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Today we’ll be reflecting on one verse from Surah Ibrahim, where Allah (SWT) talks about those who serve Him, those who believe in Him and worship Him by putting their knowledge to work to get reward and to get close to Allah (SWT).
The verse from Surah Ibrahim says:
[And] tell [those of] My servants who have attained to faith that they should be constant in prayer and spend [in Our way], secretly and openly, out of what We provide for them as sustenance, ere there come a Day when there will be no bargaining, and no mutual befriending.
This is a very strong statement from Allah (SWT) and a strong reminder for the ummah of Muhammad (SAW) to establish salah. There is a difference between praying and establishing the prayer. Praying is very easy. You go and pray your 4 rakahs and leave, but it has no impact on your life, no impact on your way of thinking, has no impact on your spiritual level. It does not have any impact on your surroundings. But Allah (SWT) wants from us to establish salah, which means that while you are praying, you are also ready to meet Allah (SWT). It means that you have what we call in Arabic “the presence of Allah (SWT).”
And this is what He said to His believers, His servants, that they should establish the salah, but also the fruit of establishing salah is spending for the sake of Allah (SWT). It can be done publicly at the masjid, to someone you know, or it can be done privately and only Allah (SWT) knows about it. Allah (SWT) said we should do this before there comes a day that there is no friendship, no trade, no business. The day that we will be standing in front of Allah (SWT) and we will be asked about all of our actions, and we will not be able to seek help from our friends. That day it’s just you and your actions in front of Allah (SWT).
I ask Allah (SWT) to accept from all of us.