One of the key Islamic preaching the importance of which no Muslim can deny is prayer. It is one of the fundamental elements of faith and without accepting the authority of prayer and its significance it is impossible for a Muslim to practice Islam in the true sense.
For someone who simply follows the doctrines, the offering of prayer is an obligation which he or she has to offer at the exact prayer timing. However, there are others as well who understand the fruits of prayer and try to perform it for reaping those fruits. The lines below give the major fruits of performing prayer as mentioned in Quran.
Assistance Of Allah:
Perhaps the greatest of fruits of offering prayers is the assistance of Allah. in Quran, Allah says:
“O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” (2:153)
Thus, by praying a Muslim seeks the help and assistance of Allah and there should be no doubt in the mind of a person regarding the assistance of Allah arriving. Those who rely on Him, He does respond to them by coming to their assistance, ergo, whoever, requires Allah’s assistance, prayers is a means of doing so.
The Fruit Of Taqwa:
Taqwa or piety is another factor which Islam preaches a Muslim should achieve. The road to it requires resisting temptation, abhorring evil and inclining towards good. Prayer is a means of achieving Taqwa as well. As Allah says in Quran:
“This is the Book in which there is no doubt, a guidance for those who have Taqwa; who believe in the unseen, and who establish Salah, and spend out of what we have provided for them.” (2:2-3)
The understanding of Quran can only take place when one has Taqwa, and the means of achieving Taqwa are to believe in Allah and what is unseen, give charity and above all establish Salat. Therefore, the achievement of Taqwa is also a fruit of offering Salat.
A Worry-Free Afterlife:
In Quran, Allah Almighty says:
“Indeed, those who believe and do righteous deeds and establish prayer and give Zakah will have their reward with their Lord, and there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.” (2:277)
It is the afterlife in the hope of which Muslims live their worldly life. They follow all the instructions of Islam, resist the temptations of this world, do not fall in love with the worldly possessions and try to live their life in the best and simplest manner in this world so that they could have a better eternal life in the hereafter. Among other things, establishment of Salat is also one of the acts that can guarantee a worry free world in the hereafter.
In a nutshell, although prayer being an obligation is a reason enough for it to be performed, however, there are numerous fruits of offering prayer as well. Therefore, if the obligatory nature of it does not motivate a Muslim towards offering it, then one should keep in mind all the fruits that come with it.