Why do Muslims pray five times daily?
Muslims pray Salah because it is obligatory for them to pay. Right after the beginning of revelation to the Prophet peace be upon him, Salah was one of the earliest commandments that were given to Muslims. It is the second pillar after Shahadah among the five pillars of Islam. The other three are paying Zakat, doing Hajj, and fasting in the month of Ramadan. There are many verses in the Holy Quran that show that offering Salah is obligatory on Muslims. In one verse, Allah Almighty says: “And observe Salah and pay Zakat and do the Ruku with the people who are doing Ruku.” (2:43). In another verse, Allah Almighty explains the great reward for Salah as He says: “and those who hold fast with the Quran and observe Salah, we do not cause the reward of pious people to go wasted.” (7:170). In a Hadith, the Holy Prophet declared the Salah to be distinguishing between the Muslims and non-Muslims. Since the main purpose of the creation of human beings is to worship Allah Almighty alone as He says in the Quran, “And I did not create Jinns and men except for the worship.” (51:56) and Salah is one of the great examples of worshiping Allah Almighty alone, Muslims pray.