Assalam alaikoum wa Rahmatullaah wa Barakaatuh,
[Transcribed from “A commentary on Ibn Taymiyyah’s Essy on the Heart” translated by Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips]
2. Breaking Allah’s Covenant
“So for their breaking of the covenant We cursed them and made their hearts hard…” [5:13]
The “covenant” refers to Salaah, Zakaah, belief in the prophets, honoring, obeying and assisting them. In the case of Salaah, the Prophet sallallahu alayhi salam said: ” The covenant between us and them is Salaah, whoever abandons it has become a disbeliever.”
Those who only pray on Fridays, or during Ramadhan have broken their covenant and contact with Allah. Consequently, the prescribed prayers will not have the intended effect of preventing sins as Allah said: “Indeed prescribed prayer prevents evil speech and evil deeds.” The heart which daily commits sins by neglecting prayer becomes fossilized and impermeable to its spiritual effects. As a result, the act and words of formal prayers become customary rituals done for every reason except to communicate with Allah and to please Him.
Likewise, obedience to the Prophets is a critical element of the covenant of faith with God.