p.b.u.h.) from Allah (the Quran).

  4. Establishing regular prayers.

  5. Giving alms.

  6. Fasting Ramadhan.

  7. Performing the Pilgrimage (Hajj) to the Sacred House.

  8. Kindness to the lovers of Allah.

  9. Detachment from the enemies of Allah.

  10. And, avoiding any alcoholic beverage.”

Khisal by Saduq, p. 432

Imam Amir-ul-Mu’mineen Ali (a.s.) said: “For the God-fearing, prayer is a means of seeking nearness to Allah; and for the weak, the Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) is as good as Jihad (fighting in the way of Allah). For every thing there is a levy, and the levy of the body is fasting. The Jihad of a woman is to afford pleasant company to her husband.”

Nahjul-Balagha, saying 136

The Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said: “There comes no night but that the angel of death calls to the dead in the graves and inquires what they regret for today when they have vividly seen (and known) this (next life). Then the dead will say: ‘Verily, we regret and envy the believers who are in their mosques and they are praying while we are not; they give alms and we do not; they fast during Ramadhan but we do not; they donate in charity what they have more than the need of their family members while we do not; …”  

Irshad-ul-Qulub, p. 53

The Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said: “At the (appointed) time of every prayer (salat), I hear a caller who calls and says: ‘O children of Adam! keep up prayers in order to extinguish the fire you have lit against yourselves (by committing sins).”  

Mustadrak-ul-Wasa’il, vol. 3, p. 102

The Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said: “Be careful of the prayers, for, on the Day of Resurrection, when Allah, the Exalted, will bring the servant (for reckoning), the first thing that He will ask him about will be the prayer. If the one brings it completely, he will be of the people of salvation, otherwise, he will be thrown in the Fire.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 82, p. 202

Abubasir said that he visited Umm-i-Hamidah (Musa-ibn-Ja’far’s (a.s.) mother) in order to console her for the death of Ja’far-ibn-Muhammad (a.s.). Then she wept and he wept because of her weeping. After that, she said: ‘O’ Aba Muhammad! If you had seen Ja’far-ibn-Muhammad when he was on his deathbed, you would have observed a wonderful thing: He opened his eyes and said to gather all of his relatives.’ Then, she continued saying that they gathered them all with no exception. Then he (a.s.) looked at them and said: ‘Verily, our intercession does not reach the one who takes prayers lightly.”  

Wasa’il-ush-Shi’ah, vol. 4, p. 26

The Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said: “The worship done by the one who earns his living on unlawful money is similar to a building constructed upon sand.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 84, p. 258

Midnight Prayers

The Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) said: “The honour of a believer lies in his vigilance at night and his esteem lies in his autonomy from people.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 82, p. 202

Imam Amir-ul-Mu’mineen Ali (a.s.) said: “He who sleeps too much at night, will lose something of his deeds (i.e., night prayers) which he cannot gain during the day-time.”

Qurar-ul-Hikam, p. 289

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said that Allah (s.w.t.) in a revelation told Moses, the son of Imran (a.s.): “O’ you son of Imran! those who only claim that they love Me, tell a lie, for when the night falls they neglect Me.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 13, p. 329

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said: “Never miss midnight prayers! because, in fact, the real loser is he who misses (the advantage of) the midnight prayer.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 83, p. 127

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said: “The Messenger of Allah (p.b.u.h.) told Gabriel to preach to him, and he said: ‘Live howsoever you like but you will surely die; love whatsoever you like but you will surely depart from it; do whatsoever you like but you will certainly meet it (and receive its reward). The honour of a (Muslim) believer is his mid-night prayers, and his nobility is his refraining from (ruining) people’s reputation.”

Khisal by Saduq, p. 7

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said: “There are three things which are the honour of a believer and his ornament both in this world and the next. They are: prayers in the last part of night (night prayers), not coveting what people posses in their hands, and the love (and leadership) of Imam from the progeny of Muhammad (p.b.u.h.).”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 75, p. 107

Imam Muhammad-ibn-Ali, Jawad-ul-A’immah, (a.s.) said: “He who has confidence in Allah, sees joy; and he who trusts on Him, He will suffice his affairs.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 78, p. 79

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said: “Never miss midnight prayers! because, in fact, the real loser is he who misses (the advantage of) the midnight prayer.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 83, p. 127

Faith in Allah and Attaining His Pleasure

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said: “My father said to me about his father (a.s.) that a man from Kufah wrote to his father viz. to al-Husayn-ibn-Ali (a.s.), asking him (a.s.) to inform him of the good of this world and that of the next. Then he (a.s.) wrote (in his reply): ‘In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.’ After that: ‘Verily, he who seeks the pleasure of Allah even while displeasing people, He suffices him in his affairs with people. But, he who seeks the pleasure of people while Allah is displeased, He leaves him to people (and he will be far from His Grace), Was-salam’.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 71, p. 208

Imam Ali-ibn-il-Husayn (a.s.) said: “He who acts according to what Allah has enjoined for him, is of the best people.”

Al-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 81

Imam Sadiq (a.s.) said: “The one who loves for Allah, hates for Allah, and donates (things) for Allah, thus the one is of those whose Faith is complete.”

Al-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 124

Imam Hasan Askari, the eleventh Imam, (a.s.) said: “There are no qualities above these two: Faith in Allah and being beneficial to Muslims.”

Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 17, p. 218