The best thing that can get a servant nearer to Allah is the duties Allah enjoined, so our master Abdullah Ibn-Mas'ood said:
"Oh messenger of Allah, what is the best deed? He said: Performing prayers at their due times."
The most important and the first thing in the way of getting near to Allah and getting His love is:
Performing prayers at their due times, Allah says:
2-238: "You shall consistently observe the Contact Prayers, especially the middle prayer, and devote yourselves totally to GOD."
Devoting means worshipping but after keeping to prayers, any other acts of worship or good deeds only accepted after keeping the first basis which is performing duties at their due times.
Keeping to prayers means that a servant should prepare himself for prayers and waits for the call to prayers (Athaan) at the house of Allah (mosque), he shouldn’t wait at his house until the caller calls to prayers because if he does, he goes without preparing himself. So we see all righteous people when the caller calls to prayers they are waiting at the house of Allah, the prophet (May the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:
"One of you is always as if he is in prayer as long as he is waiting for the prayer not going home until he performs it."
Because if I'm talking with people and then the caller calls, I'll go occupied and thinking in what we were talking about, how I am praying then!!!!
But before prayers:
I should stop all worldly matters and topics of this life; I should purify myself internally and externally and go to the mosque, there I should spend the remaining minutes remembering Allah, repenting to Allah, reciting the book of Allah or praying and blessing upon our master the messenger of Allah.
So the heart prepares for meeting and talking with Allah, this is the prayers of repenting people. So he should prepare himself before the prayers, imam Said Ibn-Al-Mossayab said about this: "For forty years now, the caller only calls to prayers when I am in the mosque of the messenger of Allah (May the blessings and peace of Allah be upon him)." They asked him: Who prays next to you? He said: "For forty years now, I pray and never think of those who pray on my left or my right." This is because he is totally thinking in Allah as Imam Abul-Aza'em described the prayers of righteous people and said:
"The righteous people tend to their Lord's face during their prayers not the other sides or directions. They are also His direction as He prays and blesses them by His mercy to be safe. His prayers upon them got them out of darkness."
 Narrated by Muslim, its completion is: "He said: Then what? He (the prophet) said: Being kind to parents. He said: Then what? He said: Fighting in the cause of Allah." He said: I only stopped asking more questions so as not to tire him.
 After Abu-Horayrah in Jame'a Al-Ahadeeth Wal-Maraseel.
اعلان في الاسفل
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