What is the benefit God will get from my Salat (Namaz)?
This is an interesting but difficult question which we encounter from an open-minded Muslim. It is really very difficult to answer such question. But God says in the Quran that God does not need anything from us. God is not dependent on us.
[The Quran 35:15] O people, you are the ones who need GOD, while GOD is in no need for anyone, the Most Praiseworthy.
Therefore, we can reasonably conclude that we need Salat and probably God does not need our salat. Therefore, those who believe that if one does not pray salat regularly God will throw him/her into Hell is not correct.
Because this kind of blind belief does not make any sense. As God is not dependent on us whether we pray Salat or not does not harm or help God in any way.
Some Muslims understand salat as “contact prayer.” In other words salat is a means to contact with God. It seems it makes sense. We need to contact with God because as a representative (Khalifa) of God it is our duty to contact our Lord so that I can know what God wants me to do. That’s the true job of a representative (Khalifa) of a supreme authority.
Even a hadith of the prophet Muhammad reported the same thing:
You worship Allah as if you are seeing Him, for though you don’t see Him, He, verily, sees you. [Sahih Muslim Chapter No: 1, Faith].
So I pray salat not just to glorify God but to attempt contacting with God to hear the instructions from God so that I can conduct my life as per the wishes and instructions of God. If we just bow down, recite some verses of the Quran and prostrate it makes little sense because God does not need anything from us.
The Quran confirms that those who offer real Salat will be refraining from doing all kinds of bad and sinful works.
[The Quran 29:45] You shall recite what is revealed to you of the scripture, and observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), for the Contact Prayers prohibit evil and vice…
Surprisingly we are seeing that there is no shortage of Namazi in Muslim world but so many Muslim countries are top-ranking corrupt countries in the world! In the name of Allah or Islam some misguided and terrible Muslims are killing so many innocent lives in the name of Jihad!
Obviously they are praying Salat in a wrong way that is why they are doing so many heinous crimes and sinful acts. Their Salat cannot restrain them from evil and vice works. I hope this article sheds some light on what the correct Salat is and its objective. Thank you.
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