Abu Hurayrah (r.a.) the companion of the Prophet narrated;
I heard the Messenger (s.a.w.) say "What would you think if there were a river running by the door of any of you, and he bathed in it five times a day, every day. Would any trace of dirt be left on him?"
The people said: "There would be no trace of dirt on him."
He (s.a.w) then said "This is like the five daily prayers, through which Allah erases sins."
Allah doesn't need us to pray five times a day, guysss. In fact, Allah is free from anyyy need. He is Lord of the universe regardless of what we do (or what we don't do) on His universe.
But through our solah, Allah SWT is actually offering us an opportunity we all lonnggg for deep in our hearts - the possibility to erase our sins and start anew.
And yet, sometimes, we rush over our solah as if it carries little value to us. At times, some of us even skip our solah, almost as if we're dismissing Allah's offer to erase our sins, when we know it is the single most important thing we need in our life :( Allahu mustaan.
It was narrated that Uthman ibn Affan r.a. said, "I heard the Messenger SAW say - 'There is no muslim person who, when the time for prayer comes, performs wudhuk properly, concentrates on his prayer and bows correctly, but the prayer will be an expiation for the sins comitted prior to it, so long as no major sin has been committed. This is the case until the end of time.'" [Saheeh Muslim]
Ya Allah, make us among those who continuously improve on their solah. And let our solah be the expiations to our sins until the day of judgment. Ameen.