Thursday, October 6, 2011

What can one do to concentrate in Salah/Prayer?


Assalamu Alaikum warahmatullahi t3ala wa barakatuhu,

Some advice for myself first, then you. May ALLAH t3ala give us all the tawfeeq to act upon this advice, aameen thumma aameen

To concentrate in salah you have to remind yourself who your standing in front of. Is he just some random person? Is he a friend? How would you approach a person of big status like a king? Remember the one who you are approaching is your creator; The king of ALL kings! When you think about his status, and that hes capable of anything and everything.



Also, Ulema always advice not to rush right to salah.
Make ablution about 10-5 minutes before salah time, sit down on the prayer mat, and do zikr from your heart, ponder over who you are about to talk to. You have to take your heart and mind out of your daily activites, and bring them towards your salah. Salah is the only ibaadah in islam in which you do takbeer (raising your hands to your shoulders/earlobes, and saying ALLAHU akbar), and you know why?Raising your hand to your shoulders is a sign that you are leaving everything, the world, anything that concerns it, all thoughts behind you (behind your hands),and now you are approaching ALLAH t3ala. InshaALLAH t3ala when you do this, your brain will get the time to take itself out of the worldy activities, and concentrate in salah.
                                            

Also, Ulema always advice not to rush right to salah.
Make ablution about 10-5 minutes before salah time, sit down on the prayer mat, and do zikr from your heart, ponder over who you are about to talk to. You have to take your heart and mind out of your daily activites, and bring them towards your salah. Salah is the only ibaadah in islam in which you do takbeer (raising your hands to your shoulders/earlobes, and saying ALLAHU akbar), and you know why?Raising your hand to your shoulders is a sign that you are leaving everything, the world, anything that concerns it, all thoughts behind you (behind your hands),and now you are approaching ALLAH t3ala. InshaALLAH t3ala when you do this, your brain will get the time to take itself out of the worldy activities, and concentrate in salah.

Once you start your prayer, you need to keep on reminding yourself, You are in salah, ALLAH t3ala has moved all the
curtains out of the way, Its just you and him, without ANYTHING in the middle, you are talking to him, Your tongue is reciting the beautiful words of ALLAH t3ala. Think about what you are reading (read the translation of the surahs you are going to read if you dont understand arabic), It will help you concentrate in your salah, and enjoy even more. Dont rush in your salah, take a second to recall whatyour doing before every rukn (before ruku, think that you are bowing in front of ALLAH t3ala, out of humility, make yourself feel humble), and everytime you see subhana rabbiyal azeem, subhana rabbiyal a'ala think what your saying,
make yourself say it from your heart.Believe what you say, He is
very almighty, he is very exalted.

When you go to sajdah, imagine your putting your palms and head on the the feet of ALLAH t3ala the almighty (ofcourse, ALLAH t3ala doesnt have features like us,
and we dont know the reality of them) (I heard this in a bayan, and have been doing it since then, and it is very beneficial), you will feel like crying when you imagine it, and you will start to mean what you say.
                                      


The whole time while you pray, fight with yourself! Keep your mind out of wordly thoughts! Remember a prayer in which a person fights his nafs, and reminds himself what hes doing, and tries to keep his mind in salah, is better, and gets more ajar, then someone who prays easily without and difficulty. There is an example given by the ulema, that there is a guy who sells fruits, he has a cart,which he walks around with selling the fruits, and when the Muazzin gives the azan, he immedietly stops, and goes towards the masjid, and covers his cart, and enters the masjid to pray. While hes praying, hes so worried, that someone will steal something from the cart, and the whole time while hes praying, hes constantly tries to fight his nafs, and tries to concentrate in his prayer. There is another man who is old, and has retired, he doesnt have any duties, so he easily prays with concentration, without any difficulty. Whos prayer do you think is more virtious? who gets more good deeds? If you said the person who sells fruits, your correct! That is because he prays with difficulty, and whenever someone has difficulty in ibaadah, he gets double good deeds.

Finally, Ask ALLAH t3ala for khushoo3, and khudhoo3, and to give you the halawah of ibaadah (abstain from sins, you will be blessed with the halawah of imaan), cry and make lots of duas for me, yourself, and the rest of the ummah!
 

5 comments:

Little Auntie said...

Asalamu aliakaum, Musaafirah!
This was a great post- very much needed. Jazakillah :) I look forward to getting to know you better :D

Musaafirah said...

Wa alaikumussalam wa rahmatullahi t3ala wa barakatuhu!
Wa iyaakum aameen, jazakumullah t3ala for visting. InshaALLAH t3ala I do too, I absolutely love your blog, mashaALLAH t3ala, its very benficial!

rose water said...

Subhan'Allah.
I love love love this post. Jazakallah khair for sharing it here! <3

Musaafirah said...

@rose water: Aww, Im glad you lovee it! wa iyaakum aameen! and jazakumullah t3ala ahsanal jaza to you too for your support!

sameeha rafeek said...

Oooh! Jazzakallah so much for this, its really helpful and i ask Allah SWT that he forgives your sins and that he rewards you immensly every time i pray salah using the advice you gave to me inshallah.