To Non-Practicing Muslims,
When all the other Muslims around you are gathering for prayer, please join. It takes literally 5 minutes and you’ll likely just sit around starring at your phone if you don’t join. It appears to take more effort to not join than to get in line. I understand some people just don’t have their heart into it, or aren’t in the state of mind, or some other way of saying you just don’t feel like it. So let’s look at it like this:
As a Muslim, you believe in the Day of Judgment. We’re all going to have to account for our time and efforts. Somewhere along the way, you’re going to be shown this instance when you just sat around and killed time while the rest of the people with you prayed. You’ll be asked by Allah why you didn’t join. Does your excuse really sound like a good one at this point?
5 minutes, including getting wudu. It’s really not much.
Another way to look at it is to watch the end of the movie Schindler’s List. One day the war is over and this business tycoon is distraught at the knowledge of how much more he could’ve done. Sell the watch, save a child. Sell the car, save a family. So much more could’ve been done but it’s too late once it’s all over. One day that’ll be all of us. We could’ve done more.