- The five daily prayers are obligatory upon every Muslim who has reached the age of puberty
- Muslim parents and guardians are to teach their kids how to say the five daily prayers as from age seven or below and make it a compulsory daily routine on their children after clocking 10 years
- Allaah mentioned so many Aayaat (verses) in the Glorious Qur’an, where He enjoined Muslims to observe the five daily prayers as at when due
- The five daily prayers and their names, starting with the first one observed in the early morning to the last one said at night are: Salaatul Subh, Salaatu Zuhr, Salaatul Asr, Salaatul Maghrib and Salaatul Isha’
In a known account of how the five daily prayers became compulsory on all Muslims, Allaah mentioned at the beginning of Suuratul Israa’il (chapter 17) of the Glorious Qur’an, how he invited Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon his noble soul) to come to the highest heavens to be given the five daily prayers.
The purpose of this article is not to go into the nitty gritty of what happened when the Messenger of Islaam got to the heavens or how Prophet Muhammad communicated with Allaah when he was given the five daily prayers; however, this write up is asking Muslims how often they say the five daily prayers in congregation.
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Observing the five daily prayers in congregation is incumbent upon all matured male Muslims. Female Muslims can pray preferably at home, but they can also go to the Mosque to say the five daily prayers in congregation.
Many Muslim scholars informed that Prophet Muhammad stated that observing the five daily prayers in congregation allows a Muslim to get 27 times the rewards of observing them alone. That is a person, who observes the five daily prayers in congregation for a particular day will get (27×5=135) 135 rewards, while a person, who observes the five daily prayers alone will get just (1×5=5) 5 rewards from Allaah.
In addition, observing the five daily prayers in congregation increases love and compassion among Muslims, as they meet in the Mosque, thereby allowing for mutual interactions.
Muslim males, particularly, should ensure they say their five prayers in congregation, not just in the holy month of Ramadan, but beyond. No Muslim (male or female) should neglect the five daily prayers as they are the key to entering paradise on the day of judgement.