English Translation of Hadith
Hazrat Buraidah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah [SAWW](PBUH) said, "That which differentiates us from the disbelievers and hypocrites is our performance of Salat. He who abandons it, becomes a disbeliever.”
[At-Tirmidhi Hadith # 2621]
Lesson : as mentioned above in Surah Al- Ankabut Ayat 45. “and perform As-Salat (Iqamat As-Salat). Verily, As-Salat (the prayer) prevents from Al-Fahsha’” This Hadith makes the importance of Salat in Islam abundantly clear. The opinion of the Companions of the Prophet [SAWW](PBUH) was based on the information contained in the Ahadith which have been mentioned above. They did not take the Ahadith which interpreted the leaving of Salat as Kufr mere scolding or reproof. They considered slackness and negligence in Salat as Kufr and apostasy and regarded Salat a symbol of Islam.