Al-Bazzar records from Ibn ‘Abbas that the Messenger of Allah said: “Allah, the Glorious, said: ‘I accept the salah of one who humbles himself during it to My Greatness; and who does not perform the salah just for show; and who does not spend the night in disobedience to Me; and who spends the day remembering Me; and who is merciful to the poor, the wayfarer and the widows; and who is merciful to one who is suffering from an infliction. He has a light like the light of the sun. I protect him by My Glory and the angels guard over him. I give him light in darkness and sobriety in the presence of ignorance. And his similitude in My creation is like al-Firdaus in Paradise.”‘
A beautiful hadith qudsi in which Allah SWT Himself is teaching us the value of an accepted salah. How many of us perform salah with full due and attention? The reward for such salah is mentioned in Abu Dawud…
Zaid ibn Khalid that the Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: “Whoever makes ablution and perfects it and then prays two rak’at, without being unheedful during them, forgiven for him will be his previous sins.”
During the time of salah, Shaytaan will seek to distract us in as many ways as possible, hence this is one of the reasons why the reward of an accepted salah is so great.
‘Uthman ibn Abi al-‘Aas said: “O Messenger of Allah, the Satan comes between me and my prayers and my recitation, confusing me therein!” The Prophet said: “That Satan is called Khanzab. If he affects you seek refuge in Allah from him and ‘spit out’ on your left side three times.” (Muslim)
May Allah SWT give us all the ability to become sincere in our connection with Allah SWT through the salah ameen!