Five times a day we hear the adhan or call to prayer. We usually don’t stop to think about the words that it says or obey what it asks us to do. As we go about our day, sometimes praying on time is the last thing on our mind. We have fifty million things to do and so praying slips down our list of priorities until it’s too late to pray. Or we squeeze it in 5 minutes before the adhan goes before the next prayer, barely making it.
The adhan calls us to hurry to prayer, hurry to success. But we often seem to find so many other things to do instead praying on time. Praying seems to be something that can wait, while other things can’t, and so we put it off as long as we can.
I count myself in this category as well. Instead of praying asr, I am sitting here writing this, so I can get it done. Sure I could do it after asr, but for some reason it seems more important than praying on time.
The worldly things of this life can wait. But your time on this earth is limited, and so is your ability to do good deeds and get rewards for them. You won’t win a prize or get reward for finishing that episode of your TV show or for stalking someone on Facebook. Of course, most people don’t plan on missing prayer. You just lose track of time and other things consume your mind. Before you know it, asr or maghrib is gone and you’re still sitting at the computer finishing that thing that is so urgent.
Put the screen down, turn the TV off, and stop doing whatever it is that you think is more important than prayer. It isn’t.
It is through prayer that we communicate with Allah and He with us. Don’t abandon such a blessed connection with the Almighty by choosing the worldly over the afterlife, simply by not praying on time.
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