Allah, the Most Perfect and the Most High has ordered His slaves to establish
the prayers with due care. He has told us to take special care concerning the
middle prayer, which is the Asr prayer. (This is the opinion of the majority of
the people of knowledge from the Companions and those after them, that the
middle prayer is the Asr prayer.) (Sharh us-Sunnah of al-Baghawee 2/232-237)
He, the Most Perfect and the Most High, says:
"Guard strictly your prayers, and your middle prayer, and stand before Allah in
devoutness." (al-Baqarah 238)
He, the Most Perfect and the Most High, has warned us about being neglectful of
them, due to wealth, family and from other temptations of this world. He has
particularized the doer of these actions with a severe punishment, particularly
regarding the Asr prayer.
He, the Most High, says:
"So woe to the worshippers who are neglectful of their prayers." (al-Maa’oon
The Messenger of Allah (p.b.u.h.) said: "Whoever misses the Asr prayer, it is as
if he has lost his family and wealth."
(al-Bukhari 2/30, Muslim 626 and others) from the Hadith of Ibn Umar, (May Allah
be pleased with him).
It is related from Aboo al-Mulaih Aamir Bin Usaamah bin Umair Bin al-Hadhalee,
who said: "We were with Buraydah in a battle on a cloudy day, and he said: 'Be
early with the Asr prayer, for the Prophet said: 'Whoever leaves the Asr prayer,
then his actions will be invalidated.'" (al-Bukhari 2/31,66, Ahmad 5/349-450,
357, 360,361, al-Baihaqee 1/444, al-Baghawee in Sharh us-Sunnah 329, and others.)
كاتب المقال: Sh. Saleem al-Hilaalee