Sunday, February 3, 2008

Repentance for Neglecting Solāh

Repent for Neglecting the Solāh

Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid

In the name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful;
All the praise and thanks is due to Allāh, the Lord of al-‘ālameen. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allāh, and that Muhammad, Sallallāhu `alayhi wasallam is His Messenger.

The Messenger of Allah (Sallallāhu `alayhi wasallam) said that the first thing for which a person will be brought to account on the Day of Resurrection will be his Solāh.

Thus when Allāh Subhanahu Wa Ta`ala has blessed someone by bringing him back to the fold of Islām after he had been astray and neglecting the solāh, therefore he should keep on performing the solāh at the right times.

It is also exceedingly valuable for him to carry out more Nawafil (Supererogatory Or Extra) Solāh to make up for the Fardhu (Obligatory) Solāh that one has missed.

1- It was an advised in the sahih hadith that was narrated by Huraith Ibn Qubaisah, who said: “I came to Madinah and performed solāh, ‘O Allah, send me a righteous companion.’ I went and sat with Abu Hurairah (radiyallāhu`anhu) and said: ‘I asked Allāh to bless me with a righteous companion; tell me a hadith that you heard from the Messenger of Allāh (Sallallāhu `alayhi wasallam), so that I may benefit from it.’ Abu Hurairah (radiyallāhu`anhu) said:

‘I heard the Messenger of Allah (Sallallāhu `alayhi wasallam) say that the first thing for which a person will be brought to account on the Day of Resurrection will be his solāh. If it is sound, he will be successful, and if it is lacking in any way, he will be doomed. If his obligatory solāh are lacking, the Lord will say: “Look and see whether My servant has any Voluntary Solāh which may be used to make up what is lacking in his Obligatory Solāh.” Then all his deeds will be examined and dealt with in the same way.’”

[Reported by At-Tirmidzi, no. 413; see also Sahih al-Jāmi’, 2020].

2- Abu Dawud reported from Anas Ibn Hakim Al-Dabbi that he came to Madinah and met Abu Hurairah (radiyallāhu`anhu). He said: “He asked me about my lineage so I told him about it, then he said: ‘O young man, shall I not tell you a hadith?’ I said, ‘Of course, may Allāh have mercy on you,’ and I think he mentioned it from the Prophet (Sallallāhu `alayhi wasallam). Abu Hurairah (radiyallāhu`anhu) said:

“The first thing that people will be asked about on the Day of Resurrection will be their solāh. Our Lord will say to His angels (although He knows best): ‘Look at My slave`s solāh: are they complete or is something lacking?’ If they are complete, they will be recorded as such, but if something is lacking, He will say: ‘Look and see if My slave has any voluntary solāh to his credit.’ If this proves to be the case, He will say: ‘Make up his (missing) Obligatory Solāh with his Voluntary Solāh.’ Then the rest of his deeds will be dealt with in the same manner.’”

[Sahih Al-Jāmi’, 2571] 

And Allāh Almighty Knows best.

[Via Islam Q&A]

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