Praying five times a day is a form of worship that was commanded to us on the night of Meraj (the Night Journey, the Ascension to Heavens). Praying five times a day is obligatory (fardh) for Muslims who have reached the age of puberty and are of sound mind.
Praying is one of Allah’s categorical commands. While believing in the obligation of praying five times a day, those who act lazy and do not perform them commits a big sin.
Our religion wants children to get used to praying in early ages. Our beloved Prophet recommended teaching children how to pray when they reach the age of seven. He also emphasized the importance of praying regularly starting from the age of ten.
Our beloved Prophet says:
“On the Day of Judgment, the first act to be accounted for is one’s prayers. If one’s prayers were performed well, he will prosper and reap benefits. If his prayers were not done well, he will lose and suffer disappointment.”
(Tirmizi, Mevakit 188)