Prayer is more than just one of the five pillars of Islam. It is peace. A source of comfort, understanding. It is gratitude because we are thankful for all of our affairs. It is submission because we put our best foot forward on all things in life, but are satisfied knowing that the outcome that Allah (swt) ordains for us is in our favour. This post will provide you with 6 practical ways to improve prayer in shaa Allah.
I’ve personally found these tips to be helpful in improving khushoo (concentration) in prayer. However, I’d just like to put in a disclaimer and say: neither I nor my prayer is perfect, but that, just like everything we do in our lives to please Allah (swt) – it is a constant work in progress.
1. Try to Pray in a Quiet Place, Away from Any Form of Noise and Conversation
Keep your phone on silent and out of your vision, so that when the screen lights up with a notification, it’s not going to distract you. (Yes, it has happened).
2. Don’t Pray in a Hurried Manner
Try to deliberately pause and pray with a sense of calmness, and not in a rush. It helps to understand the meaning of what we are saying as well. Hurrying defeats the purpose of prayer.
3. Pray as Though It Is Your Last Prayer
We are not guaranteed to stay alive until our next one, so being conscious of this fact will make a difference.
4. When You Go into Sujood (Prostration), Pause for a Few Seconds Longer Than You Actually Would
We are the closest that we can be to Allah (swt) in sujood and the importance, enormity, and realisation of this fact will make all the difference in the world – you will be able to feel it. You will feel lighter in that moment, trusting that He is managing our affairs in the best possible way.
5. Make It a Habit to Read the Tasbih (Subhanallah, Alhamdulillah, and Allahu Akbar 33 Times) at the End and Say Your Dua
Unless you’re short on time, there’s no reason to skip something so beneficial. Moreover, one of the times when your Dua is more likely to be answered is at the end of the obligatory prayers.
6. Salah Shouldn’t Be a Mindless Ritual
Try your best to drown out the voices in your head that can be lead to a distraction. Perform attentively and find peace within your prayer.
Most of all, honour your prayer. It’s one of the most important parts of your day because this is when we are communicating with our Creator. Give it the time and attention it deserves, and pray from a place of love – not just obligation. There comes a time when you will not only be fulfilling the fard of praying every day, but you will feel incomplete without it.
It is natural to be faced with a rise and fall in how we carry out our prayers. What’s important is to always keep at it with the right intention and inshaAllah, we will get the barakah for it.
About the Author
Naureen Salman is a Dubai-based Pakistani blogger. She writes over at News by Naureen with the aim of spreading positivity through Islamic reflection of her experiences with life and society. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.