Three of the Five Prayers
[11:114] You shall observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) at both ends of the day, and during the night. The righteous works wipe out the evil works. This is a reminder for those who would take heed.
[11:115] You shall steadfastly persevere, for GOD never fails to recompense the righteous.
[11:116] If only some of those among the previous generations possessed enough intelligence to forbid evil! Only a few of them deserved to be saved by us. As for the transgressors, they were preoccupied with their material luxuries; they were guilty.
[11:117] Your Lord never annihilates any community unjustly, while its people are righteous.
Is it a righteous work that will actually wipe out an evil work?
Purpose of contact prayer is to get closer to God – when we get closer to God we gain credit, good credits negate bad credit. Also, not just specific to prayers but any good work can wipe out evil works.
By virtue of praying 5xs per day, you are planning your day around prayer; you are conscious of God throughout your day that is being steadfast and righteous when our day revolves around praying. A lot that goes into planning prayer times.
Prayer can wipe out evil someone has planned for you. Plant the seed of righteousness.
Is there any verse to say that evil work can wipe out righteous works?
Source of righteousness is God – this is why righteous always defeats evil – because God is the source and God is truth. Righteousness is always the winner and good works will never go to waste.
Idol worship wipes out all good works.
[9:69] Some of those before you were stronger than you, and possessed more money and children. They became preoccupied with their material possessions. Similarly, you have become preoccupied with your material possessions, just like those before you have become preoccupied. You have become totally heedless, just as they were heedless. Such are the people who nullify their works, both in this world and in the Hereafter; they are the losers.
The Contact Prayers (Salat)
The five daily contact prayers are the main meals for the soul. While a soul may attain some growth and development by leading a righteous life, and without observing the contact prayers, this would be like surviving on snacks without regular meals.
We learn from 2:37 that we can establish contact with God by uttering the specific Arabic words given to us by God. Sura 1, The Key, is a mathematically composed combination of sounds that unlocks the door between us and God:
- The Dawn Prayer must be observed during two hours before sunrise (11:114, 24:58).
- The Noon Prayer is due when the sun declines from its highest point at noon (17:78).
- The Afternoon Prayer can be observed during the 3-4 hours preceding sunset (2:238).
- The Sunset Prayer becomes due after sunset (11:114).
- The Night Prayer can be observed after the twilight disappears from the sky (24:58).
* The Friday noon congregational prayer is an obligatory duty upon every Submitting man and woman (62:9). Failure to observe the Friday Prayer is a gross offense.
Each contact prayer is valid if observed anytime during the period it becomes due until the next prayer becomes due. Once missed, a given contact prayer is a missed opportunity that cannot be made up; one can only repent and ask forgiveness. The five prayers consist of 2, 4, 4, 3, and 4 units (Rak’ahs), respectively.
The proof that Salat was already established through Abraham is found in 8:35, 9:54, 16:123, & 21:73. This most important duty in Islam (Submission) has been so severely distorted that the contact prayers (Salat) have become a practice in idolatry for the vast majority of Muslims. Although the Quran commands that our contact prayers must be devoted to God alone (20:14; 39:3, 45), today’s Muslims insist on commemorating “Muhammad and his family” and “Abraham and his family” during their prayers. This renders the prayers null and void (39:65).
The following text, pertaining to the miracles confirming the contact prayers, is excerpted from the January 1990 issues of the Submitter’s Perspective (the regular and special bonus issues), as written by Dr. Rashad Khalifa: