The Obligatory Prayers and the Broader Command to Remember Allah

We all each now and then meet and hear about people who perform the daily obligatory prayers for a period of time then abandon it, then start again, just to stop praying after a while, and so on. The same happens with fasting. Some Muslims who do not observe the obligatory prayers still observe the fasting of Ramadan, and some of them would also observe the prayer during the holy month. But once the fasting month is over, the daily prayers immediately or shortly afterwards are abandoned.

Mind Your Feet, Forget Your Heart: An Illustration of the Predicament of Muslims

Like any collective activity, the Muslim congregational prayer (salāt al-Jamā’a) must have its rules, so that all participants can perform it in the same way. The Qur’an does not give details about how the prayer, whether individual or congregational, should be physically performed, but there are hadiths and narratives about how the Prophet prayed and ordered the Muslims to pray.… Read the rest