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18 Benefits of Salaat.
October 22, 2007, 6:52 pm
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In the Name of Allah, the

Compassionate, the Most Merciful


In his excellent book, Zaad al-Ma’aad, in the section which includes the book, At-Tibb an-Nabawee, Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have Mercy on him) stated in his alphabetized discussion of medicines.

Prayer (Salah)

Allah the Exalted One has said: “And seek help in patience and in prayer. Surely that is something quite difficult on (people) other than people of humility and submissiveness” [2]

And He, the Exalted One has said: O you who believe! Seek help in patience and in prayer! Verily, Allah is with those who are patient. [3]

And He, the Exalted One has said:And command your family to pray, and be patient upon that. We are not asking you for any provisions, (rather) We provide for you, and the favourable outcome is for (those with) taqwaa (consciousness of Allah that produces righteous actions.” [4]

And in the Books of Sunnah it is reported that the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) used to hasten to prayer whenever an affair disturbed him. And previously discussed was the concept of healing most ailments through prayer before seeking out other ways of dealing with them.

Prayer is something that causes one to receive sustenance.

It is something that safeguards one’s physical health.

It keeps away harmful things.

It casts away illnesses.

It strengthens the heart. It brightens one’s countenance.

It delights the soul.

It gets rid of laziness.

It makes the limbs active.

It increases one’s physical strength.

It expands the chest (making one at ease and giving him insight).

It is nourishment for the soul.

It illuminates the heart.

It safeguards one’s blessings.

It repels catastrophes.

It brings on blessings.

It keeps away the Shaytaan (the Devil).

It draws one close to Ar-Rahmaan (Allah, the Most

And overall it has an amazing effect on the health of the body and heart, and in strengthening them and expelling harmful pollutants from them. No two people have been afflicted with any disability, disease, or other calamity, except that the portion of the one who prays is less and his outcome is cleaner. Also, prayer has an amazing effect on the evils of the dunya (the worldly life) and how it repels them, especially when the prayer is performed properly and completely, inwardly and outwardly.

Nothing keeps the evils of the dunya at bay and brings on the benefits of it like prayer. The reason behind this is that prayer is one’s connection to Allah, the Mighty and Majestic. So based on the strength of a person’s relationship with his Lord, the Mighty and Majestic, the doors of goodness will accordingly be opened up for him, bad things and the reasons for them befalling him will be cut off, and the elements of success granted by His Lord, the Mighty and Majestic, will begin pouring in, along with safety and good health, wealth and worldly riches, relaxation, bliss, enjoyment, and all types of joyful affairs will be brought to him, and in an expedient manner, too.

Source: Zaad al-Ma’aad (4/304-305) [5]


[1] The title and the numbering of the 18 benefits are both additions from the translator: Moosaa Richardson.
[2] A translation of the meaning of Surah al-Baqarah (2):45
[3] A translation of the meaning of Surah al-Baqarah (2):153
[4] A translation of the meaning of Surah Taa-Haa (20):132
[5] Zaad al-Ma’aad (4/304-305) of Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, Mu’assasatur-Risaalah, 4th ed., 1424.

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As salam wa alaykum. The following shows various medical advantages of preforming the salah, which would satisfy non-Muslim.

And ablution:

Comment by IslamicReplies

i didn’t understand at all..

Comment by nur

It’s very good mashallah

Comment by Aqeeb

I do not understand anything

Comment by Ally

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