The Ahmadiyya Gazette, September/October 1996
Abu Ayub Ansari relates that a man said: Messenger of Allah, tell me that which cause me to be admitted to Paradise and will keep me away from the Fire. He answered: Worship Allah and do not associate anything with Him, observe Prayer, pay the Zakat and join the ties of kinship. (Bukhari, Kitabul Adab)
Jabir relates that the Holy Prophet (saw) said: Giving up Prayers is tentamount to disbelief and paganism. (Muslim)
Abu Hurairah relates that the Holy Prophet (pbuh) said: The first item in respect of which a person would be called to account on the Day of Judgment will be Prayer. If that is found in order he would be successful and prosper, but if that is not in order he would be ruined and lost. In case of a shortcoming in his obligations the Lord of honor and glory will say: Look, if among the voluntary acts of My servant there is anything that would make up his shortcoming in respect of his obligations. All his obligations would be checked up in that manner.