Salah is one of the pillars of Islam and a distinguishing factor of Muslims from faithful’s of other religions. It is obligated upon every Muslim to pray 5 times daily so as to develop taqwa (consciousness of Allah). Similarly, as important as Salah is, so is its steadfastness.
Allah says in the holy Quran:
“Certainly will the believers have succeeded, they who are during their prayer humbly submissive”.
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Do you sometimes feel like you can’t remain steadfast in Salah and your Salah isn’t having that spiritual-lift effect on your life? Do you feel like you aren’t being able to connect and be focused in your Salah like you should? This might be happening because you aren’t mindful of the factors that you’re missing out of your prayer. Below are a few tips to help maintain an uninterrupted Salah with Allah.
Make A sincere intention
Don’t immediately say ‘Allahu Akbar’ and go into Salah without giving yourself a moment to even think about what you’re doing. Perform ablution with an alert mind. Keep in mind that this Salah might be your last and try to have your heart and mind fully focused. Sit down a bit before Adhan and do Dhikr or read a couple of pages of the Quran. This will mentally prepare you for the spiritual state of Salah. In other words, have the intention of improving each Salah. This whole idea of focusing on each Salah on its own will help you be more devoted to bettering your prayers and thus remain steadfast.
Find A suitable atmosphere
As prayer entails humbling oneself before his creator, it is almost impossible to pray in the middle of a crowd or surrounded by noise. Not concentrating on your prayer will definitely get you unclear of what you’re doing. If you continue like that with other prayers, you sure are going to get into a repetitious routine which will leave you feeling weak in your Imaan because you’ll no longer enjoy your Salah. For that reason, make sure you find a quiet spot for you to pray in and secure your prayers times from any interruptions.
Assume you are standing before your creator
Picturing yourself standing in front of Allah (swt) while you pray will help you be modest and shy in your performance because you’ll remember that He’s watching your every action and you’ll strive to make your Salah more rewarding.
Listen to your recitation
If you read without thinking about the Holy words that you’re reciting, you’ll find yourself going through your Salah without noticing how time flew by. You might even doubt yourself for how many Rakaa’s you just prayed. This happens because you now pray out of habit and you memorized the Surah’s that you recite in each Salah by heart that your brain unconsciously lets the words come out and you focus less on your Salah. To solve that, first of all, try to read new Surah’s when you pray and you’re intentionally going to concentrate more on reading it right. Second, which is more important, understand the Ayahs that you’re reciting so you can feel the beauty and closeness to Allah (swt).
Concentrate on each position in Salah
Slow down in each position you make while performing Salah. This will help you be aware of what you’re doing and you’ll feel comfortable that you’re completing each step in a pleasing way to Allah (swt) while not rushing through it. You might rush your Salah because you’re in a hurry and don’t want to miss something. But everything in this world is in his hands. So, how can you rush the couple of minutes you stand in front of Allah (swt) for the things that He has given and can take away from you? Think about that.
Be mindful of shaytan
Even in Salah, Shaitaan’s job is to let our minds wander about worldly matters while in worship. When you feel that it’s happening to you, instantly remind yourself that Shaitaan is doing that purposely so we can’t focus on our Salah. Concentrate and be mindful of him and the tricks he uses to distract your salah for example yawning, playing with your fingers, staring at yourself, unnecessary sounds and movements around you etc. always be mindful that once you are in Sallah shaytan will always be there to distract you so be conscious of him.
Strive to pray on time
It is obligated on Muslims not only to perform Sallah but also establish the Salah on time and as the prophet(saw) has prayed. Salah is very important as it is one of the first acts to be asked upon a believer on the Day of Judgment. As such, if someone can postpone it for anything in this world and not be committed to praying on time, he won’t be able to be committed to other worldly things. Try your best to pray on time and schedule your tasks and work around your Salah.
Continuously make dua
Never underestimate the power of Dua. Remember that Allah (swt) will always be listening to you and He loves to hear you making Dua to Him. Allah (swt) says:
“And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me – indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided”. [Surat Al-Baqarah: 186]
Hence, never hesitate in asking for what you want because when you do Allah (swt) will respond. So, if you want to be steadfast in your Salah, ask Him for that, repeatedly. He will answer your prayers.It’s important to seek the enhancement and progress of your Salah so you can be able to develop more Taqwa, establish advantage to Allah’s everlasting blessings, benefit from the greatest rewards in the hereafter, and protect yourself from evils and Shaitaan. Request Allah (swt) to help and assist you through any worry and difficulty, and stay connected to Allah (swt).