On the Adab of One Who is Late to Salah, and Its Implications on Our Daily Lives

Bismillahi Rahmaani Raheem,

With the name of Allah, the most loving & caring, the always loving and caring,

The Prophet (ﷺ) said,

When you hear the Iqama, proceed to offer the prayer with calmness and solemnity and do not make haste. And pray whatever you are able to pray and complete whatever you have missed.

The direct message of this hadith is clear and one we must strive to apply, but its implications stretch beyond immediate comprehension: if we are not supposed to rush for salah when we are getting late, the most important thing after shahadah, then what about when we late for something of this dunya?

If we are not supposed to rush even for our Creator, it shows how low everything else is. And we need to learn to reflect that in our daily lives.

I don’t mean to derive any fiqh that we can’t rush for a meeting or whatever, but through this reflection we can understand that even though we shouldn’t rush for the dunya, we sometimes have to because it’s uncompromising. And at the same time, it tells us that although Allah is the only one we should be rushing for, we we don’t have to (and sometimes) shouldn’t because he is the Most Merciful.

As salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatullahi, wa barakaatuh,

May peace of every aspect be upon you, along with the mercy of God and also His blessing

Sahih Bukhari: 636


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