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Alcohol and Salah *Funny*
By Maulana Tariq Jameel
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"Why are you praying when you are doing such and such bad action?"
Sadly many people get this taunt and when they do the person leaves the little good he is doing. All hope of that person returning back to the light of Islam is removed.
When a person does good but also bad as well, it is hoped through the blessing of the good acts Allah will give him the strength to leave the bad acts. It's like having one hand on the rope, and your friend says: "Well you're not holding it properly; you may as well let it go". You will not hesitate to say "No way, if I let this hand go, then I will fall and be in a greater loss, i will hold on until help comes", the same is with us.
Never leave Salah. Whatever its quality... even if it's done quickly perform it and do not neglect it. They say "Your earnings are haraam, what is the point of your prayer?" Don't listen to such baseless statements. [Ayah] "And whosoever does good an atom's weight will see it, and whosoever does ill an atom's weight will see it then"
I had a classmate who studied with me in 'Government College Lahore' His life was very wrong. Then with the will of Allah we met and he slowly but surely changed for the better. He improved dramatically... but he would occasionally drink alcohol. He could not leave that habit. When he spent time giving Dawah he became punctual in Salah. Once he was lying drunk in front of his house, so the police came and took him. When he woke up it was morning and he was in the police station. He told the police officer "Bring a utensil and a prayer mat so I can pray". They began to say "What, you drink and then you pray". He replied "After I sin, should I not follow it up with a good act?"
Then Allah gave him the ability to leave that as well. May Allah forgive him for he has passed away. I remembered his story in particular where he said "I have done a sin, should I not follow it up with a good deed?"
[Hadith] My Prophet has said "When you do a bad action, instantly follow it up with a good action" Quickly do a good action so they cancel each other out.
When a person is earning wrongfully and praying, for earning wrongfully there is a separate punishment and for praying he will surely reap its rewards. The least he will get is that he won't be punished for missing his prayers. The punishment for missing prayers will not apply on him.
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