Zakariyya Virk, Kingston
Ahmadiyya Gazette, August 1993
Salat is one of the five fundamental requirements that a Muslim is obligated to perform. Salat is given the highest priority in the Holy Quran. There are many benefits of Salat described in the Book of Allah. It says, innassalata tanha anil fahsha’i, Surely Prayer restrains one from indecency. (29:46) In chapter Luqman, We read that when Hazrat Luqman was giving advice to his son, the first and foremost on his mind was to remind his son, ya bunayya aqimissalat “O my dear son,! observe Prayer.” (31:8)
According to a Hadith the Prophet of Islam (peace be upon him) is reported to have said, inna fissalati shifa’a ” verily there is cure in salat “. According to a Muslim scholar, as reported in monthly Urdu magazine, Tahazibul Akhlaq, Aligarh, India, a Muslim who offers salat regularly has very little chance of getting arthritis as we exercise our bones and joints while we offer salat.
In the light of this Hadith we shall endeavor to describe some orthopedic benefits of salat in this short note.