Salat- A worship with great benefits in store for you!
Salat (Prayer) is not just the name for Rukoo and Sujood. It rather requires the purity of intention and the cleansing of heart and soul. Your Salat are not meant for Allah, they are meant for your own better. Allah Almighty does not need you to worship Him. He already has all His other creations who are engaged in His worship 24/7. The worship and the Salat is for you and for your own good. It brings the wellness of both the worlds for you.
Salat, being one of the pillars of the faith of Muslims has been made mandatory to be offered five times a day. This is the minimum that every Muslim must do on daily basis. No other form of worship has been made mandatory to be performed daily but just the Salat. Fasting has been made obligatory only in one month of Islamic Calander, Hajj is obligatory once in a lifetime, Zakaat is only mandatory for those who can afford to do so, but this obligation of Salat applies equally to all, rich or poor, and is essential to be offered five times each day.
Salat (Prayer) when offered in the way it should be offered brings you peace. It brings a strange satisfaction of heart and leaves you feeling contented. Salat requires the purity of your intention. It should only be offered with the thought and intention of pleasing Allah alone and not His creations. Those who offer Salat only to show others or to be pretentious, so to speak, will not earn any virtues from such a Salat. Such Salat (Prayers) will be thrown back upon our faces on the Day of Judgment.
Since Allah Almighty does not need our worship, there are numerous benefits of Salat for ourselves. If we come to think of it, the five Salat daily have been carefully planned for your own good of both the body and souls. Salat also has been planned to dictate us the routine that one should have to make the best of their times and to remain healthy and productive. Fajar has been placed at a time when it feels difficult to wake up from the deep sleep so that Muslims would realize the importance of their obligation and would sacrifice their sleep and comfort for the sake of Allah Almighty. However, Fajar Salat only features four Rakaat in total. Why do you think is that? It is to make it easier on us. Since it could have been difficult to offer many Rakaats right after someone wakes up from a deep sleep, therefore, Fajar prayer has been kept short for the ease of the worshippers. It is said that those who offer Fajar prayer get a glow (Noor) on their faces and such faces will be distinctively recognizable on the Day of Judgment.
After that, Zuhur Salat falls in the middle of the day, when a person has already become active. It is then easier to offer 10 Rakaats. Moreover, since most of the people are engaged in their worldly affairs around that time, hence Allah Almighty has made it mandatory to take some time out from the worldly engagements and remember where we actually belong to and where shall we all return. It is said that offering Zuhur prayer brings Barkat (abundance) in your Rizq (Earning and Food). Asar prayer then falls around the time when most of the people are heading back home from their work. Since this is the time when we all feel less energetic and kind of tired, this prayer again is short, with only 4 Rakaat. Moreover, it is also advised not to engage oneself in worldly affairs during Asar and Maghrib and to engage in Zikr (remembering Allah Almighty and in Salat and Dua). See how beautiful our religion is. Allah has made this time the best time to seek His blessings, so that when a person is all tired and drained out from the effort put in throughout the day, he or she can seek peace in Zikr and get the benefit of it in both the worlds. Maghrib Salat is again short because one is still in a state of gathering back the energies and then Isha Salat is long with 9 Rakaats so that the meal that has been taken before it in dinner can be digested before going to sleep. Hence the worship has also been planned and advised in the ways which keep our own benefit in store, both in this world and in the world hereafter.