Why is praying obligatory?

There are many benefits to performing obligatory acts, and they fall under spiritual and material categories. But why make some things obligatory over others?

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Allah is Ar Rahman, Ar Raheem.

Have you ever wondered what the wisdom is behind certain things being Wajib/Fard (obligatory) in Islam? For example, why are the five times prayers wajib? Or why is it obligatory to fast in Ramadhan?

Note: What is a wajib? Wajib/Fard is any action that you are rewarded for performing, and punished for abstaining from. i.e., obligatory.

There are many benefits to performing obligatory acts, and they fall under spiritual and material categories. But why make some things obligatory over others?

The answer is connected to the first line in this post. It’s because, Allah (SWT) is Ar Rahman, Ar Raheem.

Allah loves these actions so much, He wants every Muslim to perform it, to the extent that He has made it a point of disbelief if anyone was to deny it (a Fard). What this means is that, performing fard acts draws a believer close to Allah (SWT). Isn’t this a blessing? On the other hand, to deny an obligatory act is just plain spiteful, arrogant and shows ingratitude. Hence, it being a point of disbelief.

The All Mighty loves us so much that, He has made it the bare minimum that we, as believers, get on his good side by performing acts that he loves A LOT! If you, O believer, wish to reciprocate that love (which is impossible, but it’s the intention that matters), then the mustahab/sunnah is the way to go to make Him love you even more.

So my brothers and sisters in Islam, the next time you stand for a Fard salat (prayer), fast in Ramadhan, tell the truth, obey your parents, earn honestly, lower your gaze and guard your chastity, give charity, or perform Hajj, give thanks to Allah (SWT) for making these obligatory on you in His infinite mercy (*hint: Sajdah Shukr).