The theme of this year's Isra' Mi'raj celebration "Sembahyang Membentuk Umat Bertaqwa" or "Prayer Shapes a Pious Ummah" among other matters emphasises that praying can influence the development of faith or piety as well as guiding every step in life towards good.
Solat or prayer is the fortress or shield against sins and malice and is the most vital act of worship. It strengthens faith and piety as well as brings the blessings of Allah the Almighty. Prayer is also the first act of worship which Allah will evaluate during the Day of Reckoning. Meanwhile, Taqwa or piety is the source of all good things in the community and the way to prevent sins, vice and destruction. Taqwa is also the main pillar in the development of a person's personality because an important characteristic of a pious person is performing solat. Taqwa or piety is the noblest characteristic besides Allah the Almighty and Allah promises to reward the pious ones.
Source: Radio Television Brunei