In April 2014, Humans of New York published a post showing two men observing Salah (the Muslim prayer) in Central Park, New York. It was to show the diversity of USA and to an extent the acceptance of other people’s faiths being practiced as they wish to do so.
Now, in the comments section, a woman by the name of Leslie Marshall left a comment which led to tens of thousands of likes and shares. She explained an event that happened to her when her car broke down. Here’s her comment:
“A few years ago, our car broke down and had to be towed home from Disneyland. (About a 50 minute drive).
During the trip, I noticed the tow truck driver looking in the rear-view mirror; he did it several times.
I finally asked if everything was alright.
He then explained that he was keeping an eye on how fast the sun was setting.
And that he needed to pull over for a moment.
My husband and I looked at each other just kinda wondering what the heck was going on.
The driver pulled over to a safe spot on the side of the road. And then asked us to excuse him for a moment. He took a rug out from under his seat and walked over to a little grass patch.
And right there on the side of the highway, this man knelt down and prayed to his God.
It was one of the most beautiful and humbling things I have ever witnessed.”
Events like these ought to show us the importance of Salah at the very prescribed time, even if something out of the ordinary has to be done – like stopping your vehicle on the side safely, etc. The Prophet (peace be upon him) was asked what act was the most excellent. He (peace be upon him) said,
“To observe Salah at the earliest time for it.” [Abu Dawud 426]
The story also exemplifies how Dawah can done with our actions and manners without the need of any words. We may think it may seem odd praying in public when the time for Salah is upon us, but know only Shaytaan wants us to miss our Salah and he will whatever he can to make us miss Salah.