Prayer (Salat) is the most important pillar of Islam and it is one of the most important parts of the life of Muslims. As Muslims we say our mandatory prayers five times in a day. Allah (SWT) ordered every Muslims to perform prayers (Salat) five times a day. One who performs obligatory prayers well, Allah will forgive him. Abu Ubadah Ibn Samit (Ra) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said: “Allah (SWT) has made five prayers obligatory. If anyone performs ablution for them well, offers them at their (right) time. and observes perfectly their bowing and submissiveness in them, it is the guarantee of Allah that He will pardon him; if anyone does not do so, there is no guarantee for him on the part of Allah; He may pardon him if he wills, and punish him if He wills.” (Abu Dawood). A Muslim will be asked on the Day of Judgment about obligatory prayers first, if it is perfect, he will be saved from hell. Narrated by Abu Hurayra (Ra) that, our beloved Prophet said: “Indeed the first deed by which a servant will be called to account on the Day of Resurrection is his Salat. If it is complete, he is successful and saved, but if it is defective, he has failed and lost.” (Jame Tirmiji).
Those who neglect Salat they will enter Hell. They will be asked, “What has caused you to enter Hell?” They will say, “We were not of those who used to offer the prayer, nor did we feed the poor; and we used to talk falsehood (all that which God hated) with vain talkers and we used to belie the Day of Recompense, until there came to us (the death) that is certain.” (Sura Muddassir: Ayat 42-47). The primary reason for which they were admitted to Hell is that they failed to offer the prayer.
Those who miss prayer intentionally he will be punished seriously in here and hereafter. Punishment for missing a single prayer intentionally (even if made up later) is Hell for a long period. The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, “A person neglecting his Salat (even though he makes it up later) shall remain in Jahannam for a period of one huqb. A huqb is equal to eighty years of three hundred and sixty days each, and a day in Akhirah is equal to one thousand years of this world.” Thus, huqb literally means a very long time; in most Hadith it is explained as being eighty years as explained above.
The writer is a national award winner Qari and Khatib of Baitush Shafiq Mosque (near National University), Gazipur