To a non-Muslim, having to pray five times a day can seem like a bit of a chore, something which must be difficult to do. Imagine having to pray five times a day ?
To a practising Muslim, however, the five daily prayers are far removed from being a chore.
They are a requirement of the faith, a command of Allah ﷻ , but the prayers are something that you so much want to perform. Something that you long to perform.
Five times a day, at least, you have to stand before God and commune with Him.
This has many facets. One of the most beautiful of which is the idea that, as you are standing before Almighty Allah ﷻ , you are being cleansed. Your sins are being dealt with and your heart and soul are being purified.
The Prophet Muhammad sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam put it beautifully …
Abu Huraira RadiyAllahu `anhu narrates that once the Prophet Sallallahu `alaihi wasallam asked his companions, ‘Do you think that dirt can remain on a person bathing five times a day in a brook running in front of his door?’ ‘No’, replied the companions, ‘No dirt can remain on his body.’ The Prophet sallallahu `alaihi wasallam remarked: ‘So, exactly similar is the effect of salat offered five times a day. With the Grace of Allah, it washes away all the sins’.
Jabir RadiyAllahu `anhu narrates that he heard the Prophet sallallahu `alaihi wasallam saying: The likeness of five times daily salat is as the likeness of a deep brook running in front of the door of a person who bathes therein five times a day.
So, by standing before Allah azza wa jal in prayer those five times a day, you are being washed and purified by the Mercy and Grace of Allah ﷻ.
How wonderful is that? And why would anyone then not wish to stand before their Lord?