|Everyone closed up with the call for prayer.|
Sahaabah's stopping business at the time of Solah
Hadhrat Abdullah bin 'Umar once visited the marketplace. He noticed that at the time of Solah, everybody closed his shop and went to the masjid. He remarked: "These are people about whom Allah has remarked:
"Everyone closed up
with the call for prayer. The call comes over a
loudspeaker and all shops must close by law
"Men, whom neither business nor sale distracts from remembrance of Allah, and establishing Solah and paying of Zakat. They fear a day when hearts and eyeballs will be overturned.
(ie. The Day of Qiyaamah) (SXXIV: V37)"
Hadhrat Ibn Abbas says: "These people were completely absorbed in their business, but when they heard Azan, they left everything and rushed towards the masjid." He once remarked: "By Allah, they were such businessmen whose trade did not stop them from the remembrance of Allah ."
Hadhrat Abdullah bin Mas’ood once happened to be in the marketplace when the Azan was called out. He noticed everybody leaving their shops and proceeding to the masjid. He remarked:
"These are surely the persons of whom Allah
"Men, whom neither business nor sale distracts from remembrance of Allah, and establishing Solah and paying of Zakaat.
Indeed, as the prayer time gets
closer, more and more curtains
are placed over the shop
windows and the streets are
almost deserted by men.
Another Hadith says: “When all the people shall be gathered on the Day of Qiyaamah, it will be asked, 'Who are those who glorified Allah in good and bad times?' A group will arise and enter Jannat without any questions. Again it will be asked, 'Who are those who kept away from their beds and passed their nights in worshipping Allah.' Another group will arise and enter Jannat without any questions. The Malaaikah will ask yet again, 'Where are those whom business did not stop from remembering Allah ', and yet another group will arise and enter Jannat without any questions. After these three groups have departed, questioning would start for the rest of the people."