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Performing prayers is a must; it is an inseparable part of a Muslim. Prayers (salat) cannot be separated from the Muslim. Muslims and prayers are adherent to each other, it is like breathing in and out, it is like the beat of the heart. Can one live without thanking Allah? It is the expression of love towards Allah, it is the expression of thanks.
Perform your prayers (Salat) 5 times a day. If you cannot do that perform 4 times, if you cannot do that, perform 3 times, if you cannot do that then perform twice- once in the morning and once in the evening- if you cannot do that pray for once- only in the mornings or in the evenings- or if you still cannot do that, perform Cuma (Friday) prayers, or else perform your prayers in feasts. Let there be no brothers, sisters of ours who do not perform their prayers, they should all perform their prayers by all means, insha'Allah.
The prayers (salat) should be performed immaculately just like it is described in the Qur'an with great sincerity. There is nothing complex. You perform your prayers joyfully, lovingly and peacefully. Trying to complicate the prayers is a satanic behavior. Satan attempts to turn it into something complicated so that people abandon their prayers.
Our brothers should wake up happily for their prayers. How nice it is that when we wake up we see a bright and clear world. One might wake up paralyzed in the morning. One might wake up and see that he is physically disabled with his face disfigured. Or he might wake up and see that he is in Hell. How nice it is that Allah wakes us up nicely, feeling delighted.
If you exert pressure, people would feel abased. You would make people who normally would not consume alcohol start consuming alcohol, you would cause people who would normally perform their prayers, stand apart from prayers; things that would not normally happen would start to happen. I mean oppression would disrupt a person’s balance.
One would be happy and have his mind relieved when he performs his prayers, when he performs ablution, when he submits to God’s will, mentions the Name of God, reads the Qur’an. God has created man in a way that he would feel that need. One would be suffocated if he doesn’t live all these beauties. These are all blessings that prevent one to be drawn in that water, these are lifesaving blessings.
Religion can be practiced soundly by the beaches, in discos, practically everywhere. You can build a masjid inside a night club so that youngsters go there to perform their prayers and then come back and have fun. Ladies can swim in the sea at the beaches and then go perform their prayers as they like.
One should close the door to misgivings during the prayers: That is because you do not avoid performing prayers, you do not avoid taking ablution. Since you are there to take your ablution, you do not avoid doing so. You wash your hands and face. You do whatever is required. If that is the case why should you be doubtful?
People saw that they can be religious in their hearts and souls. They have seen that they can listen to music; they have seen that women can wander around without covering their heads yet be religious and perform their prayers at the same time. Therefore, religion has become widespread covertly in Turkey and found a great foundation everywhere.
The things demanded by the Qur'an are only a few: Performing prayers is explained very briefly in the Qur'an, fasting is explained very briefly and giving alms is explained very briefly. God commands us to be merciful, compassionate, to avoid telling lies, to be true. He commands us to have good intentions and to love one another, to love God a lot; to be of help to one another and to avoid worldly ambitions for goods because everything belongs to God. The commands in the Qur'an are very few. The rest is all about the foulness of the unbelievers, the impertinent behavior of the unbelievers, of the people of heresy and the responses given to them.
Radicals believe that they are the most devout ones when they turn the life of this world into a life in Hell, when they misrepresent Islam as hellish. For instance, they believe that it is out of piousness when they turn praying into an inextricable act. They believe that it is out of piousness when they make it impossible to perform ablution, whereas God described performing ablution in a single line in the Qur'an.
One worries about how he is going to wake up for the morning prayers, he troubles himself with it. Constantly whining, he says, "How am I to wake up that early?" Yet if you were to say, "We will give you five thousand liras in the morning without any provision", he would not sleep, he would not even blink until the morning. If you were to tell him that he should wash his face fifty times, and wash his arms fifty times and his feet fifty times and that he will be given five thousand liras every morning, millions of people would line up to do this. See that God promises eternal Heaven, yet he fails to do as God commands, because he does not believe in it: If he believed, he would have done that.
In the Qur'an, we see that God takes performing prayers as a measure. That is because in the verses, the people of the hell are asked; 'What has led you into the Hell Fire?' And they respond “They will answer: We were not of those who prayed." That means it is a very crucial measure. Performing prayers is a very joyous, beautiful, bountiful and luminous act of worship. It is a blessing from God.
One wakes up for the morning prayers with love. God created you with all these details and gives you uninterrupted blessings. In the morning God gives you food, He feeds you at lunch time and also at dinner. He gives you your breath constantly and has your heart working uninterruptedly day in and day out. If He stops your heart for a moment, you would be dead. If He stops your breathing for a moment, you would be dead. If you consider prayers to be too much for God, that would be foul play against God.
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