There are many forms of worship adopted by different religions but Salaat, the most visible facet of Islamic worship, is unique and unparalleled. It was gifted to Prophet Muhammad (SAWS) directly from Allah (SWT) during his ascent to Heaven (Me’raj) for the benefit of the followers of Islam. Five times a day Salaat were made obligatory on all adult Muslims. While Mosque is a preferred location for offering Salaat, it can however be performed in any neat and clean spot. Thus the whole world has been made a mosque (place of worship) for the Muslims.

It is stressed in this monograph that Salaat is a preeminent pillar of Islam. It symbolises total submission to the Divine will, unqualified acceptance of the Supreme Authority of Allah (SWT) and all that is enjoined upon the Muslims in the holy Qur’an. A Muslim repeatedly reaffirms it five times a day preferably in a Mosque without fail. This establishes a unique bond between Allah (SWT) and His slaves, as all Muslims are, and inculcates a sense of brotherhood amongst regular worshippers.

The monograph highlights the fact that regular performance of Salaat with devotion and sincerity makes them conscious of their obligations towards both Allah (SWT) and mankind. It repeatedly reminds the Muslims to refrain from obscene and prohibited acts. Salaat brings about a strong sense of discipline, unity, equality and social cohesiveness because of the encouragement to offer Salaat in congregations with brother Muslims. Further, it inculcates the habit of cleanliness for no one can offer Salaat unless he/she is in a state of perfect cleanliness.

It is also emphasised in this book and illustrated with examples that Salaat has a distinct etiquette and has to be offered in a correct manner as ordained by Allah (SWT) and practiced by Prophet Muhammad (SAWS). This monograph will, Insha Allah, act as a perfect guide to enable the Muslims to perform this obligatory religious duty correctly with equanimity, composure, complete confidence and total satisfaction.

This monograph also provides the fundamental philosophy of worship in Islam to the non-Muslims readers who are eager to enhance their knowledge, but find it difficult to lay hands on authentic and reader friendly source that is easily available at reasonable cost.

The monograph is compiled by a Committee of Experts led by late Mr. Syed Abdul Wali Quadri, former Chancellor of Jamia Nizamiah, Hyderabad, one of the oldest and reputed Islamic Institutes in India.