Asr


The Asr prayer (Arabic: صلاة العصر‎‎ ṣalāt al-ʿaṣr, "afternoon prayer") is the afternoon daily prayer recited by practising Muslims. It is the third of the five daily prayers
Narrated Ibn ‘Umar:

Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever misses the ‘Asr prayer (intentionally), then it is as if he lost his family and property.”

Imagine such a loss. And it’s not so hard to imagine. Some people have to through natural disasters like earthquakes and floods in order to lose their family and property. Some people do it simply: by not praying/delaying ‘Asr. Astaghfirullah!
Narrated Abu Al-Mahh:

We were with Buraida in a battle on a cloudy day and he said, “Offer the ‘Asr prayer early as the Prophet said, “Whoever leaves the ‘Asr prayer, all his (good) deeds will be annulled.”

You woke up, prayed, helped your mother in the kitchen, smiled at your brother, carried someone’s baggage for them, gave good advice to a friend, swallowed your anger for Allah’s sake, and left the ‘Asr prayer because you were busy playing/working. Guess what, all those good deeds, LOST. Like you never did them. And ‘all good deeds’ probably implies the good deeds you’ve done all your life. This is just a day’s work. SubhanAllah.
In one of the hadiths, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:

“He who observes Al-Bardan (i.e. Fajr and Asr prayers) will enter Jannah.” (Bukhari)

This hadith points towards the added advantage of offering both these prayers on time. The reason why stress is given on both these prayers is because apparently it seems hard to offer these prayers as at the time of Fajr one is in deep sleep while at the time of Asr one is either busy because of the day ending or too tired because of the fatigued day. Therefore, one must ensure offering both these prayer if one wishes to enter Jannah.
At another place, Prophet (PBUH) said:

“He who misses the Asr Salat (deliberately), his deeds will be rendered nul and void.” (Bukhari)
In a nutshell, Zuhr and Asr are as imperative as the rest of the prayers and they carry great significance and reward. Every Muslim must make sure that in addition to offering the Fard Rakats of both the prayers, one also offers the Sunnah as well.


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