Here are some of the many Hadiths on the Importance of Namaz that we should all know about

Prayer or Namaz as it is known to Muslims is one of the most important aspects of Islam and it is the thing that directly connects a believer with his or her Lord Allah (SWT). The prophet Muhammad (SAW) emphasized greatly on the importance of Namaz for the Muslims. Following are only a few hadiths by Prophet Muhammad (SAW) on the subject of Namaz.

11 Hadiths on the Importance of Namaz

1- Ibn Umar (RA) narrates: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) stated the following: “The place of prayer (salah/namaz) in religion is like the place of the head in the body.”
(Majmau’l-Awsat, 3:154, (2313.) Imam Tabarani, Mu’jamu’s-Saghir)

2- Abu’d-Darda (RA) stated the following: “My friend Muhammad (SAW) gave me the following advice. Even if you are chopped up and burnt, do not associate partners with Allah and do not miss your fard prayers deliberately. Allah will move His protection away from a person who misses his fard prayers deliberately.”
(Musnad: 5/238, Al-BaniSahihIbnMajah: 3529, Bayhaqi)

3- The following is reported from Abdullah bin Qurt (May Allah be pleased with him): The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “On the Day of Judgment, a slave will be questioned about his prayers first. If his prayers are good, his other deeds will be good, too. If his prayers are bad, his other deeds will be bad,too.”
 (Tabarani, Targhib)
 

Hadiths on the Importance of Namaz


4- In a hadith reported by Abdul¬lah b. Umar (RA), Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, “A person who misses the afternoon prayer is like a person whose family and property have been destroyed.”
 (Jamiu’lAhadith)

5- In a hadith reported by Abu Umama (RA), Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:  “There is nothing superior to a person who is given by Allah the opportunity to perform a two-rak'ah prayer giving. As he is busy with praying, goodness and good deeds are poured onto him.”
(Musnad Ahmad)

6- The following is reported from Jabir Ibn Abdullah (RA): Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said, “Between faith and unbelief is abandoning the prayer.”
(Muslim, Abu Dawud, Tirmidhi, IbnMajah, Musnad)

7- The following is reported from Jabir Ibn Abdullah (RA): Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said,“The key to Paradise is prayer; the key to prayer is wudu (ablution).
(Musnad Ahmad)

8- The following is reported from Abdullah Ibn-AmrIbnAs (RA): One day, the Messenger of Allah (SAW) talked about prayers. He said, “The prayer of a person who performs five daily prayers without missing will be brightness, evidence and salvation for him on the Day of Judgment. A person who does not perform five daily prayers properly will be together with Qarun (Croesus), Haman, Pharaoh and UbayyIbnKhalaf.”
(Musnad: 2/169, Darimi: 2/301, IbnHibban: 1448)

9- The following is reported from Ibn Abbas (RA): “Once, the Messenger of Allah said to his Companions, “Pray as follows 'O Allah! Do not make anybody among the rebellious and deprived people.” Then, he asked, “Do you know who is rebellious and deprived?" The Companions said, “Who? O Messenger of Allah!” The Prophet said, “He who does not perform prayers!”
(IbnHajar “az-Zawajir” / Abu’l-Lays Samarqandi “Qurratu’lUyun”)

10- The following is reported from Abu Qatada: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said that Allah (SWT) stated the following in a Sacred Hadith: “I made it fard for your ummah to perform five daily prayers. And I made a promise to myself: If someone comes to me by paying attention to performing five daily prayers, I will send him to Paradise. I have nothing to say for the one who does pay attention to prayers.”
(Abu Dawud)

11- The following is reported from Abu Hurayra(RA): While the Messenger of Allah was passing by a grave, he asked, “Whose grave is it?” The Companions said, “It is the grave of such and such person.” The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, “For this person in the grave, to perform a prayer of two-rak'ahs is better than all of your worldly goods.”
(Tabarani, Majma’uzZawaid)
 

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