Salah is the second pillar of Islam. It refers to the compulsory daily prayers. Salah is offered five times a day individually or in congregation. We offer Salah to remember Allah and bring us closer to Him. Allah says in the Noble Qur’an, what can be translated as,“Establish Salah to remember Me (Allah).” (Qur’an, 20:14)
Salah is proof of our faith in Allah and Islam. It has been made compulsory at certain times of the day. Allah says in the Noble Qur’an, what can be translated as, “Salah at fixed times has been enjoined on the believers.” (Qur’an, 4:103)
The five daily prayers are: Fajr, Dhuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Isha’.
Preparation to Perform Salah
To perform your Salah you must be clean and pure. Allah says in the Noble Qur’an, what can be translated as, “Surely Allah loves those who turn to Him and those who care for cleanliness.” (Qur’an, 2:222)
Cleanliness of the body, clothing, and the places where the prayer is performed is called Taharah (purification).
Some impurities that must be removed before performing Salah: 1. Human urine. 2. Human Excrement. 3. Wadi: A thick white secretion that might be discharged after urination. 4. Mathi: A white sticky prostatic fluid, (other than sperm or semen). 5. Menstrual blood. 6. Defecation and urine of animals whose meat is not permissible to eat (e.g. carnivores). 7. Dog saliva. 8. Water remaining after a carnivore has drunk from it.
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