While the aadhan* for Asar prayer was called, I saw my old friend, Muhammad, whom I haven’t seen in a while. We greeted each other. It was around 4.30pm on that time. Muhammad was waiting for a meeting with his client at 5pm.
“Pray first,” I said to Muhammad. Though being hesitant at first, he finally agreed to pray as the musolla is just several steps away.
After praying, we talked for a while and finally his client arrived.
A businessman must understand, the One who ‘moves the heart’ of the customer to buy from us is Allah. Without His permission, a deal won’t happen between a customer and a businessman.
For every single thing that happens, it is in fact Allah that allows it to happen. Not a single particle will move if Allah did not allow it to move.
If we want to do a business, it is indeed Allah who gives that idea. It is Allah too who sparks the idea on what product or service we can offer to customers. How great the help of Allah will come, if anything that we do, we put Allah first in our priority?
Imagine a businessman who delayed his prayers, and he still received money from his clients – where is ‘barakah’ in that money?
That money will be used by the businessman to pay for his kids’ education, to buy food, to pay for the house, the car and etc.
Taken from the book entitled ‘Mudahnya Menjemput Rezeki’ :
“There was once a Sahabah who was working. He was working on a brick wall. When the call for prayer (aadhan) was called, his work was almost finished. He was one brick away from completing the whole wall. But, when he heard the aadhan, he immediately stopped his work and went straight to prayer.”
“Dalam satu riwayat dinyatakan seorang Sahabat sedang bekerja. Beliau menyiapkan dinding yang terdiri daripada susunan batu-bata. Pada masa azan dilaungkan, kerjanya sudah hampir selesai. Iaitu hanya tinggal meletakkan sebutir bata sahaja lagi. Apabila ketulan terkahir itu diletakkan di tempatnya maka sempurnalah kerjanya. Namun, tatkala mendengar azan dilaungkan, serta-merta Sahabat tersebut menghentikan kerjanya dan terus menuju ke tempat solat.” –
Surah At-Talaq [65: 2-3] : …And whosoever fears Allah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty). And He will provide him from (sources) he never could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allah, then He will suffice him. Verily, Allah will accomplish his purpose. Indeed Allah has set a measure for all things.
In aadhan, the muazzin says :
“Come to prayer”
“Come to success”
Meaning, we pray first before working on anything that helps us to achieve success. Perhaps we’re a student studying for an exam. But when the call for prayer is being make, we should stop studying and pray first.
Or maybe we’re an entrepreneur, working really hard taking care of the customers. When we hear the aadhan, the best thing to do is to pray first, make a dua that Allah will make it easy for us, and then we continue our work with peace. Remember, it is Allah that moves the heart’ of the customers to buy from us.
The best thing to do is to schedule our time in between prayers, not the other way round.
Surah An-Nisa’ [4: 103] : …Verily, the prayer is enjoined on the believers at fixed hours.
It is indeed, with the permission of God only something can happen. The transfer of money between a customer and a business owner can only happen if Allah allows it to happen. When we’re stuck in an exam, it is Allah who will spark an idea in our minds, so that we can answer the exam.
If we’re stuck in our business, finding money, work, etc., who will spark the ideas to our minds?
How great the help of Allah will come, if anything that we do, we put Allah first in our priority?
After all, the first thing for which the individual will be brought to account on Judgement Day is prayer.
p/s: Nonetheless, in certain circumstances, delaying prayer is permissible. For example, a surgeon while doing surgery, can pray jama’ at the time of the earlier or later.