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Evidence: The Salat (Prayer) Was Established By the Previous Prophets Too!

Throughout history the prophets have communicated that the salat (prayer) has been made compulsory by Allah to their respective peoples, and the prophets have been role models for all believers by abiding by this observance in the best and most correct manner.

Some verses on this subject read:
– For Prophet Ibrahim (upon him be peace): [Ibrahim said:] “My Lord! Make me and my descendants people who establish salat. My Lord! Accept my prayer.” (Surah Ibrahim, 40)
– For Prophet Isma’il (upon him be peace): Mention Isma’il in the Book. He was true to his promise and was a messenger and a prophet. He used to command his people to do salat and give the alms and he was pleasing to his Lord. (Surah Maryam, 54-55)
– For Prophet Musa (upon him be peace): Allah said: “I am Allah. There is no god but Me, so worship Me and establish salat to remember Me”. (SurahTa Ha, 14) and prophet Musa (upon him be peace) duly abided by this command.
– For Prophet Isa (upon him be peace): He said: “I am the servant of Allah, He has given me the Book and made me a prophet. He has made me blessed wherever I am and directed me to do salat and give the alms as long as I live.” (Surah Maryam, 30-31)
– Maryam, depicted as a role model for all women, was also commanded to establish salat: Maryam, obey your Lord and prostrate and bow with those who bow. (Surah al ‘Imran, 43)

Allah also revealed to prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) “And offer prayers perfectly at the two ends of the day and in some hours of the night (Surah Hud, 114)

From the above we can see how Salat has always been part and parcel of Islam. Let no Muslim take the Salat negligently, or feel its strict observance is not binding on all of us; On the contrary, Salat is a pillar of Islam.

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