Please comment on the following prize awards for performing Salaat. The following was posted as a news item:

ISTANBUL – A group of Turkish children has been awarded gifts and bicycles for praying Fajr in mosque congregation for 40 days in a row. The children received the award at Sultan Selim Mosque in the Fatih district of Istanbul, Ilm Feed reported on Wednesday, October 10. Many mothers regularly accompanied their children to the Mosque in order to encourage them. The mosque’s courtyard was filled with bicycles and there was a celebratory atmosphere. The initiative was suggested to encourage the children to become habitual in praying the Fajr prayer in congregation, something which has great virtue and is highly emphasized. Muslims pray five times a day, with each prayer made of a series of postures and movements, each set of which is called a rak‘ah. The five prayer times are divided all through the day which starts with Fajr prayer at dawn.

Now this has come to Karachi Pakistan. The owner of the school where I teach wants to have the students in our school to participate. What is the proper sharia status of this type of competition? Is it permissible?

ANSWER

If a Muslim’s heart and brains have not been convoluted by western corruption, then he only needs to reflect, and his heart will answer. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Seek a fatwa from your heart.” This is not an intricate issue which requires academic expertise for a fatwa. It is simple to understand that this satanic competition is haraam. The Ibaadat of Salaat is subjected to mockery and made a sport.

Ibaadat is valid only if the niyyat is Allah’s Pleasure. No other intention is valid. In fact, the organizers of this satanism are guilty of shirk. The Ibaadat of Salaat is used with ulterior motive. The intention is not Salaat for Allah Ta’ala. It is ‘salaat’ for the bicycles. It is not permissible to corrupt the intentions of the children. Children have to be imparted the correct attitude from the very inception. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam) ordered that children should be instructed to perform Salaat from the age of 7. If by the age of 10, they are not punctual and regular with the five Salaat, they should be beaten to compel their submission. Rasulullah (Sallallahu alayhi wasallam), did not advise that they should be rewarded with dates, sweets, money, etc. The advice is to ‘beat’ them by the age of 10 if they have not become musallis.

But these miserable slaves of the Yahood and Nasaara meticulously follow the Yahood and Nasaara right into the “lizard’s hole”, imitating like apes just every stupidity disgorged by them. The children are being made mercenaries. The Salaat they will be performing will be to gratify their vain desires. Ibaadat is used as a front to attain the jeefah (carrion) of the world. These competitions are haraam. They are all part of the fitan with which the world today is awash, and which are t h e p r e l u d e f o r Qiyaamah.

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