Being Deprived Of Five Precious Things

The book Zadul-muqwin writes, "It was written by the early savants that he who does not do five things will be deprived of five other things:

1 — He who does not give the zakat [1] of his property will not benefit from his property.

2 — He who does not give the 'ushr (a kind of zakat) [2] will not get barakat [3] , use from his field, from his earnings.

3 — He who does not give alms will not be healthy.

4 — He who does not pray will not get what he wishes.

5 — He who does not want to perform salat when the time for salat comes will not be able to say the kalima-i shahadat [4] as he dies. He who does not perform salat because of indolence, although he believes that to perform it is the first duty, is a fasiq [5]. He is not kufw for a pious girl. In other words, he is not worthy of or suitable for (marrying) the girl."

As it is seen, not to perform salat causes one to die without iman [6]. Continuing to perform salat is a means for filling the heart with nurs (divine light) and attaining to endless bliss. Our Prophet declared, "Salat is a nur." That is, it brightens the heart in the world and enlightens the Sirat [7] in the Hereafter.

[1] zakat: (fard duty of giving annually) certain amount of certain kinds of property to certain kinds of people, by which the remaining property becomes purified and blessed and the Muslim who gives it protects himself against being (called) a miser. See chapter 1 in Endless Bliss V.
[2] ushr: a kind of zakat.
[3] barakat Allahu taala's mercy, abundance, blessing.
[4] kalimat ash-shahada: the phrase beginning with "Ashhadu..." The first of the five fundamentals of Islam; declaring one's belief in Islam.
[5] fasiq: sinful believer, sinner.
[6] iman: faith, belief, beliefs of Islam; kalam, i'tiqad.
[7] sirat: the bridge in the hereafter.