Salat is the second pillar of Islam and perhaps there is no act more stressed about in Quran than the offering of Salat. A Muslim is obligated to offer it five times a day and pertaining to their
not offering, there is no excuse accepted. Five times a day a Muslim has to worship Allah Almighty and bow in front of Him as a sign of humility and submission.
A Muslim cannot perhaps count the benefits of Salat. The benefits that it brings to a Muslim are various and by ensuring that the Salat is performed regularly, a Muslim can elevate his or her
spiritual standing as well as gain benefit in this world as well. The lines below discuss the ayah of Quran that highlight the importance of Salat.
Allah says in Quran:
“To God prostrates everyone in this heavens and the earth, willingly or unwillingly, and so do their shadows in the mornings and evenings.” (13:15)
From this ayah of Quran it is clear that either willingly or unwillingly everything in this world has to subjugate to Allah Almighty and prostrate in front of Him in the morning as well as in the evening. Therefore, for a Muslim the message is clear to opt for prostrating out of willingness and perform Salat on the respective Salat timing.
At another place in Quran, Allah Almighty says:
“…..Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing, and the remembrance of Allah is greater….” (29:45)
From this ayah of Quran it is clear that Salat works as a shield that helps protect a Muslim from all the shameful and amoral deeds. When a Muslim performs Salat five times a day, he or she realizes that they are standing in the court of Allah Almighty and when one knows that they are going to stand in front of Him five times a day, then everyone tries to stand there with least of evil and immoral things being done. Therefore, Salat is an obvious strong shield against all evil.
In addition to being a shield, Salat also serves as a means of invocation, whereby after performing Salat a Muslim can invoke to Allah Almighty and ask for His blessings and assistance in any regard possible. Moreover, Salat is basically a symbol that keeps reminding a Muslim about his or her existence and the fact that Allah Almighty is there and a Muslim is to subjugate to Him.
When a Muslim offers prayer five times a day, he or she actually acknowledges the fact that there is the Supreme and all the human beings are supposed to remember Him and bow in front of Him. Thus, Salat helps a Muslim stay down to earth and one does not give into arrogance and false pride.