In the name of Allah, Most Merciful, Most Compassionate; blessings and peace be upon Prophet Muhammad s.a.w.
"Anyone who obeys the Messenger has obeyed God..." (Nisaa 4:80)
SOME of my friends from 'Jemaah Tabligh' told me of this interesting development - Muslims in Sri Lanka and some parts of India are raring to practice the 'sunnah' (way of life) of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him - s.a.w.) - for example masjids in those countries were filled to capacity during the five time obligatory prayers including the 'subuh' or Fajr (dawn) prayers.
They who have gone to those countries for their 40 day or three month mission, said the development was a positive indicator that Muslims worldwide would wake up from their long sleep - they are being belittled in every corner of the world especially in countries where they are a minority including in India and Sri Lanka.
Nowadays Muslims who suffer the most are the Palestinians (in Gaza and the occupied West Bank), Rohingyas (they have been forced out of their homes and homeland in Myanmar), the Uighurs of Xinjiang (China), the Kashmiris and the Malays in Southern Thailand.
Not only minority Muslims have been subjected to cruelty, those who live in Muslim lands too are ill treated by leaders and governments and society themselves who claim to be practicing Islam but in actual fact are living and leading lives which are against the teaching of Islam.
Take as an example; 'solat' (prayers) which many of us take for granted; without performing it based on what was shown by the Prophet s.a.w. then how are we going to live on His straight path what more in facing our enemies such as the Zionist regime of Israel?
Only by performing all our obligations including our 'solat' as shown by the Prophet s.a.w. as well as doing all the compulsory prayers in mass (jemaah) in masjids and 'suraus' (small masjid) then we would be successful in this world and the Hereafter, 'insha-Allah' (if Allah wills) including in our dealings against our enemies.
The question now is why our brothers from the 'Jemaah Tabligh' are delighted at the sight of Muslims in some parts of Sri Lanka and India performing the 'solat subuh' in mass in full capacity in the masjids there?
They were quick to point out that only by being committed to practicing the 'sunnah' of the Prophet s.a.w. such as performing all the five obligatory prayers in masjids would Muslims be successful in life. And to Muslims all over the world, performing the dawn prayers is the most difficult of all because at that time people prefer to sleep and rest.
Regarding this, the Prophet s.a.w. said: "The most burdensome prayers for the hypocrites are 'Salat al-'Isha' and Salat al-Fajr', but if they only knew what they contain, they would come even if they had to crawl." (Reported by Imam Ahmad, Al-Musnad, 2/424; Sahih al-Jami', 133)
It is hard to perform the 'subuh' prayers what more in mass in masjids, and if Muslims could make the 'subuh' prayers as grand as Friday prayers, then they would be on the road to success in this world and the Hereafter...and would send a shiver upon the enemies of Islam, including Zionist regime of Israel.
Why is performing of 'subuh' prayers in mass is very important? In a 'hadith' narrated by Ibu Majah, the Prophet s.a.w. mentioned that whoever performed the 'subuh' prayer in mass (jemaah) that he or she would be guarded and in the protection of Allah The Greatest and in another 'hadith' he said the best of prayers in the sight of Allah is the dawn prayer on Friday, in congregation. (Reported by Abu Na'im in Al-Hilyah, 7/207, and in Al-Silsilah as-Sahihah, 1566)
The Prophet s.a.w. also said: "Whoever prays Fajr is under the protection of Allah. Do not put yourselves in a situation where Allah has to call you to account for your negligence because whoever finds himself in this situation will be sorted out and then thrown on his face in the Fire of Hell." (Reported by At-Tabarani, 7/267; Sahih al-Jami', no. 6344)
By performing 'subuh' prayers in mass, Allah The Greatest has offered us His protection, thus it is a guaranteed way to face the brutality of the Zionist regime. Well, dear readers, every Muslim can do this...remember for tomorrow’s dawn let us go the masjid to say our 'subuh' prayers there.
We can send shivers down the spine of the Zionist regime right now...but the problem is can we do it? Perhaps we can answer this problem based on what the Prophet s.a.w. had said: "The most burdensome prayers for the hypocrites are 'Salat al-'Isha' and Salat al-Fajr'"...oh God, 'nauzubillah min zalik' (I seek refuge from Allah from that thing). So, Muslims should be aware about the seriousness of missing Salat al-Fajr!
Other prayers may be easier to do because they are more convenient to a person's circumstances and fit in with his work and his sleep schedule, but only those who are determined and sincere, people whom one hopes are good people, will be able to pray Fajr and 'Isha' regularly in congregation.
In my opinion it is okay to carry on our campaign to boycott products of Israel and America in facing the brutal acts of the Zionist regime, but many more important aspects regarding the Muslim way of life must be addressed first.
'Solat' as the second pillar in 'Rukun Islam' must be checked; it is disturbing and alarming to know that a research on school children in a certain state pointed out that 80 percent of them failed to perform their five times daily prayers.
I am afraid that this statistic is also applicable to Muslim adults - dear brothers and sisters there is no way we can be successful if we fail to adhere to Allah SWT’s orders. In 'solat' there's success because in the 'adzan',(call for prayer) the muezzin would recite among others - Hayya las Salah (let’s rush to prayer) and Hayya lal Falah (let’s rush to success).
In the battle fields of Gaza, Hamas and its Al-Qassam wing had the Israelis in shock because they are very disciplined in the Islamic way of life and can make counter attacks when they are least expected.
Only by remembering Allah SWT, will we win our battle against His enemies including the Satan or devil and the Zionist for He says: "Therefore remember Me (by praying, glorifying, etc.). I will remember you, and be grateful to Me (for My countless Favours on you) and never be ungrateful to Me. (al-Baqarah): 152)
If Allah SWT sends His help to us, nobody can stop us from achieving victory! So get committed to Hayya las Salah and Hayya lal Falah.