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Sunnah 139: Pray at the earliest time

November 2, 2010

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 

The Prophet (pbuh) was asked which of the deeds is most beloved to Allah, and he replied, “Prayer at the right time” [Bukhari]

At the very minimum, this means not praying when there are only a couple of minutes left until the next prayer. This can even be considered blameworthy, because one is putting off his prayer until the last minute. However, there is an even greater station than simply praying within the prescribed time, and that is to pray at the earliest time. Sheikh Abdullah bin AbdulRahman Al-Jibreen says “praying at the earliest time signifies one’s love for Allah and the prayer”. The athan is a call to prayer, in effect you are being told that now is the time to perform your salaah- those who love Allah will hasten to it, while others will pray at their leisure. The only exception considered is isha, which we will discuss in a subsequent post inshAllah.

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