Namaz or Namaz (Persian: ناماز) or Salat or Salah (Arabic: صلاة) is the second of the five pillars of Islam. A religious act obligatory on every adult and intelligent Muslim, regardless of male or female.
It is obligatory for every Muslim Ummah to pray 5 times a day. These five times are – Fajr, Zuhr, Asr, Maghrib and Isha. It may be unknown to many! But that matter has been narrated by Bukhari Sharif. Now we read it and know-
It is said in a hadith on the authority of Hazrat Abu Dharr (RA), who narrated from the Messenger of Allah, may God bless him and grant him peace, that, ‘He said, “While I was in Makkah, the roof of my house was opened.” Then Gabriel (A.S.) came and tore my chest open. And wash it with Zamzam water. Then he brought a golden pot full of wisdom and faith and poured it into my chest and closed it. Then he took me by the hand towards the sky of the world.
Later, when I came to the sky of the world, Gabriel (A.S.) said to the guardian of the sky, open the door. The guardian of the sky said, who are you? Gabriel (A.S.) said, I am Gabriel (A.S.). (Guardian of the sky) said, Is there anyone with you? Jibraeel (a.s.) said, Yes, Muhammad (p.a.) is there. The guard then said, has he been called? Jibraeel (a.s.) said, yes.
‘Then when the sky of the world was opened for us, and we entered the sky of the world, we saw one sitting there with the shape of many people on his right and left. He laughs when he looks to the right, and cries when he looks to the left. He said, Welcome, O righteous prophet and righteous son. I asked Gabriel (a.s.), who is this person? He replied, This is Adam (A.S.). On his right and left are the souls of his children. The people on the right side are Paradise, the people on the left side are Hell. So when he looks to the right he is smiling, when he looks to the left he is crying. Then Gabriel (A.S.) took me to the second heaven. Then he said to its guard, open the door. Then this guard asked the same question as the first guard. Later the door was opened’.
Anas (R.A.) said, ‘Abu Jar (R.A.) mentioned that the Messenger of Allah (S.A.W.) sent Adam (A.S.), Idris (A.S.), Musa (A.S.), Jesus (A.S.) and Ibrahim (A.S.) in the heavens. .) meet. However, Abu Dhar (ra) did not specifically mention those places. He only mentions that he found Adam (a.s.) in the sky of the world and Ibrahim (a.s.) in the sixth sky’.
Anas (R.A.) said, ‘When Gabriel (A.S.) was passing by Idris (A.S.) with the Holy Prophet (S.A.), Idris (A.S.) said, “Wow! O brother, O virtuous prophet. I (Rasulullah) said, who is he? Gabriel (a.) said this is Idris (a.).
Then when I passed by Musa (a.s.), he said, Wow! O honest prophet and virtuous brother. I said, who is this? Gabriel (a.s.) said, This is Musa (a.s.).
Then when I passed Jesus (A.S.), he said, Wow! O honest prophet and virtuous brother. I asked, who is he? Gabriel (A.S.) said, He is Jesus (A.S.). Then when I passed Ibrahim (a.s.), he said, Wow! O pious Prophet and pious children. I said, who is this? Gabriel (A.S.) said, This is Ibrahim (A.S.)’.
Ibn Shihab said, Ibn Hazm (RA) told me that both Ibn Abbas and Abu Habba Al-Ansari used to say, ‘The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Then I was taken higher.” Taken to a plain where I heard the sound of writing’.
Ibn Hazm and Anas Ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with them) said that the Messenger of Allah (may peace be upon him) said, then Allah made 50 prayers obligatory on my Ummah. I came back with it. He said to Musa (a.s.) when he passed, What has Allah made obligatory on your Ummah? I said, 50 prayers are obligatory. He said, “Go back to your Lord, your Ummah will not be able to obey so much.” I then went back. Allah reduced it somewhat. I said to Musa (a.s.) while crossing, (Allah) has reduced some portion. He said, “Go back to your Lord.” Because your Ummah will not be able to earn even that. I went back.
Then some more parts were reduced. I went to Musa (a.s.) again. Again he said, you go to your Lord again. Because your Ummah will not be able to pay it. Then I went again. Then Allah said, these five (as virtues) will be counted as 50. My words do not change. When I went to Musa (a.s.) again, he said to me again, Go to your Lord again. I said, I am ashamed to go to my Lord again. Then Gabriel (A.S.) took me to Sidratul Muntaha. At that time it was painted in different colors. I was not aware of its significance’. (Sahih Bukhari: 349)