” [And asking them], “What put you into Saqar (Hell))”?
They will say, “We were not of those who prayed, (Salah)
“Nor did we used to feed the poor”.
“And we used to enter into vain discourse with those who engaged [in it],
“And we used to deny the Day of Recompense. (74. Surah Al-Muddathir : 42 – 46)
The above verses are a conversation between the gate keeper and sinner, they (sinner) would be held responsible for their deeds. While interrogating them it would be so shocking when they would disclose the fact that their four major sins which brought them in eternal Hell that they were not of those who prayed, not feeding poor, engaging themselves in vain talk and last deny the day of judgment. It has been made explicit that one cannot escape Hell even after having believed if he is not prayering as prescribed.
After having believed in Allah and His Messenger and His Book, performed the foremost duty imposed by God, i.e. the Salah (Prayer). Salah is a practical sign of obedience to the commands of Allah. It is the practical proof of our faith in Allah and Islam. Salah is the only distinction between a Mo’min and a non-Mo’min. Salah reminds us that God is our Master and we are His slaves. Prayer is an obligatory for the believers. Prayer allows the believer to enrich their spirituality and cultivate the soul’s right to love and worship the Creator, Allah.
“Verily, I am Allah! There is none worthy of worship but I, so worship Me and offer prayer perfectly for My remembrance. [Quran, Taha, 13-14]
Offering Salah not only build and shape our charchter but also gives us conscious of evil and good so we try to distance ourselves from immoral act and sin. The Qur’an clearly define as in the following verse :
“Indeed, prayer prohibits immorality and wrongdoing, and the remembrance of Allah is greater. And Allah knows that which you do”. (Qur’an 29 : 45)
Feeding poor, orphans and help destitute and starving people by providing them charity. Redeeming people, either by setting slaves free, if any are found in the society, or helping those who are crushed under the burden of debt or any other liability. Being Muslim, we must not live isolated from the community but live like an organized team. If no team or community exists, one should be created. Believer’s prime duty to worship His creator and serve His creation, they can not be negligent towards God’s creation.
That’s very important trait that unite the Humanity together. Absence of these two characteristic leading them to live a aimlessly life and wasting their time and energy instead of utilizing in some great or constructive purpose. Ultimately, denying the judgment day as they have not set any goal for it. Actually, the belief in the hereafter would reflect in our actions and deeds consequently making us more sincere and serious about our eternal abode. Obviously, we have to plant a seed of good deeds here in this life which will grow and after our death we continue to reap the rewards of it in the hereafter.
As Muslims, we believe in two worlds – this world and life after death, therefore we pray for success in both the worlds – “Our Lord grant us good in this world and good in hereafter and save us from the torment of hell-fire.” [Chapter 2, Surah Al-Baqarah, verse 201]
Abu Hurairah RA reported that the Messenger of Allah said:
Allah will say on the Day of Judgment, ‘Son of Adam, I was sick but you did not visit Me.’
‘My Lord, How could I visit You when You are the Lord of the Worlds?’
‘Did you not know that one of My servants was sick and you didn’t visit him? If you had visited him you would have found Me there.’
Then Allah will say, ‘Son of Adam, I needed food but you did not feed Me.’
‘My Lord, How could I feed You when You are the Lord of the Worlds?’
‘Did you not know that one of My servants was hungry but you did not feed him? If you had fed him you would have found its reward with Me.’
‘Son of Adam, I was thirsty, but you did not give Me something to drink.’
‘My Lord, How could I give a drink when You are the Lord of the Worlds?’
‘Did you not know that one of My servants was thirsty but you did not give him a drink? If you had given him a drink, you would have found its reward with Me.’ (Hadith Qudsi : Al-Bukhari)
May God save us from Hellfire.