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Mental Preparation before the Prayer
Posted 07 February 2009 - 01:11 PM (#1)
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem
Assalamu 'Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu
The planning of your daily activities should revolve around the five daily Salah. Do not plan everything else and then try to fit Prayer into your busy schedule. Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala deserves a greater place in our lives than that!
Ensure that you are conversant with all the rules and regulations governing your Prayer. Research in depth the Quranic verses and ahadith relating to the virtues of Salah. Uncertainty in how to perform one's prayer perfectly is a major cause of distraction.Be punctual with your Prayer. Get into the habit of praying at the earliest hour. Do not procrastinate. The Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallamsaid, "The deed most loved by Allah is Prayer performed on time." (Muslim) and "only the hypocrites intentionally delay their prayers"!Pray as much of your obligatory Salah in congregation as is possible. This is not 'just a good thing' but an obligation on every Muslim male. According to the Prophet, if we knew the good in praying in jama'ah we would not miss it even if we had to crawl to the masjid!Avoid praying in a state in which you are mentally and physically fatigued.Keep your mind free of worldly worries, evil thoughts, and ideas.Plan what verses/duas you are going to recite.If you do not understand Arabic learn the meaning of what you recite in your Prayer.Remind yourself that engaging in Prayer offers you an opportunity to release yourself from the tensions of this world. The Prophet Salla Allahu ta'ala 'alayhi wa Sallamhas said that in Prayer was placed the comfort of his eyes. Therefore cherish the opportunity to remove the burdens of this world from your shoulders.Use your Prayer to remain focused on your mission in life, which is to bring your entire being to serve only Allah Subhanahu wa Ta'ala.Use your Prayer as a source of strength, inspiration and enthusiasm for your life and activities. Source: "Salah - The State of Mind
Posted 08 February 2009 - 10:48 PM (#2)
• Assess your mental readiness for Prayer before its commencement, during the various postures, after each raka and ultimately at the end.
• Pray with humility both in your mental state and in your physical manner. Pray with hope and awe.
• Remind yourself continually that you are talking to the most important ‘One’ in your life - your Creator and Sustainer. He is in front of you. You are facing Him and you are involved in a dialogue with Him.
• Commence your Prayer by seeking Allah’s help and protection from the influences of Shaytan.
• Lower your gaze while praying and do not allow the physical environment to distract you. Anas related that the Prophet said: “My dear son, be sure to avoid being distracted during Prayer, for, to become distracted while praying is a disaster.” (Tabarani) Remember that Allah will look at you as long as you keep your eyes on the ground.
• Use a variety of Quranic verses and duas in your Prayer to achieve greater concentration and awareness.
• Adopt a whispering technique in your recitation in order to remain focused on what you are saying, and not distract others.
• As you recite the Quran, translate it into your own language so that your attention is held. As you ponder upon the meaning and implications of the words, insha-Allah, all worldly thoughts will disappear.
• On each occasion that you recite the Sifat or attributes of Allah in ruku and sajda, consider how indebted you are and how grateful you should be to Allah and express your true emotions.
• Utilize the occasion of sajda to make additional dua to Allah. The Prophet said: “A servant is nearest to his Lord when he is in sajda, so increase your supplication when in sajda.” (Muslim.)
• Make your Prayer of moderate duration so that you do not become physically and mentally tired but be aware that while in Prayer you must take your time praying.
• Give due regard to the proper performance of all the physical postures. Do not ‘peck like a crow’ when doing rukus and sajdas as every posture in Salah, even the rests, are important.
• Pray as if it is your last Prayer. The Messenger of God said: `When you stand up to pray, perform your prayer as if it were your last…’ (Ahmad) Performing your prayer in a satisfactory manner should lead to a radical change in the way you lead your daily life. Salah must be as the Quran states: Surely, Salah prevents indecency and evil [al-Ankabut 29: 45.] Your improved and more disciplined life will in turn help the quality of your Prayer to increase even more. The two should continuously reinforce
each other. Remember, Salah is an obligation. Whether your heart is attentive or not, it must be performed. You cannot give up Prayer because to you it appears useless. There is punishment for a Prayer not performed satisfactorily. It will be a witness against you rather than a witness for you on the Day of Judgment. Don’t give up the obligation but try to infuse it with the purpose it seeks to serve - remembrance of Allah. It is important to remember the saying of the Prophet (pbuh): “If a man performs two rakas of Salah without the distraction of any worldly thought, all his previous sins will be forgiven.” (Bukhari.)
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Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad bin Yahya Al-Ninowy Al Husayni