(O' you who believe! Seek help; in patience and the
(Qur'an 2: 153)
lf you are beset with fear and anxieties, stand up
right now and pray: your soul will find comfort and solace. The prayer --- as
long as you perform it sincerely with a wakeful heart --- is guaranteed to have
this effect for you.
Whenever the Prophet (bpuh) was afflicted with
hardship, he would say:
"O' Bilal! Give us comfort and call for the
The prayer was his joy and pleasure; it was the
delight of his eye.
I have read biographies of many righteous people, who
would always turn to prayer when they were surrounded by difficulties and hardship,
people who would pray until their strength, will, and resolution returned to
The Prayer of Fear (which is performed during battle)
was prescribed in situations wherein limbs are severed, skulls fly, and souls
depart from their bodies - a time when strength and resolution can only be
derived from heartfelt prayer.
This generation, which is consumed by psychological sicknesses,
must return to the Mosque, going there to perform prostration and to seek Allah's
pleasure. If we do not do this, tears will burn our eyes and grief will destroy
By earnestly performing the five daily prayers, we
achieve the greatest of blessings: atonement for our sins and an increase in rank
with our Lord. Prayer is also a potent remedy for our sicknesses, for it instills
faith in our souls. As for those that keep away from the Mosque and away from
prayer, for them are unhappiness, wretchedness, and an embittered life.
(For them is destruction, and Allah will make their
(Qur'an 47: 8)