Are you close enough to Allah, the One Who created you and placed you in this world, endowing you with wisdom and a body? When was the last time you prayed to Him? Do you plead to Allah only when you are in trouble, or do you always keep your mind occupied with His remembrance?

Are you aware that Allah is very close to you, that He knows everything you think about or whisper? Do you think of Him as your Lord, just as He is the Lord of all people? Or that He is your most intimate friend and provider and that you should ask for anything from Him?

Whatever your answer to these questions , you will benefit from reading the Quran, for it seeks to explain how close Allah is to His servants and the kind of prayer He asks from them. Allah stresses the importance of prayer with the verse,¬†”… Say: ‘What has My Lord to do with you if you do not call on Him?’” (Surat al-Furqan: 77). Our Prophet (saas) also reminded Muslims of prayer with the words¬†“There is nothing more dear to Allah than a servant praying to Him.” (Tirmidhi) There are no limits to praying to Allah and drawing close to Him, which explains why understanding prayer and being dedicated to it benefits everyone.

Prayer is the bond between Allah and people. Humankind inherently possesses the need to establish a bond with Allah: this is their very nature. Praying is an essential and natural part of a believer’s life, though the majority of people only think of praying during times of insurmountable distress. Allah prefers that we pray to Him during times of ease as well as in times of severe hardship. For this reason, the Qur’an gives a detailed account of how to pray to Allah sincerely.

In the Qur’an, 209 verses refer to praying directly or indirectly, which indicates how important prayer is. As one reads these verses, he or she can better understand the essential nature of this form of worship.