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what is the purpose of prayer | THE PHILOSOPHY OF PRAYER

What is the purpose of prayer

The most significant credo of prayer is expressed in Surah Ankabut. It is said that prayers keeps man away from shades of malice (and refusals).

“إِنَّ الصَّلاةَ تَنْہَی عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنْکَر”

“(And keep up a prayer) surely prayer is a deterrent to all evil and wickedness”


In actual the prayer keeps man safe from submitting unethical behavior and refusal, and helps an individual to remember the faith in God and the Day of Judgment.

 At the point when an individual goes to bat for prayer, he first says Takbir, thinks about God over all things, at that point recollects His blessings, adulates Him, and calls him Merciful and Compassionate. And afterward recalls the day of judgment, recognizes the worship of God and looks for help from Him, tries to stroll on the straightway, and looks for asylum in God from the way of God’s fury and the method of the failing. (Surah Hamd).

In reality, in the heart and soul of such an individual, there is a desire for God, virtue, and devotion. He quits God, prostrates himself before Him, suffocates in His highness, and overlooks narrow-mindedness and egotism. It demonstrates the veracity of the unity of God and the prophethood of the Holy Prophet (SAW). Sends favors and harmony upon his prophet, and implore God that the Lord! Make me one of your honest hirelings.

So every one of these things makes a rush of spirituality in the individual, a wave that forestalls sins. Man plays out this demonstration commonly during the day and night. At the point when he gets up in the first part of the day, he is suffocated in the recognition of God. Around early afternoon, when an individual is submerged in material life and suddenly hears the voice of a muezzin, he surrenders his work and he goes to God, even toward the day’s end and toward the start of the night, before going to the bed, he appeals to God and makes his heart the focal point of his light.

what is the purpose of prayer
Muslim praying in Sujud posture


What’s more, when he gives the statutes of the petition, he washes his appendages, purges them, goes without haraam things and furious things, and shows up before his beloved God. Every one of these things is extremely compelling and keeps him away from evil. Be that as it may, as much as the states of flawlessness and the soul of love is found in the prayer, it will forestall the shades of malice similarly. In some cases, it totally forestalls shades of malice and at sometimes incompletely, (i.e., one goes without disasters relying upon the way of performing the prayer). It isn’t feasible for an individual to offer prayers with no impact on him, regardless of whether his prayers are just ostensibly or the petitions are wicked, however, the impact of such supplications is less, provided that such individuals not implored along these lines, they would have suffocated in a greater number of sins than that. To put it obtusely, there are various degrees of disallowance from profanity and refusal. It will be elevated by the conditions that will be seen in the prayers.

Prayer definition in Hadith

It has been described in a hadith from the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) that a youngster of the clan of Ansar was performing prayer with the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) yet he was corrupted with sins. At the point when the mates depicted his condition in the administration of the Holy Prophet ( peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), the Holy Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) stated:

 ” إنَّ صَلاتَہُ تَنہَاہُ یَوماً”

(Eventually one day his prayers will cleanse him from these evil deeds)

This impact of petition is imperative to such an extent that in some Hadith it has been pronounced the basis of acknowledgment or renunciation of supplication, as expressed by Imam Sadiq (may Allah be satisfied with him):

” مَنْ اٴحَبَّ اٴنْ یَّعلَم اٴقْبَلَت صَلٰوتُہ اٴمْ لَم تَقْبَل؟ فَلیَنْظُر: ہَلْ مَنَعْتَ صَلٰوتَہُ عَنِ الفَحْشَاءِ وَالمُنْکِر؟ فبقدر ما منعہ قبلت منہ!”

(If one wants to know whether his prayers were accepted in the Divine Court or not? So he should see if prayer prevents him from doing evil. Prayers have been accepted to the extent that it is forbidden)

In addition to it he further said:

” وَلَذِکْرُ اللهِ اٴکبَر

“The remembrance of God is even higher”

The presence of the above-mentioned sentence shows this is the most significant way of thinking for prayer, much more significant than the restriction of prostitution and refusal, and that significant way of thinking is to help man to remember God that is the wellspring of all great and Happiness, however, the genuine explanation behind forestalling evil is this recognition of God. Truth be told, the predominance and enormity of this impact is because of the way that it is viewed as its fixation.

The remembrance of God is the cause of life for man and nothing can match it in this regard.

 “اٴَلا بِذِکْرِ اللهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوب”

“Be aware that the remembrance of God gives peace and contentment to the heart”


The truth of the matter is that the soul of all demonstrations of worship (regardless of whether it is prayer or whatever else) is the recognition of God. The colloquialisms of prayer, the activities of prayer, the points of reference of prayer, and the quest for prayer all in certainty rejuvenate the recognition of God in the core of man. It is important that this essential way of thinking of prayer is called attention to in Surah Ta Ha, refrain no ۱۴.

” اَقِمِ الصَّلاَة لِذِکْرِي “

“Pray for my remembrance”

It has been described in a hadith from Hazrat Mu’adh ibn Jabal (may Allah be satisfied with him) that there is no activity other than “recognition of Allah” in the deeds that spare one from divine discipline. The inquiry was posed: Is there no jihad in the way of God? He answered: Yes

Since Allah (SWT) expressed that;

وَلذکْرِ اللهِ اٴکْبَر


The role of prayer in the character building of man and society:

prayer isn’t something whose way of thinking is hidden by anybody, but a further reflection on the Qur’anic refrains and the hadiths of the infallible (harmony arrive) prompts significant things. The soul of the petition and the way of thinking of supplication is the recognition of God, the equivalent “recognition of God” which is depicted in the above section as the most elevated outcome, However, such a remembrance which is an instance of thought, and prompts activity, as described from Imam Sadiq (as) Hazrat Muhammad (saw) said in the editorial of ” وَلذکْرِ اللهِ اٴکْبَر” 

” ذکر الله عند مااحل و حرم “

“Remembering God at the time of halal and haraam”

(i.e. remember God and do halal deeds and abstain from haraam deeds)

Prayer is the reason for going without sins and getting benevolence and absolution from God since prayer welcomes man to atonement and personal growth, which is the reason it is expressed in a hadith that the Holy Prophet (harmony and gifts of Allah arrive) The Companion was solicited: If a flood of clean water streams close to your home and you jump into it five times each day, will dirt and thickness stay in your body? He answered: No (the Messenger of Allah!). Prophet (harmony and endowments of Allah arrive) stated: when an individual prays, that Prayer resembles running water that expels the foulness of sins performed between two prayers. Sins are scrubbed. Maybe supplication goes about as a salve for the injuries dispensed on the body by sins and expels the rust from the core of man.

Supplication turns into a boundary to future sins, since prayer reinforces the soul of confidence in man and supports the plant of devotion, and as we probably are aware, “confidence” and “devotion” are two in number dividers restricted to sins, and this is something very similar which is expressed in the above refrain under the name of “Nahi wa munkar”, and this is something very similar which is perused in different hadiths that when the states of wicked individuals portrayed before Imams (harmony arrive) they stated: Do not lament, the prayer will address them, and do it.

Prayer effects

Prayers stir man from carelessness. The best adversity of the individuals who stroll on the way of truth is that they overlook their motivation of creation and become submerged in the material world and the delights that cruise by. In any case, as prayer read by five times each day and continually cautions man and helps him to remember the reason for creation, and keeps him educated regarding his status in this world. It is an extraordinary celestial gift for a man five times each day cautions of the maximum capacity.

Prayer kills narrow-mindedness and haughtiness since man prays multiple times in 24 hours and places his forehead before God twice in each rak’ ah, and considers himself a molecule against the enormity of God, rather Counts himself as zero against the significance of God. Prayer breaks the cover of pride and self-centeredness expels pomposity and prevalence.

That is why Imam Ali (May God pleased with him) has explained the philosophy of worship and has declared the “prayer” as the first act of worship after faith, by clarifying the meaning.

” فَرضَ الله الإیمَان تَطھِیْراً مِنَ الشِّرکِ وَالصَّلٰوة تَنْزِیْھاً عَنِ الکِبْرِ”

God Almighty has made it obligatory for a man to purify “faith” from polytheism and to purify prayer from arrogance.


For the individual, prayer is the mean of support of profound turn of events and good temperance’s, since this prayer removes man from the limits of the issue and the four dividers of the normal world and welcomes him to the domain of paradise, by which man turns into the voice and partner of heavenly attendants. Also, the man winds up within the sight of God with no intervention and is seen conversing with Him. The redundancy of this training each day taking into account the properties of God Almighty, for example, kindness and empathy and His significance, particularly after Surah Al-Hamd, and with the assistance of another surah who welcome towards ideals and goodness, every one of these things is incredible and compelling to develop moral temperance in man.

Prayer additionally gives soul and significance to different deeds of man since earnestness emerges from prayer, since prayer is a mix of truthfulness, great discourse, and genuine deeds, consistently this deed put the seed of different deeds inside man and reinforces the spirit genuineness.

Therefore, it is narrated in a well-known hadith that Hazrat Amir al-mu’minin Ali (May God please with him) said in his will when he was wounded by the sword of Ibn Muljam and it was his last time.

“الله الله فِي الصَّلٰوةِ فَإنَّھَا عَمُودُ دِینِکُمْ “”

“For God’s sake! For God’s sake! I recommend you to pray because this is the pillar of your religion.”

We as a whole know very well that when a mainstay of a tent breaks or falls, the ropes and nails around it are of no utilization, regardless of how solid they might be, likewise similarly as the hirelings’ association with God through prayers close, the impact of different activities additionally vanishes.

Presumably, the purpose behind this is that petition is a mystery between God and His creatures. Whenever performed effectively then expectation, genuineness, God’s adoration comes in human which is the wellspring of acknowledgment of different deeds in any other case there is no estimation of different deeds, and they lose their validity.

Despite the demands and subjects found in the petitions, in the event that we focus on its conditions, they likewise call for adjustment and virtue, since we realize that the spot of prayer, the garments of the prayer, the floor on which the prayer is offered, the water What is bathing or full ablution (ghusal) from, where bathing or full ablution (ghusl) is played out, every one of these things ought not to be usurped and nobody else ought to be violated and violated concerning them How can such an individual give instances of prayers on the off chance that he is corrupted with things like disparity in weighting, pay off and haraam food? Thusly, rehashing the prayer five times each day welcomes regard for the privileges of others.

Notwithstanding the conditions for the supplications to be substantial, there are additional states of acknowledgment or, at the end of the day, states of flawlessness, the recognition of which in itself prompts the renunciation of numerous transgressions.

Through prayers, the soul of order and punctuality is reinforced in an individual since prayers are offered at a particular time, i.e., if an individual offers prayers previously or after the time, his prayers become void. Except for rules just as different manners of prayers, for example, aim, standing, bowing and surrender, and so forth. It gets simpler for an individual to watch discipline in different issues also.

All of these advantages of prayers is the point at which the prayers are not offered in gathering i.e. congregation, and if the ideals of the assemblage are added to the prayer (in light of the fact that the soul of prayer is congregation) at that point various favors are uncovered, the subtleties of which can’t be depicted here, pretty much most devotees know about the righteousness of congregational petitions.

Furthermore, the motivation behind supplication is that man ought to consistently be ready and mindful to the core of man, ought not to sit in the residue of blunder, ought not to be smashed and presumptuous, ought to be modest, a man ought to endeavor to accomplish the gifts of religion and the world.

At the point when an individual recollects God through prayers each day, it causes him not to overlook his Lord, Master, and Creator and not even to consider resistance and control over him.

Focusing on God Almighty and introducing oneself before Him; it gets man far from sins and keeps him from different indecencies


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